Energy Engineering

Admission Requirements Degree Requirements

Mailing Address:
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MC 251)
842 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7022

Campus Location: 2041 ERF
Program Code: 20FS5085MEE
Telephone: (312) 996-6122
Web Site:
Head of the Department: Farzad Mashayek
Director of Graduate Studies: Laxman Saggere

Skyrocketing gasoline, natural gas, and oil prices, nationwide blackouts, global warming, uncertainty in oil-producing nations, and global competitiveness have brought energy back to the forefront of nation concern. Opportunities for engineers with a broad understanding of energy technology have never been better. This program prepares the energy professional to work in all aspects of the energy industry, either in energy supply and power generation or in energy end-usage; focuses on the dual considerations of energy efficiency and environmental responsibility, thus addressing widespread public concerns over energy prices, energy security, independence of foreign oil, air pollution, and global warming; and serves the immediate needs of several major industries in northern Illinois and the surrounding region, including (1) architectural engineering and construction, (2) refrigeration product manufacture, (3) power engineering, and (4) industrial energy management.

Admission Requirements

Transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

Master of Energy Engineering

  • Baccalaureate Degree and Field A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent in an engineering discipline, mathematics, computer science, or a natural science, such as physics or chemistry, from an accredited college or university will be required, except in special cases. Generally qualified candidates may be required by the department to remove specific course-work deficiencies by completing selected undergraduate courses prior to matriculation or graduation. In most cases the prerequisites for admission to the degree program would be satisfied by one course in thermodynamics and one in heat transfer, and these are prerequisites for several of the required courses in the degree.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate study and any postbaccalaureate course work.
  • Tests Required GRE General for all applicants with degrees from outside the U.S.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 550 (paper-based); 213 (computer-based); 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

Master of Energy Engineering

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 32 hours of course work. No thesis is required.
  • Course Work Required Courses: ENER 420, 422, 424, 429, 451, 501, 552, and 553.
  • Students must get the approval of the director of graduate studies to take online courses.
  • Any substitute courses to the above required courses must be approved first by the student’s advisor and then by the director of graduate studies.
  • Comprehensive Examination None.
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Course work only.