Solar energy engineering and commercialization (PSM)
The solar energy engineering and commercialization graduate program at ASU offers students the opportunity to harness the power of the sun and the possibilities that come from it.
With monumental growth in housing, commerce and urbanization, solar energy is the fastest growing commodity to provide energy and power in the U.S.
More than a quarter-million employees hold positions related to solar energy alone in the U.S. At ASU, we’ve developed a program that offers advance, interdisciplinary education to students with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM), and that helps pave the way for future career success. A relatively new program, the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) is aimed at students who are interested in graduate work, but not necessarily in a Ph.D. or an MBA.
This cutting-edge program blends the understanding of solar energy technologies with the business/policy/non-technical aspects necessary for successful development and commercialization. With options to finish in 12 months or take part-time, the goal is to prepare students for long-term success in this crucial industry.
What to expect
Across the USA there are 333 Professional Science Master’s programs currently in existence at over 157 institutions, according to the National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA). The PSM in Solar Energy Engineering and 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.
This cutting-edge program blends the understanding of solar energy technologies with the business/policy/non-technical aspects necessary for successful development and commercialization.
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.
- Jobs related to a degree in materials science and engineering:
- Solar power engineering
- Scientific research
- Solar power plant construction, development and operations
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.
Program tuition and fees
The program assesses a fee in addition to the ordinary tuition charged for graduate study at ASU.
In addition, 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.
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.
Learn about tuition, fees, and funding opportunities
*Priority deadline for Fall 2018 admission is February 5, 2018. Eligible applications received by that date will be given first consideration for available fellowship funding.