Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization, P.S.M.: the professional science master’s (PSM) is aimed at students who desire both technical and nontechnical aspects to their graduate education.  Across the USA there are 355 PSM programs currently in existence at over 165 institutions, according to the National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA).  The PSM in Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization at ASU enables students to develop improved understanding of solar energy technologies along with the business/policy/nontechnical aspects necessary for successful development and commercialization.

Graduate Program

The Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization (SEEC) graduate program offers advanced, interdisciplinary education in solar energy to students with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).  The objective of the program is to enable graduates to pursue careers in industry, government, or the nonprofit sector that involve solar energy and its utilization. 

The SEEC program provides students with many opportunities not found in a typical MS graduate program, including:

  • Engage directly with solar industry leaders through in-class lectures, exclusive networking events, and the ability to attend professional conferences such as Solar Power International and/or Inter Solar.
  • Select courses from a variety of academic programs and schools must select courses from both technical and nontechnical tracks spanning a number of academic programs and schools. Our interdisciplinary curriculum gives you a broad perspective on the current issues facing the solar industry.
  • Stay current with the evolving solar industry, through curriculum evaluated annually by our Industrial Advisory Board. This regular review ensures courses cover the most recent industry advances and issues, and has resulted in three new courses that have been added to the program. 
  • Develop desirable project management skills while working with both a faculty and an industry advisor to address/assess an issue relevant to the solar industry in completing the required applied project.
  • Join the workforce faster by completing your master’s degree program as little as 12 months (for full-time students). 

All of the enhancements to the SEEC program are made possible through the assessment of an additional program fee. The program fee is used to enhance the student’s classroom and experiential learning experiences in ways that would not otherwise be available in a typical graduate program.  Please click the “Tuition” tab for more detailed information on the program fee and the opportunities it provides to SEEC students. 

Residents of 14 Western states are eligible to apply for in-state tuition rates, resulting in over $15,000 savings throughout the course of the program. Eligible states include Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.  This tuition reduction is made possible through the PSM SEEC’s participation in the Western Regional Graduate program.  For more information on this program, please visit www.wiche.edu/wrgp. Eligible candidates can find the WICHE/WRGP application here.

Additional fellowship funding may be available. All admitted students are encouraged to complete an updated FAFSA and contact the Program Manager for a link to the PSM SEEC Fellowship application. 

Objectives

Objective 1. Students will be able to demonstrate & apply social, engineering, political, technical, & business skills that influence implementation of solar energy

Objective 2. Students will be able to integrate skills from multiple disciplines, and will demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking in a multidisciplinary experience that includes technical and “non-technical” areas

Objective 3. Students will participate in a collaborative mentoring program which will focus student projects on high-impact solutions to solar energy & commercialization problems.

Admission Requirements

Degree.  Minimum of a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) or a graduate degree in any physical science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field from a regionally accredited college or university of recognized standing.

GPA.  Minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.0 = A) in the last 60 hours of a student’s first bachelor degree program.

English Proficiency Requirement for International Students. Students whose native language is not English should achieve a minimum score of 90 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Other details regarding English proficiency requirements are described on the Graduate College website: (https://students.asu.edu/graduate/proficiency).

GRE.  All applicants should take the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE); a subject-specific GRE is not required. Some exceptions may be made for those with significant industry experience. Please contact the Program Manager for more information.

Official Transcripts.  One set of official transcripts from every College or University from which a degree was earned should be sent directly to the ASU Graduate Enrollment Services.

Letters of Recommendation.  Three Letters of recommendation are required for admission, in addition to a personal statement.

Additional information regarding admission can be found at: https://students.asu.edu/graduate/admissions.

Part-Time Students

Although the program is geared towards providing an intensive 12-month experience leading to the PSM degree in 12 months for full-time students, we are also accepting applications from part-time students.  Many, although not all, of the courses will also be available online, in addition to an on-campus format.  Part-time students may work at their own pace, i.e., by taking one course per semester, or whatever course load is convenient. The maximum time to graduate from the semester of admission is six years.

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