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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 Tech, 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. Illinois Tech offers online classes, adding the opportunity to study anytime or anywhere.

  • Illinois Tech at HPS Annual Meeting, Cleveland, July 2018. Left to right: SY Chen, Hanna Bunting, Trish Hander, Sam Lockerby Johnson, Shirley Xu, Diana Marsh, Barbara Fisher
    Illinois Tech at HPS Annual Meeting, Cleveland, July 2018. Left to right: SY Chen, Hanna Bunting, Trish Hander, Sam Lockerby Johnson, Shirley Xu, Diana Marsh, Barbara Fisher
  • Networking at HPS Annual Meeting, Cleveland, July 2018. Left to right: Dewoun Hayes and Trish Hander
    Networking at HPS Annual Meeting, Cleveland, July 2018. Left to right: Dewoun Hayes and Trish Hander
  • Illinois Tech at Health Physics Society Midwest Chapter Technical Symposium, Aug. 25, 2018. Left to right: Allison Wilding, Ian Hoppie, Mirela Kirr, Steve Butala, John Edwards, Sam Schumacher, SY Chen, Carl Paperiello, Gary Zeman
    Illinois Tech at Health Physics Society Midwest Chapter Technical Symposium, Aug. 25, 2018. Left to right: Allison Wilding, Ian Hoppie, Mirela Kirr, Steve Butala, John Edwards, Sam Schumacher, SY Chen, Carl Paperiello, Gary Zeman
  • New Ph.D. student and co-terminal program graduate, Will Limestall, MAS in Health Physics and BS in physics
    New Ph.D. student and co-terminal program graduate, Will Limestall, MAS in Health Physics and BS in physics
  • In June, students in the online Master of Health Physics program gathered on campus for their Instrumentation for Radiation Health Physics lab class.
    In June, students in the online Master of Health Physics program gathered on campus for their Instrumentation for Radiation Health Physics lab class.
  • In June, students in the online Master of Health Physics program gathered on campus for their Instrumentation for Radiation Health Physics lab class.
    In June, students in the online Master of Health Physics program gathered on campus for their Instrumentation for Radiation Health Physics lab class.
  • In June, students in the online Master of Health Physics program gathered on campus for their Instrumentation for Radiation Health Physics lab class.
    In June, students in the online Master of Health Physics program gathered on campus for their Instrumentation for Radiation Health Physics lab class.
  • In June, students in the online Master of Health Physics program gathered on campus for their Instrumentation for Radiation Health Physics lab class.
    In June, students in the online Master of Health Physics program gathered on campus for their Instrumentation for Radiation Health Physics lab class.