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  • Master of Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering

Make a Difference

The Master of Energy Systems Engineering (ESE) program is a 30-credit graduate degree designed for students who are motivated to take on the challenges facing society in the areas of sustainable energy generation, storage, and conversion. In this program, you will learn about alternative and conventional energy technologies, the societal and environmental impact of technology developments, and the economic benefits of those developments. The curriculum takes a holistic approach and exposes you to courses from across disciplines, including engineering, natural and social sciences, public policy, environmental science, and business. You will gain a depth and breadth of knowledge, and an interdisciplinary understanding of the contemporary need for energy solutions. You will also develop the skills to analyze often opaque cause and effect relationships across various fields (e.g., how a technological solution impacts legislation and society; or how the abundance and price of energy resources impact food supply, water quality, and sea life, etc.). You will be well prepared to lead the development of the critically needed, sustainable infrastructures of the future in a responsible manner.

The ESE curriculum is highly flexible, offering personalized plans of study, and it addresses truly complex challenges. Our courses are designed by faculty members from across the University of Michigan, including the College of Engineering, the School for Environment and Sustainability, the Ross School of Business, the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Art and Architecture, and the College of Literature Science and Arts. The degree is available both on campus and online. Many students complete the program entirely online.

ESENG 503* Energy Systems Project 

Make a difference.

Make a career.

Our graduates go onto successful careers in various fields of science and engineering, consulting, investment, energy and public policy sectors.


One year, anywhere

Students who pursue their degree online often do so because they are working full-time; this allows them to immediately apply their studies to the real world and advance their careers.


Top Ranked

ISD is part of the College of Engineering, ranked 6th in the nation by the US News and World Report. ISD has been a leader in high quality distance learning for several decades. Many of our courses are specially developed for online offerings using state-of-the-art studios and interactive classrooms.

Flexible Options

The ESE program, typically a three-semester degree, is structured for flexibility. Many ESE students work full-time and pursue their plans of study completely online through several semesters of part-time study. Other students study on campus full-time or, earn their degree with only one semester of on-campus full-time study, completing their requirements  through online courses.


The curriculum requires a significant, relevant capstone project supervised by faculty and with industry or government participation. You will apply your  new knowledge and practical problem solving skills to a real world challenge.