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, 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)


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

Start Date

Class of 2022 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

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 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).

Cost and Financial Aid

$20,020 per quarter in Academic Year 2021-2022. 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 2022-23 academic year will become available on September 7, 2021.

Application Deadlines

Round 1 (priority for scholarship funding) - Dec. 15, 2021
Round 2 (deadline for international applicants) - Feb. 15, 2022
Round 3 (deadline for domestic applicants) - Apr. 15, 2022

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Hear from MSES Students

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

Now accepting international students

The MSES program is now open to international students beginning with the 2021-22 cohort. All international applications must be received no later than February 15, 2021.


Meet the Class of 2021

MSES cohorts collaborate on topics of technology, economics, and public policy across the energy and sustainability landscape.

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