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2016-2017 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Professional Science Masters
Each of these three M.S. programs is interdisciplinary, shares a common core of courses, has a similar curriculum design and a mandatory business/industry internship component, and can be characterized as a professional science master's degree program - a graduate degree closely related to scientific workforce needs of business/industry. Specific details of the programs and specific requirements for each of the PSM degrees can be found in the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog under the individual School/Department/Program listings.
Medical and Bioinformatics, M.S.
Bioinformatics Focus, Medical Informatics Focus
Medical and Bioinformatics utilizes computer technology to manage and analyze information in the life and health sciences. This degree is granted by the School of Computing and Information Systems within the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing. More specific information about this program can be found in the Computer Information Systems section of the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.
Cell and Molecular Biology, M.S.
Biotechnology involves the industrial use of living organisms to produce food, drugs, and other products. This degree is granted by the Cell and Molecular Biology Department within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. More specific information about this program can be found in the Cell and Molecular Biology section of the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.
Biostatistics involves the application of statistical techniques to scientific research in the life and health sciences. This degree is granted by the statistics department within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. More specific information about this program can be found in the Statistics section of the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.
Admission to Professional Science Masters
- Grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from all undergraduate coursework or a satisfactory score on the GRE or GMAT
- Resume detailing work experiences and accomplishments
- Personal statement of career goals and background experiences, including an explanation of how this program will help achieve educational and professional objectives
- Written recommendations from at least two individuals who are in positions to attest to the applicant's potential for successful completion of the program
- Applicants must have a base of underlying knowledge relevant to graduate study in one of the appropriate disciplines: Medical informatics or bioinformatics, cell and molecular biology or biostatistics. This can be demonstrated by previous academic study or work experience. Consultation with a program faculty advisor is necessary to verify appropriateness of work experience as a substitute for academic preparation. Candidates without sufficient relevant background experience may satisfy any deficiency with appropriate graduate or undergraduate courses, as recommended by a faculty advisor in the program and approved by the Admissions Committee and the program director.
Graduate assistants work with PSM program faculty and staff. Qualified, full-time candidates are selected on the basis of aptitude, interests and background.
Courses Required for all Three of the PSM Degree Programs
Four common core courses Credits: 12
- CMB 610 - Foundations of Biotechnology Credits: 3
- PSM 650 - Ethics and Professionalism in Applied Science Credits: 3
Introduction to biostatistics: choose one of the following:
- STA 610 - Applied Statistics for Health Professions Credits: 3
- STA 622 - Statistical Methods for Biologists Credits: 3
Common seminar course Credits: 2
- PSM 661 - Seminar in Professional Science Practice I Credits: 1
- PSM 662 - Seminar in Professional Science Practice Credits: 2
Internship Credits: 4
- PSM 691 - Internship Credits: 1 to 9