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December 8, 2010

Good news!  ASU is offering a brand new Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree in Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization.  This graduate degree offers advanced, interdisciplinary education in solar energy to students with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.  The objective is to enable graduate students to pursue careers in industry, government or the nonprofit sector that involve solar energy and its utilization within various social and political settings.

The PSM is a relatively new type of graduate program aimed at students interested in graduate studies, but who are not necessarily interested in a PhD or an MBA.  Such students strive for an integrated understanding of both technical and nontechnical aspects to their graduate education.  Students select from courses spanning a number of academic programs and schools.  Opportunities exist for engagement with the solar industry and/or government policymakers, including a trip to Washington DC to focus on policy issues affecting the solar industry.   Coursework leads to a culminating applied research project.

The PSM in Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization at ASU is the only program of its kind that enables students to not only develop an improved understanding of solar energy technologies, but also the business/policy/nontechnical aspects necessary for successful development and commercialization.

Now, for the even better news!  Six fellowships are available for the Fall 2011 semester!  In order to be considered for the fellowship, students must apply to the program through the Graduate College, be US Citizens or permanent residents and attend the program full-time.  Want more information?  Visit http://engineering.asu.edu/graduate/solar, or contact the PSM SEEC Program Manager at Karen.dada@asu.edu or 480-965-5584.

By Karen Dada