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

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 accepting international applicants for the Fall 2021 cohort. The application will open September 8, 2020. Please note, all international students must submit their online application no later than February 15, 2021.

Cost and Financial Aid

Approximately $19,350 per quarter. 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 will become available on September 8, 2020.

Application Deadlines (2021-22 Academic Year)

  • Dec 15, 2020 (Round #1 Domestic/International Applicants)

  • Feb 15, 2021 (Round #2 for Domestic Applicants, Final Round for International Applicants)

  • Apr 15, 2021 (Final Round #3 for Domestic Applicants)

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

Program Contact

Hear from MSES Students

Current students in 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.


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