The Professional Science Master's (PSM) degree trains students in both science and professional skills to make them highly competitive in the workforce. 

There are three PSM programs offered:

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PSM Contact

Anirudh Chowdhary, Ph.D. 

PSM Programs Coordinator
Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
Telephone: (616) 331-6297



  • The demand for professionals working in all three of the PSM fields is high, with projections continuing to be positive in the coming years.
  • Local partners such as Hope Network, MPI, Michigan State University, Mercy Health, and many more provide students with excellent internship and career opportunities.
  • Graduates from all three programs are working at reputable companies nationwide including Priority Health, VanAndel Research Institute, Meijer, Spectrum Health, Integrated DNA Technologies, Cisco Systems, and NxGen MDx.
  • All three, degree programs are tailored toward working professionals, offering flexible class schedules with evening meetings. The two years of training are a combination of both coursework and professional internships.


Each program is tailored toward its respective subject. However, all three PSM programs have common characteristics. These include their;

  • interdisciplinary nature,
  • internship component,
  • involvement with the university and its industry partners,
  • and emphasis on teamwork, professional skills, problem-solving, communication, scientific knowledge, and technical skills.

See the course listing for each of the programs here.

PSM students at the graduate showcase event.

A PSM student shows her final project to peers at the Graduate Showcase.

A PSM student at Grand Valley, showing off his final project to peers.

PSM students show their final poster projects to faculty, peers, and employers at the annual Graduate Showcase event.


Master's level cell and molecular biologists, those working in medical and bioinformatics, and biostatisticians often work in the following areas:

  • Academic research laboratories
  • Business intelligence
  • Data management and analysis
  • Drug development/clinical trials
  • Evaluation of clinical trials data
  • Healthcare data analysis
  • Marketing analytics



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Cell and Molecular Biology, December 2015

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Medical and Bioinformatics, December 2015

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Cell and Molecular Biology, Class of 2016

Kayleah Groeneveld

Biostatistics, Class of 2016

Busuyi Agbetunsin

Biostatistics, Class of 2016

Sayantoni Mukhopadhyay

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