The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) released its annual report on enrollment in professional science masters (PSM) programs. According to the CGS article on the subject, the PSM is a graduate degree “designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers.”
Highlights from the report, as well as from a 2013 CGS survey, include:
• First-time enrollment in PSM programs is up 19% (to 1900 students) from 2010 to 2013. (Compare this to the 1.9% increase in first-time enrollment of domestic students at U.S. grad schools in general between 2007 and 2012.)
• Total enrollment increased 23% (to 5800 students) between 2010 and 2013.
• First time application volume increased 59% over that same period.
• 91% of surveyed PSM graduates were employed in a job in their field of study; 68% of those employed full-time reported an annual salary above $50,000.
• 46% of 7000 applicants were accepted to PSM programs in the fall of 2013.
• 53% of PSM students were men in 2013; 47% were women. (In terms of degrees awarded, 54% were awarded to men and 46% to women.)
• Four fields of study dominated among PSM students: computer/information sciences (21%), environmental sciences/natural resources (15%), math and statistics (15%), and biotechnology (14%).
• 18% of grads at U.S. PSM programs were international students.
• 23% of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who graduated from PSM programs in 2012-2013 were minorities.
See more details at the CGS article, “Upward Trends Continue in Professional Science Master’s Enrollment and Degrees.”
By Linda Abraham, president and founder of Accepted.com and co-author of the new, definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.