M.S.- Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems


The Master of Science in Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems degree is a 30-hour Engineering program. (The program is in an approved STEM field that allows international graduates to apply for OPT extension).

Starting in Fall 2022, updated curriculum:

  • The program will consist of a 6 credit-hour core, a 3 credit-hour Mathematics Requirement, and 21 credit-hours of additional work based on three options:
    • Option A:  Thesis
      • 15 credit-hours of electives, 6 credit-hours of research, successful completion of a thesis and oral defense
    • Option B: Project (non-thesis)
      • 18 credit-hours of electives, 3 credit-hours of individualized project work concluding in a paper and presentation
    • Option C: Comprehensive Exam
      • 21 credit-hours of electives, and passing of a comprehensive exam


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Accepting Applications: 
     Fall 2022 - through July 31
     Spring 2023 - through November 30 (priorty deadline: September 30)


Preview of Catalog effective Fall 2022:

Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems, M.S.


Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirements for the program are:

  • An earned undergraduate degree in engineering, engineering technology, energy, or a closely related field

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above

  • Acceptable scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections of the GRE
    • The GRE requirement will be waived for the following applicants:
      • UNC Charlotte students currently enrolled in The William Staes Lee College of Engineering
      • Applicants having earned a bachelor's degree in engineering, engineering technology, energy, or a closely related field from an ABET-accredited program
      • Applicants having earned a graduate degree
  • Positive recommendations

  • An acceptable TOEFL score is required if the previous degree was from a country where English is not the common language

  • Integral and differential calculus (MATH 1121 or MATH 1241 or ETGR 2171, and ETGR 2272 or MATH 1242 at UNC Charlotte or equivalent from other institutions)

  • Statistics (STAT 1220 or STAT 3128 at UNC Charlotte or equivalent from other institutions)

  • Other credentials as required by the Graduate School

  • Admission is based on the overall background, motivation, and potential, as determined by the program

Early Entry Program

Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may apply for the Early Entry Program and begin work toward the graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree; up to 12 credit hours of graduate coursework may be “double-counted” toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. See theUndergraduate Catalogfor details and requirements. Also, see theDegree Requirements and Academic Policiessection of theGraduate Catalogfor more information about Early Entry Programs.

Degree Requirements

The program leading to the Master of Science engineering degree in Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems is a 30 credit hour program.Students select one of the three options described below; each contains requirements to complete core courses, elective courses, and a capstone experience.

Option A: Thesis

Requires the formation of a Master’s Committee consisting of members of the Graduate Faculty, to be chaired by a member of the Department.

Requires successful completion of 24 credit hours of graduate-level coursework, research, and a thesis:

  • 3 credit hours of Mathematics
  • 6 credit hours of prescribed core courses
  • 15 credit hours of electives
  • 6 credit hours of research
  • Successful oral defense of thesis work by the student’s Master’s
  • Committee Acceptance of written thesis by the student’s Master’s Committee
Option B: Project (Non-thesis) 

Requires successful completion of 27 credit hours of graduate-level coursework and a Capstone Project:

  • 3 credit hours of Mathematics
  • 6 credit hours of prescribed core courses
  • 18 credit hours of electives
  • 3 credit hours of individualized project work (as ENER-6850), concluding in a paper and successful presentation to graduate faculty members
Option C: Comprehensive Exam (Non-thesis)

Requires successful completion of 30 credit hours of graduate-level coursework and students must pass a written comprehensive that is administered by the program:

  • 3 credit hours of Mathematics
  • 6 credit hours of prescribed core courses
  • 21 credit hours of electives
  • passing a written comprehensive that is administered by the program
Required Mathematics Course (3 credit hours) 

Students will choose one of the following:

  • ENER 5274 Applied Computational Methods (3)
  • ETGR 5272 Engineering Analysis IV (3)
  • MATH 5165 Numerical Linear Algebra (3)
  • MATH 5172 The Finite Element Method (3)
  • MATH 5173 Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
  • MATH 5174 Partial Differential Equations (3)
  • MATH 5176 Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations (3)
Required Core Courses (6 credit hours)

Students are required to take both of the following courses:

  • ENER 6120 Energy Generation and Conversion (3)
  • ENER 6150 System Dynamics (3)
Required Elective Courses (Option A students: 15 credit hours; Option B students: 18 credit hours; Option C students: 21 credit hours)

Students must take the prescribed number of elective credit hours (based on their chosen Option) from the following list. In addition, appropriate existing graduate-level courses from other programs may be approved by the Graduate Program Director, not to exceed 6 credit hours from outside of the Department. Additional elective courses may be offered occasionally as Special Topics, based on industry needs and faculty research interests.

