WPI’s Online MS in Power Systems Management combines essential topics in power systems engineering with technology-focused business courses, preparing graduates for careers in engineering management within the power industry. 

As a student in our part-time online program, you will learn 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

Learn from Industry Experts

WPI students work closely with WPI’s renowned Power Systems faculty: real-world, industry experts who enrich the curriculum with decades of experience. 

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Courses

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

10 courses, 30 credit hours. You will work with a faculty advisor to develop a customized and relevant plan of study selected from the courses below.

REQUIRED COURSES

  • ECE 5500. Power System Analysis
  • At least 9 credits but no more than 12 credits in other ECE Power Systems Engineering courses.*
  • 12 credit hours of management classes.
  • Remaining credit hours may be taken in:

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

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
The program gave me more technical background in both power and business... It's all in one package.
Bobby Sandler
Power Systems Engineer
Unitil Corporation

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.

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

Corporate Programs Available

 Could your company benefit from a customized power systems engineering program? Learn more about our corporate programs.

After Graduation

Explore average starting salaries and companies that have hired WPI Power Systems Management graduates.

Webinar: Open House

View our demand webinar to learn more about the program, what online learning looks like, the application process, and more!

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.