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Applied Biosciences (PSM) 
Program Description

The Professional Science Masters (PSM) in Applied Biosciences is designed to prepare students to enter a competitive, scientific workforce. The Applied Biosciences program consists of foundational and practical training in various areas of applied biosciences and along with a professional component that includes internships and "cross-training" in workplace skills, such as business, communications, and regulatory affairs. During the two-year course of study, students will gain a strong understanding of the applications of the biological sciences to real world problems, including those faced by public institutions and private industry. For more details about the nationwide PSM initiative see:

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs -

The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.


Graduate College/GIDP  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Maria-Lourdes Myers
Graduate Program Coordinator
Maria-Lourdes Myers
Director of Graduate Studies
Nafees Ahmad
Istvan Molnar
Murat Kacira
Anne M Wertheimer
Ryan N Gutenkunst
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Guadalupe Estrella
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Students should apply directly to the specific track in the program they wish to pursue. The application should be submitted online (only) via the Graduate College Graduate Admissions Application website ( Be prepared to submit the following materials:

  • All transcripts (official versions must be sent to the Graduate College)
  • GRE scores (not required)
  • TOEFL scores (required for non-native English speakers)
  • GPA for all undergraduate (and graduate) work
  • A one-page statement of interests, which outlines your background (including any professional experience), your professional goals and why you are a strong candidate for the program
  • At least 2 letters of recommendation, preferably from course professors and/or research directors
  • Up to 12 units of graduate level coursework may be transferred into the Applied Biosciences PSM program/degree. This includes units earned as a non-degree graduate student and other graduate level work competed at other institutions. See the UA Graduate College policies for transfer credit.
Standardized Tests

Recommended tests

Recommended GRE Subject tests: general test only
Minimum GRE Verbal:  130-170, in 1 point increments
Minimum GRE Quantitative:  130-170, in 1 point increments
Minumum GRE Written: 0-6, half point increments
Minimum TOEFL: 79 internet baed (iBT) or 550 paper based (PB) or
Minimum IELTS: 7 (no subject area below 6)

Financial Aid

There is no funding support directly available from this program. 

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: Month day   March 31
  • Spring: Month day  August 31

International Applicants:

  • Fall: Month day  March 31
  • Spring: Month day  August 31
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

The ABS PSM program is designed specifically to prepare students to competitively enter the scientific workforce. During the two-year course of study, students will gain a strong understanding of the applications of the biological sciences to real world problems, including those faced by public institutions and private industry. A minimum of 36 unit hours is needed for this degree; 6-9 of these units are for the research internship and report. Students have a maximum of 6 years to complete the degree. Students may apply for, and be admitted to, any of the 4 tracks (“sub-plans”). Each track has its own specific core requirements and electives.

Applied Biosciences Tracks:

  • Controlled Environment Agriculture
  • Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences
  • Industrial Microbial Biotechnology
  • Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology


All Tracks have the following general structure. The number of units per category varies depending upon the track.

Core Science Units................................. 12 units

Professional/Business Plus Courses..........12 units

Science Electives.....................................3-6 units

Internship (includes final report).................6-9 units

                                         Total:             36 Units

Please refer to the ABS-PSM Student Handbook 2019-2020, for a list of courses approved for each of the 4 Tracks in Applied Biosciences. For new students, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) of your track for advice in the selection of your first semester courses.

For more detailed information on all other official academic requirements, policies and procedures of the program are outlined in the ABS-PSM Current Student Handbook

Administrative policies are outlined in the program bylaws.

Minor Requirements
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Last revised 01 Nov 2019