Energy Systems M.Eng. Pathway

The growing energy needs of the world and the threats brought on by climate change are the greatest grand challenges of the 21st century with potential impacts that extend for generations to come.

To address these challenges head on, together with the Cornell Energy Systems Institute (CESI), the Cornell Systems Engineering program has created a new on-campus Energy Systems Pathway in our M.Eng. (Systems) degree. This degree and pathway is dedicated to helping you develop as a leader who will create complete solutions that are sustainable, responsible, and socially achievable. With the broad range of stakeholders’ needs, technology, and societal impacts energy is truly is systems problem. As a world leader in Systems Engineering professional education & research, Cornell is ready to stand with you to make a difference.

Energy Systems M.Eng. Pathway

The Energy Systems M.Eng. degree pathway offers both depth thru specialization specific courses and flexibility with our broad, interdisciplinary Systems Engineering core courses and large number of pre-approved electives.

Additionally, all students will also take part in an energy-focused 6-8 credit Master of Engineering Project. These projects are developed around real-world challenges with real-world stakeholders as a means for you to develop relevant and proven experience.

Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours are required.
  • A minimum of 9 credit hours (3 Courses) of Energy Elective Courses are required.
  • The entire selection of courses for the degree must be approved by the student's advisor. Other courses could be accepted as electives if approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • You must receive a letter grade for all courses applied toward your degree.

Required Courses

Course Number

Course Title



SYSEN 5100Model Based Systems EngineeringFall4
SYSEN 5200Systems Analysis Behavior and OptimizationSpring3
SYSEN 5900Systems Engineering Project with an Energy Related TopicSpring and fall6-8
CEE 6910Principles of Project LeadershipSpring or fall4

Elective Courses

The electives are grouped into the following categories with the restrictions described:



Modeling and AnalysisAt least one course must be taken from this group (3-4 credits)
ApplicationAt least one course must be taken from this group (3-4 credits)
ManagementNo more than one course may be taken from this group
SeminarNo more than one course each semester may be taken from this group, for a maximum of two courses in total

Energy Elective Course Topics

  • Analysis of Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Energy Engineering
  • Energy Economics & Policy
  • Energy Seminar Analysis of Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Computational Optimization
  • Industrial Big Data Analytics & Machine Learning

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