About the Program

The Energy Systems Engineering program has been designed to address the educational need for graduate students interested in energy engineering. Significant growth and investment are expected to occur in energy industries in the State of Michigan, and elsewhere in the next several decades. Both small and large energy-related companies are starting up in the State and many of them are located in the metro-Detroit area. The automotive companies are also accelerating research and development in new power generation and propulsion technologies for future vehicles, such as electric batteries and fuel cells. As a result, there is a need for engineers with specialized knowledge in the alternative and renewable energy production, utilization and distribution.

Energy Systems Engineering is a 30 credit hour interdisciplinary master's program, designed to provide systems-based knowledge in energy engineering through four core courses and in-depth knowledge in automotive energy and distributed energy systems through six elective courses. The core courses deal with sustainable energy sources, energy generation and storage, energy and environmental policies, and risk-benefit analysis. The elective courses can be selected from a range of courses offered in mechanical, electrical and manufacturing aspects of energy engineering. The elective courses cover a variety of topics, such as hybrid and electric vehicles, alternative energy systems for vehicles, emissions, power electronics, power distribution, design and manufacturing for the environment, etc.

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.

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MSE in Energy Systems Engineering
I work one mile away from the university and I work in a top-notch supplier company. I work with the latest and greatest technology in the automotive field.
Sujeesh Kurup, MSE-ESE '13

Program Details

Learning Goals

Program Goals:

To provide students with systems-oriented graduate-level knowledge in the fields of energy systems engineering.

Learning Outcomes:

The MSE (EE), MSE (CE), and MSE (ESE) 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)

Eligibility Requirements

Undergraduate Degree Required

Bachelor of Science in engineering or equivalent

The candidate for the Master's of Science in Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering must meet the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in engineering at this campus or the equivalent of these requirements. Undergraduate degrees must be from an accredited program, and for regular admission must be with an average of B (3 points on a 4 point scale) or better. An applicant with a lower GPA may be considered for admission consistent with program guidelines.


Standardized Test Scores

GRE not required

Online Option

The Energy Systems Engineering program is also offered online through the Distance Learning Network (DLN). 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. 

Curriculum Requirements

The candidate must complete at least 30 semester hours of graduate work approved by the program advisor/graduate advisory committee with a grade point average of at least a B (3 points on a 4-point scale) covering all courses elected. These 30 credit hours must include three required core courses and seven elective courses. Students cannot have more than one B- in the program and must maintain a B average to remain in good academic standing.  A grade of B- in more than one course will not count for graduate credit. Any grade below B- is not acceptable.

I. Core Courses (9 credits)

All ESE students are required to take three core courses:

  • ESE 500                   Sustainable Energy Systems
  • ESE 501 or 502       Energy Conversion / Energy Storage
  • ECE 542                   Introduction to Power Management and Reliability
II. Elective Courses (21 credits)

Select any 7 courses from the following list. Additional elective courses from other units in UM-Dearborn may also be considered with the ESE program director's approval. Thesis option may be elected with the approval of the graduate program director. It will count for six (6) credit hours of graduate coursework replacing two courses in the Elective area and will extend at least two terms.

Automotive Concentration:

  • AENG 547            Powertrains I
  • AENG 588            Design and Manufacturing for Environment
  • AENG 596            Internal Combustion Engines I
  • AENG 598            Energy Systems for Automotive Vehicles
  • ECE 5462            Electrical Aspects for Hybrid Electric Vehicles
  • ECE 646              Advanced Study in Electric Drive Transportation
  • ME 548                Powertrains II
  • ME 597                Internal Combustion Engines II
  • ME 598                Engine Emissions

Electric Power Concentration

  • ECE 517              Advanced Industrial Drives and Motor Control
  • ECE 519              Advanced Topics in EMC
  • ECE 615              Advanced Topics in Power Electronics


  • ME 512                Structural Analysis
  • ME 514                Advanced Stress Analysis
  • ME 522                Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 525                Computational Thermo-Fluids
  • ME 528                Fundamentals of Boiling and Condensation
  • ME 532                Combustion Processes
  • ME 535                Advanced Thermodynamics
  • ME 558                Fracture and Fatigue Considerations in Design
  • ME 571                Conduction Heat Transfer
  • ME 572                Convection Heat Transfer
  • ME 591                Degradation of Materials
  • ECE 560              Modern Control Theory
  • ECE 565              Digital Control Systems
  • ECE 580              Digital Signal Processing
  • ECE 665              Optimal Control Systems
  • EMGT 505           Systems Engineering
  • IMSE 506             Stochastic Models
  • IMSE 515             Fundamentals of Program Management
  • IMSE 516             Project Management and Control
  • IMSE 5205           Engineering Risk-Benefit Analysis
  • IMSE 5215           Program Budget, Cost Estimation and Control
  • IMSE 561             Total Quality Management
  • IMSE 5655           Supply Chain Management
  • IMSE 567             Reliability Analysis
  • ESE 503               Energy Policy, Economics and Environment
  • ESE 504               Energy Evaluation, Risk Analysis and Optimization

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems (IAVS)
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