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Below are Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to the PSM in Nanoscience at Arizona State University, which started in the Fall 2008. You may also care to consult Mentoring and Course Choice from the Degree Program tab, which also includes some Alumni Feedback.
Who is this degree program designed for?
This program is specifically tailored for working professionals who wish to retrain into nanoscience, nanotechnology and nanomedicine, as well as for students with traditional bachelor's and master's degrees.
What are (4+1), Integrated or Accelerated, BS-PSM or BSE-PSM degrees?
The (4+1) Accelerated degrees are designed for ASU Undergraduates who want to obtain both their Undergraduate and Masters degrees within 5 years. The BS-Physics PSM Degree Program is designed for current ASU physics undergraduates only; the (4+1) BSE-Materials Degree Program is for current ASU Materials Science and Engineering undergraduates only. Similar programs for ASU Chemistry & Biochemistry undergraduates are now available. These programs are described under the Future Students tab.
Who are your students?
As of December 2016, we have around 20 current students and 60 alumni. Several students are working professionals, often a few years out of college, who are employed in the Phoenix metro area, and are studying part-time to achieve the PSM degree within two years. Other students have recently received their Bachelor's degree and are preparing for careers in industry or starting their own business. Several PSM students have gone on to research training and careers.
Do you accept international applicants?
International graduates are welcome to make an application to the PSM-Nanoscience program. Please note that because this is an intensive program, it may take longer than one calendar year for international students to complete the degree program while they familiarize themselves with the USA, the English language and/or the subject matter.
Can I get a scholarship to study the PSM in Nanoscience?
You are welcome to apply for scholarships as you see fit. Current and former students have found support through public and private scholarships (including international government sponsorships and Fulbright Scholarships) as well as through their employers. However, most students are either working (full- or part-time) or are self-funded.
What about TA or RA support?
In the Department of Physics, Physics PhD students are given first priority for TA and RA support. You are free to approach individual faculty members and other potential employers about such support, but the PSM degree is not currently based on there being such support available.
Does ASU's PSM Nanoscience program charge a program fee?
Many PSM programs across the USA charge an additional degree fee that can be substantial. Currently, the PSM-Nanoscience program charges a modest program fee of $1000/ semester ($500/semester for part-time students). The program fee is used to add value to the PSM Nanoscience student experience and may be increased in future.
The above short list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) is a "work in progress", which may help you decide if the PSM in Nanoscience at ASU is the course for you. For further questions or assistance, please use the web forms at Contact Us or send an email to contact us.