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Rice University Offers Three New Professional Master's Degree Programs

Houston, TX. April 15th, 2003

In fall 2002, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences at Rice University in Houston, Texas started two new professional masterís degree programs: one in Nanoscale Physics and one in Environmental Decision Making and Analysis. The development of a third track: Subsurface Geophysics was finalized and is being offered in Fall 2003 for the first year.

These degree programs are part of an initiative sponsored by the Sloan Foundation, which has helped institute numerous such programs nationwide. Prospective students are new B.S. graduates in technical disciplines and personnel working in the industrial sector who want to expand or enhance their career for completion.

The program combines detailed scientific instruction and practical training with teaching of business practices and communication skills. This combination allows students to move more easily into management careers in the research and development, design, and marketing of new science-based products or into consulting in fields where their technical training is valued. Graduates obtain intense scientific training that greatly exceeds that taught at the bachelor's level as well as gain the management exposure that fulfills industry needs. It is also an alternative for students who do not want to continue with a PhD.

One major reason for Rice University to offer a professional master's degree program in Nanoscale Physics is, that the university is a well-established center for nanoscience, with researchers active in several departments outside the physics core. Centers and institutes located at Rice include, the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology and The Rice Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, which includes among its faculty Nobel laureates R. L. Smalley and R.Curl.

The professional M.S. in Nanoscale Physics combines a strong component in quantum theory with the study of practical nano- and mesoscale devices. It focuses on interdisciplinary studies in many areas of nanoscale science, including carbon nanotubes, nanoshells, and nanobiology. Courses include Nanostructures and Nanotechnology, Nano-optics and Nanophotonics, and Characterization and Fabrication at the Nanoscale. More details on the three Professional Masterís Degree programs can be found at

For further information, please contact:
Dagmar Beck
Professional Master's Program
Rice University - MS 103
(713) 348-3189

Reprinted with premission.
Copyright Rice University.

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