Energy Systems Engineering – Program Curriculum

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 exhaustive.

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

Please note: Projected course offerings are subject to change. 

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

Program Summary
  • Requirements
    • Group A – Core Courses
    • Group B – Analysis
    • Group C – Specialty
    • Group D – Capstone Project
  • Sample Program (1-Year Plan of Study)
  • Plan of Study

ESE Online

Online Projected Schedule and Online Curriculum

Group A: Engineering Core and Energy Systems Seminar (12 credits)

If a course is designated ‘special topics’, be sure to enroll in the correct section number/topic

Select the following three required core courses:

ESENG 505/ME 571 Energy Generation and Storage Using Modern Materials* Required (SS Even Years, Fall Odd Years)

AUTO 533/ME 433 Advanced Energy Solutions* – Required (Fall*, Winter)

ESENG 501 Seminars on Energy Systems, Technology and Policy* – Required (Fall)

And, select a fourth course to fulfill 12 credit hour core requirement:

ME 589 Sustainable Design of Technology Systems* – (Winter)

MECHENG 499 Advanced Energy systems – (Fall, Winter)
ISD 520 Introduction to Systems Engineering* – (Fall, Winter, SS)
BIOMEDE 410/MSE 410 – Design & Applications of Biomaterials – (Fall)
CEE 567/ESENG 567 – Energy Infrastructure Systems* (Fall)
CEE 688 (Formally CEE 686) – Environmental Systainability
CHE 538 – Statistical & Irreversible Thermodynamics
EECS 414 – Introduction to MEMS* (Fall)
EECS 528 – Principles of Microelectronics Process Technology
EECS 562 – Nonlinear Systems & Controls
ENGR 520 – Entrepreneurial Business Fundamentals for Scientists & Engineers
IOE 425 – Manufacturing Strategies
IOE 506 – Stochastic Analysis of Finance
ISD 528 – Advanced Design for Manufacturability* (Fall)
MECHENG 401/MFG 402 – Statistical Quality Control and Design
MECHENG 438 – Internal Combustion Engines*
MECHENG 452 – Design for Manufacturability
MECHENG 539 – Heat Transfer Physics
MECHENG 552 – Mechatronic Systems Design
MECHENG 559 – Smart Materials
MECHENG 589 – Sustainable Design of Technology Systems
MATSCIE 501 – Structure & Processing of Electrical Materials
NERS 442 – Muclear Power Reactor

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.

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).  

If a course is designated ‘special topics, be sure to enroll in the correct section number/topic.

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

AERO 533 – Combustion Processes

ARCH 575 – Building Ecology

AUTO 501 – Integrated Vehicle Systems Design*

CEE 567/ESENG 567 – Energy Infrastructure Systems

CEE 587 – Water Resource Policy

CHE 696 – Fuel Cells & Fuel Processors

EAS 513 – Competitive Strategy for sustainable Development

EAS 527 – Social Inst. for Energy Prodction/Energy Markets & Energy Politics

EAS 575 – Thinking analytically for Policy & Decisions

EAS 605/BA 605 – Green Development

EECS 419 – Electric Machinery & Drives*

EECS 463 – Power System Analysis & Design

EECS 498 – Grid Integration of Alternative Energy Sources (special topics)

EECS 534 – Analysis of Electric Power Distribution Systems and Loads (special topics)

EECS 598 – Infrastructure for Vehicle Electrification (special topics)

EECS 598 – Solar Cell Device Physics (special Topics)

ENGR 521 – Clean Technology Entrepreneurship

ESCEN 531 – Nuclear Waste Management

FIN 615 Valuation

FIN 647 – Corporate Financial Strategy

MECHENG 489 – Sustainable Engineering & Design

MECHENG 555/MFG 555 – Design Optimization

MECHENG 565 – Battery Systems & Control

MECHENG 566 – Modeling Analysis and control of Hybrid Electric Vehicles

MECHENG 589 – Sustainable Design of Technology Systems

MECHENG 599-7 – Hydrogen & Fuel Cells (special topics)

MFG 549 – Plant Flow Systems

NERS 441 – Nuclear Reactor Theory 1

NERS 442 – Nucleear Power Reactor

PUBPOL 563 – Environment Policy

PUBPOL 564 – Government Regulation of Industry & Environment

PUBPOL 655 – Energy in World Politics

UP 502 – Environmental Planning Issures & Concepts

Transportation Power

AEROSP 533- Combustion Processes

AEROSP 535 – Rocket Propulsion

AEROSP 536 – Electric Propulsion

AEROSP 633 – Advanced combustion

AUTO 501 – Integrated Vehicle Systems Design*

AUTO 563 – Dynamics and Controls of Automatic Transmissions*

AUTO 599 – Analysis and Control of Alternative Powertrains (special topics)

CEE 567/ESENG 567- Energy Infrastructure Systems*

CHE 486/696- Fuel Processors & Fuel Cells (special topics)

CHE 496/696- Hydrogen Technology: Production & Storage (special topics)

CHE 528- Chemical Reactor Engineering

CHE 567- Chemical Kinetics

CHE 628- Industrial Catalyst

CHE 696- Renewable Energy (special topics)*

CHE 696- Fossil & Renewable Fuels (special topics)*

EAS 513 – Competitive Strategy for Sustainable Development

EECS 419- Electric Machinery & Drives*

ISD 599G – Dynamics and Control of Connected Vehicle*

ME 438 – Internal Combustion Engines*

ME 458 – Automotive engineering

ME 538 – Advanced Internal Combustion Engines

ME 552 – Mechatronic Systems Design

ME 555/MFG 555 – Design Optimization*

ME 565 – Battery systems & Control

ME 566 – Modeling Analysis and control of Hybrid Electric Vehicles

ME 569 – Advanced Powertrain Controls

ME 599 – Atomistic Computer Modeling of Materials (special topics)

ME 599-7 – Hydrogen & Fuel Cells

STRAT 373& 738 – Topics in Global Sustainable Enterprise

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*

EAS 513 Competitive Strategy for Sustainable Development

EAS 574/PPOL 519 Sustainable Energy Systems

EAS 605/BA 605 Green Development

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

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 ESENG 503 project is approved by the program director and MFG 504/TO is managed by Tauber 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 *
  • Project (Required: 3 credits Tauber Students Only)
    MFG 504/TO 703 503 Team Project

Sample Program (1-Year Plan of Study)

ESE-Sample Program

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).

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.


If you are interested in petitioning for a course not listed as part of the curriculum, submissions must be received 10 business days before the add-drop deadline. Students are only allowed to petition for one course for the degree.

In order to submit a petition, log in to the ISD Student Center in Canvas and select ISD Petition System from the menu on the left side.