Professional Science Master’s affiliation and the National Professional Science Master’s Association

The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program affiliation is administered by the National PSM Association (NPSMA). The NPSMA implements a peer-review, external review committee process to ensure that the guidelines are met and affiliated programs maintain professional standards. This quality assurance mechanism is sustained by a revolving group of volunteer experts. Reviewers are PSM program directors, industry representatives, and PSM administrators.

Professional Science Master’s are designed for students who are seeking a graduate degree in science or mathematics and understand the need for developing workplace skills valued by top employers. A perfect fit for professionals because it allows you to pursue advanced training and excel in science or math without a Ph.D., while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills.

The Sloan Foundation PSM initiative began in 1997 with grants to 14 research universities to support the founding of programs in the natural sciences and mathematics, followed by a targeted bioinformatics set of programs at another 12 research institutions. There are now over 340 PSM programs at 150+ institutions. 

The Professional Master of Science and Technology at The University of Utah is an affiliated PSM program and a member of the National Professional Science Master’s Association.