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

Congratulations to 33 candidates graduating from the Professional Science Master's program this spring and last fall! With the majority getting ready to start a new job, we are excited to have our graduates joining the workforce and representing Rice and our programs. Good luck to all, we hope you will include us in future updates so we can watch you making progress in your career. 

Current students are placing in internships and we are looking forward to visiting them during the summer!

Applications have been coming in to our various programs at a steady path and domestic students participated in our annual Preview Days at the end of March. 80% of the attendees accepted our admission offers.  Incoming students will be receiving communication and preparation materials for the fall semester. International students should receive their immigration forms by end of the month.

We still have a few openings in some of our program tracks and applications can still be submitted with a late code.  There is no application fee for our programs. 

Thank you again to our seminar speakers this spring. We welcomed representatives from the EPA, Chevron, Microseismic, Hess Corporation, U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development, Schlumberger,  ENI Petroleum, Apache, Enventure, Texas Heart Institute, Boeing, Southwest Nanotechnologies, Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute, Baker Hughes Technology Center, National Space Biomedical Research Institute, Nanolinea, and Jacobs Engineering.

Become a  PSM Facebook Site Friend to see photos of all our recent activities.  

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


Renewed 2015 Scholarships
The Rice PSM program thanks Baker Hughes 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 at the beginning of the fall semester.

Houston Spaceport Scholarship

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Houston Airports continued their support of our students in the Space Studies program. 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 continued support of our program. Funding will be distributed in early fall.

corporate supporters

Corporate support is essential for the program and its students and we like to encourage others to follow Baker Hughes, 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.