MSE in Energy Systems and Sustainability Engineering
About the Program
The ECE Department offers a 30 credit hour graduate-level curriculum Energy Systems and Sustainability Engineering (ESSE). The MSE-ESSE program is designed to provide systems-based knowledge in energy systems and sustainability through courses dealing with sustainable energy sources, energy generation, energy storage, energy and environmental policies, and distributed power systems.
The program may be completed entirely on campus, entirely online, or through a combination of on-campus and online courses. On-campus courses will be offered in the late afternoon and evening hours to enable students to earn their master's degree through part-time study.
The MSE (EE), MSE (CE), and MSE (ESSE) programs are designed so that graduates will have:
a) a strong foundation the theoretical principles and techniques from science, engineering, and mathematics needed for advanced engineering design and development. (Tag: Theory)
b) an ability to use modern engineering software, processes, devices, and diagnostic tools for advanced engineering design and development. (Tag: Tools)
Undergraduate Degree Required
Students desiring admission to the program must have earned a bachelor's degree in engineering with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Students with an undergraduate degree in science, technology, math, and business may also be admitted to the program after completion of selected engineering courses determined upon evaluation of their educational background.
Standardized Test Scores
GRE not required
The Energy Systems and Sustainability Engineering program is also offered online through CECS Online. The online courses utilize video streaming of the lectures given on campus. The online students have the opportunity to interact with the instructors and with fellow students (both on campus as well as online) through CANVAS. The class lectures, notes, and discussions are posted on CANVAS for online students' access.
Please be aware that CECS does not allow for course waivers. However, students may petition for course exemptions in instances where a core course in a graduate program may not be available, may no longer be offered due to program changes, or the student may have taken a course with equivalent content. Previous undergraduate or graduate coursework deemed substantially similar to MSE core courses may qualify to exempt students from those core courses. Exempted courses must be replaced with ECE courses from within the degree program. An approved course exemption does not reduce the total number of credit hours needed to satisfy program requirements.
Transfer of Credit
Students who have satisfied all conditions for full or conditional admission and are enrolled in good standing in their graduate program may be eligible to transfer up to a maximum of 6 credit hours of related graduate-level courses from other accredited degree-granting universities with graduate degree programs. These 6 transfer credits of previous equivalent graduate coursework can be applied to the degree only if those credits have not been counted toward a degree and have a final grade of B (3.0) or better. Students seeking transfer credit must abide by the criteria for transferring credit for master’s programs as outlined on the Request for Graduate Transfer Credit application and in accordance with the campus’s Transfer Credit Policy. It is the responsibility of the student requesting transfer of credit to submit this completed form and an official transcript with course final grade and a copy of the course syllabus or the catalog’s description.
Exemptions and transfer credit are granted at the discretion of the program chair.
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in every semester. Courses in which grades of C- or below have been earned cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements. Students may be placed on probation if their cumulative GPA falls below 3.0. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to be eligible to receive the MSE (ESSE) degree.
Choose 3 courses from the following:
- ESE 500 Sustainable Energy Systems
- ESE 501 Energy Conversion
- ESE 502 Energy Storage
- ESE 505 Ecosystem Engineering and Management
- ESE 510 Sustainability Science and Engineering
The program has two concentration areas (Energy Systems or Sustainability). Each student must declare a concentration based on his/her interests and background and students need to elect at least four courses from their selected concentration area. If only four courses are elected from the selected concentration, the fifth can be any course in another concentration or a core course that is not elected for the core requirement.
Concentration I: Energy Systems
- AENG 576 Battery System Modeling and Control
- ECE 517 Advanced Power Electronics and Motor Drives
- ECE 519 Advanced Topics in EMC
- ECE 542 Introduction to Power Management and Reliability
- ECE 5421 Grid Communication and System
- ECE 5422 Grid Protection
- ECE 5424 Data Analytics and Machine Learning for Power Systems
- ECE 615 Advanced Topics in Power Electronics
- ECE 616 Advanced Topics in Power Systems
- ECE 618 Advanced Grid Protection
- ME 592 Fundamentals of Fuel Cells
Concentration II: Sustainability
- BIOL 522 Conservation Biology
- CHEM 548 Environmental Chemistry
- ESCI 574 Watershed Analysis
- ESE 503 Energy Policy, Economics and Environment
- ESE 504 Energy Evaluation, Risk Analysis and Optimization
- IMSE 5205 Engineering Risk-Benefit Analysis
- ME 598 Engine Emissions
Students may complete the professional elective requirements in two ways:
- Elect the thesis ESE 699 (6 credits) to work under the supervision of a faculty advisor; It will count for six (6) credit hours of graduate coursework and will extend at least two terms.
- Take two additional CECS graduate courses (any CECS graduate level courses, 6 credits).
Students with an inadequate background in may be required to meet with the department graduate advisor to determine the need for preparatory courses.
Academic advising is primarily done by faculty program advisors with expertise in the area and with the support of our knowledgeable graduate staff. A list of faculty advisors for the MSE-Energy Systems and Sustainability Engineering program is provided below. For additional academic information please contact the ECE office.
For more information, please contact:
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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