Student Profile

Albert Pangestan
Class of '10

Albert Pangestan was in the inaugural cohort of Illinois PSM students, earning an M.S. degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition in 2010. He completed his Illinois PSM internship at The Dannon Company in Texas. During his internship, Albert decided that business, especially finance, was a better career option for him.  Albert advises all current and potential students to “find an internship that mimics what you want to do, and do it early.  The experience might change your future goals.”  Upon graduation, Albert began working as an associate at PT Principia Management Group, a private equity investment firm.  He has since taken an Associate Director position at Istana Group, one of the largest property developers in Indonesia.

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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