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

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WPI’s master's in Power Systems Management online 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 power systems management 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

Webinar: Power Systems Engineering Info Session

View our on-demand webinar to be introduced to our Power Systems online graduate programs. Get an overview of program logistics, what online learning looks like, the application process, and more!

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

Courses

Degree Requirements for Online Master's in Power Systems Management

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

  • At least 12 but no more than 15 credits in ECE Power Systems Engineering courses.
  • 12 credit hours of management classes.
  • Remaining credit hours may be taken in:
    • Any graduate level course work in engineering or science
    • No more than 15 of the total degree credit hours may be in ECE Power Systems Engineering. No more than 12 credits may be in Management.

Thesis option: Currently, WPI’s online graduate programs do not offer a thesis option, as theses cannot be completed online. If you wish to pursue a thesis on campus, it is the student’s responsibility to find an advisor. Please note that depending on the project’s subject and timeframe, there might not be a faculty member willing or able to advise.

View academic term start dates for online power systems courses.

Course Schedule for Online Master's in Power Systems Management

FALL TERM
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)
  • CS 525. Computer and Network Security
  • OIE 542. Risk Management and Decision Making
  • OIE 598. Engineering Economics
  • SD 550. System Dynamics Foundation:  Managing Complexity

SUMMER TERM
  • MIS 576. Project Management
  • ECE 5522. Advanced Applications in Protective Relaying (as needed)
  • Business Elective (as needed)

For additional management and math courses, please click here. Note these courses may not qualify for EPCE participants.

Course Offerings are subject to change.  If you are interested in enrolling, please contact us for the most up-to-date information.

Corporate Graduate Programs in Power Systems

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

Prerequisites

Admissions Guidelines for Online Master's in Power Systems Management

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 power systems online master's program requirements? Please contact our WPI Online team to review individual situations.

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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. 

Earn a Power Systems Engineering Certificate Online

Interested in gaining a foundation in key disciplines related to power systems engineering like protection and controls and power transmission? WPI’s power systems engineering certificate online is perfect for those interested in elevating their career in the power industry.

Looking to Gain Deep Technical Knowledge? Explore Our Master's of Engineering in Power Systems Engineering Online

Our master’s in power system engineering online graduate program prepares electrical engineers for professional practice in the electric utility industry. The program is a great option for experienced engineers or those who want to reshape their careers with a program composed entirely of technical power systems engineering courses.