Professional Science Management Certificate

Add value to your master's degree in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines with the Professional Science Management (PSM) Certificate. Through interdisciplinary coursework, you will build your professional skills and position yourself for success in the workplace.

To earn the certificate, you will complete professional skills courses. The courses move beyond the training of a traditional master's degree in the STEM disciplines. They emphasize 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.

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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. 
Please note that core courses in the PSM Certificate may not be double-counted for credit in both the certificate program and a graduate degree program.

Fundamental Courses

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 (GRD 597 or XXX 597 in department) - Case Study Internship 
(2 credits) Registration during winter/summer sessions. Students will be expected to complete an internship during which they will collaborate on projects that will integrate their business and management knowledge with their science-based knowledge. The internship will be conducted as either a case study project as GRD 596A or as XXX 597 Independent Study in the student's own graduate degree program. Approval to register for GRD 596A or XXX 597 must be obtained from the Associate Dean of the Graduate School prior to registration. See approval form for Internship/Independent Study.

GRD 596B or XXX 597 (GRD 597 or XXX 597 in department) - 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 power-point presentation that will be evaluated based on how well they have integrated scientific training and management skills. A capstone interdisciplinary seminar assists students in developing a portfolio that reflects the knowledge and skills they have gained, the values they have integrated into professional practice and the professional goals they seek to achieve. The capstone will be conducted as either as a cohort seminar or as XXX 597 Independent Study in the student's own graduate degree program. Approval to register for GRD 596B or XXX 597 must be obtained from the Associate Dean of the Graduate School prior to registration. See approval form for Capstone/Independent Study.

Elective Courses

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.


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