Accelerated degree in Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization available for ASU students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in:

Mechanical Engineering (SEMTE) and

Engineering – Electrical Systems Concentration (Polytechnic)

This program is designed to provide selected high-achieving ASU mechanical engineering or engineering-electrical systems undergraduate students with the opportunity to combine advanced undergraduate course work with graduate course work and accelerate graduate degree completion. Students will be able to earn a B.S.E.-Professional Science Master’s (P.S.M.). in five years by enrolling in up to nine credit hours of graduate-level course work taken as technical electives during the senior year. Those credits will apply toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. By sharing up to nine credit hours, 4+1 students are able to save up to $4,500 in PSM SEEC program fees and in graduate tuition expenses.

The PSM degree is interdisciplinary, and provides additional technical depth and specialization along with a foundation in policy that is not offered through the typical masters in mechanical engineering degree.  The broad knowledge offered through this degree combination can lead to expanded career opportunities and responsibilities.

The program is particularly suited for students with strong academic backgrounds who are motivated to pursue careers in the solar industry. Participants will have an opportunity to complete an applied project related to solar energy engineering and commercialization, and will engage with industry representatives active in the solar field. The GRE is not required to apply for the 4 + 1 program.

Students are considered undergraduates until all B.S.E. degree requirements have been met. Students will not be counted as an undergraduate and graduate student simultaneously.


A minimum of two semesters of full-time enrollment in mechanical engineering is required. Mechanical engineering students must have completed MAE 322 prior to being admitted to the 4+1 program. Applications are normally submitted with two semesters remaining in the undergraduate program

A minimum of 90 credit hours of course work applicable to an ASU B.S.E. with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 (4.00 scale) or better must be completed before beginning the integrated degree program.

Application Procedure

Students must apply for admission to the program through the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE) and the ASU Graduate College by submitting an application form for the accelerated programs in mechanical engineering/solar energy engineering and commercialization. Interested students should meet with their academic advisor to learn more about the program and how to apply.

Applications must be accompanied by:

    • a plan indicating the consenting faculty advisor and providing the accelerated plan of study leading to the completion of both degrees
    • a personal statement
    • three letters of recommendation that attest to the applicant’s readiness and probable success in completing the graduate program.
    • The GRE is not a requirement for this degree.

Course Selection

The student, together with the faculty advisor, selects up to 9 credit hours of 500 level courses to be taken prior to the B.S.E. graduation, and shared with the PSM. An additional three credit hours of 500 level course work may be reserved only for the PSM program requirements.