Mission Statement

The mission of the National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA) is to promote and support the growth and development of professional science master’s degree programs.  

A Brief History

In 2005, PSM program directors agreed to form a professional association to provide a collective voice for PSM degree programs.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation provided a grant to the NPSMA in 2007 when the association incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. During Phase I of NPSMA development, Stephen J. Lemire was hired as Executive Director to work out of the NPSMA office at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The association held its first national conference in November, 2007 in Washington, DC in conjunction with the biennial PSM meeting organized by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). The NPSMA concluded 2007 by creating its website (www.npsma.org) and initiating the NPSMA Alumni Network.  Click here to see Overview Presentation.

2008 NPSMA Officers:
President: Bogdan Vernescu; Vice President: Ursula Bechert; Convener: Elizabeth Freidman; Treasurer: Jung Choi.  

In 2008, NPSMA media coverage began to increase significantly, and NPSMA held meetings with professional association and governmental agency representatives. The year was capped off by installing an Advisory Board of national leaders in industry, academia, and education; by organizing a very successful Inaugural National Conference in Atlanta; and by publishingThe PSM Degree Best Practices Survey Findings.  

2009 NPSMA Officers:
President: Ursula Bechert; Vice President: Elizabeth Friedman; Convener: Loida Escote-Carlson; Treasurer: Kirk Jordan. 

In 2009, Debra Warren-Hite joined the NPSMA team.  The organization coordinated best practices workshops in Tucson, Nashville, and Springfield; published the PSM Degree Program Enrollment & Graduate Report and the 2009 PSM Alumni Employment Survey Report; held its first national Advisory Board meeting; and participated in BIO International, the PSM Biennial, and many other regional and national events. 

2010 NPSMA Officers:
President: Elizabeth Friedman; Vice President: Dagmar Beck; Convener: Cynthia Bainton; Treasurer: Daniel Chatham.

In 2010, as NPSMA Development Phase I concluded, the organization secured Dr. Donald Langenberg as Director of Strategic Planning and External Projects. He is leading NPSMA Development Phase II with the drive to help us remain a strong and sustainable organization. The association held its best practices workshop in Claremont, California and its 2nd National Conference was held November 17-19, 2010 in Atlanta.

2011 NPSMA Officers:
President: Dagmar Beck, Vice President: Bogdan Vernescu, Convener: Susan Stites-Doe; Treasurer: Cliff Chancey.

In 2011, NPSMA held Best Practices Workshops at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland; Bloomington, Minnesota in conjunction with the University of Minnesota System (April); and Niagara Falls, New York (October).

2012 NPSMA Officers:
President: Bogdan Vernescu; Vice President: Jean Schaake, Convener: Ching-Hua Wang; Treasurer: Cynthia Bainton.

In 2012, our first workshop of the year was held in Tampa, Florida.  The event was hosted by the University of South Florida and the workshop's focus was biotechnology.  On September 27-28, 2012, we held an event in Monterey, California, with an environmental theme.  The NPSMA 3rd National Conference was held November 7-9, 2012 in Denver.

2013 NPSMA Officers:
President: David King; Vice President: Deborah Silver; Convener: Inge Wefes; Treasurer: Joaquin Carbonara.

In 2013, NPSMA held a workshop at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts. The theme was data science.  In November, prior to the national conference, another workshop was held with a focus on Cyber Security. The NPSMA 4th National Conference was held on November 13-15, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia.

2014 NPSMA Officers:
President: Marilyn Wells; Vice President: Deborah Silver; Convener: Sheila Thomas; Treasurer: Joaquin Carbonara.

In Spring of 2014, the NPSMA held a food and agriculture workshop in Lafayette, California and the 5th National Conference was held November 12-14, 2014 in Atlanta. On December 1st, the organization secured Dr. Kiriko Komura as Administrative Director. She is leading NPSMA endeavors to take PSM programs to new levels of success. Dr. Komura works for both the NPSMA and the PSM National Office at Keck Graduate Institute.
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