San Jose State University in collaboration with CalCharge, is launching "battery university," a first-of-its-kind MS Degree program that seeks to expand the skilled workforce needed by this rapidly growing and changing industry. Course topics will range from the basics of battery technology and manufacturing to overviews of market dynamics and policy considerations. Designed to include opportunities for hands-on experience, students will be able to conduct research and market analysis projects with local battery firms. Scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will contribute instructors to the program.
The program is intended for professionals from other industries with an interest in battery technology and for students pursuing a master's degree but not necessarily a Ph.D.
- Executive Cohort Style Learning
Program will be held at the Techmart Center in Santa Clara with a one night a week commitment.
- Built for Working Professionals
The program will be practical and applied, covering everything from technical concepts to the financial and policy issues related to running a renewable energy business.
- Great Industry Contacts
Masters project will be jointly delivered by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) Program developed by 3 partners, Cal Cef, Cal Charge as well as Lawrence Berkeley National Labs.
Your Career Opportunities
CalCharge — a sort-of Y Combinator for battery startups is a main partner in the program. This will provide extensive access to many companies in the energy storage field.
California now has some 40+ battery companies, spurred by the Silicon Valley venture and startup ecosystem, through strong university research and through federal funds from the Department of Energy. Many of these companies are looking to hire engineers with specialty in Battery technology which there is a shortage of.
As the demand for electric cars and other renewable technologies grows, California needs battery experts and entrepreneurs — and it's looking to San José State University to produce them. "Battery University" is open for enrollment in the university's professional division, teaching the ins and outs of energy storage.
Highlighting the importance of this program, former Sen. Jeff Bingaman, the longtime chair of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee and a major champion of clean energy, was on hand at the launch of SJSU's Battery Technology program and can be seen here speaking extensively about it: Watch the video
Applying to the Program
Prospective students interested in the program are encouraged to complete a prequalification form so that a faculty advisor can review your background and make a determination about your suitability for the program. Students interested in pursuing the MS Degree, specialization in Battery Technologies should have a background in Engineering or a closely related field.
- A Bachelors Degree in related field.
- TOEFL if required.
- GPA 3.0 or better.
- Conditional admissions might be granted for applicants with exceptional background and GPA less than 3.0 but greater than 2.5.
- NO GRE/GMAT Scores required. Experience in related industry preferred.
For more specific information on SJSU's admission requirements, please visit the Engineering Graduate and Extended Studies website.