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  has expanded its professional course offerings to include the following track as part of our Master of Science (MS) degree for students with bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering or related engineering or scientific backgrounds.

The Demand for Next-Generation Power and Energy Systems

Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, are increasingly being integrated into the electric power grid, while the power system becomes more tightly intertwined with other systems, such as buildings, natural gas pipelines, and the transportation sector.

Today’s rapid changes create industry demand for professionals who understand new power electronic interfaces, improved modeling and simulation capabilities, and knowledge of advances in communication, control, and optimization to mitigate the impacts of variability and uncertainty in power systems generation.

CU’s new master’s program helps engineers and decision makers prepare for this next generation — with deep foundational knowledge, modern technical skillsets, and the ability to effectively participate in multidisciplinary teams to solve new challenges. Adjoint professors from NREL teach program courses with CU faculty to bring practical industry knowledge to classroom discussions.

Students have opportunities to explore energy systems integration themes from the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), a join program between CU Boulder and NREL that addresses important, complex problems in energy to expedite solutions that transform energy by advancing renewable energy science, engineering, and analysis through research, education, and industry partnerships.

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

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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.