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 five 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 five 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 five 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 five 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 five 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.


Master's level cell and molecular biologists, those working in health informatics/bioinformatics, data science 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
  • Business analytics



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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan


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Charles River Laboratories, Inc.


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Kelly Services

Molecular Biologist

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National Heritage Academies

Data Analyst

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Manager, Advanced Analytics

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University of Michigan

Multiple Open Positions

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PSM Internship Showcase

Anna Barry - Interned at Van Andel Research Institute, where she researched altered glycan expressions in pancreatic cancer cells after chemotherapy.

PSM Internship Showcase

Jacob Bourgeois - Interned at Michigan Health Information Network where he worked on the Oregon clinical quality metric registry.

PSM Internship Showcase 2018

Alyssa Benn - Interned at NxGen MDx, where she worked on AGG interruption for improving fragile X screening at NxGen MDx.

PSM Internship Showcase 2018

Shreya Paithankar - Interned at Bin-Chen Lab, Michigan State University. She designed and evaluated a statistical model for predicting and classifying prostatic cancer.

PSM Internship Showcase 2018

Taylor Young - Interned at QST Consultations where she worked as a statistical programmer, analyzing clinical research data and creating predictive models using SAS programming.

PSM Internship Showcase 2018

Rose Sweet - Interned at Charles Rivers Laboratories where she worked with a team of statisticians writing codes and programs to enhance the statistical analysis of data generated by the contract research organization. 

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


Student/Alumni Profiles

Rory Kruithof

Cell and Molecular Biology, December 2015

Joe McCartney

Data Science and Analytics, Class of 2019

Swati Gupta

Medical and Bioinformatics, Class of 2016

Kayleigh McCollum

Cell and Molecular Biology, Class of 2016

Andy Kampfschulte

Biostatistics, Class of 2016

Ankit Bhaukajee

Data Science and Analytics, Class of 2018

Busuyi Agbetunsin

Biostatistics, Class of 2016

Toph Theisen

Medical and Bioinformatics, Class of 2015

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News and Events

Introduction to Internship

October 26, 2020

On Friday, October 30th from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. the Office of the Professional Science Masters will be holding a virtual meeting called Introduction to Internship for all first-year students, and anyone who still needs an internship.

Grad School Virtual Fair

October 16, 2020

The Grad School Virtual Fair was live this past Friday for anyone interested in learning more about grad school options in the Professional Science Masters (PSM) program. This is an annual event that will happen again next year!

Health Informatics and Bioinformatics Students Win MGRS Awards

April 19, 2019

Two of the poster presentations from GVSU Health Informatics and Bioinformatics program won awards at this years Annual Midwest Graduate Research Symposium.

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