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MBioS Professional Science Masters Degree


The Professional Science Master's Degree in Molecular Biosciences (PSM-MB) offered through SMB earned re-affiliation through the National Professional Science Master's Association (NPSMA) in Dec. 2017.

Designed in collaboration with industry professionals, the PSM degree ensures that graduates are workplace ready.

PSM graduates acquire both STEM disciplinary expertise and high-value, transferable professional skills to prepare them for successful employment.

The First PSM Degree in Washington State

The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in molecular biosciences is designed to help students transition into the workplace by training them in skills that employers need. The interdisciplinary option is available online, or students can choose to take some courses on the Pullman campus.

The PSM combines science with training in ethics, business, management, and communication, bridging the gap between academia and the workplace. One career-oriented aspect of the program is that it requires a business internship rather than a thesis. The nationwide shortage of scientists with managerial and business training means PSM graduates will be well positioned for employment.

The PSM can be obtained completely online, or on-campus or in a hybrid format. The core components of the minimum 33-credit PSM, are courses in molecular biosciences, one course from each of 5 Professional core areas in Ethics, Communication, Business Focus, Management and Skills Seminar and a workplace based Internship. The PSM is an excellent career choice for:

  • Recent graduates with a bachelor’s degree in science who want to expand their science knowledge and develop the business skills needed to enter their chosen career.
  • Midcareer professionals seeking advancement and enrichment in their current careers.
  • K-12 science teachers seeking additional education for career promotion and increased compensation.

PSM Student Spotlight:  Gregory Goh

Gregory GohThis past year, our three international students graduated.  Our spotlight this month is on Gregory Goh.  Gregory is from Singapore and was admitted to the PSM degree in Spring 2016. He recently completed his PSM internship "CatScan: Genetic Testing for Domestic Cats" with Paw Print Genetics, Inc. in Spokane, Washington.

Read what Gregory had to say about the PSM degree:

"Since completing my Bachelor’s degree, I have been working in the Biosciences industry for 7 years. I found that it was increasingly demanding for us to not only be scientists, but also have knowledge of topics such as management, logistics, how to work with professionals of other industries, as well as have post-graduate qualifications. The PSM program helped to refine such knowledge and proved accessible despite me having been away from academia for so long. To me, the best part of the program was how it was structured to blend in both the scientific side and the industrial application side. Coming in as an international student, the internship section helped me gain local experience of the Biosciences industry. Moving forward, I hope to return to the industry better equipped to handle the challenges and take on more responsibility in the scientific community in the future."     

Congratulations to all of our new PSM graduates!   



A Note From the Director

We are off to a great start in 2018 with the wonderful news that our PSM degree earned re-affiliation status from the National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA), which means that our program meets the standards set by the association.  We are delighted by this recognition as it attests to the breath and rigor of our degree.  We had a busy 2017 in which we graduated 5 PSM students; all of whom completed excellent internship work, and I want to take this opportunity to urge you to visit the Internship link on the webpage to view the diverse internship projects our students participate in.  I also want to take this opportunity to again remind you that we want to celebrate all your successes and milestones, so please contact us with your good news, no matter how small or large the recognition is. We are still growing our program and we are still accepting students every fall, spring and summer.  This past fall to increase our visibility as the only affiliated PSM degree program in Washington State, we conducted several webinars to reach out to interested students.   It was very successful, and we are planning to repeat this outreach and marketing strategy in the spring. We continue to be impressed by the scope and quality of our PSM students and our goal is to continue to have an open dialogue with you all, not only to solicit feedback but also to energetically act upon that feedback. To that end, the curriculum is always on our radar screen with the objective of adding and developing new courses, even in times of university budget constraints.   

We were delighted that several PSM students joined us in Pullman for the 2017 annual SMB retreat that takes place in the week before the semester starts in August, and as a heads up we will be sending an invitation to all of you soon for the 2018 retreat.   In addition, last year I attended the 8th  annual National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA) meeting in Phoenix: the theme of which was “Build, Grow and Sustain”  This year was the 20th anniversary of the launch of the first PSM degree (1997), and the success in the growth of PSM degrees nationally and internationally was celebrated.  The meeting afforded me the opportunity to reconnect with other PSM directors and to hear about all the new PSM initiatives that are indicative of a very energetic PSM community. The conference was packed with informative presentations from business owners, government officials, and educators; all of whom are strong advocates of PSM degrees.  In addition to continuing the advocacy of PSM program growth, the NPSMA has launched a new program ‘PSM for our State’ to further increase the awareness of this relatively new but highly relevant degree to meet the needs of current and future employees and employers. 

 Here’s to another successful PSM year!

 Norah McCabe


Learn more about the PSM degree:  Register to attend an Online Information Session.

January 29 at 12:30 pm

February 5 at 5:00 pm

February 20 at 5:00 pm

February 21 at 12:30 pm

February 25 at 12:30 pm

February 27 at 5:00 pm

(All times are Pacific Standard Time)

PSM - Frequently Asked Questions


PSM degree ranked as one of best in nation:

AC Best Online Colleges Biololgy 2016 The PSM degree in Molecular Biosciences at WSU has been ranked as one of the top online Biology degrees in the nation for 2015-16 by Affordable Colleges Online

PSM Final Exam Presentations:

Current WSU students, faculty and staff may view PSM Final Exam Presentation videos by going to the link below. WSU Net ID and password are required. Others interested in viewing one of these presentations should contact the PSM Academic Coordinator at for further information.

PSM Final Exam Presentations (internal)

PSM Workshop - August 2017

PSM Workshop Presentation 

PSM Graduates:

Amanda Grimm: Aug. 2018

Hayley Smalls: Aug. 2018

Heather Maylor-Hagen: Aug. 2018

Gregory Goh: Dec 2017

Inje Paek: Dec 2017

Aaditi Lele: August 2017

Dana Maestas: August 2017 

Joshua Hansen:  May 2017

Christopher Kinzel: May 2017

Julie Schwabe: May 2017 

Stacy Martin:  Dec 2016

Charisma Jenkins:  Aug. 2016

Karlie Bagan:  May 2016

Kent Bloodsworth: Dec 2015

Kristina Hoffman: Dec 2015

Wendi Russac: Dec 2015

Rachael Fasnacht: May 2015

Stacey Gregersen: May 2015

Bryionne Heim: May 2015

Tanis Jimenez: May 2015

J. Michael Mackay: May 2015

Saint Inman: May 2014

LaQuita Brock: Dec. 2013

Brandi Heath: Dec. 2013

Brandon Kyriss: Dec. 2013

Chelsea Pickett: Dec. 2013

Jean Paul Tousignant: Dec. 2013

Rachelle Rozsonits: July 2013

Archie Hoggan: June 2013

Cordy Herring: Feb. 2013

Brian Wasicek: Mar. 2013

Eleni Alexiou: 2011

Chandima Bandaranayaka: 2011

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