Home Issue Brief: Aligning Higher Education STEM Production with Workforce Demand through Professional Master’s Degrees

Issue Brief: Aligning Higher Education STEM Production with Workforce Demand through Professional Master’s Degrees

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Graduate education in the natural sciences has traditionally emphasized doctoral training for academic or research careers. This training, however, is not meeting the demand for professionals in business, industry, and the public sector, where individuals with a combination of scientific, technical, and managerial skills will be required. 

Professional master’s degrees (often called Professional Science Master’s (PSM) or Professional Engineering Master’s degrees) aim to redress this mismatch by providing students with intensive interdisciplinary graduate level coursework in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, combined with training in management. PSMs have been hailed as the “21st Century MBA” and have grown dramatically recently. One of their key features is that business has been deeply involved in their development from the onset, to ensure that graduates have a seamless transition into high-demand STEM jobs.



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