SFSU Professional Science Master's Program


THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY offers an innovative graduate degree option known as the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program. The PSM program is designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines while simultaneously developing workplace skills that are highly valued by the life sciences workforce community.

The PSM program (MS in Biomedical Science: Biotechnology and Stem Cell Science), which obtained final academic approval from the California State University (CSU) Office of the Chancellor in July 2009, was developed over a three year period. Begun in 2006, the CSU PSM Initiative completed an initial feasibility study that included a statewide and local industry-needs assessment, and a statewide student-interest survey. The positive outcome of the feasibility study resulted in a three-year award of $1.365 million from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to help advance PSM programs on 14 CSU campuses (including SF State University) - making CSU the largest statewide higher education system to launch PSM degree programs on multiple campuses.

The SFSU program, formally affiliated with the Council of Graduate Schools and the National PSM Association, admitted its first class of graduate students in Fall 2010. The core curriculum includes two years of interdisciplinary training in science, technology and business, along with research or industry internships that prepare graduates for diverse professional careers in biomedical and biotechnology industries, business corporations, government and non-profit organizations.

For more information about the PSM program, email: psm@sfsu.edu.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Lily Chen, Ph.D., Professor and Director of SFSU's PSM Program, worked with Bay Area life science industry leaders to develop two new PSM degree concentrations in Biotechnology and Stem Cell Science.

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