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

Fall 2020 Cohort: September 7, 2020 (Welcome Week)
Fall 2021 Cohort: September 13, 2021 (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

Note: Part-time program may be available in 2022

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 beginning Fall 2021 pending approvals.

Cost and Financial Aid

$19,344 per quarter for academic year 2020-21. 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 2021-22 academic year are expected to become available in September 2020.

Application Deadlines (2021-22 Academic Year)

  • Dec 15, 2020 (Round #1)

  • Feb 15, 2021 (Round #2)

  • Apr 15, 2021 (Final Round #3)

Applicants are highly encouraged to apply at the first deadline to maximize access to scholarships.  Admissions may become increasingly competitive in Round #2 and Round #3.

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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