MEng Degree in Energy Systems Engineering

The MEng degree in Energy Systems Engineering allows practicing professionals the knowledge to deal with the increasing complexity of energy systems along with increasing environmental constraints.  This program will provide additional education beyond the bachelor’s degree with the skills and abilities specific to energy system design, evaluation, construction and management.

The MEng degree is a course-work only professional graduate (master’s) degree that is well suited for working professionals and individuals seeking additional education beyond a bachelor’s degree to become an outstanding engineer. A minimum of 30 graduate credits must be earned for the degree with the following requirements:

Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering will be able to

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge in the field of Energy Systems Engineering.
  2. Develop and demonstrate through their coursework a deep understanding and expertise in one or more areas of Energy Systems Engineering.
  3. Discuss and apply an understanding of the current literature in Energy Systems Engineering and related disciplines
  4. Understand and be able to identify their post-graduation career options: industrial, entrepreneurial and academic.
  5. Demonstrate a commitment to the thoughtful consideration of fundamental principles of ethical professional conduct

Degree Requirements

Online or distance students will have ELO as a resource.

Required Courses
• 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
Any 400-level or higher Math or Statistics class or a class with significant math content from an approved list.
Professional Development
Area of interest that meets the individual educational objectives of the student for professional development from an approved list.
Elective Engineering courses
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) (ESE Handbook)
Free elective
Any class from the above categories.
Total 30 credits

Course Selection

See the Energy Systems Engineering Graduate Student Handbook for approved courses and additional degree requirement details. To help you decide what courses to take, many courses have been grouped by disciplinary area emphasis.

Course descriptions can be found on the Iowa State Course Catalog. Availability of courses will be on the Schedule of Classes. Students should review the ME Grad Student Handbook and Graduate College Handbook for guidelines on courses, such as independent study, transferring courses and minimum needed at Iowa State, undergraduate courses, and credits earned during non-degree-seeking status.