PROFESSIONAL MASTER'S DEGREES
What are being called "professional master's degree programs" are designed in partnership with and supported by business/industry advisory groups. They are generally non-thesis master's programs including a 6-10 week internship and involving interdisciplinary studies. This paper will describe a set of programs in geographic information systems (GIS), environmental science, and geoscience more generally that define themselves as PSM's. Most of the programs are too new to have placed many graduates, but faculty are aiming to prepare their graduates for positions of leadership and decision making in business, industry and the public sector.