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May 5, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UDC Introduces Professional Science Master’s Degrees To Meet Capital-Area Employer Needs

Professional Science Master's (PSM)Washington, DC - The University of the District of Columbia’s new Water Resources Management and Applied Statistics degree programs have been formally recognized as official Professional Science Master's (PSM). Both programs will begin accepting students starting this Fall. The PSM is an innovative, new graduate degree program that allows students to pursue advanced study in science or mathematics while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills desired by employers (management, policy, law).

By combining rigorous academic study in science and business-related topics with "real-world" experience, these "science-plus" degrees prepare students for non-profit, corporate or government careers where the workforce needs are growing. National capital-area employers, including government agencies, were involved with the University’s curriculum design and planning.

“This affiliation puts us in elite company,” said University System of the District of Columbia President Dr. Allen L. Sessoms. “These degrees are very important to fulfilling our commitment to prepare students for key science-based positions vital to government and industry in this region. The new degrees show that as we transform the university, we bring additional and valuable new talent to our city and the world.”

“With these recognized programs, UDC becomes the 90th university in the country offering PSM degrees, and, remarkably, only the first Historically Black College and University in this group,” added Beverly Hartline, Associate Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies. “Our faculty are working with DC-area employers on additional new PSM programs, so stay tuned.”

UDC leads the eight-campus, four-state HBCU Mid-Atlantic Professional Science Master’s Alliance, formed last year to collaborate in offering PSMs that serve the needs of national capital-area employers. A grant of nearly $250,000 awarded last Fall by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is helping Alliance members plan and implement PSM programs, of which UDC’s are the first two.

“The Council of Graduate Schools is delighted to recognize the first Professional Science Master’s programs at an HBCU,” said Carol B. Lynch, Director of the PSM Initiative at CGS. “We look forward to UDC’s continuing leadership in the HBCU Mid-Atlantic PSM Alliance, as an ever-growing number of universities establish PSM programs, with employer involvement, to respond to regional and national scientific workforce needs,” she added.


As the only urban land-grant institution in the country, the University System of the District of Columbia (www.udc.edu) supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across all member colleges and schools, which include the University of the District of Columbia (David A. Clarke School of Law, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, College Arts & Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) and the Community College of the District of Columbia.

Contact: Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs, aetter@udc.edu, 202.345.6371