Master of Engineering in Applied Energy (ME)

The master's of mechanical engineering in applied energy is designed to educate engineers to design and manage efficient energy systems for buildings with high-quality indoor environments; to integrate renewable energy technologies with conventional energy systems to improve sustainability of energy supply systems; to understand the economic, policy, and regulatory frameworks within which decisions on sustainable energy utilization practices are made; and to assess and evaluate the impact of technical developments in energy systems on society, the environment, and the economy.

Program Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the master’s program leading to the master's of mechanical engineering in applied energy degree are for its graduates to be able to:

  • Design and manage efficient energy systems for buildings with high-quality  indoor environment.
  • Integrate renewable energy technologies with conventional energy systems to improve sustainability of energy supply systems.
  • Understand the economic, policy and regulatory frameworks within which decisions on sustainable energy utilization practices are made.
  • Assess and evaluate the impact of new technical developments in energy systems on society, the environment, and economy.​

Degree Requirements 

APPE Thesis Program Requirements​

The master’s degree with the thesis option will normally require between 20 to 24 months for completion. The program consists of 30 credit hours: 21 course credits and 9 thesis credit hours distributed as follows:

  • Nine credits of mandatory courses ​​
  • Three credits of lab
  • Six credits of elective courses selected with the approval of the graduate student’s advisor in any of the following areas: sustainable energy production from renewable sources, hybrid systems, and sustainable energy utilization practices in the context of buildings.​
  • A three credits general graduate technical elective from science, math or engineering as approved by thesis advisor.​.
  • Seminar course: MECH 797 (0 credit). This is a pass/fail course based on attendance and is offered at least once per year. Students must register for it each time it is offered.
  • Thesis: MECH 788 (equivalent to 9 credit hours). The thesis must be based on independent research


APPE Non-Thesis Program Requirements

The course-based master’s program requires a minimum of 33 credit hours of graduate level courses distributed as follows:

  • Nine credits of mandatory courses 
  • Three credits of lab 
  • Fifteen credits of elective courses selected with the approval of the graduate student’sadvisor in any of the areas described above 
  • Six credits of general graduate technical elective from science, math or engineering as approved by thesis advisor 
  • ​Seminar Course: MECH 797 (0 credit). This is a pass/fail course based on attendance and is offered at least once per year. Students must register for it each time it is offered. 
  •  Qualification examination: Comprehensive Exam (MECH 799T) should be done upon the completion of the course work in all major and minor areas