Energy Systems Engineering


The Department of Mechanical Engineering, in collaboration with several other departments, offers a masters degree in Energy Systems Engineering. ESE is an interdisciplinary major. The Master of Engineering is available online. 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. At ISU we are dedicated to your success as a graduate student. As a first step, we have collected information on application requirements as well as links where you can find further information. We encourage you to explore.

Doctoral Degrees Offered: None

Master Degrees Offered: Master of Engineering (M.Engr.)

Online Degrees: Master of Engineering (M.Engr.)

Learning Goals that students in this program are expected to meet include:

  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

Master's Degree Outcomes

Career Placement Outcomes

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Contact: Dr. Mark Wright
Phone: 515-294-0057
E-mail Address:


ISU-wide: Academic Records, GPA, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadlines: January 15 for Fall Admissions and September 1 for Spring Admissions; For full consideration, all materials must be submitted and part of your application file by the deadline.

Program Requires GRE: No

Program Requires GMAT : No

Additional Materials Needed: resume, and transcripts.
Required qualifications: Admission is contingent upon having a Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering OR Bachelors of Science degree, non-Engineering with 11 semester credits in math (through differential equations) and 16 semester credits in physics, chemistry and engineering sciences.
A GPA of 3.0 or equivilent as well as research experience are recommended qualifications. 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.
International Students - Graduate Application Instructions
U.S. Students - Graduate Application Instructions

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 80
PTE 53
Duolingo 105

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Financial Statement: Application

Mailing Address if needed:

If you do not have the ability to upload supplemental materials to your application please email a PDF to Please no paper materials.