Jiangdong “Chuck” Liu is a current Illinois PSM student in the Geographic Information Science program. He earned his undergraduate degree in geography and geographic information science from the University of Illinois. Chuck is currently completing his internship at Urban GIS in Chicago. Upon graduation, he plans to provide GIS consulting services to businesses looking to enhance cite selection, supply chain management and finding ways to improve the quality of their products and services. Chuck praises the Illinois PSM for assisting him with career preparations and helping him compare various offers for his internship.
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.