Energy Systems Engineering, MEng

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering, in partnership with Engineering-LAS Online Learning, offers a masters degree in Energy Systems Engineering.

One of the challenges facing society in the 21st century is providing sustainable energy for a growing world population. Widely reported warnings have emphasized the need to develop new sources of energy, while at the same time preventing or reversing the degradation of the environment. Energy systems are pervasive, affecting nearly every aspect of society. The increasing complexity of these systems, along with increasing environmental constraints, requires practicing professionals in the field that have knowledge, skills and abilities specific to energy system design, evaluation, construction and management.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Energy Systems Engineering Graduate program is contingent upon the following requirements:

  • Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering OR Bachelors of Science degree, non-Engineering with:
    • 11 semester credits in math (through differential equations)
    • 16 semester credits in physics, chemistry and engineering sciences.
  • International (non-English speaking) students need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Admission and application procedures can be found on the Graduate College website.  Students may take up to 9 credits as a non-degree seeking student, so it is possible to begin your studies before formal admittance into the program.

Program Requirements

The Energy Systems Engineering Graduate Degree consists of a minimum of 30 approved graduate credits. Students must maintain a grade average of B or higher in all coursework.
 Degree requirement Credits Description
Required courses (2) 6 ME 531: Advanced Energy Systems and Analysis (3 credits); offered on-line in fall semesters
ME 510: Energy Engineering Economics and Policy (3 credits); offered on-line in spring semesters
Math/Statistics (1) 3 Any 400-level or higher Math or Statistics class or a class with significant math content from an approved list.
Professional Development (1) 3 Area of interest that meets the individual educational objectives of the student for professional development from an approved list.
Elective Engineering courses 15 Courses in energy systems engineering from an approved list. Nine credits must be in a single focus area (biorenewables, wind, nuclear, power generation and distribution, building energy and energy efficiency, thermal science or as approved)
Free elective 3 Any class from the above categories.

* per the graduate school requirements, up to three (3) courses at the 400 level will be permitted, or a POS may include one (1) 300-level class and two (2) 400-level classes; all other classes must be at the graduate level (500 and above).

Prerequisites for prospective students.
Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering or Bachelors of Science degree, non-Engineering with:

  • 11 semester credits in math (through differential equations)
  • 16 semester credits in physics, chemistry and engineering sciences.
  • International (non-English speaking) students need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Language requirements. None

Math/Statistics requirement
Three (3) credits of any 400-level or higher Math or Statistics will count towards this requirement.  Non-Math/Stat courses with strong math or statistics content that are approved by the Master of Engineering – Energy Systems Engineering Steering Committee may also count towards meeting this requirement.

Approved courses for Math/Stat requirement

Professional Development requirement

Three (3) credits in an area of interest that meets the individual educational objectives of the student for professional development that is approved by the Master of Engineering – Energy Systems Engineering Steering Committee

Approved courses for Professional Development requirement

Elective Engineering Courses
Fifteen (15) graduate credits in energy systems engineering from an approved list.  These courses are determined by the student and academic advisor to fit the needs of the individual student’s program.  If the student’s undergraduate degree did not include a course in thermodynamics, three (3) credits must be ChE 357, MatE 311, or ME 332 or the equivalent.

In order to be included on the approved course list, course content must be at least half “energy related”. Energy related means content significantly covers any of the following in an engineering context:

(1) energy fundamentals, e.g., thermodynamics, heat transfer;

(2) energy production, transmission or utilization;

(3) design of energy production, transmission or utilization systems or components;

(4) analysis of energy production, transmission or utilization systems or components.

Students must take at least nine (9) credits in a single focus area:  biorenewables (B), wind (W), nuclear (N), power generation and distribution (P), building energy and energy efficiency (E), or thermal science (T).

Approved courses for Engineering Electives requirement

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Note

  • Other on-campus courses can also be used to fulfill the electives requirement.
  • Some of the courses are offered once per year, others once every two years.
  • Completion of introductory courses may be required for no credit of students who are deficient in the respective course prerequisites.
  • Credits gained could count towards a subsequent master’s degree.
  • As per the Graduate Council guidelines, for all master’s programs at Iowa State, at least 22 graduate credits must be earned at Iowa State.

Contact Information

Mark Mba Wright
Mark Mba-Wright
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
2078 Black Engineering
2529 Union Dr
Ames, IA 50011-2030
Email: markmw@iastate.edu
Phone: 515-294-0913
Engineering-LAS Online Learning
800-854-1675 or
515-294-7470
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