Power Systems and Sustainable Energy Program

Master of Science Program

Program advisor: Dr. Maryam Khanbaghi

Students interested in this major must satisfy the standard admissions criteria used by the School of Engineering, which include an undergraduate degree in a field of engineering (physics degrees will also be considered), appropriate GRE scores and (for international students) demonstrated proficiency in English. Both TOEFL and IELTS scores are acceptable for this purpose. All students are expected to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 while enrolled in the program. They must also develop a Power Systems & Sustainable Energy Program of Studies with an academic advisor and file this document with the Graduate Services Office by the end of their first quarter at SCU.

Required Courses

  • Foundational classes:

ELEN 280/MECH 287 Introduction to Alternative Energy Systems (2 units)

ELEN 281A Power Systems: Generation (2 units)

ELEN 281B Power Systems: Transmission and Distribution (2 units)

ELEN 285 Introduction to the Smart Grid (2 units)

(These courses also satisfy the Graduate Core requirements)

  • Management courses

EMGT 380 Introduction to Systems Engineering Management (2 units)

CENG 208 Engineering Economics and Project Finance (3 units)

  • Fundamental sustainability courses

ENGR 272 Energy Public Policy (2 units)

ENGR 273 Sustainable Energy and Ethics (2 units)

  • Eight units in applied mathematics, which are to be selected in consultation with the student's academic advisor.
  • A set of specialized energy-related courses which are appropriate to the area of engineering in which the student is interested. These four areas are:

Mechanical Engineering

  • ELEN 231 Power System Stability and Control (4 units)
  • MECH 228 Equilibrium Thermodynamics (2 units)
  • ELEN 287/ENGR 339 Energy Storage Systems (2 units)
  • MECH 288 Energy Conversion I (2 units)

Electrical Engineering

  • ELEN 231 Power System Stability and Control (4 units)
  • COEN 282/ELEN 288 Energy Management (2 units) or ELEN 236 (2 units)
  • ELEN 287 Storage Systems (2 units)
  • ELEN 353 DC to DC Power Conversion (2 units)

Computer Engineering

  • COEN 233 Computer Networks (4 units)
  • COEN 243 Internet of Things (4 units)
  • COEN 389 Energy-Efficient Computing (2 units)

Civil Engineering

  • CENG 213 Sustainable Materials (4 units) and CENG 213L (1 unit)
  • CENG 219 Designing for Sustainable Construction (4 units)

Additional elective courses to complete the 45-unit requirement, which must be approved by the academic advisor. These elective courses may include a thesis, up to 9 units.


Contact Us

Program Director: Maryam Khanbaghi

Administrative Assistant: Maxine Baulknight

Power Systems and Sustainable Energy Program
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Bannan Engineering, Bldg. 404


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