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Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Structuring Satisfaction for Multiple Stakeholders The PSM Program Structure Marketing Program Corporate Partners Dagmar K. Beck, Coordinator Rice University Professional Master’s Program

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structuring satisfaction for multiple stakeholders

Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

Structuring Satisfaction for Multiple Stakeholders

The PSM Program Structure

Marketing Program

Corporate Partners

Dagmar K. Beck, Coordinator

Rice University

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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

PSM Program Hallmarks

70 % Advanced science education

30 % Management & communication skills

+ Capstone Internship

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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

Assisted in curriculum development

  • Aid with internships and
  • graduate placement
  • Inform faculty of changes
  • in the workplace
  • Admit and advise students
  • Improve course offerings
  • Oversee program development

Converging of Forces:

Oversight Committee

Rice faculty

Board of Affiliates

Industry representatives

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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

Subsurface Geoscience

Nanoscale Physics

Environmental Analysis

& Decision Making

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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

ThreeMSDegrees

Subsurface Geoscience (2003)

  • Exploration and development of reserves of oil and natural gas

Nanoscale Physics (2002)

  • Quantum theory in relation to practical nano- and mesoscale devices

Environmental Analysis & Decision Making (2002)

  • Methods used by industrial and governmental organizations to deal with environmental issues
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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

Program Features in a Nutshell

  • Length of 21 months
  • Three semesters of interdisciplinary course work
  • Required 3- to 6-month internship
  • Cohort Courses:
    • Management, team training, communication,

policy and ethics

  • Internship Project and Presentation
  • Part-time Enrollment available
  • Award of Master of Science Degree
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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

Basic Program Schedule

Cohort

Fall semester

14 credit hours

Spring semester

13 -15 credit hours

Spring semester

13 -14 credit hours

Internship reports

and

GRADUATION

SUMMER /

FALL

INTERNSHIP

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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

Cohort Courses or “Plus Courses”

  • Management for Science and Engineering
    • Basic business concepts
  • Science Policy and Ethics
    • The policy, politics, ethics, and legal issues that relate to science and technology
  • Master’s Seminar (2)
    • Communication training
    • Corporate guest speakers
  • Master’s Project
    • Internship results
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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

Development of Practical Skills Curriculum

  • Understanding of basic business

principles

  • Understanding of policy making

and ethical decision making

  • Communication Skills, such as
    • Writing Skills
    • Speaking and presentation skills
    • Networking skills
  • Hands-on working experience
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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

Communication Assessment Workshop

Four-part Assessment:

  • Application of Mechanical and

Grammatical Conventions

  • Constructing an Argument and

Writing Effectively

  • Creating a Power Point Presentation
  • Presenting/Speaking in front of a Group
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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

Marketing of Program to Business

and non-profit Organizations

  • Annual PSM Corporate Reception
  • Distribution of brochures at corporate and

university events

  • Distribution of newsletter to corporate representatives
  • Publishing of articles in business/non-profit related

magazines/newspapers

  • Luncheons with students and corporate representatives
  • Ads in professional magazine
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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

Corporate Relationship Building

Corporate Relationship Building

  • Annual Corporate Reception
  • Corporate Luncheons
  • Highlighting a company on a monthly basis
  • Groom relationships with internship providers
  • Newsletter mail out
  • Web advertisement of corporate scholarships
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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

Subsurface Geoscience

Anadarko, Ballard Explorations, Burlington Resources,

Total E&P, Schlumberger, ConocoPhillips, Baker Hughes,

Hilcorp, Inc., Lynn Inc., Chevron Texaco,

Shell, Exxon Mobile, Occidential Petroleum

Nanoscale Physics

NASA, Baker Hughes, Quantum Logic Devices, Schlumberger, CNI, Dupont iTechnologies, Digisonics , Lockheed Martin, and the

U.S. Military

Environmental Analysis and Decision Making

Groundwater Services, Inc. ,  Argent Consulting ,  CDM Consulting, ERM, ENVIRON, CH2M Hill, URS Environmental Municipal Water Utilities Orange County PBS&J, Houston Wilderness ,  Trinity Consulting, Weston Solutions

Internship Providers, Employers and Supporters

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Recruitment trips to universities nationwide

Graduate Fair visits

Student presentations at universities

Mail-outs to foreign and domestic universities

Web advertisement with Gradschool.com and Petersons.com

Professional Master’s

Web Site

Google web advertising

Student Newspaper ads

Annual Preview Days

Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

Student Recruitment

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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

Program Enrollment and Graduation Rate

by Semester

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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

Challenges

  • Competition with traditional, research based master

programs

  • Tuition versus stipends
  • Securing reliable sources for internship providers
  • Find more corporate scholarships
  • Limited resources of time, man power, and funds
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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

Institutional Financing

Institutional Financing

  • Students self-finance tuition
  • The program is self-sustaining, the university

does not financially support program

  • Corporate scholarships for student support
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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

Data Collection to Assess Demand

and Develop Marketing Strategies

  • Residency of students
  • Alma mater
  • Work experience
  • Former Employers
  • Source of PSM program locator
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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

Assessment of Student Satisfaction

and Career Outcome

  • Database on Applications/Track

and Offers/Acceptances

  • Student Interim Surveys/Exit Surveys
  • Internship Provider evaluations
  • Feedback Sessions with students

and corporations

  • Track students after they graduate
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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

Alumni Involvement

  • Maintaining contact with alumni
  • Involvement by requesting

feedback/input

  • Assigning mentorships
  • Ambassadors for program
  • Inviting them and their colleagues

to university events

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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

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Professional Master’s Program

Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

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