The WSU-Applied Research and Management PSM degree program consists of 36 graduate S.H.: 18 S.H. in the scientific core area, 12 S.H. in the professional skills area, and 6 S.H. in capstone experience. Students will work with their graduate committee and industry liaison to develop an individualized curricular plan of courses and internship/research to match the career goals of the student with the employment needs of industry. The variety of courses available is flexible to shifting market conditions so that current and future industry needs are met. The WSU PSM will focus on the interdisciplinary and cooperative learning of all students, and all students within the program will be encouraged to obtain training and education in a variety of participating departments.
Scientific Core (18 S.H.)
Courses in the Scientific Core are selected based on the student¿s selected field of specialization. Core areas include:
¿ Clinical Science
¿ Composite and Materials Engineering
¿ Exercise Science
¿ Environmental Science
¿ Molecular Biology
Each student will be guided by a graduate committee to help select the appropriate discipline-specific courses. The graduate committee will be composed of a minimum of three members of the PSM graduate faculty. Additionally, a representative from industry may be included on the committee. At least one of the faculty members of the graduate committee will be from a discipline other than the emphasis area of the student. Please see attachment for courses that can be taken as part of the Scientific Core.
Professional Skills and Management Core (12 S.H.)
Courses in the Professional Skills and Management Core are designed to give a broad overview of key business concepts as they pertain to a variety of scientific fields. All students, regardless of their specific Specialized Core path, are required to take the following courses:
¿ Project Management
¿ Accounting and Finance For Scientists
¿ Statistical Methods for Healthcare Research
¿ Intra/Interpersonal Communications in the Workplace
¿ Ethics and Leadership
¿ Research Methodology
Please see attachment for courses that will be part of the Professional Skills and Management core.
Capstone Experience (6 S.H.)
The Capstone Experience is designed to provide hands-on proficiency related to the career goals of each graduate student, while providing industry relevant knowledge. The capstone may include an internship in industry, research under the direction of a WSU PSM graduate faculty member, or both. A thesis is not required for the capstone experience, but a student may choose to pursue graduate research leading to a thesis under the advisement of a major advisor and their graduate committee.
Each student will be guided by a graduate committee to help develop and complete the capstone experience. The graduate committee will be composed of a minimum of three members of the PSM graduate faculty. Additionally, a representative from industry may be included on the committee. At least one of the faculty members of the graduate committee will be from a discipline other than the emphasis area of the student. The purpose of the graduate committee will be to ensure that each capstone plan is an appropriate hands-on experience that builds skills and knowledge that are applicable to the field of study. Once the plan is approved by the graduate committee, the student will be eligible to register for capstone credits. Typically, the Capstone Plan should be submitted and approved by the end of the second semester after admission into the graduate program.
As part of the capstone plan, students will be required to explicitly envision how the capstone experience will connect to the professional requirements, standards, and skills of their field. Along these lines, students are encouraged to pu