With rapid energy sector transformation from the integration of wind and solar energy, as well as electric vehicles bringing new opportunities for power and energy systems engineers, the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering is expanding its professional course offerings to include a new a new track as part of our Master of Science (MS) degree — starting in fall 2020 — for students with bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering or related engineering or scientific backgrounds.
Instructors from CU Boulder’s faculty and National Renewable Energy Laboratory research programs offer five core courses and numerous electives for the 30-credit hour program to prepare students with the specialized knowledge required to practice grid integration of renewable energy into integrated energy systems.
Many of the Next-Generation Power and Energy Systems courses offer distance-learning options through the Graduate School.
Who Should Apply?
The program is intended for students and engineers with a BS degree in electrical engineering or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field. Entering students must have adequate knowledge calculus, physics, computation, and of circuits and electronics, as taught in undergraduate courses intended for EE majors.
A small number of undergraduate courses in circuits and electronics may be required as prerequisites for students without a non-EE background, in addition to the 30 credits hours required for the degree.
A total of 30 credit hours (normally 10 courses) are required for the MS degree. The curriculum is built around a core of five courses in power and energy systems.
Electives may be chosen from elective courses offered within the program or the power electronics program. A maximum of two elective courses (6 credits) can also be selected from the variety of courses offered within the Department of Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering and other departments on campus. Examples of relevant courses offered can found below:
Students must first be admitted to the Graduate School with the Next-Generation Power and Energy Systems sub-plan for course credit towards the professional MS degree. Graduate students pursuing studies at CU Boulder are not required to matriculate into the Next-Generation Power & Energy Systems professional MS sub-plan to take courses, although degree-seeking students enrolled in the professional MS program will be given course registration priority.
To register for a graduate-level course through the Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering Department, contact Graduate Advisor Adam Sadoff. To register for a distance learning course through CU Boulder Connect, check their website for schedule and application information.