Sustainable Development & Climate Change Concentration OKed as Professional Science Master’s Degree
Sustainable Development and Climate Change program has been approved for affiliation as a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree program by the Council of Graduate Schools. With the approval, Antioch University New England (AUNE) now offers its first PSM program, which is also the first of its kind in New Hampshire and one of only 212 in the U.S.
The PSM is an innovative graduate degree that enables students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics without a PhD, while also developing sought after workplace skills often learned in an MBA. Federal support for the PSM degree has been growing over the past several years. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded $15 million in grants to develop or expand PSMs, an initiative authorized by the America COMPETES Act and funded by the 2009 stimulus bill.
“We’re thrilled that our Sustainable Development and Climate Change concentration has been designated as a PSM degree program,” said Jim Gruber, director of the concentration and AUNE’s Resource Management and Conservation program. “AUNE has always been a leader in practice-based learning. We’re preparing students to meet the future challenges and workforce needs of public, private, and nonprofit sectors and our graduates will be in high demand because they possess the skills that the environmental community needs.”
Students in AUNE’s Sustainable Development and Climate Change program can choose to follow the PSM track of studies or the non-PSM, policy track of studies. Students who wish to graduate with the PSM designation must take at least eighteen of their required credits in science and math.
More about the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree program.
Launched in 1997 with support from the Alfred B. Sloan Foundation, PSM programs meet a demand in the workplace for leaders in emerging and science-related fields. Designed in collaboration with industry, the interdisciplinary programs can be completed in two years, and combine intensive education in advanced sciences and mathematics with training in professional business skills, such as marketing, communications and regulatory affairs. Much emphasis is placed on leadership and team-building, as well as on communication skills. Instead of a thesis, students focus on collaborative research projects and internships in businesses and the public sector. The goal is not only to equip students with strong technical skills, but with the business acumen necessary for successful careers. To date, graduates successfully work in industry, government and non-profit organizations.
Currently, there are more than two hundred PSM programs in approximately one hundred graduate schools around the country. According to the Professional Science Master’s website, “the number and diversity of PSM programs being developed are growing rapidly as a result of the work of the Council of Graduate Schools, National Professional Science Master’s Association, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the endorsement of the National Research Council, and the support of Congress through the America COMPETES Act and funding in the 2009 ARRA stimulus bill.” More information is available at www.sciencemasters.com