Kaylee Williams graduated from the Agricultural Production PSM program in 2014 with a focus in Animal Production. She earned her undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois. During her undergraduate career, Kaylee realized that her background was heavy in research and science and she wanted to be a more rounded professional with business knowledge. She states that she, “wanted to be more marketable as a potential employee in the animal health industry.” Kaylee’s internship was with Carthage Innovative Swine Solutions in Carthage, Illinois. She is now aTerritory Sales Manager with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. Her advice to students is to “take accountability for yourself, your learning, and your experience.” There are plenty of opportunities to make connections, network and better yourself as a professional if you take the initiative and reach out.
The Illinois PSM business curriculum addresses essential knowledge and skills for managerial and leadership roles. Business courses – combined with the PSM seminar series and the internship – differentiate the Illinois PSM from other research-focused M.S. degree programs.
The business curriculum is delivered in partnership with the University of Illinois’ College of Business.
Five principal themes define the Illinois PSM business curriculum:
- business fundamentals – marketing, strategy, and entrepreneurship;
- financial – accounting and finance;
- project and process management,
- workplace dynamics – leadership, teams, and organizational behavior; and
- law and regulation.
Students complete one to two business courses each semester. Courses are typically two credit-hours, each meeting for one-half of the semester. Courses within a semester are taken sequentially, i.e., only one is taken at a time.
The specific courses vary by term and are announced in advance.
To ensure the relevance and timeliness of the business curriculum, courses may be changed and new courses may be added.
For more information or to discuss the Illinois PSM business curriculum, contact Natalie Bosecker, Illinois PSM director, at PSMdegree@illinois.edu or (217) 265-5363.