Energy Systems, MSENES-Academic Link Program


Hameed Metghalchi, Sc.D.
Professor and Program Director
Editor-in-Chief, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Journal of Energy Resources Technology
319 Snell Engineering

Designing and implementing optimal methods to produce and utilize energy is one of the most pressing global issues today. Finding ways to implement these solutions that are sustainable and marketable is key. The energy systems Academic Link (AL) program is meant to provide students of non–STEM disciplines (such as English, sociology, business, etc.) with the foundation skills necessary to gain the skills needed to create and implement energy solutions. Students will begin the program by taking two core courses that cover topics across thermal sciences and math along with the general energy systems curriculum. 

The Academic Link core courses will provide students with an introduction to the fundamentals that are necessary to be successful in the energy system program. Academic Link courses are integrated with our multidisciplinary energy system curriculum that integrates engineering, business, and policy. Our curriculum is flexibly designed with a set of core courses in engineering and finance complemented by a range of electives across five different academic colleges. Our core and elective courses are designed to help to prepare students to lead the efforts to implement energy systems solutions that have a long-term positive effect on businesses and communities. 

Graduate Certificate Options

Students enrolled in a master's degree have the opportunity to also pursue one of the many engineering graduate certificate options in addition to or in combination with the MS degree. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding these options.

General Requirements

A minimum of 40 semester hours must be earned toward completion of the MSES-AL degree. A minimum grade-point average of 3.000 is required over all courses applied toward the degree.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.  

Core Requirements

ENSY 5050Fundamentals of Thermal Science 14
ENSY 5060Fundamentals of Thermal Science 24
EMGT 6225Economic Decision Making4
ENSY 5000Fundamentals of Energy System Integration4
ME 6200Mathematical Methods for Mechanical Engineers 14
FINA 6309Foundations of Accounting and Finance4

Restricted Electives List 

Complete a minimum of 8 semester hours from the following:
ENSY 5100Hydropower4
ENSY 5200Energy Storage Systems4
ENSY 5300Electrochemical Energy Storage4
ENSY 5400Power Plant Design and Analysis4
ENSY 5500Smart Grid4
ENSY 5585Wind Energy Systems4
ME 5685Solar Thermal Engineering4

Other Electives List

An additional 8 semester hours can either be taken from the list above or from the list below or by approval of the program director:
CHEM 5651Materials Chemistry of Renewable Energy3
EECE 5680Electric Drives4
EECE 5682Power Systems Analysis 14
EECE 5684Power Electronics4
EECE 5686Electrical Machines4
EMGT 5220Engineering Project Management4
ENGR 5670Sustainable Energy: Materials, Conversion, Storage, and Usage4
ENSY 7374Special Topics in Energy Systems4
ENSY 7440Energy Systems Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 14
ENSY 7442Energy Systems Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 24
ENSY 7945Master’s Project4
ENSY 7978Independent Study1-4
ME 5690Gas Turbine Combustion4
ME 7270General Thermodynamics4
ME 7300Combustion and Air Pollution4
ME 7305Fundamentals of Combustion4
SBSY 5200Sustainable Engineering Systems for Buildings4

Online Course List

All required courses and many electives are offered as online courses.

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

40 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required