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STEM Education Goes Pro

January 22, 2014

The City Universityof New York has begun, with the assistance of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, an initiative to provide more opportunities for studentsinterested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to land well paying jobs in industry, government and non-profit organizations. CUNY’s Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree is a two-year graduate degree that combines elements of Master’s level study in a science or engineering field with “plus” courses in a variety of applied areas, such as project management, technical writing, organizational behavior, regulatory affairs, and entrepreneurship, to name a few. Students in the program will also benefit from internship opportunities that will make them more competitive in their career search. Our industry and government partners include IBM, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Northrop Grumman, Quest Diagnostics, U.S. Navy, and Lockheed Martin, among others.

CUNY currently has two nationally-recognized PSM programs, an MS in Geographic Information Science at Lehman College and an MS in Photonics at Queens College.  Other programs are in development, including an MS in Earth Systems and Environmental Science & Technology at CCNY, an MS in Biotechnology at Hunter College, and an MS in Biomedical Laboratory Management.

According to Vice Chancellor Gillian Small, “Through collaborating with area employers, PSM degree programs at CUNY can play a very important role in preparing skilled professionals to excel in those economic sectors that are vital to our city, and our region.”

For more information on the Professional Science Masters program at CUNY or if you are interested in creating one, please contact Eric Vieira, Director of Special Research Programs (; 646.664.8903).