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

Courses

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.

REQUIRED COURSES

*Credit cannot be awarded for ECE 5521 & 5522 if credit for ECE 5520 has been earned.

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

COURSE SCHEDULE

FALL TERM

  • ECE 5500. Power System Analysis
  • ECE 5511. Transients in Power Systems
  • ECE 5523. Power System Dynamics
  • ECE 5521. Protective Relaying (not be taken with ECE 5520)
  • OIE 541. Operations Risk Management
  • Technical Elective and/or Business Elective

EARLY SPRING TERM

(January Start)

LATE SPRING TERM

(April Start)

  • ECE 5500. Power System Analysis
  • ECE 5511. Transients in Power Systems
  • ECE 5532. Distributed and Renewable Power Generation
  • ECE 5521. Protective Relaying (not to be taken with ECE 5520)
  • OIE 541. Operations Risk Management or 
    MIS 576. Project Management
  • Technical Elective and/or Business Elective

SUMMER TERM

  • OIE 541. Operations Risk Management or 
    MIS 576. Project Management
  • ECE 5522. Advanced Applications in Protective Relaying (as needed)
  • Business Elective (as needed)

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES

  • ECE 523. Power Electronics
  • ECE 5512. Electromechanical Energy Conversion
  • ECE 5530. Power Distribution
  • ECE 5540. Power Transmission
  • CS 525S. Special Topics- Computer Network and Security (with the NERC CIP standards included)
  • SD 550. System Dynamics Foundation: Managing Complexity

BUSINESS ELECTIVES

  • OIE 598. Engineering Economics
  • OBC 500. Group and Interpersonal Dynamics in Complex Orgs
  • BUS 598. IS Energy Management

Prerequisites

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 our WPI Online team to review individual situations.

After Graduation

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Online Open House

Attend an online power systems engineering open house and learn more about the prerequisites, requirements, and curriculum of our program.

Energy Education Program

WPI and the Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE) are partners in providing quality online education to the energy industry. If you work for an organization that is a member of EPCE, you receive a 10% discount on your online WPI tuition. Contact EPCE to determine if you qualify.