The Master of Science degree program in Energy Systems integrates the technology side of energy systems development with the financial planning needed to effectively implement them. The goal of the MSES is to create a high-level signature, interdisciplinary graduate program for the engineer or technical business major, who is pursuing (or would like to pursue) an industrial or public planning based career.

The program curriculum is firmly rooted in energy technology and includes exposure to the interface with business and financial decision processes. Students at our Boston campus have exposure to business educators, practicing professionals, and may have the opportunity to participate in a six month co-op experience (if qualified - see requirements here). Practicing professionals with experience at this interface who have successfully implemented energy systems or devices and policies are actively involved in the program as faculty and invited speakers. The curriculum is flexibly designed with a set of six core courses in engineering knowledge and finance, and four electives that can be taken from any department within the College of Engineering**. Through this curriculum and interaction with practitioners, our students are prepared to effectively integrate energy system development over a broad spectrum of technologies with specific financial requirements to successfully implement them and compete in the global energy market.

Graduates of the program will be involved in the decision making or policy planning that will deliver sustainable, energy efficient systems to the global market. They will have the basic training necessary to lead efforts within companies to plan and implement new energy generation investments, realize energy efficiency improvements specifically at the system level, and participate in energy and environmental markets such as, power purchase agreements, energy management monitoring and cap-and-trade systems.

The Master of Science in Energy Systems program is available at our Boston campus as well as online and our satellite campuses in Charlotte and Seattle.

The MS in Energy Systems can be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Learn more about the benefits of this unique program. 

ALIGN Master’s Degree Program

Interested in our Energy Systems Program but think your background might not be a match? Consider our ALIGN program. Created specifically to prepare bachelor’s degree holders for high-demand industries, regardless of their experience or undergraduate major, ALIGN offers custom curricula in hybrid formats on all our campuses and includes the benefits of our co-op experience and Northeastern’s global network. To learn more, visit our ALIGN website.


The minimum semester hours required by students to complete this degree are listed below. Typically full-time students are able to complete these requirements in about two years, however it might take longer if the student completes a thesis or participates in co-op.

Degree RequirementsCourse-Only
Option
Online/Hybrid
Option
Engineering
Leadership
Required core courses19.5 SH19.5 SH19.5 SH
Electives16 SH16 SH4 SH
Leadership coursesN/AN/A16 SH
Minimum semester hours required35.5 SH35.5 SH39.5 SH

 

**curriculum varies with the online/hybrid format

 

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Career Preparation

Graduates of the program will be involved in the decision making or policy planning that will deliver sustainable, energy efficient systems to the global market. They will have the basic training necessary to lead efforts within companies to plan and implement new energy generation investments, realize energy efficiency improvements specifically at the system level, and participate in energy and environmental markets such as, power purchase agreements, energy management monitoring and cap-and-trade systems.

Student Success Stories

  • Energy Systems Spotlight

    Kevin Johnson
    EnerNOC MSES'12

    After graduation, Kevin Johnson, MSES’12, was hired full-time as an energy efficiency analyst at EnerNOC’s corporate headquarters in Boston.

  • Energy Systems Spotlight

    Divyanshu Kamboj
    Lumi•Solair MSES'13

    In August of 2013, recent graduate Divyanshu Kamboj completed his co-op journey with Lumi•Solair LLC, a New York based company that manufactures off-grid renewable energy and lighting products

  • Energy Systems Spotlight

    Sejal Turakhia
    DTZ-A UGL MSES'12

    Sejal Turakhia has been working as an energy efficiency analyst at DTZ-A UGL, a global corporate real estate services & facilities management company, since her graduation from Northeastern in

Experiential & Cooperative Education

The program of study for each student in the program is unique.  You will have the opportunity to blend your in-class study with on-the-job experience as you go on an industry Co-op.  (Please note: Co-op is not required.)  You will also have the opportunity to interact with students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds as you take courses from across the Northeastern canopy.

Students come to Northeastern from all over the world, from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, who might have a lot of or little energy systems experience, or who might be attending Northeastern immediately after acquiring an undergraduate degree.  Student aspirations also tend to be quite far-ranging – from those who want a purely technical position to those who want to start their own company.  Consequently, students need to work closely with their program adviser to develop a program of study that fits their distinctive background and meets their own particular goals.