Advances in life sciences research are rapidly transforming our health, economy, and society. UMass Amherst is a top producer of life sciences talent, conferring more than 1,000 degrees each year in life science related fields. About 60 percent of our graduates go on to pursue careers in the Commonwealth. IALS gives students more hands-on experience with the state-of-the-art tools they will encounter in industry, and give those in industry opportunities to hone their skills through professional development short courses, certificates as well as traditional degree programs. The educational flow is not just from IALS to industry. UMass researchers and students benefit from access to industry personnel as expert speakers, collaborators, co-teachers, and mentors.
IALS builds on highly successful models of UMass-industry education programs. For example, a model program—now more than 30 years old with hundreds of alumni in the Commonwealth—provides graduate training and degrees to Raytheon engineers. UMass Online is recognized for leadership and e-learning technology. Our award-winning “Center for Teaching” is a nationally recognized model for the professional development of faculty across all career stages and disciplines. The Isenberg School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurship trains engineering and science students and faculty in the business of translating their work into products and services.