Energy Systems, MSENES—Academic Link Program


Hameed Metghalchi, Sc.D.
Professor and Program Director
Editor-in-Chief, 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 all–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 thermosciences 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. Once students complete the Academic Link courses they will move through our multidisciplinary energy systems 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 will 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


Complete one of the following options:

General Option

Complete 16 semester hours from the course list below.16

Online/Hybrid Option

Complete 16 semester hours from the course list below.16
Courses offered online can be found on the online/hybrid course list.

Course List

Materials Chemistry of Renewable Energy
Biochemical Engineering
Electric Drives
Power Systems Analysis 1
Power Electronics
Electrical Machines
Special Topics
Engineering Project Management
Sustainable Energy: Materials, Conversion, Storage, and Usage
Energy Storage Systems
Electrochemical Energy Storage
Power Plant Design and Analysis
Wind Energy Systems
Special Topics in Energy Systems
Energy Systems Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 1
Energy Systems Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 2
Master’s Project
Independent Study
Engineering Probability and Statistics
Environmental Issues in Manufacturing and Product Use
Solar Thermal Engineering
Gas Turbine Combustion
General Thermodynamics
Combustion and Air Pollution
Fundamentals of Combustion
Deterministic Operations Research
Sustainable Engineering Systems for Buildings
Nontechnical Electives
A maximum of 5 semester hours may be taken from the following list toward the elective requirement:
Environmental Systems
and Recitation for ARCH 5210
Investment Analysis
Financial Strategy
Business Turnarounds

Online/Hybrid Course List

Power Systems Analysis 1
Engineering Project Management
Engineering Probability and Statistics
Environmental Issues in Manufacturing and Product Use
Solar Thermal Engineering
General Thermodynamics
Deterministic Operations Research

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

40 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required