Professional Science Master’s (PSM) programs prepare graduates for careers in science-based industries, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies by providing rigorous training in a variety of scientific disciplines as well as business management, communications, research ethics, and other professional skills. Students complete an internship in lieu of thesis research, which gives them experience applying their graduate education in the workplace.
Oregon was chosen as one of five states to participate in the National Governors Association Policy Academy on State Strategies to Meet Emerging Workforce Needs through the PSM in 2008. The following year, the Oregon University System launched a statewide PSM program development initiative with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Seven campuses are currently involved in developing new PSM programs in collaboration with regional industries.
Oregon’s PSM initiative fosters collaborative innovations in education by facilitating discussions among universities, businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations and affiliated associations to better meet the state’s economic and workforce development needs.