Program Overview

In response to the increasing reliance on technology in our national economy, there's a rising demand for individuals equipped with both scientific expertise and leadership acumen in industry, business and government. Rice University's Professional Master's (PSM) Program addresses this need by integrating disciplinary studies with shared experiences, fostering skills in management, communication policy, and ethics. By immersing graduates in the culture of business and industry, our program enhances their prospects for future success.

Each degree program within our curriculum comprises science courses, cohort courses, and internship experiences, all overseen by dedicated faculty advisers. This structure allows students to tailor their education to their career aspirations, with options for both full-time and part-time enrollment. Our three-semester industry-oriented curriculum enables students to finely tune their studies according to their individual interests and goals, empowering them to excel in the dynamic realms of science, engineering, and business.

Situated in the vibrant heart of Houston, Texas, our Professional Science Master's programs at Rice University offer unparalleled flexibility and customization. Houston's renowned status as the energy capital and "Space City" provides an inspiring backdrop for our advanced master's degrees. Additionally, our proximity to the prestigious Texas Medical Center ensures students benefit from a rich educational experience enriched by innovation in healthcare and medical research.

At Rice University, we offer an unmatched environment for academic excellence and professional growth, empowering students to make enduring contributions to their fields and communities.

Industry-Oriented Non-Thesis Degree Programs Offered in:

  • MS in Applied Chemical Sciences : Equips students with practical skills in chemical sciences for various industries, emphasizing hands-on applications and problem-solving.
  • MS in Bioscience and Health Policy: Blends expertise in biosciences with policy analysis, preparing students for roles at the intersection of healthcare, science, and public policy.
  • MS in Energy Geosciences: Focuses on the exploration and management of energy resources, integrating geoscience principles with technological advancements in the energy sector.
  • MS in Environmental Analysis: Provides training in environmental sciences and data analysis techniques to address complex environmental challenges facing industries and governments.
  • Masters in Energy Transition and Sustainability: Explores the transition to sustainable energy systems, covering topics such as renewable energy, energy policy, and environmental sustainability.
  • MS in Space Studies: Explores various aspects of space exploration, including space policy, engineering, and planetary science, preparing students for careers in the space industry and related fields.
  • Coordinated PSM/MBA Program

Program Highlights

  • Industry-focused Master's Degrees: Crafted to merge science, engineering, and business expertise under the guidance of our distinguished faculty, ensuring a transformative learning journey.
  • Program Flexibility: Flexibility is a hallmark of our program, allowing students to substitute courses to suit their individual needs. In addition, we offer both full-time and part-time enrollment options to accommodate diverse schedules and commitments.
  • 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.
  • Industry Board of Affiliates Mentorship: One-on-one mentorship opportunities with our esteemed industry board further enhance your professional development and readiness for success.
  • Personalized Job Placement Consulting: Supported by our robust alumni network and alumni board mentorship, offering unparalleled support as you begin your career journey.
  • Engagement Opportunities: Our weekly seminars, corporate luncheons and other exclusive events with industry leaders provide invaluable opportunities for networking and training in essential areas such as career management, communication skills, and professional development.
  • Alumni Network: Access to a strong alumni network and participation in the alumni board mentorship program, providing students with valuable connections and guidance from experienced professionals across diverse industries.
  • Exceptional Career Success: A staggering 99% success rate of students securing jobs within 6 months of graduation speaks to the prestige and effectiveness of a Rice University education.
  • Cutting Edge Curriculum: Led by renowned faculty, our curriculum remains at the forefront of industry trends, ensuring relevance and applicability.
  • 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 Rice University's Jones School of Business, University of Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and other prestigious institutions.

Previous Employers Include

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Job Titles Include

Executive Director, Project Manager, Health Care Manager, Senior Geoscientist, Energy Data Manager, Planning and Design Engineer, Global Consultant, Data Manager, Health Policy Consultant, Compliance Manager, Missions Operations, Environmental Consultant, Operations Manager, EHS Manager, Environmental Site Investigator, Flight Controller, Reservoir Engineer, Software Engineer, Satellite Systems Engineer and more

Average Salary

$80,000-$140,000 (industry sector)