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

What's New

Our students have been quite busy already not just adjusting to the new campus, new courses, making new friends and keeping up with homework, but also working on updating their resumes, writing cover letters, attending the fall career fair and participating in Career Center info sessions and campus recruiting events. The fall seminar series has already provided great preparation and training in communication skills, and will bring corporate speakers to campus in the following weeks. 

We are looking forward to welcoming Tracy Spinks/ M.D. Anderson; Jason Sakamoto, Houston Methodist Research Institute; Don Lyons, Interoperant; Dr. Alex Demkov, UT Nanotechnology/Physics; David Arthur, Southwest Nanotechnologies; Ann Smith, GSI Environmental; Mike McCluskey, Paradigm; Rebnee 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.

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

Graduation 2014, orientation F14 photos and others  are posted in the Photo Gallery!

Special thanks again to our spring seminar speakers for giving their time to visit with our students:   •Ron Hujisman. HUCO Consulting - Bob Morehouse, ExxonMobil • Erik Scott, Talisman Energy • Danny Mills, HOK • Ann Smith, GSI Environmental • Erik Tobleman, Repsol • Giugi Carminati, Berg & Androphy • Dr. Foxhall, MD Anderson, Health Policy Office • Mark Jernigan, NASA  with Jeffrey Siders, Orbital Sciences Corp • Benjamin Hertzog, Procyrion, Inc • Lance Ishimoto, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals • Denis Headon, NanoTox

Spring 2014 Newsletter - Special Corporate Reception Issue

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.

Virtual Tour of School of Natural Science includes a feature on the Professional Master's Program! 



Employers Info


Richard David from NewSpace Global visited last month and spoke to our students interested in the Space industry. Impressed by our Professional Master's program, he commented: "It is critical that industry leaders are bilingual. That is, they speak both the language of science and the language of business. This is why NewSpace Global not only analyzes technology but also the management, market, and capitalization sources when covering the NewSpace industry. From our experiences interacting with faculty and students at Rice University, we have been particularly impressed by the understanding of this balanced approach to learning. I have visited numerous universities throughout the country and abroad and have found that Rice understands the skill sets needed to create leaders of the NewSpace industry today."  Richard M. David, NewSpace Global, www.newspaceglobal.com 

Thank you again for our this year's reception sponsors: HUCO Consulting, Protean Performance Solutions and Schlumberger

Renewed 2013 Schlumberger Scholarships
The Rice PSM program thanks Schlumberger for their continued support of our students in the Subsurface Geoscience 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.

Awardees were announce for the 2013 Baker Hughes Scholarships
Generous funding for scholarships was received from Baker Hughes for incoming 2013 students. Partial scholarships have been awarded to students in Subsurface Geoscience, Environmental Analysis and Nanoscale Physics.  An award luncheon will be held with Baker Hughes and our students at the end of October.  Thank you for your support, Baker Hughes!

2013/2014 Chevron Scholarships
Thank you to CHEVRON for their new 2014 scholarship funding received in September for our students! Announcement of recipients will be made by end of October. Chevron has been a supporter of our program over many years and we appreciate their continued attention. The spring scholarships were celebrated with a luncheon with Bill Hunter, Julian Talley, Leigh Owens and Bill Wilcox from Chevron's Earth Science recruiting team.

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.

Companies actively supporting our program:

  • Anadarko  
  • Agilent Technologies 
  • Aramco
  • Baker Hughes
  • BHP Billiton
  • BP
  • Chevron
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Camp, Dresser & McKee, Inc
  • CGG Veritas 
  • City of Houston
  • DNV
  • Digisonics
  • Element Markets
  • EOG Resources
  • ERM Group, Inc
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Geosyntec
  • Golder Associate
  • GSI Environmental, Inc
  •  HOK  
  • Halliburton Landmark 
  • HUCO Consulting
  • ION Geophysical
  • Lynn Inc
  • Landmark/Halliburton 
  • Kerogen Exploration 
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Marathon Oil
  • Methodist Hospital Research Institute
  • Noble Energy, Inc.
  • Nanoridge
  • NASA
  • nGimat
  • Occidential Oil and Gas Corp
  • PGS
  • Shell
  • Schlumberger
  • Teledrill, Inc
  • Total E&P USA, Inc
  • Trinity Consulting
  • URS
  •  Wood McKenzie ... and others