Rice: Wiess School of Natural Sciences

Professional Master's Program: An Unconventional Career Track

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Prof. Master's Program
6100 Main Street, MS-103
Houston, TX 77005
713.348.3188  tel
713.348.3121  fax


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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

With a blink of the eye, the semester is nearly over. Our students presented about their internship projects over the last two weeks. Their projects were impressive and their presentation skills excellent! 

Thanks again to our spring seminar speakers: Dr. Lewis Foxhall, MD Anderson; 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 Billiton; Leslie Duke, Burns &McDonnell and Billy Cohn, Director of the Texas Heart Institute and PSM Board Member. Thanks also to several of our alumni who participated in various panels this spring providing advice to enrolled students.

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

Program Options: 5th Year Master's

Rice undergrad students have the opportunity 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.


Interested in pursuing a coordinated MBA/PSM program? Interested applicants 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. More info in the tab to the left!

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.



Employers Info


New  Scholarship from BioHouston:

PSM Board Member Ann Tanabe, President of BioHouston has opened applications to a scholarship for " Women in Science with Excellence" - applications have been received an a winner will be announced soon. Thank  you to BioHouston for their support!

Program Event sponsors 2016:  Arnold, Knobloch & Saunders, Baker Hughes, HUCO Consulting, I2M Associates, Schlumberger and Winstead!!      

Award Luncheon for Baker Hughes scheduled for this month! The Rice PSM program thanks Baker Hughes for their continued support of our students in the Nanoscience, 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 and Geetanjali Vengurlekar, Nanosciences.  

 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.