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ASU is one of a growing number of institutions offering an innovative graduate degree program aimed at students who are interested in emerging areas of science and interdisciplinary careers, but not necessarily interested in a Ph.D. or an MBA.

The Professional Science Master’s in Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization (SEEC) enables students to develop improved understanding of solar energy technologies, as well as the business, policy and non-technical aspects necessary for successful development and commercialization.

The interdisciplinary curriculum includes 30 credit hours of both technical and non-technical coursework. Participating faculty come from a wide range of programs and schools across ASU.

Students are exposed to policy issues affecting the solar industry through a two-week course in Washington DC. Through a collaborative mentoring program, students also complete an applied project related to solar energy. The projects, mentored by industrial partners, can be engineering-oriented or explore non-technical issues such as energy policy, behavioral science that impacts the application of solar energy and economic models of distributed solar power generation.

For full-time students, the program is meant to be completed in 12 months.

According to the National Professional Science Master’s Association, there are over 200 PSM degree programs at 100 institutions through the U.S.

Starting in 2009, the National Science Foundation provided $15 million in grant funding for PSM programs nationwide, including the SEEC program at ASU. For the first three years of the program, six students are selected annually to receive fellowships of $25,000 each.

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