PSM Admission and Program Requirements

Completing your professional science master’s

The admission requirements for the PSM designation are the same as those for the MNAS program since you will ultimately be attaining your MNAS degree.

Admission requirements

In order to be considered for admission, students must meet the following requirements. These are minimum requirements; acceptance into the program is on a competitive basis.

  1. The student must have a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri State University or equivalent education from a foreign university.
  2. The student must have a GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of course work required for the undergraduate degree.  They are not required to submit GRE scores.  However, when students apply for a Graduate Assistantship, they must have a combined score of 290 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.
  3. The student must submit a Statement of Interest and at least two Letters of Recommendation.
  4. International applicants are also required to submit a score of not less than 79 on iBT or a comparable score of 6.0 on IELTS TOEFL.  
  5. The student must have an undergraduate background of at least 20 semester hours in the natural and applied sciences. Students may be required to meet course prerequisites for their emphasis areas. Undergraduate courses will not be credited as course requirements for the master's degree.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of teaching assistantships (TA) may be available, awarded on a competitive basis. Applications ( are to be submitted in the GradCAS application portal.  Applicants should have all application materials submitted by March 1 (fall assistantships) or October 1 (spring assistantships) to ensure being considered for a TA position. GRE General Test scores may be considered in awarding assistantships.

Program requirements (minimum of 32 hours)

The program requirements of the PSM designation are very similar to that of the MNAS program.

  1. Once you are admitted into the program, you will be responsible for finding a graduate faculty advisor from your primary emphasis of study. Your advisor will serve as the chair of your advisory committee that includes at least two other faculty members; one of which must be a graduate faculty member in the College of Business Administration.
  2. You must select a primary emphasis area from the following: agriculture, biology, chemistry, computer science, geography, geology and planning, mathematics or physics, astronomy and materials science and complete at least 16 credit hours of courses in that emphasis area.
  3. You must select exactly 3 business courses from the following 7: ACC 600, CIS 600, FIN 600, LAW 600, MGT 600, MKT 600, QBA 600.
  4. You must complete at least 32 hours of course work. A minimum of 16 credit hours must be in courses numbered 700 or above.
  5. Please note that some business courses may require you to complete prerequisite courses. Consult with your advisor to design the best plan for you.
  6. A GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for all graduate work at Missouri State and course work transferred from other institutions is required.
  7. Upon approval of the advisory committee, a written comprehensive examination will be administered and evaluated by the committee. This examination must be passed before a degree will be given.
  8. The student must complete all requirements within an eight-year period (exclusive of the time spent in the United States Armed Forces).

Additional degree requirements

Internship component

The PSM designation requires the completion of an internship in a discipline-related to business, non-profit organization or government agency. Six credit hours (480 total hours) in the internship is required for completion of the PSM designation. Hours beyond these may not be applied toward the degree.

The internship component includes an extensive project that is approved and supervised by the student's on-site internship mentor and the student’s advisory committee. This internship can be completed at the student’s place of employment, and a student may participate in a paid internship.

Possible Internship Places