2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Dec 04, 2022  
2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Energy Systems Engineering, MS


Prof. H. E. Khalifa, hekhalif@syr.edu
263E Link Hall
Tel: 315-443-1286


Jeongmin Ahn, Benjamin Akih-Kumgeh, Jesse Q. Bond, Thong Dang, Cliff I Davidson, Prasanta Ghosh, H. Ezzat Khalifa, Shalabh Maroo, Lawrence L. Tavlarides, Jianshun S. Zhang


The MSESE prepares students for professional careers in energy systems engineering and research. The program covers fundamental and applied courses on the analysis, design and optimization of thermo-mechanical, nuclear, renewable and electrical energy systems.

Common Requirements


Prospective students must hold a BS degree. For those students without a BS degree in Engineering or Physics, or those who lack adequate preparation, may be required to complete one or more of the following courses, either prior to admission or during completion of the MSESE:

  • university-level chemistry;
  • university-level, calculus-based physics;
  • three semesters of university-level mathematics, including calculus, linear algebra and differential equations;
  • thermodynamics.

General Requirements

A student seeking an MS Degree in Energy Systems Engineering (MSESE) must complete ten (10) 3-credit courses, no more than four (4) of which can be at the 500-level, the remainder must be at the 600-level or higher.

Required Courses

The following 2 courses (6 credits) are required of all students regardless of BS major. Students who took these courses as part of their BS degree may substitute 2 courses from the Energy Systems Tracks listed below:

Additional Courses

Energy Systems Tracks

Select any 3 courses (9 credits) from one of the 3 tracks listed below:

Program Customization

Select 2 course (6 credits) from any of the ESE Tracks listed above, plus 1 course (3 credits) from Business/Management, Social Sciences (Economics, Public Policy…), or Engineering/Computer Science (ECS) Technical Elective (subject to the 500-level 4-course limit).

Additional Requirements

  • 0 credit(s)
  • 0 credit(s) - The student will review technical papers or reports in the literature related to the student’s field of interest. The student will prepare an oral presentation summarizing the technical content of the documents reviewed, and present his/her findings before a faculty committee. A hard copy of the presentation, signed by the student advisor, must be submitted to the MAE Graduate Office before the oral presentation.

Suggested Sequence of Courses

Fall, Year-1:

Spring, Year-1:

ECS 650 , plus two Energy Systems Track Electives. Student may take MAE 630  rather than MAE 629, instead of one of the two Track Electives [9 credits]

Summer, Year-1 (Optional):

A student may take a Management/Business course, Social Sciences course, or an ECS Technical Elective, if offered in the summer (possible 3 credits).


Remaining Electives and 0-credit Capstone Project on an energy-focused topic.

Total Credits Required: 30 + a 0-credit capstone project on energy related topic.

Degree Awarded:

Master of Science in Energy Systems Engineering

Transfer Credit:


Part-time Study:


Satisfactory Progress:

3.0 GPA or higher