KGI Alumni, Leadership Featured in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Grad Schools 2014 Guidebook
An interview with Kyle Mak, MBS'12, kicked off an article about postgraduate programs in the recently released 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools Guidebook. Mak told writer Christopher Gearon how he took some advice from his older brother when considering an advance degree in microbiology. His brother, Mak explained, cautioned him to think really hard before investing 10 years of his life only to come out buried in debt. So, he chose to enter the two-year Master of Bioscience (MBS) program and used the skills and connections he acquired at KGI to land a job as supply chain manager at Amgen immediately after graduation.
The article, "A Sharp New Focus on Job Skills," argues that the recent rise in popularity of the professional science master's (PSM) degree is a sign that "recession-wary" students are getting a lot more practical when it comes to postgraduate education. KGI launched the first PSM, the Master of Bioscience, as its flagship program in 1997, and, today, there are nearly 300 PSM programs offered by KGI and 129 other institutions. In 2012, KGI was selected by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to administer the PSM affiliation process.
Jim Sterling, KGI VP of academic affairs and dean of the School of Applied Life Sciences, also was interviewed for the article and emphasized the bright career prospects of new PSM graduates. He noted that summer internships -such as the one Mak did at Amgen -and participation in industry-guided capstone projects (think TMPs) give PSM students plenty of opportunity to prove their worth to potential employers. MBS graduates are being hired at salaries equivalent to what a master's in science would get, Dr. Sterling said, adding, "But they are on a trajectory to leadership, and their salaries are increasing substantially and quickly."