American University

College of Arts and Sciences

Professional Science Master's: Applied Computing, Biotechnology, Environmental Science & Assessment


4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Applied Computing (MSAS, Professional Science Master's), Biotechnology (MSAS, Professional Science Master's), Environmental Science & Assessment (MSAS, Professional Science Masters program)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program emphasizes the preparation of students to enter professional careers. Developed in collaboration with industry and government professionals, this interdisciplinary program includes an internship, a capstone team project where real-life problems faced by government and industry are tackled, and workshops and seminars on professional skill development, including leadership, oral and written communication, intercultural understanding, intellectual property, project management, and ethics. All students pursuing the professional science master's degree will gain core competencies in statistics and research methodology, as well as applied topics such as simulation and modeling and geographic information systems. APPLIED COMPUTING: In addition to the core competency curriculum, which includes research methodology and statistical analysis, students in the applied computing program will study algorithms and data structures, computer networks and database management systems, plus cutting-edge issues in computing such as data visualization, artificial neural networks, and network security. BIOTECHNOLOGY: Biotechnology students will master such topics as: biochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics, genomics, bioethics, and proteomics. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & ASSESSMENT: Students working in environmental assessment will take three core courses on environmental science and risk assessment plus courses in the fields of ecology and conservation biology.


American University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education & the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

International Student Requirements:

Please see American University's College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Admission’s website for admission requirements.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 36

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1178.00

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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