Why a PSM Degree?

Why Choose a Professional Science Master's (PSM) at Rice University?

Rice University's Professional Science Master's (PSM) programs stand out as a beacon of opportunity and innovation, offering unmatched flexibility and customization to students. Situated in the heart of Houston, Texas, amidst a landscape brimming with industry prowess and a pioneering spirit, our program flourishes. Houston, renowned as the energy capital of the world and affectionately dubbed "Space City," provides an electrifying backdrop for our cutting-edge master's degrees. Moreover, with the presence of the Texas Medical Center, the global hub of medical innovation, our students' educational journey is enriched with breakthroughs in healthcare and medical research.

Our distinctive three-semester industry-oriented curriculum empowers students to tailor their degrees to suit their specific career aspirations. Through a process of course substitution, overseen by dedicated faculty advisors, students refine their curriculum to align precisely with their individual interests and goals. Furthermore, our Inter-Institutional Agreements with esteemed partners such as the University of Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, and others expand students' horizons. This collaborative framework allows students to pursue up to 6 credit hours at no extra cost during their full-time coursework at Rice, ensuring access to a diverse array of educational experiences and expertise.

Augmenting our academic offerings are mandatory 3 to 6-month internships, personalized job placement consulting, and access to Rice Business School courses. Mentorship from our esteemed Industry Board of Affiliates and weekly seminars led by industry experts further enrich the student experience. With enrollment options tailored to accommodate both full-time and part-time students, our program empowers individuals to shape their education according to their unique aspirations.

Within this vibrant ecosystem of innovation and collaboration, the PSM program empowers students to forge their paths towards success and innovation in the ever-evolving realms of science, engineering, and business. Through a fusion of academic rigor, industry immersion, and personalized support, we equip our students to make enduring contributions to their fields and communities, poised for excellence in their chosen endeavors.

What Sets Our Programs Apart?

  • Interdisciplinary Approach: The programs take a multidisciplinary approach, integrating elements of science, engineering, communication, policy and business to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of their fields and prepare them to tackle real-world challenges with innovative solutions.
  • Invaluable Hands-on Experience: Required 3 to 6-month internships provide real-world insights and pave the way for for professional advancement and career growth. Students with
  • Mentorship and Job Placement Consulting: Our esteemed Industry Board of Affiliates offers personalized one-on-one mentorship opportunities, enhancing your professional development and preparing you for success. This support extends to personalized job placement consulting and access to Rice Business School courses. Additionally, our robust alumni network and alumni board mentorship provide invaluable support as you embark on your career journey, offering essential one-on-one assistance and professional development opportunities highly valued by employers.
  • Engagement Opportunities: Intimate luncheons and weekly seminars with industry leaders and exclusive events allow you to foster meaningful connections and insights.
  • Strong Alumni Network: Students benefit from access to a robust alumni network and participation in mentorship programs, ensuring ongoing support and guidance as they navigate their careers.
  • Exceptional Career Success: With a remarkable 99% success rate of students securing jobs within 6 months of graduation, our programs are widely recognized for their effectiveness in preparing students for successful careers.
  • Cutting Edge Curriculum: Under the guidance of distinguished faculty, our industry-focused curriculum stays ahead of industry trends, guaranteeing that graduates possess the latest skills and knowledge required by employers. The program spans three semesters and provides students with the flexibility to customize their degrees according to their career objectives. With the option for course substitution and personalized guidance from committed faculty advisors, students can shape their educational journey to match their unique interests and aspirations.
  • Tailored Learning Environment: With small class sizes and a remarkable 6:1 student-faculty ratio, ensuring individualized attention and mentorship.
  • Expansive Access to Prestigious Institutions: Access to a wide array of courses offered by the University of Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and other prestigious institutions. This collaborative framework enables students to access a diverse range of educational opportunities and expertise, enriching their learning experience at no extra cost.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment where all voices are heard and respected, ensuring that students from various backgrounds feel valued and supported.
  • Soft Skills Development: In addition to academic excellence, we prioritize the development of essential soft skills such as communication, teamwork, and leadership, preparing students for success in their careers.
  • Lifelong Learning: Our commitment to continuous learning extends beyond graduation, with ongoing opportunities for alumni to stay connected and further their education through networking events, continuing education courses, and mentorship programs.