• 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). Students take four courses that comprise the engineering core, two courses from the energy analysis area, three courses from an energy systems concentration, and a capstone project. For more details, see the descriptions below:


Coursework requirements include:

  1. (A) a core, 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,
  2. (B) two courses (6 credits) selected from existing disciplinary offerings,
  3. (C) three courses (9 credits) selected from any of the three energy specialty disciplines, 
  4. (D) one course (3 credits) consisting of the project ESENG 503 (3 credits).
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.
Group B: Energy Analysis (6 credits)
    Students take 6 credits (two courses) 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:
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:
Group D: Energy Systems Capstone Project (3 credits)
    The ESE program concludes with a three-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.

Sample Program (1-Year Plan of Study)

The Master of Engineering (MEng) in Energy Systems Engineering can be completed between 12 - 24 months. 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, each student will be contacted by the Program Graduate Coordinator who will set up an appointment for students to meet and discuss their Plan of Study options. For assistance 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.