  • CMET 5135 Building Information Modeling (3)
  • CMET 5140 Building Energy Management (3)
  • CMET 6155 Facility Instrumentation and Controls (3)
  • CMET 6270 Operation of Constructed Facilities (3)
  • ENER 5000 Special Topics (1 to 4)
  • ENER 5123 Active Filters (3)
  • ENER 5140 Energy Management (3)
  • ENER 5152 Digital Signal Processing (3)
  • ENER 5196 Introduction to Robotics (3) 
  • ENER 5250 Analysis of Renewable Energy Systems (3)
  • ENER 5260 Hydrogen Production and Storage (3)
  • ENER 5275 Air Conditioning Systems (3)
  • ENER 5280 Fuel Cell Technology (3)
  • ENER 5285 Applied Noise and Vibration Control (3)
  • ENER 5290 Advanced Instrumentation (3)
  • ENER 6000 Special Topics in Applied Energy or Electromechanical Systems 1 to  (3)
  • ENER 6135 Energy Transmission and Distribution (3)
  • ENER 6170 Applied Mechatronics (3)
  • ENER 6220 High Voltage Technology (3)
  • ENER 6235 Modern Electric Power Grids (3)
  • ENER 6260 Computational Fluid Dynamics for Energy Applications  (3)
  • ENER 6270 Dynamic Systems Control and Design (3)
  • ENER 6800 Independent Study (1 to 3)

Capstone Experiences

Required Thesis Research (Option A students only - 6 credit hours)

For this capstone experience, students must take a total of 6 credit hours of Master's Research and Thesis; this is normally taken across two semesters of 3 credit hours each. During these 6 credit hours, students must conduct research on an approved topic, leading to the writing and defending of a thesis (in accordance with Graduate School policies).

  • ENER 6900 Master's Research and Thesis

Required Project Research (Option B students only - 3 credit hours)

This capstone experience requires individual investigation in the form of a project in the areas of Applied Energy and/or Electromechanical Systems culminating in an exposition of results in the form of a formal presentation to faculty and a professional conference-formatted paper. The proposed project must be pre-approved by a mentoring member of the Program graduate faculty and the Graduate Program Director.

  • ENER 6850 Capstone Project 

Required Comprehensive Examination (Option C students only)

The comprehensive examination is a written exam to be offered once in the fall and once in the spring semesters. A student’s exam will be scheduled when they have at least 24 hours of course credit completed or in progress. The Program Director and the examining committee will coordinate the examination. The exam will measure the student’s mastery of theories and applications in the discipline. Students will have only two opportunities to receive passing marks on the examination.

Degree Total = 30 Credit Hours


Each student is advised by the Graduate Program Director and may be supervised by their graduate advisor and/or their program Master’s Thesis Committee.

Application for Degree

Each student must apply for graduation by the published deadline in their final term. Students who apply to graduate but fail to finish will need to update their application to graduate to a future term.

Plan of Study Requirements

Each student is required to submit a Plan of Study to and receive approval from the program’s Graduate Program Director before completing 9 graduate credit hours. The Plan may be reviewed and updated periodically with the approval of the Graduate Program Director.

Transfer Credit

The department, at its discretion, may accept transfer of graduate courses (6 credit hours maximum) taken at another institution or from another program prior to admission to the M.S. in Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems program. Only courses in which the student earned a grade of B or above may be transferred.


Research and teaching assistantships are available from the Department on a competitive basis to highly qualified applicants/students.

Tuition Grants

Tuition grants including out-of-state tuition differential waivers and in-state tuition support are available on a competitive basis for both out-of-state and in-state students, respectively.


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Pre-Fall-22 catalog: Program Description and Requirements in the Graduate Catalog