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: http://sciencemasters.com.
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.
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 (https://apply.grad.arizona.edu/users/login). Be prepared to submit the following materials:
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)
There is no funding support directly available from this program.
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:
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 2016-2017, 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 Student Handbook 2014-2015.
Administrative policies are outlined in the program bylaws.