Northeastern University

College of Engineering

Master of Science in Energy Systems (ALIGN)


360 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02115

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Energy Systems (ALIGN)

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The Opportunity:

Breaking into a new industry can be difficult, especially if your education and experience are not a match for your current job search. That’s why Northeastern University created the MS Energy Systems ALIGN program (Accelerated Link to Industry through Northeastern’s Global Network).

This unique graduate program prepares high-ability bachelor’s degree holders for the high-demand energy industry, regardless of their previous experience or undergraduate major.

The Program:

Northeastern University’s MS in Energy Systems ALIGN program offers students with strong quantitative and problem-solving skills the opportunity to gain the knowledge and practical experience necessary to enter this high-demand field.

The program integrates energy systems technology with business and financial planning principles. It will prepare you to lead efforts in the design, development, planning, and implementation of new energy generation investments, to realize energy efficiency improvements, and ultimately to have a lasting, positive impact on businesses, communities, the economy, and the global environment.

As a student in this program, you have the opportunity to:

•    Effectively integrate energy system development over a broad spectrum of technologies
•    Formulate financial requirements for successful systems implementation
•    Apply fundamental principles in the global energy market
•    Analyze problems faced in energy generation and transmission
•    Propose clean energy considerations and challenges
•    Examine renewable options for consideration in a systems solution

The Curriculum:

The program’s curriculum is firmly rooted in energy technology and includes exposure to the critical interface with business and financial decision processes. It is flexibly designed with a set of core courses in engineering knowledge and finance, complemented by a broad range of electives that can be taken across departments within Northeastern’s College of Engineering.

The Experience:

In the MS in Energy Systems ALIGN program, you have the opportunity to apply your classroom learning to real-world challenges. For example, a recent co-op focused on the introduction and implementation of off-grid renewable energy and lighting products to a local municipality. Another involved analyzing and providing insights on energy usage in industrial, municipal, commercial, and institutional applications.

Through the support and collaboration of our valuable employer partners, including companies like Lumi•Solair, Dow Chemical Company, EnerNoc, Protonex Technology Corporation, Nuvera Fuel Cells, and others, you’ll gain the experience and confidence to make significant contributions in the field.

Industry Demand:

Some of the most pressing global issues we face today are related to energy resources, conservation, and the effects of energy production and increasing worldwide demand.

As a result, professionals with knowledge in the design and development of optimal methods to produce and utilize energy in ways that are both sustainable and marketable are currently—and will continue to be—in great demand. In fact, the number of energy-related jobs has more than doubled nationally since 2007.


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Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid Description: Yes, all students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Please speak to an Enrollment Advisor for more information.

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: All students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Federal, state, University scholarship programs, and payment options are available.

Locale: Large City

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