WPI’s Online Master of Engineering in Power Systems Engineering prepares electrical engineers for professional practice in the electric utility industry. The program is also a great option for experienced engineers or those who want to reshape their careers.

Composed entirely of technical courses, this program brings together a wide variety of analytical and practical subjects, both classical and current, that are necessary for engineering success in today's power industry. Through course topics in analysis, rotating machinery, transmission and distribution systems, protection and controls, and more, you will be prepared to:

  • Analyze power flows in delivery networks – both for steady state and transients
  • Understand electro-mechanical energy conversion and power system operations and planning
  • Design power delivery networks – both transmission and distribution
  • Analyze dynamic system response to disturbances
  • Design protection and control systems
  • Evaluate design alternatives, including both technical and economic analysis
  • Lead projects using a full suite of management tools
  • Understand group and individual dynamics leading to more effective interactions
  • Identify and mitigate operational risks
A great program that had a good balance between theoretical and practical power system applications, I would recommend any engineer in the power industry to take this.
John Sonnelitter
Protection & Controls Engineer
Florida Power & Light


Degree requirements: 10 courses, 30 credit hours. All courses include use of modeling and each course normally utilizes one specific application. You will work with a faculty advisor to develop a customized and relevant plan of study selected from the courses below. A thesis is not required.


  • At least 21 total credit hours in ECE. This must include:
    • ECE 5500. Power System Analysis
    • At least 12 credit hours in any of these Power Systems Engineering courses:
    • 6 additional credits from any Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate course

      ** including any of the Power Systems Engineering courses listed above and CS 525S./ECE 579S. Computer and Network Security.
  • Up to 9 credit hours from any of the following:

**Note that not all courses shown in the graduate catalog are available online. Please check the current course schedule listings.


Students must have an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from an ABET accredited university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Some graduate engineers from other disciplines may be successful in power systems; however they may need an additional foundation in mathematics (e.g. WPI's MA 501 Engineering Mathematics course).

Have additional questions about admissions or program requirements? Please contact Monika Maslen from our WPI Online team to review individual situations.

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