Critical Factors for Adoption of PSM Program of Korea

국내 PSM 프로그램 도입의 성공요인에 관한 연구

  • Shin, Pan-Seok (Graduate School of Smart City Science Management, Hongik University) ;
  • Lee, Myung-Moo (Graduate School of Smart City Science Management, Hongik University) ;
  • Kim, Yun-Ho (Department of International Management, Woosong University)
  • 신판석 (홍익대학교 스마트도시과학경영대학원) ;
  • 이명무 (홍익대학교 스마트도시과학경영대학원) ;
  • 김윤호 (우송대학교 국제경영학과)
  • Received : 2014.03.03
  • Accepted : 2014.05.22
  • Published : 2014.05.31


Quality assurance in high level education is one of the most important problems in Korea, and around the world. Many studies have examined means of assuring the quality of education, mostly focusing on what type of graduate we should launch into the real world. However, it has been realized only in technical fields, such as Engineering, Medicine, etc. Here, we discuss the problems of Korean high level education in scientific fields, and present some answers from American innovation policies. The USA has changed the idea about how to innovate, and in recent years has developed the Professional Science Master's(PSM) degree, which is now awarded by over 100 American universities. PSM programs have produced graduates who can innovate in scientific fields, e.g., in biology, environmental science, and statistics. The degree is highly praised by the Council On Competitiveness, which consists of CEOs of major corporations, university presidents, and heads of labor organizations. The PSM seems to meet their expectations. Interestingly, many research universities have established PSM programs. We examined the reasons why many American universities have accepted the PSM despite their daily duties for research and doctoral education. Finally, we discuss the possibility that programs such as the PSM can succeed in Korean universities.


Supported by : 연구개발특구진흥재단


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