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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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
To provide students with systems-oriented graduate-level knowledge in the fields of energy systems engineering.
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)
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
The Energy Systems 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.
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.
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
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.
- 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
- ECE 616 Advanced Topics in Power Systems
- 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
- ESE 503 Energy Policy, Economics and Environment
- ESE 504 Energy Evaluation, Risk Analysis and Optimization
- 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
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:
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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