Professional Science Master’s (PSMs) are interdisciplinary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) programs that focus on educating students to solve today’s challenges and close the existing skills gap in the workplace. Because these degrees are designed in collaboration with local employers and tailored to meet their needs, most graduates are highly competitive and find employment quickly.
In North Carolina, the number and popularity of the PSMs are increasing rapidly. Examples are exciting new degrees in the fields of biotechnology, environment, climate change, financial mathematics, information science, analytics, food supply, nanoscience, health, energy, geospatial information and diagnostics.
Professionals from more than 200 companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations have already contributed to the success of the UNC Systemwide PSM Program by providing high tech projects, workplace immersion experiences, professional skills training, networking and mentoring, monetary support and jobs.
The Professional Education Office at NC State University coordinates both the UNC Systemwide and NC State PSM Initiatives.