PSM - Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, students may enroll either part-time or full-time. Currently, approximately 75% of the PSM students are enrolled on a part-time basis. Students are classified as a part-time student when enrolled in 2-9 credits per semester. Full-time students enroll are enrolled in 10-18 credits per semester. During fall and spring semesters students must enroll in a minimum of 2 credits per semester. Summer session enrollment is optional.

Students who enroll full-time (10+ credits per semester) typically complete the degree in two years. Since most students enroll on a part-time basis the majority of students take longer. On average, part-time students graduate in 3 to 3.5 years. The Graduate School requires that all Master’s degree students complete the degree in 6 years. Check out the PSM Curriculum webpage for full details on the PSM requirements.

The internship is a 320-hour experience in industry/business/educational institution. The internship may be paid or unpaid and the 320 hours may be distributed however it best suits the needs of you and your internship mentor. Students identify, with the approval of the student’s committee members, their own internship experience and mentor based on the student’s interests and career goals. For further details on the internship, visit the PSM Internship Webpage.

Students who are employed may possibly complete the internship with their current employer if the student’s committee members approve. It is required that the internship experience be in a department different than where the student is employed and that the experiences during the internship be new to the student. In addition, the internship mentor cannot be the student’s employment supervisor. For further details on the internship, visit the PSM Internship webpage.

The PSM-Molecular Biosciences degree can be completed totally online when enrolled as a Global Campus student. Students also have the option of coming to Pullman, Washington to complete the degree program on the WSU Pullman campus as well. When you apply to the program, you will indicate which campus you are applying.

Students are admitted to the PSM degree during fall, spring and summer semester. Visit the PSM Admission and Application website for instructions and deadlines.

Global Campus (online) tuition for the 2020-21 academic year is $609.80 per credit for part-time students and $6,098.00 per semester for full-time students. All global campus students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of residency status. Pullman Campus student rates are based on the student’s residency status.

  • Washington Resident: $617 per credit for part-time; $6,169 per semester for full-time
  • Non-Resident: $1,321 per credit for part-time; $13,218 per semester for full-time.
  • *Tuition rates are subject to change, determined by the State Board of Trustees.
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    Graduate level courses offered by the College of Business (MKTS 506 and MGMT/ENTRP 588) are charged at the higher College of Business tuition rate of $834 per credit. Beginning in Fall 2021, students will pay a higher tuition rate of $809.80 per credit for Engineering Technology Management (E_M) courses.

    In addition, there may be textbook costs, exam proctoring fee, media fee and other student fees. For additional information on Global Campus Fees visit this website and this link for Pullman Campus fees.

    Although the graduate school requires enrollment in a minimum of 2 credits each semester (fall/spring), students are able to petition to take Graduate Student Leave for up to one academic year if needed. Summer enrollment is optional.

    Because the PSM degree is interdisciplinary, there are a wide variety of careers graduates are qualified for. Some of the companies PSM graduates are currently employed include Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL), VRTICI, Inc., AstraZeneca, Seattle University, Washington State Patrol, Philadelphia Health Management Corp., and InBios International. Examples of job titles include Research Scientist, Lab Manager, Oncology/Diagnostics Manager, and Forensic Scientist.

    Long range, tentative course planning schedules are distributed to students to assist in planning their academic schedules. In addition, all students are encouraged to enroll in MBIOS 583 Professional Skills Seminar during the first semester in the program. In this class, the internship requirement, committee member selection and course planning are all discussed.

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