Master of Science in Plant Biotechnology, Professional Science Master's Concentration

Students in the Plant Biotechnology PSM typically complete the program in 16 months, consisting of 3 full-time, on-campus semesters and a summer internship. The 42 credit hour curriculum requires a minimum of 32 semester hours of approved science coursework determined in consultation with the candidate’s Plant Biology adviser. As a result of approved non-thesis research and team industry projects, students may apply a maximum of 6 semester hours of IB 590 Individual Topics credit toward their science coursework. The PSM concentration requires 10 semester hours of business courses approved by the Illinois PSM Program. PSM 555, PSM 501, PSM 502, and PSM 503 are required and may be taken for 0 or 1 credit hour, but cannot be applied to the required hours for either the science or business curriculum. Enrollment in PSM 555 is required in the summer term during which the internship is completed; PSM specific summer tuition is assessed. Students must enroll full-time in the fall and spring terms (12 or more hours). 

Science electives selected in consultation with advisor 123
IB 510Discussions in Plant Biology (Biotechnology section, 3 semesters)3
IB 590Individual Topics (6 max applied toward degree (optional))6
IB 474Plant Proteomics- Metabolomics2
IB 473Plant Genomics1
IB 503Methods/Application in Biotech3
PSM Concentration courses10
PSM 555PSM Internship (0 min)0
PSM Seminar 20
PSM Industry Seminar I
PSM Industry Seminar II
PSM Industry Seminar III
Total Hours42

Other Requirements3

Other requirements may overlap
A concentration is required.
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall:12
Students must enroll full-time in the fall and spring terms (12 or more hours)
Transfer credit from Illinois or other institutions is not permitted
Minimum GPA:3.0
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For required courses see life.uiuc.edu/plantbio/psm

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 Students can opt to take the PSM seminar series for 0 credit (pass/fail) or 1 credit hour (letter grade). Credit hours for these courses do not apply towards either the 32 science hours or 10 business hours required for the degree.

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For additional details and requirements, please refer to the Plant Biology Department's online Graduate Handbook and the University's Graduate College Handbook.