Master of Science in Energy and Sustainability (MSES)


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Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Real-World Experience

Urgent and unprecedented changes are needed in the next decade to combat some of the most pressing impacts of climate change. Northwestern’s multidisciplinary Master of Science in Energy and Sustainability (MSES) prepares its students to navigate the complex intersection of technology, business, and public policy underpinning the associated growth opportunities in the energy and sustainability sectors.

Quick Facts

Offered by the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), MSES is a full-time, cohort-based, one-year program that combines academic rigor, with real-world experience, giving students access to a unique combination of faculty expertise and leading industry practitioners. MSES students undertake a truly interdisciplinary curriculum with a focus on technology, economics, and public policy, coupled with one of three specialization tracks. The program culminates in a practicum capstone project in which MSES students partner with an industry or not-for-profit client working at the cutting edge of sustainability and energy solutions.

Degree Name

Master of Science in Energy and Sustainability (MSES)


10 months (3 quarters), full-time, on-campus

Start Date

September 14, 2020 (Welcome Week)

Course Structure

  • 9 required core courses focused on technology, economics, and public policy (with industry interaction)

  • 3 specialization tracks in sustainable and energy finance, energy technology, and sustainability

  • Practicum capstone project with partner organization

Program Features

  • Leverages expertise from across Northwestern and from industry professionals

  • Interdisciplinary degree focused on professional training and job preparation

  • Capstone project working with professional institutional partners


Evanston campus

International Students

The program is not accepting international applicants for the 2020-21 academic year but aims to do so in future years.

Cost and Financial Aid

$19,344 per quarter for academic year 2020-2021. Limited scholarship funds available.

Application Opens

September 3, 2019

Application Deadlines

Round #1 is January 15, 2020; Round #2 has been extended to May 15, 2020 (financial aid preference given to those who apply by April 15).

Program Contact

Meet the MSES Academic Director

Brad Sageman is a professor of Earth and planetary sciences and co-director of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern.

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