Student Profile

Beth Papanek
Class of '11

Beth Papanek is a 2011 graduate of the program.  As a student, she worked in Dr. Hans Blaschek’s laboratory and did consulting work with Illinois Business Consulting.  She is now a PhD candidate at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and works in the Office of Industrial Partnerships and Economic Development at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Beth says that because of the Illinois PSM, “I have been taken much more seriously and got to jump in right away because I did have some business background.  I am working with a startup company that I will hopefully become CEO of once I graduate.  The parent company said specifically how rare and useful it is to have someone who understands the technical side of things, but can also really speak to the business interests.”

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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