Graduate Program

The Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization 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. 

Students select courses from both technical and nontechnical tracks spanning a number of academic programs and schools.  Students are provided with many opportunities to enhance their experiential learning by engaging directly with leaders in the solar energy industry at international conferences, exclusive networking events, guest lectures and more. The program’s culminating experience is an applied research project, which requires oversight by both a faculty and an industry advisor. The applied project allows students to develop critical project management skills while addressing an issue of relevance to the solar industry.

The degree program is meant to be completed in 12 months for full-time students, but may also be completed on a part-time schedule. The expedited schedule allows students to enter the workforce more quickly. 

The program assesses a fee in addition to the ordinary tuition charged for graduate study at ASU. Please click the “Tuition” tab for more information. 

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 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. 

Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization, P.S.M.: the professional science master’s (PSM) is one of a relatively new type of graduate programs that are aimed at students interested in graduate studies, but who are not necessarily interested in a Ph.D. or an MBA.  Rather, such students desire both technical and nontechnical aspects to their graduate education.  Across the USA there are 333 PSM programs currently in existence at over 157 institutions, according to the National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA).  The PSM in Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization at ASU is the only program of its kind that enables students to develop improved understanding of solar energy technologies along with the business/policy/nontechnical aspects necessary for successful development and commercialization.



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: (

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:


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.