Professional Science Master's Programs Gain Popularity

Professional Science Master's Programs

By Laura Morrison, Updated 2017

Science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM fields, have received significant attention since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009. A desire to prepare more students for rewarding jobs in these areas has been one of Obama's many goals, according to the White House's official website. Creating a more diverse pool of STEM talent and increasing the number of STEM educators in the years ahead are just two of the goals Obama set.

While several factors will determine whether Obama's goals become reality, there's no denying that enrolling in graduate school could help individuals further their STEM career goals. This may be especially true of Professional Science Master's (PSM) programs, which are designed to help provide students with advanced academic and practical professional training in science and mathematics. Obama, and others who have an interest in seeing the nation's STEM workforce grow, may be interested to learn that enrollments in PSM programs are on the rise, according to new research from the Council of Graduate Schools.

This information comes from the CGS' fourth annual Professional Science Master's Enrollment and Degrees Survey, the results of which were recently released. Between 2010 and 2013, first-time enrollment in PSM programs among domestic students increased 19 percent, according to a press release.

"Today's STEM graduate students are seeking degrees that prepare them for success in a wide range of professional settings," said Debra W. Stewart, president of the CGS. "The real-world experiences and internships gained by PSM graduates make them highly marketable to employers in all sectors of the economy."

If you have an interest in enrolling in master's programs in STEM subjects, you may want to research PSM programs to better understand why they've become so popular. You may just find a PSM program to be the ideal match for your graduate school goals.

About the Author: Laura Morrison is the content manager for, she has an MBA from Rutgers University

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