Energy Systems Engineering Program

Degree Options

Students have the opportunity to choose from multiple options that work best for them to earn this degree:

Master of Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering On-Campus and Online

This degree is designed for students who are motivated to take on the challenges facing society in the areas of sustainable energy generation, storage, and conversion. 


Sequential Undergraduate / Graduate Study

Undergraduate students at the College of Engineering in Ann Arbor have the opportunity to speed their progress towards an ISD Master of Engineering degree through the Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Study (SUGS) program:


Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Study (JI-SUGS) Program.

Students who receive an undergraduate BSE degree from the U-M – Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Joint Institute (U-M SJTU) can also pursue an Integrative Systems + Design Engineering Master’s degree at U-M through the Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Study (JI-SUGS) Program:

Program Details

Make a difference to create a sustainable future

The Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in 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, students 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 students to courses from across disciplines, including engineering, natural and social sciences, public policy, environmental science, and business. Students gain a depth and breadth of knowledge, and an interdisciplinary understanding of the need for energy solutions. Students 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.). Students will be 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—addressing 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.

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

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.

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.