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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Professional Science Masters degree?

A Professional Science Master's (PSM) is an innovative graduate degree, typically two years academic training in an emerging or interdisciplinary area of science, mathematics or technology. The PSM also contains a professional component, internship and "cross-training" in business, management and communications. All are developed in concert with industry and are designed to dovetail into professional career opportunities.

How do I apply?

Submit an Application for Graduate Admission to the Graduate Admissions office, along with all of the required documentation such as transcripts, recommendation letters and GRE scores. See Graduate Admissions for more information on applying.

What kinds of students pursue a PSM?

Students who want to pursue a technical or scientific Master's degree but who hope to engage not only in research, but in a wide variety of tasks and leadership roles within their chosen fields.

What are the requirements to enter a PSM program?

Students must have earned a bachelor's degree, meet the requirements of the UMass Lowell and the degree granting department.

Is a thesis a required component of a PSM program?

Students in the PSM program will not write a thesis, but will participate in a required internship and review seminar.

I work full-time. Can I still complete a PSM?

Yes, PSM students may be full-time or part-time. Students who work full-time will be required to complete a special project in lieu of an internship, but will still participate in the review seminar.

What if I already have an advanced science degree?

Students with graduate degrees are welcome to apply for a PSM. Contact the PSM Coordinator for more details.

What is the degree and how will it appear on my transcript?

Students earn a Master of Science degree in their academic field. The PSM option does not appear on the student's diploma, but it will be on the student's transcript.