As an interdisciplinary major, ESE has six focus areas: biorenewables (B), wind (W), nuclear (N), power generation and distribution (P), building energy and energy efficiency (E), or thermal science (T).The Department of Mechanical Engineering, in partnership with Engineering Online, offers a masters degree in Energy Systems Engineering (ESE).
One of the challenges facing society in the 21st century is providing sustainable energy for a growing world population. Widely reported warnings have emphasized the need to develop new sources of energy, while at the same time preventing or reversing the degradation of the environment. Energy systems are pervasive, affecting nearly every aspect of society. The increasing complexity of these systems, along with increasing environmental constraints, requires practicing professionals in the field that have knowledge, skills and abilities specific to energy system design, evaluation, construction and management.
Applications for admission to the ESE graduate program are reviewed after the application deadlines. Students may take up to 9 credits as a non-degree seeking student, so it is possible to begin your studies before formal admittance into the program. Admission and application procedures for the Mechanical Engineering graduate program can be found on the ME department website and Graduate College website.
The Energy Systems Engineering Graduate Degree consists of a minimum of 30 approved graduate credits. Students must maintain a grade average of B or higher in all coursework. A list of core and elective courses can be found on the ME program website.