Student Profile

Eva Sztechmiler
Class of '12

Eva Sztechmiler graduated from the Agricultural Production PSM program in 2012.  Her undergraduate degree in conservation biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), lead her to specialize in sustainability production while at Illinois.  Eva completed her internship at Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center in Nederland, Colorado.  In her role, she co-authored grant proposals, planned and implemented youth programs, and oversaw a gala fundraiser.  Eva now works for the Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District in New York. “Even though I thought I had gone to graduate school to study sustainable agriculture, what I really came away with was a sense of entrepreneurship, making your own opportunities, and networking.  In fact, if I had to associate one word with my graduate studies it would be networking.  Two years later, I can fully appreciate just how truly important it is, and just how valuable it was to sit through all of those seminars that drilled those key words into our heads (entrepreneurship, networking, make your own opportunity.)”

Business Curriculum

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.

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