Master's in Electric Power Systems Engineering

Deadline for the EPSE Fellowship is March 27, 2015.

Professional Science Master's LogoNEW-The ECE Department is offering a new Master's in Electric Power Systems Engineering (MS-EPSE) with a new concentration in Wide Bandgap Power Electronics starting this fall. Please direct any questions or concerns to Dr. Pam Carpenter, Education Program manager at the contact information listed below.

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.

A formal Plan of Graduate Work is not required for the MS-EPSE program.

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.
TABLE 1: Specialty Areas
Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
ECE 550: Power System Operation and Control Core 1 ECE 583: Power Engineering Practicum I Core 6 ECE 584: Power Engineering Practicum II Core 7
ECE 534: Power Electronics and Utility Applications Core 2 ECE 552: Electric Power Generation Renewables and Conventionanal Core 4
ECE 586: Communications and SCADA Systems for Smart Grid Core 3 ECE 551: Smart Distribution Systems Core 5
Students may select three elective courses from the following for the sub-specialization in power engineering:
ECE 554: Electric Motor Drives
ECE 581: Power System Switchgear and Protection/td>
ECE 585: The Business of the Electric Utility
ECE 753: Computational Methods
ECE 736: Power System Stability
ECE 734: Advanced Power Electronics

Admission Requirements

  • 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:
    • Completion of the following ECE courses (or electrical engineering courses equivalent to) ECE 200, ECE 211, ECE 220, ECE 301, and ECE 303
    • Applicants must have also completed the following courses or equivalent courses:
      • three semesters of calculus,
      • one semester of probability/statistics,
      • two semesters of physics, and
      • one semester of chemistry.
  • 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.
  • Three strong recommendations from persons able to comment on the applicant's qualifications for graduate study.
  • All international applicants must submit TOEFL scores. The TOEFL must have been taken within two years of the date of anticipated admission. On the TOEFL iBT, students must have a minimum of 18 on each section of the test with a minimum total of 90. Scores on previous versions of the TOEFL are considered with the same qualitative standard. On the IELTS, we require a minimum score of 6.5 in each section. This requirement also applies to US citizens whose principal language of instruction has not been English (for example, most applicants from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands).
    • For TOEFL, use institution code of 5496; department code of 66.
    • For GRE, use institution code 5496; department code 1203.

Program of Study

The program will consist of 30 credit hours:

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

This program can be completed in 10 months.

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.
  • nder 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. See for details about applying MS-EPSE. When applying, please indicate in your statement of purpose and desired degree that you would like to be considered for MS-EPSE.

"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

picture of a damContact inquiries:

Pam Carpenter, Ph.D.
Education Program Manager

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