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BIO-related Professional Science Master's options

The College of Science and Technology offers three biology-related 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. 


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. 

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High-Performance Computing for Scientific Applications 

Hone analytical skills and develop high-performance computation techniques as a tool for science and engineering research in this cross-disciplinary program

Learn to blend mathematics and science with the Professional Science Master’s in High-Performance Computing for Scientific Applications. This advanced degree program is targeted toward STEM graduates seeking to use high-performance computation as their primary research instrument in engineering, the life sciences and the physical sciences. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to pursue positions in academia, government labs or industry. Learn more.

For more information, contact:
David Futer 
Associate professor and graduate chair, Mathematics Department


Cyber Defense and Information Assurance 

Learn the current technology available to hackers and their counterparts, as well as the legal and ethical basis for information privacy

Become an integral part of information protection and security measures with the Professional Science Master's in Cyber Defense and Information Assurance. This 30-credit-hour, interdisciplinary graduate program is designed for professionals in technology-related careers seeking advanced coursework in global cyber security detection and prevention, as well as current laws and regulations. You’ll graduate with expertise to lead information protection initiatives at your organization, resulting in more secure systems and data. Learn more.

For more information, contact:
Chiu Tan
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences 

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

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