The PSM difference
How does the Marine Biology PSM Program Differ from Traditional MS programs?
First and foremost, there is no difference in the degree awarded: The Marine Biology Professional Science Masters (PSM) program provides students with a graduate education resulting in a Master of Science in Marine Biology degree from Northeastern University.
However, our Marine Biology PSM Program differs from traditional MS programs as follows:
1) Fixed-length. Students complete the Marine Biology PSM program in 15-months. Unlike traditional MS programs, students are not enrolled for an indeterminate length of time. Despite popular belief that Master’s programs are completed in 2 years, the typical field-based Marine Biology Masters program takes 3-4 years to complete.
2) Self-funded. Due to the intense nature and accelerated timeline of the program, students are unable to commit the time required for teaching or research assistantships. Therefore, by necessity, research and teaching fellowships are not available and students must pay their own tuition.
3) Internship & Research Project. Our students conduct a 6-month research project during the internship portion of the program. Despite this relatively short length of time, our inquiry-based curriculum allows students to subsequently engage in a meaningful research experience comparable to the traditional Masters’ thesis. Over a dozen papers in peer-reviewed journals authored or co-authored by our students in the past 8 years are a testament to the effectiveness of the research project component of our degree program.