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Professional Science Master's (PSM) Program

Program Description:

SF State's Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program Master of Science in Biomedical Science, recognized by CSU Chancellor's Office, the Sloan Foundation and the Council of Graduate Schools, is housed in the Department of Biology in the College of Science and Engineering, and includes two internship-based concentrations: Master's in Biotechnology and Master's in Stem Cell Science. The program's goal is to fill an important niche for training mid-level scientists working in the biomedical sciences, and to meet strong workforce demands from Bay Area regions and the State of California. The program consists of a two-year minimal 30 (Stem Cell Science) or 33 (Biotechnology) credit units graduate courses that provide students with academic and professional training for excelling in applied biomedical research and biotechnological industries. In addition, cooperative internship experience and introductory courses in business management, clinical regulations and bioethics prepare graduates for career paths in the corporate world.

 Admission Requirement:

Prospective students typically have a baccalaureate degree in Biology, Biochemistry or other life science disciplines, and have a sufficient background to undertake a graduate program in biomedical science. Other undergraduate disciplines with professional work experience in biotechnology may apply. All applicants must meet the following requirements for admission into the graduate program in Biology:

  • Baccalaureate degree with a minimal grade point average of 3.0.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Graduate Record Exam (for the General Test) score.
  • Level 1 Written English Proficiency Requirement (can be met with a minimum score of 4.0 on the GRE Analytical Writing Test).
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS scores that meet the minimum required by the Division of Graduate Studies, or other university accepted alternatives.
  • Two or more letters of recommendation. 
  • Transcripts of all post-secondary colleges or universities attended.
  • Resume.
  • A two-page "Statement of Purpose." 
  • Applicants may be interviewed before selection.   
  • At least one year of professional experience in some discipline of science is strongly recommended.
  • Approval for admission by the Division of Graduate Studies and the Biology Department. 

Contact:  Director: Dr. Lily Chen. Phone: 415-338-6763. Email:

                 Associate Director:  Dr. Linda Chen, 415-338-1696.  Email:

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