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Professional Science Masters

Master of Science (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.

Program Overview

There are 3 PSM programs offered:

  • Biostatistics, M.S.
  • Cell and Molecular Biology (biotechnology), M.S.
  • Medical and Bioinformatics, M.S.

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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.

Career Options

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

Why Study Psm at Grand Valley?

  • 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 NxGenMDx.
  • 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.


“Students graduate feeling confident in their ability to follow their curiosities and in their ability to take the initiative to understand whatever new ideas or skills are required of them.”


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