Master of Science in Electric Power Systems Engineering

Deadline for the EPSE Fellowship is March 27, 2016.

NEW:
  • MS-EPSE is now offered online
  • MS-EPSE has a new concentration in Wide Bandgap Power Electronics

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This master's degree provides graduate students a thorough understanding of the tools, methods, and practice of electric power engineering. The program goal is to provide an education that is directly applicable to a career in industry and is suitable for a new or recent graduate, as well as experienced professionals who want to receive the necessary retraining to change careers. The program is designed to educate a new type of engineering workforce which is currently in high demand.

 

The main features of MS-EPSE include:

  • core electric power engineering courses;
  • interdisciplinary courses focusing on power electronics, data communications, cyber security, and environmental issues associated with electric power systems.
  • sub-specialization in power engineering
  • professional skills training through two integrated courses that introduce project management, communication skills, and the business aspects of electric power utilities;
  • solid hands-on experience through laboratories and a capstone project;
  • industry experience and exposure by involving experts from industry to teach some of the topics, and one-to-one interaction with students through the capstone project.

A Master of Science in Electric Power Systems Engineering, MS-EPSE, degree requires 30 credit hours which consists of twenty-seven credits of coursework and three credits for the capstone project.

Plans of Work Requirements

  1. Of the 30 credits, 15 credit hours (5 courses with ECE prefix) are required as listed in Table 1.
  2. Six credit hours (2 courses) are required as part of the program for professional skills development which are the capstone project component of the program: ECE-583 and ECE 584.
  3. Nine credit hours (3 courses) from the following for sub-specialization in power engineering: ECE 581, ECE 585, ECE 554, ECE 753, ECE 736, and ECE 734.
  4. A minimum of 30 graded graduate-level credit hours is required to fulfill the degree requirements.
EPSE Curriculum
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Core 1
ECE 550: Power System Operation and Control
Core 4
ECE 552: Electric Power Generation Renewables and Conventional
Core 2
ECE 534: Power Electronics and Utility Applications
Core 5
ECE 551: Smart Distribution Systems
Core 3
ECE 586: Communications and SCADA Systems for Smart Grid
Core 6
ECE 583: Power Engineering Practicuum I
Core 7: Capstone
ECE 584: Power Engineering Practicum II
(Summer or Fall)
Electives: Select three courses from the following
for the sub-specialization in power engineering:
ECE 554: Electric Motor Drives ECE 581: Power System Switchgear and Protection
ECE 585: The Business of the Electric Utility ECE 736: Power System Stability
ECE 753: Computational Methods ECE 734: Advance Power Electronics

Admission Requirements

  • The application must be submitted online through the North Carolina State University Graduate School Online Application.
  • Students must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in electrical engineering with an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Students who do not have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in electrical engineering must satisfy:
  • Three strong recommendations from persons able to comment on the applicant's qualifications for graduate study.
  • GRE scores within the last four years of the date of anticipated admission. Guidelines for minimal GRE percentile scores are 70 percentile verbal, 90 percentile quantitative, and 50 percentile analytical or writing. GRE scores for students who are graduates from NCSU may be waived.
  • All non-US citizen applicants (i.e., non-resident aliens and permanent residents) must demonstrate proficiency in English at a level necessary to be successful in a graduate program at NC State University. The TOEFL or IELTS test must have been taken within two years of the date of anticipated admission. On the TOEFL iBT, students must have a minimum score of 18 on the Listening, Reading and Writing sections, 19 on the Speaking section, and a minimum Total score of 90. On the IELTS, students must have a minimum score of 6.5 on the Listening, Reading and Writing sections, 7.0 on the Speaking section, and a minimum Overall Band Score of 6.5. Scores on previous versions of the TOEFL and IELTS are considered with the same qualitative standard. The TOEFL and IELTS tests will be waived if the applicant is a citizen of a country where English is an official language and the language of instruction in higher education or if the applicant has successfully completed at least one year of full-time study in a degree program at a four-year US college or University.
    • GRE and TOEFL Test scores must be sent electronically from ETS. The North Carolina State University Institution Code for Test Score Distribution is: 5496.
  • Refer to the Application Requirements and Submission section of the How to Apply page for a complete list of required Supplemental Documents.

Program of Study

This program can be completed in 10 months. The program will consist of 30 credit hours:

  • twenty‚Äźseven credits of coursework, coupled with
  • three credits for a capstone project.

Academic Performance

Award of a MS-EPSE requires:

  • a minimum overall GPA of 3.0;
  • None of the required 30 hours may be taken for S/U or "credit only".
  • No transfer credits from other institutions are allowed for the degree.
  • All students must be registered through NC State University.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within the first three (3) calendar years beginning with the date the student begins the course work for the degree.
  • All EPSE students are expected to maintain continuous enrollment every semester until all course work is completed.
  • Under unusual circumstances, a two-semester leave of absence will be granted if the student is unable to attend the classes.

Applying For MS-EPSE

  • Students who are interested in this program need to apply to the MS-EPSE program.
  • Students interested in applying to the MS-EPSE program should indicate admission for Fall or Spring. When applying, please indicate in your statement of purpose and desired degree that you would like to be considered for MS-EPSE. Refer to the ECE Department How to Apply and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for admissions deadlines and requirements.
"The opportunity for these students to cover rate making in an engineering program with such confidence truly speaks to the structure of the curriculum and the quality of resources. As a power systems engineer for 18 years with experience working for utilities, business, consulting and government, I am delighted to know that NC State is well ahead of the curve in preparing its students for the future in the power industry."

Kevin Hodge | North Carolina Utilities Commission
MS-EPSE FAQ

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Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Graduate Office
eceadmissions@ncsu.edu

Program Director
Dr. Mesut Baran
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Keystone Science Center
Campus Box 7571, NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695-7571
(919) 515-5081
baran@ncsu.edu