Business Skills Courses

The MPS is an innovative graduate degree earned from a Professional Science Master’s program at UNC-Chapel Hill. It is designed to allow students to pursue advanced training and excel in science without a Ph.D., while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills without an MBA. The following courses are intended to teach students skills directly applicable to leadership positions in science-based businesses, government, or nonprofit organizations.

GRAD710 Professional Communication: Writing

This writing-intensive, seminar-style course focuses on crafting effective email messages, short reports, and executive summaries in professional settings. Key topics include content selection, organization, accessibility, plain language, clarity and conciseness, tone, and graphic displays of information.

(1.5 credit hours, fall)

GRAD711 Professional Communication: Presenting

This speaking-intensive, seminar-style course focuses on presenting complex topics using plain language in professional settings. Key topics include selecting and organizing content, developing audience- centered visual aids, incorporating storytelling, projecting a professional image, and managing Q & A.

(1.5 credit hours, fall)

GRAD712 Leadership in Science-Based Organizations

Leadership is a fundamental skill necessary for success in the science workplace. The Leadership in Science-Based Organizations course is designed to help students understand both the need for leadership in their chosen field and their capacity to meet that need. Effective leadership begins with understanding your capacity to positively influence others. This course will examine your current leadership style and address the relation of that leadership style to team dynamics, change management and intrapreneurial thinking (entrepreneurial thinking within an organization) for professionals in STEM careers.

(1 credit hour, offered early April in an intensive weekend format)

GRAD713 Applied Project Management; Frameworks, Principles and Techniques

This course focuses on practical project management principles and techniques, demonstrating their effectiveness in the workplace. Key topics include frameworks and methodologies, planning and monitoring projects, risk management, stakeholder management, managing your team and time and cost management. This course will include group work.

(1.5 credit hours, spring)

GRAD714 Introduction to Financial Accounting

This course will teach the basics of Financial Accounting, including the Balance Sheet, the Income Statement, the Statement of Cash Flows and Budgeting. The final presentation will incorporate financial skills and knowledge that can be used to support a future project proposal to business managers in an organization.

(1.5 credit hours, spring)

GRAD715 Building your Leadership Practice

Building on the development plan established in GRAD712, students explore unique opportunities for practice available in their work environments. They will identify two areas of focus, based on their identified strengths and areas for growth to map out a long-term practice schedule.

(0.5 credit hour, two weekend mornings in fall)

GRAD725 Professional Science Master’s seminar series

The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) seminar series provides a forum to educate students in a variety of business fundamentals and professional skills necessary for the workplace. The series will reinforce concepts taught in the PSM business fundamentals/ professional skills classes and will also present new information important to the overall education of PSM students but not extensive enough for a separate course. The seminars will include presentations by invited industry representatives who can speak directly about their career challenges and rewards, as well as individuals with expertise in teaching professional skills.

(1 credit hour, fall/spring, should be taken multiple times for credit)

GRAD720 Team-based Consulting for Technology Commercialization

A collaborative course that matches student teams with a small business that has received a Phase I SBIR. Students will be guided through development of a commercialization plan. Key topics include conducting market research and analysis of findings, intellectual property protection, team selection, business model alternatives.

(3 credit hours, fall)

Interested in Applying?

Please fill out our Prospective Student Inquiry Form to be contacted with more information about joining our program!

What's Happening at CHIP?