Rice: Wiess School of Natural Sciences

Professional Master's Program: An Unconventional Career Track

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Prof. Master's Program
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Houston, TX 77005
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Initial Funding by the
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation


Unlike traditional master's degrees, these degrees combine an interdisciplinary curriculum with business training and hands-on experience, enabling graduates to acquire a new "tool-set" for success in a business environment.

Why Rice?

What's New

This semester took off with a flying start! Students were just settling back in after the winter break when the annual Corporate Reception for Science and Engineering took place, directly followed by the Annual PSM Board Meeting and the Spring Career Expo.  Our students made good use of their business attire and mingled with an extensive group of corporate representative in attendance at our annual reception. The following day, PSM Board Members took time to visit with students during an extended lunch break at the annual Board of Affiliates meeting and provided them with advice and guidance. The Spring Career Fair had over 100 corporations in attendance looking for future interns and/or employees from the Rice student pool. If students not only attended but intensely interacted with as many as possible industry contacts they should have now a vastly extended network of contacts and be actively corresponding with them to explore internship or job opportunities.

Our own David Alexander – Program Director of the Space Studies Program and Director of the Rice Space Institute gave a recent TED talk

We are also welcoming a variety of speakers to our spring seminar series including Dr. Billy Cohn,  Texas Heart Institute; Dr. Lewis Foxhall, MD Anderson; Leticia Vega, NASA/Jacobs Engineering; Dr. Tim Garson, TMC Health Policy Institute;Jason Saunders, Arnold, Knobloch & Saunders; Kaz Karwowski, RCEL;  Mary Purugganan, PSM Communication; Darcie Durham, Boeing; Liang Ge, ION Geophysical; Najib Abusalbi, Schlumberger; Paul Newman, Cherniere Energy; David Brymer, TCEQ; Ken Abdulah, BHP Billition; Leslie Duke, Burns &McDonnell.

Our programs will participate in the Rice Undergrad Info Fair to inform Rice undergrad students about opportunities to line their study plans up creating a pathway into our professional master's degrees which - with good planning - they could finish in a 5th year of studies at Rice, completing their B.S. and their M.S. degrees back-to-back.

We continue receiving interest in  the combined PSM/MBA tracks by incoming students who have to apply to both programs at the same time to be able to qualify for this opportunity. If you are interested, make sure to submit two separate applications: one to the Jones School of Business and one to the respective PSM track. (Sorry for the inconvenience, we hope to improve the application process as we are moving forward!)

Prospects, friends and students are encouraged to become a  PSM Facebook Site Friend to see photos of all our recent activities and be kept informed about upcoming events.



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The event was again a great success exceeding all our previous attendance numbers with over 350 guests from a variety of corporations and industries, including students, faculty and staff from the Schools of Natural Sciences and Engineering. The Grand Hall was filled with a buzz of energy and active networking! Thank you again for the support of our event sponsors:

Arnold, Knobloch & Saunders, Baker Hughes, HUCO Consulting, I2M Associates, Schlumberger and Winstead!!      

We appreciate their support and look forward to collaborating with them in the future.

Student Awards of 2015 Scholarships from Baker Hughes have been announced
The Rice PSM program thanks Baker Hughes for their continued support of our students in the Subsurface Geoscience and Environmental Analysis and Decision Making tracks. Corporate recognition of our efforts to create an education tailor-made for their workforce needs is highly appreciated!  Awards went to Jennifer Holley, Zach Printz, Pulkit Singh and Harlan Zhang, students of the Subsurface Geoscience Program; and Divya Chandran and David Moore enrolled in the Environmental Analysis and Decision Making Program. An award luncheon will be held at the beginning of 2016. Congratulations to all recipients!

 Houston Spaceport Scholarship

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Houston Airports continued their support of our students in the Space Studies program. The Houston Spaceport Scholarship funding was distributed to Amanda Humphrey and Mudit Gurjar.

Chevron Scholarship 2015/2016

Chevron also continued their support of our students and their involvement and engagement despite the industry downturn is highly appreciated!

corporate supporters
 Corporate support is essential for the program and its students and we like to encourage others to follow in the footsteps of companies such as Baker Hughes, Chevron,  Schlumberber and others  - joining them in supporting an education that prepares students for positions in industry and business. Corporate support will help us attract high-quality students to our program. Please do not hesitate to contact us at profms@rice.edu , if you are interested in learning more about the program, would like to meet our students for lunch, or take advantage of a speaking opportunity on campus.