Student Profile

Arshdeep Saroa
Class of '13

Arshdeep Saroa is a 2013 graduate of the Agricultural Production PSM program, with a focus on Crop Production.  She obtained her undergraduate degree in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Punjab Agricultural University in India.  She chose Illinois PSM because she wanted to serve the life science industry both at the research and business development level.  Arshdeep completed her internship with Dr. Carl Bradley’s crop science laboratory where she applied fungicides for efficacy trials and rated plots for parameters such as plant vigor and sudden death syndrome of soybeans.  Her work also involved data collection, plot maintenance and processing wheat samples for DON analysis.  She is currently working as a synthetic biology applications scientist for Integrated DNA Technologies, the world's largest supplier of custom nucleic acids for academic research, biotechnology, clinical diagnostics and pharmaceutical development.  Arshdeep suggests that potential and current students “grab the opportunities as they come.  It might not be your dream at the time but it will give you new exposure and experience, which will take you a step closer to your dream destination.”

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’ Gies 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 or (217) 265-5363.

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