• Master of Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering

Curriculum and Plan of Study

The Energy Systems Engineering degree requires completion of 30 credit hours (10 courses).


Coursework requirements include:

  • (A) Engineering Core: a two-semester course sequence (6 credits) consisting of ESENG 505/ME 571 and AUTO 533/ME 433; 1 semester of a seminar ESENG 501(3 credits); and 1 semester of a course (3 credits) selected from other core offerings
  • (B) Energy Analysis: two courses (6 credits) selected from existing disciplinary offerings
  • (C) Energy Systems Specialty: three courses (9 credits) selected from any of the three energy specialty disciplines
  • (D) Energy Systems Capstone Project: one course (3 credits) consisting of the ESENG 503 project

Course Options

The chart below lists examples of eligible courses. The list is not exhautsive.

An asterisk (*) indicates the course is available online or on campus. All classes without an asterisk are available on campus only.

Course descriptions are available on the Michigan Engineering Course Guide & Bulletin.
Program Summary

Group A: Engineering Core and Energy Systems Seminar (12 credits)
    Three of the four courses are required (12 credits total). Through these courses, students are exposed to different energy technologies, and advanced energy systems. For example, ESENG 501 showcases expert lecturers from across the United Students who discuss various sustainable energy technologies. These discussions touch on economic impacts, intended benefits, possible disadvantages, and other points to offer a comprehensive overview of a given energy technology.
    Select the following three required core courses:
    • ESENG 505/ME 571 Energy Generation and Storage Using Modern Materials *
    • AUTO 533/ME 433 Advanced Energy Solutions *
    • ESENG 501 Seminars on Energy Systems, Technology and Policy *
    And, select a fourth course to fulfill 12 credit hour core requirement:
    • ME 589 Sustainable Design of Technology Systems *
    • NRE 615 Renewable Electricity and the Grid
Group B: Energy Analysis (6 credits)
    Students take two courses (6 credits) in this area to highlight the breadth of energy systems. The courses are from varied areas: finance, natural resources, public policy, and a wide scope of different engineering courses.
    Select two courses to fulfill this requirement. These are examples:
    • CEE 460 Design of Environmental Engineering Systems
    • CEE 567/ESENG 567 Energy Infrastructure Systems *
    • ECON 435 Financial Economics
    • ESENG 599/CEE 501 Greenhouse Gas Control *
    • IOE 452 Corporate Finance 
    • IOE 453 Derivative Instruments 
    • IOE 434 Human Error and Complex System Failures
    • IOE 539/MFG 539 Occupational Safety Engineering 
    • ME 563/IOE 565/MFG 561 Time Series Modeling, Analysis, Forecasting
    • ME 566 Modeling Analysis and Control of Hybrid Electric Vehicles *
    • ME 589 Sustainble Design of Technology Systems *
    • NRE 574 Sustainable Energy Systems (same as PPOL 519) 
    • ISD 599B Modeling and Analysis of Vehicle Systems *
Group C: Energy Systems Specialty (9 credits)
These courses are designed to give students depth within one of three concentrations: Energy Generation, Distribution and Usage; Transportation Power; and Sustainable Chemical Conversion. Students must take three courses in this group (9 credits).
    Choose two from same area; one may come from another area. Select three courses to satisfy an energy specialty. These are examples:

Energy Generation, Distribution, and Usage
ME 533 Radiative Heat Transfer
AERO 533 Combustion Processes
NERS 442 Nuclear Power Reactor
CEE 567 Energy Infrastructure Systems *

Transportation Power
AERO 464 The Space Environment
AERO 536 Electric Propulsion
AUTO 563 Dynamics and Controls of Automatic Transmissions *
AUTO 599 Analysis and Control of Alternative Powertrains
ME 438 Internal Combustion Engines *
ME 533 Combustion Processes
ME 538 Advanced Internal Combustion Engines

Sustainable Chemical Conversion
CEE 501/ESENG 599 Greenhouse Gas Control *
CHE 444 Applied Chemical Kinetics
CHE 496/696 Hydrogen Technology: Production & Storage
CHE 696 Fuel Cells & Fuel Processors *
EECS 498 Grid Integration of Alternative Energy Sources
ENGR 521 Clean Technology Entrepreneurship
ESENG 505/MECHENG 571 Energy Generation & Storage of Modern Materials *
MECHENG 437 Applied Energy Conversion
MECHENG 499 Advanced Energy Systems
MECHENG 539 Heat Transfer Physics
MECHENG 555/MFG 555 Design Optimization *
MECHENG 589 Sustainable Design of Technology Systems *
MECHENG 599-1 Fundamentals of Energy Conversion
NERS 531 Nuclear Waste Management
NRE 513 Competitive Strategy for Sustainable Development
NRE 574/PPOL 519 Sustainable Energy Systems
NRE 605/BA 605 Green Development
PUBPOL 564 Government Regulation of Industry & Environment

Group D: Energy Systems Capstone Project (3 credits)
    The ESE program concludes with a 3-credit project that can be completed individually or with a group. The project is approved by the program director and supervised by a University of Michigan faculty. The project gives the student the experience of confronting an energy problem and discovering a possible solution.
  • Project (Required: 3 credits)
    ESENG 503 Projects in Energy Systems Engineering *

Sample Program (1-Year Plan of Study)

The Master of Engineering (MEng) in Energy Systems Engineering can be completed in 1-2 years on a full-time basis. The sample program below is an example of a 12-month completion (attending classes fall, winter and spring/summer).

ESE-Sample Program


Plan of Study

It is critical for students to develop an approved plan of study to ensure that they will meet all the core and concentration requirements necessary to obtain their degree.

Download an Energy Systems Engineering Plan of Study form

Substitution of courses must be approved in advance. The approved plan of study must be on file in the ESE Office. Any changes to the plan of study must be approved and also be on file.

The ISD office will help you prepare your plan of study. Following admission, you will be contacted by your graduate coordinator who will set up an appointment for you to discuss your plan of study options. For assistance in scheduling an appointment, contact:

Ronda Hamilton
Energy Systems Engineering
Graduate Program Coordinator
1226 School of Information North
1075 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2112
(734) 647-7188

If you make any changes to your Plan of Study after it has been approved, the ESE office will need to approve your changes.