Chris Godwin was in the inaugural Technical Systems Management cohort of Illinois PSM students, earning his degree in 2012. He completed his internship with Archers Daniels Midland (ADM) in their research and development sector. Chris is currently a Technical Consultant for Infor, a software company that specializes in enterprise solutions for customer relationship management, supply chain management, enterprise asset management and more. Chris says that the Illinois PSM program “gave me the ability to market myself in many different lights whether it be my strong science and engineering skills gathered from my TSM courses, or my ability to learn a new job quickly that I picked up in my 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.