The MS in Energy Systems is no longer enrolling new students as of Spring 2022. Students who were interested in this program may also be interested in our MS in Electrical Engineering

The MS in Energy Systems is a technical degree focused on energy systems and related technology and the impact of our external changing environment on these technologies.

Through the Energy Systems master's degree, Clarkson enables you to integrate mechanical/electrical energy related courses, mechanical and electrical fundamental discipline courses and non-technical courses regarding the impact of environmental, economic and regulatory issues on energy.

With evening courses and part-time study, this program offers the only engineering program in the capital region designed to meet the needs of working professionals. You’ll learn and network with other professionals who are seeking to advance their knowledge and become leaders in their fields. Coursework is also well-matched to recent graduates who want to benefit from learning alongside experienced professionals.

Energy Systems Curriculum

MS in Energy Systems

The energy systems master's degree program is a 33 credit hour program. Full-time students usually complete the degree in one and a half to two years, while part-time students typically finish in two and a half to three years.

The Clarkson University Capital Region Campus (CRC) in Schenectady, NY is a satellite campus for Clarkson University. The CRC caters to the working engineering professional, offering:

  • Evening On-site Courses
  • A Professional Setting
  • Outstanding Faculty who are adjuncts and professionals from within industry
  • Merit Scholarships

*The MS in Energy Systems program is only offered at Clarkson University's Capital Region Campus.

Energy Systems MS Curriculum

School of Engineering programs provide you with maximum flexibility when developing a plan of study. You can select specific courses that integrate or focus on the following degree objectives:

  • discipline knowledge
  • product application
  • industry breadth
  • career ambitions


Degree Requirements

The engineering profession continues to require the understanding and application of technologies that complement each other in their product, systems or service applications. The energy systems MS provides a balanced degree program of energy-focused mechanical/electrical courses, fundamental discipline mechanical and electrical courses and the broad understanding of related environment, economic and regulatory issues. Please view the course catalog for details and course summaries.


Required Courses

The Master of Science in Energy Systems requires a total of 11 courses. Each student’s program will include at least 5 to 9 energy related mechanical or electrical engineering courses, 2 to 3 non-technical Mechanical or Electrical energy-related and/or Business of Energy courses, and 0 to 4 fundamental technical Mechanical or Electrical engineering courses.

  • Energy Systems Courses (Choose 5-9)
    • Fuel Cell Science and Hydrogen Engineering (EE640/ ME581)
    • Photovoltaic Engineering (EE643/ ME582)
    • Linear Control Systems (EE657/ ME560)
    • Turbine Engineering (EE683/ ME583)
    • Wind Energy Engineering (EE684/ ME588)
    • Solar Energy Engineering (EE685/ ME587)
    • Synchronous Electrical Generators (EE686/ ME589)
    • Nuclear Engineering (EE687/ ME575)
    • Electronic Power Conversion (EE642)
    • Superconductivity (EE645)
    • Modeling and Control of Energy Conversion (EE653)
    • Digital Control Systems (EE658)
    • Power Systems Analysis I (EE680)
    • Power Systems Analysis II (EE681)
    • Electromechanical Energy Conversion (EE682)
    • Thermal Energy Processes (ME568)
    • Superconductivity (ME570)
    • Principles of Thermal Systems (ME584)
  • Non-technical Energy Systems Courses (Choose 2-3)
    • Disruptive Technology (EE600/ ME600)
    • Sustainability (EE601/ ME601)
    • Fundamentals of the Business of Energy (BOE610)
    • Planning and Operations of Power Systems (BOE611)
    • Power Markets (BOE612)
    • Deregulation and Restructuring (BOE613)
    • Electric Power Industry Economics and Finance (BOE614)
    • Challenges to Upgrading Aging Infrastructure (BOE615)
  • Other Fundamental Technical Courses (Choose 0-4)
    • Engineering Statistics (EE602/ ME577)
    • Motor Acoustics (EE606/ 579)
    • Solid State Electronics (EE644)
    • Elasticity (ME500)
    • Transport Phenomena (ME501)
    • Engineering Analysis (ME502)
    • Mechanical Behavior of Materials (ME506)
    • Fracture Mechanics (ME508)
    • Current Approaches to Fatigue in Design (ME509)
    • Advanced Dynamics (ME510)
    • Vibrations of Discrete Systems (ME512)
    • Processing and Selection of Engineering Materials (ME513)
    • Finite Element Methods in Engineering (ME516)
    • Engineering Optimization (ME561)
    • Composites (ME562)
    • Dynamics of a Viscous Fluid (ME563)
    • Compressible Fluid Flow (ME564)
    • Combustion Fundamentals (ME565)
    • Fluid Dynamics of Turbo Machinery (ME566)
    • Thermodynamic Analysis (ME567)
    • Conduction Heat Transfer (ME569)
    • Convection Heat Transfer (ME571)
    • Advanced Fluid Dynamics (ME572)
    • Flow/Heat Transfer in Multiphase Systems (ME573)
    • Computational Fluid Dynamics (ME574)
    • System Modeling and Optimization (ME576)
    • Welding (ME586)
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Our engineering faculty are accomplished educators, researchers and industry practitioners. They are connected to the region’s leading industries and integrate the latest technologies and applications in the courses they teach. You’ll not only advance your knowledge in their classes, you’ll also learn how to apply it to real-life challenges and opportunities.

Through the MS in Energy Systems, Clarkson will provide you the knowledge and know-how to expand your thinking in the related fields of energy systems and environment. Your degree can easily be integrated into your career goals. You'll gain the tools to pursue your future goals with the ever sought after credentials of a master's degree.

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