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Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program

The curriculum for Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program is focused on biomedical sciences relevant to human health with additional professional offerings including business, bioethics, epidemiology and biostatistics. 

Students will be engaged in course work for the majority of time in the first semester while also participating in laboratory rotations within partner biotech and biopharmaceutical companies located on campus within the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute and Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County. The Biotech Center houses more than 57 biotechnology companies and nonprofit research entities and serves as the headquarters for the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute and Hepatitis B Foundation.

In the second semester, students will finish course work and begin their research internship/externships. The final two semesters are completely devoted to practical, professional, real-world experience as a researcher within a biotech company. The students will devote all of their time to working on a thesis research project, developing technical skills, working with professional teams, learning and enhancing communication skills and garnering working experience that will serve their future career aspirations.

The degree requirements include the following:

  • A student enrolled within the PSM program will need to complete a total of 42 credits of course/research work in addition to two capstone projects including a research poster and a research thesis. 
  • Additionally, students should maintain a 3.0 GPA, satisfactorily complete research milestones and objectives during their internship/externship experience and comport to the Geisinger Commonwealth graduate professional guidelines throughout their matriculation.


Student learning outcomes are the measurable expected outcomes of student learning or what the student will be able to demonstrate in regard to disciplinary content, as well as critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and other professional skills upon completion of the program. 

The major student learning outcomes associated with the program:

  1. Develop and use the intellectual and practical competencies that are the foundation of personal and professional development and lifelong learning including oral and written communication, scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical analysis and reasoning, and technological competency and information literacy.
  2. Demonstrate competence in their chosen field of study, using the knowledge and ability to address the most significant questions, and advancing towards positions of leadership.
  3. Demonstrate mastery of advanced discussion of topics and scientific issues specific to the student’s research project and course work.
  4. Demonstrate in written and oral communications their understanding of advanced issues specific to their research and course work. 
  5. Demonstrate their ability to integrate the information from other courses and previous work to the overall principles of their current research and field of study.
  6. Demonstrate conceptual understanding and practical mastery of essential techniques utilized in their field of study.
  7. Demonstrate ability to work in a professional environment and comport with professional norms, schedules and responsibilities.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of application of their research to the industry and be able to appreciate commercial aspects of their work.
  9. Demonstrate ability to present scientific findings in a concise manner to both lay and professional audience.

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