PROFESSIONAL SCIENCE MASTERS (M.S.)

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 four 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
Email: chowdhan@gvsu.edu

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WHY STUDY PSM AT GRAND VALLEY?

  • The demand for professionals working in all four 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 four 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 four, 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.

COURSEWORK

Each program is tailored toward its respective subject. However, all four 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 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.


CAREER OPTIONS

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

JOBS/INTERNSHIPS

Company

Job Title

Link

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Biostatistician

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Charles River Laboratories, Inc.

Biostatistician

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Kelly Services

Molecular Biologist

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National Heritage Academies

Data Analyst

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Spectrum​

Manager, Advanced Analytics

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University of Michigan

Multiple Open Positions

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PSM SUCCESS STORIES

Student/Alumni Profiles

Toph Theisen

Medical and Bioinformatics, December 2015

Andy Kampfschulte

Biostatistics Class of 2016

Kayleigh McCollum

Cell and Molecular Biology, Class of 2016

Ankit Bhaukajee

Data Science and Analytics Class of 2018

Rory Kruithof

Cell and Molecular Biology, December 2015

Busuyi Agbetunsin

Biostatistics, Class of 2016

Sayantoni Mukhopadhyay

Cell and Molecular Biology, December 2015

Joe McCartney

Data Science and Analytics Class of 2019

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News and Events

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.

LinkedIn Workshop

April 12, 2019

Linkedin workshop on how to effectively use Linkedin, how to take advantage of GVSU Alumni-company 'repository' to grow your professional network, and how to leave positive digital footprints and lots more.

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