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Professional Science Master’s (PSM)

The Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) in the College of ACES offers a Master of Science degree in Bioprocessing and Bioenergy with a concentration in PSM (non-thesis). In addition to receiving training in the general field of bioenergy, students gain relevant professional experience in business and related topics through coursework and an internship.

Degree Requirements

The Professional Science Master’s program is built around four integrated learning components:

  • Science – 32 hours in a specific field of study; this is the core of the program
  • Business – 10 hours in essential business knowledge and skills
  • Industry seminar series – weekly discussion of business concepts and examination of current and emerging business issues, often including interaction with business experts
  • Internship – hands-on work experience to support your personal and professional goals

The PSM degree is a full-time, on-campus program which is completed in 16 months (three semesters and one summer term). A thesis is not required.

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Admission Information

Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree in a recognized field of biological, physical, agricultural, socio-economic or engineering science. Additional Bioprocessing and Bioenergy Admission Requirements can be found on the Illinois Professional Science Master’s website.

For more admission questions and to submit transcripts or letters of recommendation visit the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Graduate College website.

The International Student and Scholar Services will provide additional information for International Student applicants.

For additional questions, please contact Beth Conerty at

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance in the form of full or partial waiver of tuition and fees is NOT available to PSM students. Students are responsible for securing adequate funds to pay tuition, fees, living expenses, and all other costs. Please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information.

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