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PSM in Chemistry

What is the PSM?

The Professional Science Master’s degree in Applied and Industrial Chemistry is a two-year program of study of chemistry coupled with courses in business management, marketing, project management, and other crucial skills that lead to career success.

Why the PSM advantage over the traditional MS degree?

Employers are looking for more than scientific expertise. They want professionals with business knowledge, project management, team-building, and communication skills to complement their scientific knowledge.

Work while earning your degree

The PSM internship will allow you to gain hands-on industry experience and lets you earn while working full time. The internship will give you experience in managing the breakthroughs created by your company’s research teams. You’ll interact comfortably and intelligently with scientific researchers and business managers, especially in the marketing, finance, and legal departments.

For more information about our program, please contact Keith Kyler, graduate coordinator, at 724-357-2118 or

Admission Requirements:

The following documents must be submitted and will be considered when applying:

  • Online application
  • $60 nonrefundable application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended
  • Written personal statement: One page describing career goals, and interest and qualifications for the program
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume

Degree Requirements:

  1. Required Courses (12 cr.) selected from
    • Advanced Instrumental Methods of Analysis
    • Organic Molecular Structure Determination
    • Current Topics in Organic Chemistry
    • Physical Chemistry
    • Inorganic Chemistry
    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
  2. Electives (3-6 cr.)
    • The student may select electives from chemistry, physics, biology, or mathematics.
  3. Professional Development Courses (6-9 cr.)
    • The student, with the advice and approval of the advisor, is required to complete a minimum of six semester hours of non-science graduate-level courses from the College of Business and Information Technology.
  4. Research Experience and Internship (6 cr.)
    • PSM students take three- to six-month internships.
    • The PSM coordinator provides guidance in exploring internship sites and securing an internship with an industry supervisor. The internship may be completed, in whole or in part, in residence at the university.


The IUP Chemistry Department possesses a wide variety of modern instrumentation. Graduate students have access to the following equipment: a multinuclear FT-NMR, FTIR, GC-MS, fluorimeter, Zeeman AA, and X-ray crystallographic equipment, as well as numerous GCs, HPLCs, and UV-Vis spectrophotometers.

Financial Support

Workstudy funds are often available for graduate students employed in the departments’ undergraduate laboratories, or in faculty research laboratories.

Application Information

Application forms and additional information can be obtained by contacting:

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Chemistry, IUP
Weyandt Hall, Room 143
975 Oakland Avenue
Indiana, PA 15705-1076

  • Chemistry Department
  • Weyandt Hall, Room 143
    975 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705-1076
  • Phone: 724-357-2361
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.