The Intersection of Engineering, Business, and Policy

The Master of Science in Energy Systems degree program integrates the technology side of energy systems development with the financial planning needed to effectively implement these new technologies. The goal of the MS-ES 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 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 four core courses in engineering and finance which are complemented by a range of electives available across five different academic colleges.** Through this curriculum and interaction with practitioners, our students are prepared to lead the efforts to implement energy systems solutions that have a long-term positive effect on businesses and communities 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.

**curriculum varies with the online/hybrid format


Who is the Master of Science in Energy Systems for?

Students interested in the Master of Science in Energy Systems degree program may apply to one of two paths, depending on their background. Upon successful completion of either path, students will earn a Master of Science in Energy Systems.

Students with a Bachelor’s degree in engineering may apply to the 32 credit Master of Science in Energy Systems path.

Students with a non-STEM background (such as English, Sociology, Business, etc.) may apply to the 40 credit Master of Science in Energy Systems – Academic Link path. Students take two Academic Link core courses that will provide students with an introduction to the fundamentals of thermodynamics and math that are necessary to be successful in the energy system program.


Flexibility to Fit Your Goals and Lifestyle

Both paths of the Master of Science in Energy Systems program are available at our Boston campus as well as online.

Benefits of online and hybrid studies

Pursuing some or all of your graduate studies online allows you to build your credentials and enhance your knowledge, while a flexible schedule minimizes the disruption on your professional and personal life.

Similarities to “on ground” (campus-based) programs

  • Variety of course offerings: online programs offer all required courses, as well as the most frequently chosen electives.  This ensures you have access to the courses you need and want most.
  • Extensive resources: all students have access to the university library’s online collections.
  • Connection to faculty and students: led by instructors trained in online instruction, our virtual classes are designed to create a community of peers that learn, discuss, and support each other – both in class and beyond.

Differences from on ground programming

  • Innovative format: virtual classrooms allow for new ways to deliver knowledge while also helping you further hone your electronic communication skills – a must in today’s world.
  • Increased flexibility: with online studies, you can study on your own schedule, accompanied by clear guidance from your instructor.

Participate in Northeastern University’s Graduate Cooperative Education Program

Students enrolled in both paths of the Master of Science in Energy Systems have the option to participate in the Graduate Cooperative Education Program, or Co-op. Eligible students who participate in the Co-op program are able to apply the coursework in real-world industry settings, which gives students the opportunity for experiential learning. To learn more about the Graduate Co-op program, please review their webpage.


Combine the MS-ES with Certificate Programs

Students enrolled in both paths of the Master of Science in Energy Systems program have the opportunity to also pursue one of the many engineering graduate certificate options in addition to or in combination with this program. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding these options. Both paths of the Master of Science in Energy Systems program can be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Learn more about the benefits of this unique program.

 

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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