May 21, 2018  
2015-2016 Graduate Course Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Energy Systems Engineering, MS

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Prof. H. E. Khalifa,
263E Link Hall
Tel: 315-443-1286


Jeongmin Ahn, Benjamin Akih-Kumgeh, Jesse Q. Bond, Thong Dang, Cliff I Davidson, Prasanta Ghosh, H. Ezzat Khalifa, Shalabh Maroo, Lawrence L. Tavlarides, Jianshun S. Zhang


The MSESE prepares students for professional careers in energy systems engineering and research. The program covers fundamental and applied courses on the analysis, design and optimization of thermo-mechanical, nuclear, renewable and electrical energy systems.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.S. degree program is granted on the basis of undergraduate preparation and performance, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation documenting the recent technical proficiency of the applicant. A grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent), and a GRE Quantitative Reasoning score of 700 or higher (155 or higher on the new scale) are normally expected.

Admission to this M.S. degree program requires a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, or an acceptable field of Science.

If a student’s background is not particularly strong in mechanical or aerospace engineering, he/she may be required to take undergraduate courses (not counted towards the M.S. degree) as specified in the letter of admission.

General Requirements

A student seeking an MS Degree in Energy Systems Engineering (MSESE) must complete ten (10) 3-credit courses, no more than four (4) of which can be at the 500-level, the remainder must be at the 600-level or higher.

Energy Systems Tracks

Select any 3 courses (9 credits) from one of the 3 tracks listed below:

Program Customization

Select 2 course (6 credits) from any of the ESE Tracks listed above, plus 1 course (3 credits) from Business/Management, Social Sciences (Economics, Public Policy…), or Engineering/Computer Science (ECS) Technical Elective (subject to the 500-level 4-course limit).

Additional Requirements

  • MAE 995 - Graduate Seminar 0 credit(s)
  • MAE 994 - Capstone Project 0 credit(s) - The student will review technical papers or reports in the literature related to the student’s field of interest. The student will prepare an oral presentation summarizing the technical content of the documents reviewed, and present his/her findings before a faculty committee. A hard copy of the presentation, signed by the student advisor, must be submitted to the MAE Graduate Office before the oral presentation.

Suggested Sequence of Courses

Fall, Year-1:

Spring, Year-1:

ECS 650 , plus two Energy Systems Track Electives. Student may take MAE 630  rather than MAE 629, instead of one of the two Track Electives [9 credits]

Summer, Year-1 (Optional):

A student may take a Management/Business course, Social Sciences course, or an ECS Technical Elective, if offered in the summer (possible 3 credits).


Remaining Electives and 0-credit Capstone Project on an energy-focused topic.

Total Credits Required: 30 + a 0-credit capstone project on energy related topic.

Degree Awarded:

Master of Science in Energy Systems Engineering

Transfer Credit:


Part-time Study:


Satisfactory Progress:

3.0 GPA or higher

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