Add value to your master's degree in materials science and engineering with the Professional Science Master's (PSM) Certificate. Through interdisciplinary coursework, you will build your professional skills and position yourself for success in the workplace.
You will complete 30 credits in materials science and/or engineering, plus an additional 13 credits in professional skills courses. This “plus” component moves beyond the training of a traditional master’s degree in materials science and engineering. You will learn leadership, communication and team-building skills; business and project management; and ethical and legal principles. You will develop these skills through coursework and workshops, as well as internships and group projects in employer-based settings.
Learn more about the Professional Science Master's initiative in graduate studies on the Council of Graduate Schools website.
|Fundamental Courses (6 credits)||GRD 594 and GRD 595|
|Internship Courses (2 credits)||GRD 596A or XXX 597|
|Capstone Seminar Courses (2 credits)||GRD 596B or XXX 597|
|Elective Courses||See list below.|
GRD 594 - Management Fundamentals for Engineers and Scientists
(3 credits) Registration during Winter/Summer sessions. This course provides graduate students in science and engineering programs with basic management skills including project planning, project management, personnel management, functional business disciplines, strategic planning and management of technology development and innovation. This is a distance learning format that requires active participation, and includes on-line course modules, business case studies, online interaction, team project, and weekly live discussions. A commitment of 45 in-class hours is expected. Prerequisites: Graduate student in a science/engineering program.
GRD 595 - Fundamentals of Budget and Finance
(3 credits) Registration during Winter/Summer sessions. This course is available to graduate students in science and engineering programs and will provide an overview of business management skills by teaching principles of budget and financial accounting. Students will develop an understanding of the basic financial tools needed to develop business proposals and successfully manage scientific projects in public and private work sectors. Topics may include capital planning, cost estimation, project progress measurement and other keys to developing a financially sound business. This course will be offered online through Blackboard. Students will work with PowerPoint files and have speakers/headphones access on their computers. Mastery of the subject matter will be assessed.
Internship/Capstone Seminar Courses
GRD 596A or XXX 597 - Case Study Internship
(2 credits) Registration during Winter/Summer sessions. Students will be assigned to internships with industry partners under the mentorship of advisory board members.
GRD 596B or XXX 597 - Capstone Interdisciplinary Seminar
(2 credits) Registration during Winter/Summer sessions. Students will be expected to work in teams to apply what they have learned towards problem solving "real world" issues. Students will produce a final report and PowerPoint presentation that will be evaluated based on how well they have integrated scientific training and management skills. Teams will be assigned a mentor who is a member of the advisory board.
School of Management
PSM students may petition to enroll in courses offered through the School of Management as electives. PSM students may take these courses only after obtaining the written permission of a School of Management academic advisor or graduate director.
MGMT 501 - Accounting for Managers
(4 credits) Introduction to financial and managerial accounting concepts, with emphasis on the use of accounting information by various stakeholders in the corporation, including investors, lenders and managers.
LEAD 551 - Foundations of Leadership
(4 credits) Students are exposed to a variety of perspectives regarding how they may exercise and develop leadership. Focus is at an individual level of analysis: personal attributes, behaviors and styles of individuals who facilitate exemplary leadership. Students develop an understanding of their impact on groups and vice versa, as well as how their behavior/styles evolve over time and in different contexts/cultures.
MGMT 506 - Marketing for Managers
(4 credits) The marketing environment; ethical issues, consumer behavior, marketing planning; product, price, promotion and distribution decisions. Emphasis is on understanding the impact on marketing of strategic development. Prerequisite: MGMT 501.
Department of Public Administration
PSM students may also petition to enroll in courses offered through the Department of Public Administration.
PAFF 580 - Introduction to Local Government Management and Leadership
(3 credits, offered every fall) This course provides an overview of the structure and function of local government. Discussion topics include leadership skills, board administration, performance management, strategy development, and public participation.
PAFF 526 - Managing Information and Technology
(2 credits, offered every spring and summer) This course focuses on the evolution of data into information and knowledge, and the use of technology to support public service. We discuss establishing and complying with information policies, and managing the collection, use and dissemination of information. Issues of privacy, security, access and transparency are considered.
PAFF 531 - Law for Administrators
(3 credits) This course will emphasize how judicial procedure, including past court decisions, affects public administration. It will examine the legal principles and practical doctrines involved in the work of administrative agencies vested with quasi-legislative or quasi-judicial powers. Particular attention will be paid to administrative rule-making.
PAFF 532 - Intergovernmental Relations
(3 credits) An examination of federalism and intergovernmental relations in theory and practice; political, fiscal, and administrative aspects of intergovernmental relations; intergovernmental policymaking and state and local responses to federal devolution of authority; includes case studies. Course focuses on the level of government most appropriate for addressing various policy issues, carrying out government programs, and delivering goods and services.