Professional Science Master's at CST

Accelerate your career with a Temple University PSM

The College of Science and Technology offers five options for professionals looking to earn a Professional Science Master’s degree. Developed by the Council of Graduate Schools and industry, the PSM is for individuals pursuing advanced scientific training and the skills highly valued by non-academic employers. A PSM is the MBA for science!


Combines advanced programming skills with genomics and structural biology
With an advanced curriculum, Bioinformatics offers extensive skills in computer programming as well as deep knowledge in genomics and structural biology. A research internship in a biotech or pharmaceutical company allows for real-world skills and connections to key employers in the Philadelphia area. Learn more. 


Entrepreneurship for scientists, in partnership with Fox School of Business
Featuring a curriculum developed by the Fox School of Business and the College of Science and Technology, Bioinnovation offers student specialized knowledge in entrepreneurship and practical experience needed to pursue careers in pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, tech transfer and public health. Learn more.


Real-world industry training matched with robust academics in biotech
Students work directly with research faculty, a pharmaceutical company or CRO mentors on real-world projects, gaining hands-on skills necessary to solve emerging problems. The program has a track record of successful student outcomes such as co-ops, full-time positions in big pharma or placement in MD/PhD programs. Learn more. 

For more information, contact:
Seema Freer 
Coordinator, PSM Programs in Biology
215 204-8842 or


Cyber Defense and Information Assurance

Skills needed to protect organizations from increasing cyber-threats

This PSM in CyberDIA prepares students for high demand security careers, such as Security Analyst, Computer Security Forensic Investigator and Cyber Security Systems Engineer. The program prepares students for these professional certifications: Certified Ethical Hacker, by EC-Council; Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator, by EC-Council; Certified Information Systems Security Professional, by ISC; and ACE–AccessData Certified Examiner. Learn more.

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Forensic Chemistry

Gain the knowledge and experience in analytical methodologies to take on today toughest challenges

Students gain the managerial skills for a wide range of careers in the public and private sectors. The program includes core requirements in applied biopharmaceutics; data analysis; law, ethics, and policy; and toxicology. Many courses are conducted as hands-on training in a modular, forensic chemistry laboratory. Each student takes on an independent project to both generate new knowledge and to develop advanced skills, enabling graduates to succeed in the forensic chemistry field.  Learn more.

For more information, contact:
Susan Jansen Varnum
Program Director, PSM in Forensic Chemistry


High-Performance Computing for Scientific Applications

Combine computation with theory and experiment to advance of scientific knowledge and engineering practice

In recognition of a growing need for experts cross-trained in relevant computational sciences, applied mathematics, statistics, and traditional scientific fields such as chemistry and physics, the Professional Science Master's (P.S.M.) program in High-Performance Computing for Scientific Applications is targeted toward STEM graduates seeking to use high-performance computation as their primary research instrument in the physical sciences, life sciences, and engineering. The core curriculum introduces students to the architecture of high-performance computing systems, mathematical techniques employed in high-performance computing, the software tools used in parallel calculations, and computational methods used in the sciences and engineering. A distinguishing feature of the program is its paired emphasis on the algorithms and technology of high-performance computing in applications to problems in science and engineering. Cross-disciplinary techniques are emphasized, and learning through applications and individually designed projects are prioritized over theory.


Scientific Writing

Develop expertise in writing related to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Students in the program work directly with faculty from the College of Science and Technology and the School of Media and Communications to obtain the skills necessary to meet the growing demand for individuals who are able to clearly and effectively communicate scientific information to a wide range of audiences. In addition to classroom- based training, students in the program will complete an internship in an approved setting, such as with a practicing scientist, a publishing company, a patent law office, pharmaceutical company or other relevant location. Learn more. 

For more information, contact:

Karen Palter, PhD