psm in biomarkers and diagnostics

The Professional Science Master provides students advanced training in science without a Ph.D., and highly-valued business skills without an MBA. PSMs prepare students for science careers in business, government, or nonprofit organizations, where workforce needs are increasing. Programs are characterized by “science-plus,” combining rigorous study in science or mathematics with skills-based coursework in management, policy, or law. Our students have a “real-world” internship in a business or public sector enterprise, instead of the more typical thesis. 



Sonal Sharma
(Professional Science Masters degree) Advisor; Dr. Robert Blumenthal
Bachelors of Medicine, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, India, Spring 2010

After completing my Bachelors in Medicine from India, I was looking for a Master’s that would enhance my sphere of medicinal knowledge with the current demands of corporate world market: Information Technology. There is a current boom in informatics being coupled with biology and I found the PSM program in Biomarkers and Diagnostics at the University of Toledo a perfect match for my Graduate ambition.

I would highly recommend this program to anyone who has interest in studying a combination of Biology, Informatics, and Management for their Master’s. It is a good choice for people who do not want to go into research and PhD and work in the corporate market. There is an Internship opportunity that is part of the PSM curriculum that gives a great hands-on experience in a corporate organization to practice the tools and basics learned in the program. It can also be taken as a choice of Graduate degree that helps you prepare for your PhD and research. The University of Toledo is one of the most student-friendly places to be. I love the diverse cultural exposure one gets here. The quality of education and student life is great for your development with super friendly faculty and staff. 


amit photoAmit Chougule
Currently pursuing a PhD in MOME at UT
(Molecular Medicine)

If you are looking to pursue a degree in Biomedical Sciences or Bioinformatics to learn the Industrial aspects of these fields, this is the program you should be in. I finished my Bachelors in India with a B. Tech in Biotechnology degree. Just after that I started to work on a research project. During this period I was searching for a masters program that would help me to learn about recent advances in biomedical sciences and bioinformatics. Also, I wanted to learn about industrial perspectives of these fields. I found that the PSM (Professional Science Masters) program at The University of Toledo matched my interests. I recommend this program for several reasons. UT is known for quality education, diversity and a welcoming atmosphere. The PSM program is flexible, as you get some elective courses to choose from, so you can follow your interest. You take some business management courses, which add to your skills and help you to look at your profession from a managerial angle. Summer Internship is the time when you actually apply things you learned in the program. For students who have just finished their bachelors, this program will help in deciding career goals and getting into industry.


Applicants to the PSM degree with a concentration in  Biomarkers and Diagnostics must meet the following requirements, in addition to those of the UTHSC Graduate School:

1. Completed online application form, and accompanying application fee (or waiver).  Students who have already applied to the Program can check application status online.  If a student's application is incomplete, this site will indicate which documents are missing. Fall entry is recommended.  Admissions are made on a rolling basis until the class is filled. There is no fixed deadline. 

2. The GRE has been waived for all U.S. students who have a GPA of 3.0 or above, or for students who can submit MCAT scores of 25 or higher.  For all other students the GRE requirements are as follows: Minimum GRE composite score of 300 (combined verbal and quantitative), and 3.5 (analytical). GRE scores must be current within the past five years.

3. Earned bachelor’s degree or earned graduate degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants with a degree in progress will, of course, be considered.

4. GPA of 3.0 or above (on a four-point scale) GPA of 2.5 or above may apply for provisional acceptance that would change to Regular (non-probationary) status, if their first term graduate coursework has a GPA of 3.0 or above. 

5. Official transcripts for undergraduate and any graduate education.

6. Three letters of recommendation from college faculty or research supervisors

7. Resume including Statement of Purpose.  Previous research experience is considered, but not required.  

8. International students also will need to provide scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), (as of Fall 2014, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is no longer accepted), unless they have already received a degree from a U.S. institution.  Scores above the 50th percentile are recommended.

Information for international Students can be found here.

1) During the first semester, students will be required to meet with Dr. Robert Blumenthal to identify specific areas of interest and make contact with sponsoring companies.  Selection of an internship project should be completed early in the second semester. An Internship is done in place of a thesis, during the summer term of the PSM program.

1)  A Plan of Study form is required BEFORE the student completes 12 credit hours (during the Fall 1 term).  A partially completed Plan of Study can be found here.

Students are likely to have diverse backgrounds, the curriculum is designed to give all students a foundation appropriate to entry into a pharmaceutical research program.

Click here for PDF version of PSM curriculum schedule. 

Financial details can be found at the UT Treasurer's Office here.


Last Updated: 6/29/17