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's Professional Science Master's Program was right for me

What's New

Welcome back to campus! Classes will start January 12th, 2015!

The seven fall graduates finished their presentations and turned in their reports, and are now evaluating job opportunities or have accepted positions to start a new chapter of their lives in 2015 ! Congratulations to John - finishing the Dual MBA/NP track, Eric/SG, Erhan/SG, Christa/BHP, Agha/BHP, Anubhav/NP, and Yiping/EADM! In exit interviews students confirmed the value of the education they have received in our programs at Rice. The exposure to corporate representatives is highly valued and has helped them to hone their professional skills.

The spring seminar will host speakers from the EPA Advisory Board, Chevron, Microseismic, Hess Corporation, US Business Council for Sustainable Development, Schlumberger, ENI Petroleum, Apache Corp, Enventure, Texas Heart Institute, Boeing, Southwest Nanotechnologies, Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute, Baker Hughes, National Space Biomedical Research Institute, Nanolinea, and Jacobs Engineering.

Thank you to our corporate luncheon speakers this fall:

Cory Kennedy, Rice Government Relations; Katia Protina, Shell Recruiter; Jon Schwartz, Nanospectra;  Ron Hujisman, HUCO Consulting; Jacqueline Northcut, BioHouston; Jon Greene, URS Environmental; and still to come: Eberhard Lucke, CH2MHill; John Mann, USI Southwest; and Dr. Hotez; Baylor - Tropical Diseases.

The fall seminar series also brought in great speakers, and thanks again goes to: Tracy Spinks/ M.D. Anderson; Jason Sakamoto and Ennio Tasciotti, Houston Methodist Research Institute; Don Lyons, Interoperant; Dr. Alex Demkov, UT Nanotechnology/Physics; David Arthur, Southwest Nanotechnologies; Ann Smith, GSI Environmental dispatched a great group of her team to meet our students - David Adamson, Travis McGuire and Claire Krebs; Mike McCluskey, Paradigm; Renee Klimczak, Jarrah Group/Natural Gas; Renee Showalter, Weatherford; Najib Abusalbi, Schlumberger;

Space Studies Seminar Series: Mark Craig, SAIC; Mark Jernigan, NASA; Mark Jackson, Draper; Richard Lee, Lockheed Martin; John Scott, NASA; Charlie Chafer, Space Services; Jim Burch Southwest Research Labs; Gordon Vos, Wyle; Matt Ondler, SGT Inc.

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Read the latest articles in the PSM News Archive for more information on PSM degrees nationwide.

Check out this Guide to Professional Science Master's

With a focus on Rice undergrad students we are spreading the word about opportunities for Rice students to line their study plans up to create a pathway into our professional master's degree 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 also have seen a higher interest in our dual 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.  



Employers Info


2015 RIce Corporate Reception for Science and Engineering

Do not miss our annual event, this year on February 11th @ 6 pm in the Baker Institute - by invitation only! If you have not received an announcement yet, please contact us so we can mail you an invitation! 

Renewed 2014 Scholarships
The Rice PSM program thanks Baker Hughes, Schlumberger and Chevron for their continued support of our students in the Subsurface Geoscience, Environmental Analysis and Decision Making and the Nanoscale Physics tracks. Corporate recognition of our efforts to create an education tailor-made for their workforce needs is highly appreciated! Students for this scholarship will be selected and announced soon!

Houston Spaceport Scholarship

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The new Space Studies program received a gift from Houston Airports in support of our students: The Houston Spaceport Scholarship offers partial scholarship funding to enrolled and incoming students in this Professional Master's degree track. We are excited about their interest and support of our program.

corporate supporters

Corporate support is essential for the program and its students and we like to encourage others to follow Chevron's and Schlumberger's example of 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.