Electric Power Systems Engineering

Master of Science
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, cybersecurity, 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.

The MS-EPSE degree is also available from Engineering Online.

“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

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.

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 Practicum 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 585: The Business of the Electric Utility ECE 581: Power System Switchgear and Protection
ECE 587: Power System Transients ECE 736: Power System Stability
ECE 554: Electric Motor Drives ECE 753: Computational Methods
ECE 726: Advanced Feedback Control ECE 535: Design of Electro Mechanical Systems
ECE 534: Power Electronics and Utility Applications ECE 516: Controls
ECE 732: Machine Control
EPSE Curriculum: Wide Band Gap (WBG) Concentration
Core Curriculum from MS EPSE (12 hours)
Course Title Credit Hours Semester Required/Elective
ECE 552 Electrical Power Generation: Conventional and Renewable 3 SP Required
ECE 734 Advanced Power Electronics 3 SP Required
ECE 592 Electric Motor Drives 3 SP Required
ECE 551 Smart Distribution Systems 3 SP Elective
ECE 732 Dynamics and Controls of Electric Machines 3 F Elective
WBG Concentration (18 hours)
Course Title Credit Hours Semester Required/Elective
ISE 589-04 Manufacturing Systems 3 FA Required
ECE 534 Power Electronics 3 First Fall Semester Required
ECE 553 Semiconductor Power Devices 3 SP15 Required
ECE 539 IC Fabrication 3 Fall Required
ECE 792-30 WBG Power Devices SiC and GaN 3 FA15 Required
ECE 533 Power Electronics Packaging 3 SP15 Required
ECE 592-34 Product Innovation Lab 3 Fall Required in place of the Capstone project
ECE 538 IC Fabrication 3 Elective
ECE 739 Integrated Circuits Technology and Fabrication Laboratory 4 Spring Elective

Program of Study

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

  • twenty‐seven 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 coursework for the degree.
  • All EPSE students are expected to maintain continuous enrollment every semester until all coursework is completed.
  • Under unusual circumstances, a two-semester leave of absence will be granted if the student is unable to attend the classes.

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