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.

Meet the Class of 2022

The 43 students in our cohort - representing 13 countries across 4 continents - come from varied academic and professional backgrounds, and have diverse career interests in energy and sustainability.

Quick Facts

Offered by the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), MSES is a full-time, cohort-based, 10-month program that combines academic rigor with real-world experience, giving students access to a unique combination of faculty expertise and leading industry practitioners.

Degree Name

Master of Science in Energy and Sustainability (MSES)

Duration

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

Start Date

Class of 2023 Cohort: September 12, 2022 (Welcome Week)

Course Structure

  • 9 required core credits 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

Location

Evanston campus

International Students

The program is accepting international applicants. All students requiring a visa to study in the United States must submit their online application no later than the close of the second round annually (typically February 15).  MSES graduates ARE eligible for the two-year STEM OPT extension.

Cost and Financial Aid

$20,720 per quarter in Academic Year 2023-2024 (annual tuition changes typically released in April/May). Limited program grant funds available – priority to Round #1 applicants.  Outside scholarship funds may be suitable for many candidates – applications typically due by March.

Application Opens

Applications for the 2023-24 academic year open on Tuesday, September 6, 2021.

Application Deadlines

Round 1 (priority for scholarship funding) - Dec. 15, 2022
Round 2 (deadline for international applicants) - Feb. 15, 2023
Round 3 (deadline for domestic applicants) - May 1, 2023

Program Contact

mses@northwestern.edu

Hear from MSES Students

Students from the Master of Science in Energy and Sustainability (MSES) program reflect on their experience.

Accepting international applicants

The MSES program values diverse perspective and lived experience, and actively recruits graduate talent across the globe. All prospective students requiring a visa to study in the US must apply no later than February 15, 2022.  MSES graduates ARE eligible for the two-year STEM OPT extension.

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