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. PSMs include trade-specific management in the curricula and have a high degree of engagement with local and global employers.
Many of the 16 universities are currently developing and implementing PSM programs as part of “UNC Tomorrow,” the strategic plan of the University of North Carolina (UNC) System. The UNC System PSM programs interact with more than 190 professionals from local and global companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
The Importance of PSMs
PSMs make a positive impact on the economy; graduates have relevant and globally oriented workforce training. PSM programs create alliances among students, educators, employers and society and offer significant value to all involved. The dynamic interface between working professionals and university faculty creates the opportunity to readily respond to employers' needs.
The current PSM Enrollment and Degrees Report shows outcomes of overall PSM enrollment and degrees awarded in yearly surveys conducted by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
- Co-create graduate education to meet their needs
- Gain access to university resources and out-of-the-box student expertise
- Interact with potential future employees (and hire the best of them)
UNC System Faculty and Staff
Gain access to employer networks and resources
Offer employment-relevant education for students choosing careers outside the university environment (approximately 80% of graduates)
Fulfill part of the University of North Carolina's mission
- Gain competitive, employment-relevant education and employer networks
- Learn essential professional skills and the newest technology
- Increase likelihood of obtaining employment
- Gains the economic benefits of an employment-ready workforce