MSE in Energy Systems Engineering

About the Program



Beginning Fall 2023, the MSE in Energy Systems Engineering program will be replaced by the new MSE program in Energy Systems and Sustainability Engineering. This updated program will advance our tradition of top-rate interdisciplinary education in the energy systems area to a new level. With a fully revised curriculum, the program will offer new courses on topics related to current industry interests and provide students with the opportunity to specialize in a selected concentration area. To find out more about the new program, visit the Energy Systems and Sustainability Engineering page.

For students currently enrolled in the MSE in Energy Systems Engineering program or those who have been admitted for the Fall 2023 or Winter 2024 semesters, an email communication detailing available options will be sent soon. If you do not receive the email or require additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected].


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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Program Details

Curriculum Requirements

The degree requirement for this program consists of a minimum of 30 graduate-level semester credit hours (beyond an undergraduate degree from an accredited engineering program) with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale). These 30 credit hours must include four required core courses and six elective courses. 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 (ESE) degree.

Graduate Advising

Academic advising is primarily done by faculty 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 Engineering program is provided below. For additional academic information please contact the ECE office.

For more information, please contact:

Amanda Donovan

Administrative Assistant Intermediate, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Michael Hicks

Student Administrative Assistant Senior, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Taehyung Kim

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Office Hours

Sunday: Closed
Monday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: Closed