Rice: Wiess School of Natural Sciences

Professional Master's Program: An Unconventional Career Track

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RICE University
Prof. Master's Program
6100 Main Street, MS-103
Houston, TX 77005
713.348.3188 (phone)
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

Spring 2014 Newsletter - Special Corporate Reception Issue

The Annual Corporate Reception was again a successful event with corporate representatives networking with industry colleagues, students and faculty. Students have the opportunity to practice their networking skills and learning more about a wide variety of companies. Many students are still looking for internship opportunities this summer and fall!  If your company needs intelligent and hard working interns with science/math and engineering backgrounds, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Preview Day for accepted F14 students is t scheduled for Friday, March 28th! 22 Students will arrive on campus to attend this very popular annual event to learn more about our programs, meet our faculty and discover the beautiful campus of Rice University.

In May, we are also expecting 18 students to graduate and heading out with their new degrees into industry and business. Many have secured employment through contacts they made during their internships. Congratulations to all!

In addition to our spring tour to the Baker Hughes Center for Technology Innovation, we have another facility trip planned to Lonza Lifesciences in Houston to learn more about the company and the work they are doing! 

Special thanks also to our spring seminar speakers for giving their time to visit with our students:

•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 • Harry Bushong, NanoTox

Read the latest articles in the PSM News Archive

Article in Houston Chronicle by BHP student Melissa Lopez

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.

NOTE TO COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS: If you need intelligent and hard-working interns for your projects, please contact us!

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

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



Employers Info


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!

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.

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!  An award luncheon was held with Rice PSM Board Member and Schlumberger fellow Brian Clark, Najib Abusalbi, Corporate University Relations Manager, our faculty and our students in April, 2013.

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