MBA for Scientists; NRM officials detail Professional Science Master’s Degree
By: Kerry Griffis-Kyle
Texas Tech University is offering an innovative online Professional Science Master's (PSM) Degree. This degree integrates the disciplines of Natural Resources Management, Sustainability, and Business to train students to solve our growing environmental challenges locally and across the globe. Graduates of this degree program are trained to help organizations better manage their natural resources, plan and initiate programs for sustainability, and to comply with environmental regulations.
PSM degrees have been called the "MBA for scientists." These are interdisciplinary degrees designed to provide advanced training in science, while simultaneously developing highly valued business skills. A PSM degree can prepare students for associated science careers in business, government, or nonprofit organizations, where workforce needs are increasing. Because this degree is available entirely online, it creates a pathway for place-bound students to achieve advanced graduate degrees, and is accessible to those with full time employment unable to attend traditional day classes.
The Texas Tech University PSM program offers two tracks of study: Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sustainability. For both tracks, students take core coursework through the Department of Natural Resources Management and the Department of Biological Sciences, and are trained in valuable business skills such as communication, leadership, strategic planning, marketing, and sustainable business practices. Students also work with advisors to identify electives to tailor the degree to their interests and career goals. The program culminates in an internship or capstone project, so students gain experience in applying their coursework in real world situations to address complex problems.
Texas Tech is recruiting students for this program and still allows flexibility in the start date. Interested students should contact the PSM program advisors directly:
• Natural Resources Track, contact Kerry Griffis-Kyle, Associate Professor, Director - Professional Science, Department of Natural Resources
Management, Texas Tech University at firstname.lastname@example.org (email is preferred)
• Environmental Sustainability Track, contact Deborah Carr, Research Associate Professor with the Department of Biological Sciences, and Director of the Professional Science Master's Degree Program, Texas Tech University at Deborah.Carr@ttu.edu
Application Materials & Requirements
• Transcripts from a 4-year undergraduate degree
• A minimum 3.0 in the last 90 credits of coursework
• Statement of interest summarizing your education, employment history, long-term career goals, and how this degree program will help (1-2 pgs)
• GRE Scores: optional
International students must also have a TOEFL score of 80 or above. This is an online program that does not require residency and therefore cannot be used to obtain a student visa.
- Agricultural & Applied Economics
- Agricultural Education & Communications
- Animal & Food Sciences
- Landscape Architecture
- Natural Resources Management
- Plant & Soil Science
- Veterinary Science
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