Solar energy engineering and commercialization (PSM)

Accelerated 4+1 program

You can accomplish a lot in 5 years!

Available for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (SEMTE) and electrical systems concentration (The Polytechnic School), this five-year dual degree program combines undergraduate and graduate course work to prepare for a future in solar energy.


From understanding energy consumption to helping develop different types of device design, the PSM degree is a testament of ASU’s devotion to innovation in the modern age. This interdisciplinary degree focuses on future opportunities in solar energy including expanding connected generators, small-scale PV generation and global sustainability.

Participants in the accelerated PSM degree have a chance to complete an applied project related to solar energy engineering and commercialization and will engage with industry representatives active in the solar field.

Admission requirements

  • 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. 

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.

Helpful hints

  • 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.
  • The GRE is not a requirement for this degree.
  • Enrolling in up to nine credit hours of graduate-level course work taken as technical electives during the senior year will save up to $4,500 in PSM SEEC program fees and in graduate tuition expenses.