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Professional Science Master's Certificate in Materials Science and Engineering

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Add value to your master's degree in materials science and engineering with the Professional Science Master's Certificate. Through interdisciplinary coursework, you will build your professional skills and position yourself for success in the workplace.

You will complete 30 credits in materials science and/or engineering plus an additional 13 credits in professional skills courses. This "plus" component moves beyond the training of a traditional master's degree in materials science and engineering. It emphasizes leadership skills, business and project management, ethics and legal principles, communication skills, and team-building skills. You will develop these skills through coursework and workshops, as well as internships and group projects in employer-based settings.

Learn more about the Council of Graduate Schools' initiative for Professional Science Master's studies at the nation's graduate schools here.







Course Number



 6 required course topics CHEM 544 or MSE 572 4 4
  MSE 511 4 4
  MSE 565, MSE 569 or GEOL 583 2 min 2
  MSE 566, MSE 560 or GEOL 528 4, 3 or 4 3-4

Subtotal 13-14

  MSE 590 3 3
  MSE 593 1
Choose a or b capstone path a) MSE 597 and MSE 598 4 min (2+2)  4-8 
  b) MSE 598 and MSE 599 8 min (4+4) 

Subtotal 21-26

Electives MSE or other as approved by advisor
to obtain 30 credits
4-9 4-9
      MS in MSE = 30 
  GRD 594
  GRD 595
Internship  GRD 596A or XXX 597 2 or 2
Capstone seminar  GRD 596B   2
Electives  See list below 3
Certificate = 13
      Total = 43

For complete course details and descriptions of required courses, please see below.

How To Apply

For those who are already enrolled in Binghamton University's Master's of Science in Materials Science and Engineering, please complete the application for an add-on certificate and email it to

Prospective master's students must apply to Binghamton University's Materials Science and Engineering master's program AND complete the application for the Professional Science Master's Certificate. Two separate applications are required. Submit the master's program application first and the certificate application second.

Please note:

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis (Fall, Spring, Winter and Summer semesters)
  • Applicants already holding a degree from an accredited institution are required to provide proof of academic background and must submit official transcripts


For more information regarding the Materials Science and Engineering program, please contact Elaine Schmitz at 
All other inquiries can be directed to The Graduate School at


GRD 594 - Management Fundamentals for Engineers and Scientists
(3 credits) Registration during Winter/Summer sessions. This course provides graduate students in science and engineering programs with basic management skills including project planning, project management, personnel management, functional business disciplines, strategic planning and management of technology development and innovation. This is a distance learning format that requires active participation, and includes on-line course modules, business case studies, online interaction, team project, and weekly live discussions. A commitment of 45 in-class hours is expected. Prerequisites: Graduate student in a science/engineering program.

GRD 595 - Fundamentals of Budget and Finance
(3 credits) Registration during Winter/Summer session. This course is available to graduate students in science and engineering programs and will provide an overview of business management skills by teaching principles of budget and financial accounting. Students will develop an understanding of the basic financial tools needed to develop business proposals and successfully manage scientific projects in public and private work sectors. Topics may include capital planning, cost estimation, project progress measurement and other keys to developing a financially sound business. This course will be offered online through Blackboard. Students will work with PowerPoint files and have speakers/headphones access on their computers. Mastery of the subject matter will be assessed

GRD 596A - Case Study Internship or XXX 597 
(2 credits) Registration during Winter/Summer sessions. Students will be assigned to internships with industry partners under the mentorship of Advisory Board members.

GRD 596B - Capstone Interdisciplinary Seminar
(2 credits) Registration during Winter/Summer sessions. Students will be expected to work in teams to apply what they have learned towards problem solving "real world" issues. Students will produce a final report and power-point presentation that will be evaluated based on how well they have integrated scientific training and management skills. Teams will be assigned a mentor who is a member of the Advisory Board.



School of Management

Following is a list of graduate courses, generally available through the School of Management during Winter and Summer sessions, that might be applied to the PSM certificate as electives. PSM certificate students can only enroll in these courses with the written permission of the SOM academic advisor or graduate director.

MGMT 501 - Accounting for Managers
(4 credits) Introduction to financial and managerial accounting concepts, with emphasis on the use of accounting information by various stakeholders in the corporation, including investors, lenders and managers.

LEAD 551 - Foundations of Leadership
(4 credits) Students are exposed to a variety of perspectives regarding how they may exercise and develop leadership. Focus is at an individual level of analysis: personal attributes, behaviors and styles of individuals who facilitate exemplary leadership. Students develop an understanding of their impact on groups and vice versa, as well as how their behavior/styles evolve over time and in different contexts/cultures.

MGMT 506 - Marketing for Managers
(4 credits) The marketing environment; ethical issues, consumer behavior, marketing planning; product, price, promotion and distribution decisions. Emphasis is on understanding the impact on marketing of strategic development. Prerequisite: MGMT 501.

Department of Public Administration

Students may also petition to enroll in courses offered through the Department of Public Administration, including:

PAFF 580 - Introduction to Local Government Management and Leadership
(3 credits, offered every fall) This course provides an overview of the structure and function of local government. Discussion topics include leadership skills, board administration, performance management, strategy development, and public participation.

PAFF 526 - Managing Information and Technology
(2 credits, offered every spring and summer) This course focuses on the evolution of data into information and knowledge, and the use of technology to support public service. We discuss establishing and complying with information policies, and managing the collection, use and dissemination of information. Issues of privacy, security, access and transparency are considered.

PAFF 531 - Law for Administrators
(3 credits) This course will emphasize how judicial procedure, including past court decisions, affects public administration. It will examine the legal principles and practical doctrines involved in the work of administrative agencies vested with quasi-legislative or quasi-judicial powers. Particular attention will be paid to administrative rule-making.

PAFF 532 - Intergovernmental Relations
(3 credits) An examination of federalism and intergovernmental relations in theory and practice; political, fiscal, and administrative aspects of intergovernmental relations; intergovernmental policymaking and state and local responses to federal devolution of authority; includes case studies. Course focuses on the level of government most appropriate for addressing various policy issues, carrying out government programs, and delivering goods and services.

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Last Updated: 6/27/13