Master in Energy Systems Management
University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences
San Francisco, USA
18 - 24 months
USD 24,160 / per year *
Earliest start date
* tuition costs per year are estimates only; costs may vary based on actual enrollment in classes
Energy systems are rapidly transforming. As a result, jobs in the renewable energy sector are among the fastest-growing in the U.S. The Master’s in Energy Systems Management equips students for positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors promoting a sustainable, low carbon future with alternatives like solar and wind power.
Our curriculum was designed by industry experts to give students a complete understanding of the transition to a low carbon economy. Classes are taught by full-time faculty and industry experts with experiential knowledge in the energy sector. We offer personalized attention with small class sizes and offer opportunities for research, internships, and professional engagement.
We are designated as a STEM program (science, technology, engineering, and math). Eligible international students may apply to work in the United States for up to three years after graduation via the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program and STEM extension.
Our monthly Speaker Series features high-profile professionals in a venue that allows the sustainable energy community to learn about and discuss the transition to a low-carbon future.
Our curriculum combines a big-picture view of the energy field with in-depth instruction and an interdisciplinary foundation in energy topics, while developing leading-edge professional skills. Rigorous coursework, rewarding student projects, and outstanding networking opportunities prepare our students to work in many different aspects of energy, for public, private, or non-profit employers, with the tools and understanding required to lead the way to a more sustainable future.
Students have the option of completing their 34-unit program in 18 months or two years. Classes are held weekday evenings at USF's convenient downtown campus to serve the needs of both full-time students and working professionals.
Program of Study
Students develop skills and knowledge in these areas:
- Energy science and engineering
- Renewable energy technologies
- Climate change and environmental impacts
- Transmission and distribution system reliability
- Electricity system operations
- Integrated resource planning
- Energy modeling tools and methods
- Distributed energy resources
- Federal and state energy policy and law
- Financial and economic analysis
- Utility rate design and cost allocation
- Business strategies for sustainable energy
- Energy efficiency and conservation
- Clean transportation
- Stakeholder engagement
2 Year Program (34 units)
|Fall (8 Units)|| |
|Spring (8 Units)|| |
|Fall (9-11 Units)|| |
|Spring (7-9 Units)|| |
18 Month Program
|Fall (10-12 Units)|| |
|Spring (11 Units)|| |
|Fall (11-13 Units)|| |
Note: Students selecting to complete an internship can complete this in the summer, fall, and/or spring.
The MS in Energy Systems Management provides students with the knowledge, skills, and networks to be leaders in the transition to a clean energy future.
Program Learning Outcomes
At the end of the program, students will be able to:
- Analyze complex energy challenges from the technological, environmental, economic, and societal perspectives, with an appreciation for their historical and institutional contexts
- Demonstrate a problem-solving mindset and correctly apply an interdisciplinary toolkit including relevant methods of science, engineering, business, and policy
- Communicate effectively, verbally, and in writing, on a wide range of energy topics
- Formulate effective strategies to lead the transition toward a more just, sustainable, and climate-friendly energy system
Scholarships and Funding
MS in Energy Systems Management Specific Financial Aid
Our program offers a limited number of scholarships to new students. These program scholarships are merit-based, vary in amount, and cover part of tuition costs. All applicants, both U.S. and international students, are considered for these scholarships during the admission decision process; a separate application is not required. If a scholarship is awarded, it will be indicated in the admission letter.
The Schmidt Family Foundation Fellowship
The Schmidt Family Foundation aims to diversify the environmental sector and to enable students to pursue studies that will eventually lead to a related career in the industry. The Schmidt Family Foundation Fellowship is awarded to a student who is focusing their research on topics related to the environment, sustainability, and agriculture, and food security. This fellowship is awarded once per year.
Graduates will develop skills in economics, finance, modeling, strategic management, stakeholder engagement, and critical and systems thinking. They will also graduate with a deep understanding of renewable energy technologies and the grid, and the challenges inherent to transitioning to a low-carbon economy. This collection of skills and knowledge will prepare them for jobs with renewable energy companies, utilities, government agencies, or nonprofits engaged in promoting renewable energy and conservation.
100% of our graduates have found work in the clean energy sector.
Where are alumni working?
- Clean Power SF
- Borrego Solar
- Amber Kinetics
- Staten Solar
- Terra Verde Energy
- Aurora Solar
- Alameda County Power
- Candela Renewables
What about Internships?
- California PUC
- Apex Clean Energy
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