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What is a Professional Master's Degree?

The "PSM degree is the MBA of the science world," the Chicago Tribune declares in an article in the newspaper's special Education Today section, focusing on Professional Science Masters degrees offered by Illinois Institute of Technology, with comments from Director of Professional Master's Programs Elizabeth Friedman. Read the full article >

The Professional Science Master's (PSM) is designed to prepare students for science careers in business, government, and non-profit organizations. Intended as a terminal degree, the PSM gives students an alternative to the traditional Ph.D. track. Students are able to complete advanced graduate education in science while developing business and management skills.

This multidisciplinary approach cultivates graduates with real world experience. Additionally, advisory boards offer guidance on current industry demands and future trends allowing our programs to adapt to the ever-changing needs of the industry. Typically, PSM programs consist of two years of academic training.

The PSM offers more science than a Master of Business Administration while incorporating more professional skills than a Master of Science. Graduates are able to seek interdisciplinary careers and excel in professional environments.

Working professionals are able to complete programs on a part-time basis while seeking career advancement. IIT offers online classes, adding the opportunity to study anytime or anywhere.

  • Officers of the IIT Health Physics Society student chapter attended this summer’s Health Physics Society meeting in Indianapolis. From left to right:  Patrick Hann, Barbara Fisher, Allison Wilding, S.Y. Chen (director of Master of Health Physics program), Ian Lake.
    Officers of the IIT Health Physics Society student chapter attended this summer’s Health Physics Society meeting in Indianapolis. From left to right: Patrick Hann, Barbara Fisher, Allison Wilding, S.Y. Chen (director of Master of Health Physics program), Ian Lake.
  • Director of the Master of Health Physics Program S.Y. Chen (pictured left) at this year's National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) Annual Meeting with Joe Klinger, deputy director of Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and Charlie Miller, retired chief of the Radiation Studies Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
    Director of the Master of Health Physics Program S.Y. Chen (pictured left) at this year's National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) Annual Meeting with Joe Klinger, deputy director of Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and Charlie Miller, retired chief of the Radiation Studies Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).