Physics: Nano-science for Industrial Materials, PSM

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    Professional Science Master's Degree Program in Physics


    The Professional Science Master’s Degree Program in Physics is an innovative two-year graduate degree affiliated with the national Professional Science Master's Association that allows you to pursue advanced training and excel in science while simultaneously developing highly valued business skills. The program prepares you for science careers in business, government, or nonprofit organizations—a field that is expanding.

    Programs are characterized by “science-plus,” combining rigorous study in science or mathematics with skills-based coursework in management, policy, or law. PSM programs emphasize writing and communication skills, and most require a final project or team experience, as well as a “real-world” internship in a business or public sector enterprise.

    • Customize your study by choosing a minimum of six courses with the help of your faculty advisor.
    • Gain valuable real-world experience in an industrial setting during your internship (four credits of PHYS 799). In your internship/research project, you’ll pursue a solution to illuminate our understanding of a problem; you’ll write a report that details the problem as well as your findings and results.
    • Electives add variety and excitement to your 30-hour PSM requirement. Your graduate advisor is available to help focus your choices for maximum effect.