About the Program


Master of Science in Professional Science

Middle Tennessee State University, in conjunction with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is offering the Master of Science in Professional Science (MS-PS) degree. The MS-PS program (commonly called Professional Science Masters or PSM) is a groundbreaking two-year master's degree in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines  that equips students for work in public and private business enterprises and in academia. This interdisciplinary program is a partnership among the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, and the Jennings A. Jones College of Business. The goal is to enhance the interface between science and business by providing strong degrees which emphasize expertise in both of these areas.

MTSU launched the MS-PS program in 2005 and offers advanced curriculum in the six sciences of Actuarial Sciences, Biotechnology, Biostatistics, Engineering Management, Geosciences, and Health Care Informatics along with a business core strong in accounting, business law, statistics, managerial communications and leadership coursework. The MS-PS program received the highest scores in all categories in its 2009 5-year program review. The student retention rate for all three concentrations is at 90 percent, with a graduation increase of 1900 percent between 2005 and 2009. In 2010, the Tennessee Board of Regents honored MTSU's successful MS-PS program with the Academic Excellence Award.


Who Should Apply?

The MS-PS degree is designed for people who are interested in sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and want to acquire business and managerial expertise. The program targets individuals who have obtained some related job experience or undergraduate education and want to acquire a competitive advantage in the workforce.


Why chose MS-PS?

Reports from the Department of Labor indicate an increasing demand for individuals with master's level training with a specialty in science. The MS-PS degree at MTSU combines the business management skills commonly found in the traditional MBA type program with an important distinction - advanced education in STEM fields. MTSU is home to the only MS-PS program in Tennessee and prepares "business savvy scientists"; for the 21st century job market. MTSU is sincere in efforts to develop industry partnerships in order to provide highly-valued graduates. These partnerships yield internship opportunities for students - a program requirement, reinforcement of classroom knowledge, and invaluable professional experience. Between 60-70 percent of graduates find employment at the organization where they completed their internship. Institutions hiring MS-PS students and alumni include Vanderbilt University Medical Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, just to name a few.

If you pursue success in the conference room and the laboratory, the MS-PS degree at MTSU cultivates the heart of the scientist with a mind for business.


Program Contact Information:

Dr. Saeed Foroudastan, Program Director
153 Jones Hall
(615) 494-7618
sforouda@mtsu.edu

Anita Hermes, Graduate Analyst
124D Sam H. Ingram Building
(615) 898-5352
ahermes@mtsu.edu