Master of Science in Energy Systems

The Opportunity

Some of the most pressing global issues we face today are related to energy resources, conservation, and the effects of energy production and increasing worldwide demand. As a result, professionals with knowledge in the design and development of optimal methods to produce and utilize energy in ways that are both sustainable and marketable are currently—and will continue to be—in great demand.

The Program

Northeastern University’s MS in Energy Systems ALIGN program offers students with strong quantitative and problem solving skills the opportunity to gain the knowledge and practical experience necessary to enter this high-demand field. The program integrates energy systems technology with business and financial planning principles. It will prepare you to lead efforts in the design, development, planning, and implementation of new energy generation investments, to realize energy efficiency improvements, and ultimately to have a lasting, positive impact on businesses, communities, the economy, and the global environment.

As a student in this program, you have the opportunity to:

  • Effectively integrate energy system development over a broad spectrum of technologies
  • Formulate financial requirements for successful systems implementation
  • Apply fundamental principles in the global energy market
  • Analyze problems faced in energy generation and transmission
  • Propose clean energy considerations and challenges
  • Examine renewable options for consideration in a systems solution
The number of energy-related jobs has more than doubled nationally since 2007.

What Courses Will I Take?

The program’s curriculum is firmly rooted in energy technology and includes exposure to the critical interface with business and financial decision processes. It is flexibly designed with a set of core courses in engineering knowledge and finance, complemented by a broad range of electives that can be taken across departments within Northeastern’s College of Engineering.


  • Mathematics for Engineers 1 and 2


  • Fundamentals of Energy System Integration
  • Economic Decision Making
  • Mathematical Methods for Mechanical Engineers
  • Value Creation Through Financial Decision Making
  • Financial Statement Preparation and Analysis


  • Wind Energy Systems
  • Power Systems Analysis
  • Environmental Issues in Manufacturing and
  • Product Use
  • Cities, Sustainability, and Climate Change
  • Engineering Project Management
  • Environmental Protection and Management

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How Will I Gain Work Experience?

In the MS in Energy Systems ALIGN program, you have the opportunity to apply your classroom learning to real-world challenges. For example, a recent co-op focused on the introduction and implementation of off-grid renewable energy and lighting products to a local municipality. Another involved analyzing and providing insights on energy usage in industrial, municipal, commercial, and institutional applications. Through the support and collaboration of our valuable employer partners, you’ll gain the experience and confidence to make significant contributions in the field. Recent co-op partners include:

  • LumiŸ•Solair
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • EnerNoc
  • Protonex Technology Corporation
  • Nuvera Fuel Cells

Who Are the Faculty Members?

Program Director: Gregory Kowalski, Ph.D.

Our Faculty Members:

  • Are practicing professionals who have successfully implemented energy systems or devices and policies
  • Provide an invaluable combination of academic excellence, timely perspectives, and network connections

Am I Right for This Program?

Our Energy Systems ALIGN Program is designed for students from a wide variety of quantitative and STEM backgrounds who do not have an undergraduate degree in engineering.

Our custom curriculum supports students from a broad range of undergraduate majors, including biology, business, computer science, environmental science, finance, geology, and math. A background in calculus is necessary for success. If you do not have this coursework in your background, you may be advised to complete it prior to starting the program. 

If you have an undergraduate degree in engineering, we recommend that you apply to the MS Energy Systems degree program.

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What Are the Admissions Requirements?

  • Completed application form and transcripts
  • Undergraduate experience in a quantitative or STEM discipline or professional experience demonstrating quantitative aptitude
  • Undergraduate calculus coursework
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resumé

The GRE is recommended for students with under 3-4 years of work experience in a high energy technology sector to enhance the application.

This degree is designed for talented students who do not have an undergraduate degree in engineering and want to transition to the energy systems field. If you have an undergraduate engineering degree, please apply to the MS Energy Systems program.

How Much Will it Cost?

ALIGN is a customized degree program that includes bridge courses embedded into a full academic curriculum, as well as additional support and services related to your transition into Energy Systems.

Tuition and fees are set on an annual basis by Northeastern University’s Board of Trustees. Based on rates for the 2015-2016 academic year, the estimated tuition cost for the MS Energy Systems ALIGN program is $56,169.00.

Financial aid is available. Connect with your enrollment coach or contact us at for additional details.

Program Locations

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