Energy Systems, MSENES


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

The Master of Science in Energy Systems (MSENES) integrates engineering, business, and policy into a high-level signature, multidisciplinary graduate program. Energy systems students have an opportunity to learn how to leverage business skills and public policy knowledge to accomplish their engineering goals. This program is ideal for the engineer or technical business major who is interested in pursuing an industrial or public-planning-based career.

The program’s mission is to educate students in current and future energy systems technologies, to integrate energy-related technologies with the economics and financial considerations required to implement them, and to develop leadership and decision-making skills to implement energy systems in either the private or public sectors of the global market. The program will expose students to a combination of academic and corporate experience in energy systems.

The program curriculum features a multidisciplinary range of electives from five different academic colleges at Northeastern. The curriculum is flexibly designed with a set of four core courses in engineering knowledge and finance in addition to four electives. The core courses help relate these electives back to energy-related engineering concepts, including power strategies, energy renewal, sustainable energy solutions, energy storage, energy conversion, and energy efficiency. By integrating concepts across these disciplines, our students learn that implementing energy solutions requires an economic solution as well as an engineering one.

Students are exposed to business educators and practicing professionals and have the opportunity to participate in a six-month co-op experience. Practicing professionals with experience in the industry who have successfully implemented energy systems or devices and policies are actively involved in the program as adjunct professors and invited speakers. Through this curriculum and interaction with practitioners, students should be prepared to effectively integrate energy system development over a broad spectrum of technologies with the financial requirements to successfully implement them and to compete in the global energy market.

Successful graduates of the program will be involved in the decision making or policy planning that will deliver minimally polluting, energy-efficient systems to the global market. They will have the base 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 cap-and-trade systems.

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.

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

Master's Degree in Energy Systems with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Students may complete a Master of Science in Energy Systems in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the 16-semester-hour curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry-based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 36-semester-hour degree and certificate will require 20 hours of advisor-approved energy systems technical courses.

Engineering Leadership

Core Requirements

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated. 

Required Courses
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

32 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required