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The final application deadline was May 1, 2024 (11:59pm CT).  The application window for application to the MSES Class of 2026 will open in early September.

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Master of Science in Energy and Sustainability (MSES)

Program Overview

Training the Next Generation of Energy and Sustainability Leaders

Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Real-World Experience

Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Energy and Sustainability (MSES) prepares its students for leadership roles at the dynamic intersection of technology, business, and public policy in energy and sustainability.

MSES graduates emerge as marketable and highly sought-after change agents, leveraging their program experience to secure impactful jobs with some of the largest energy and sustainability firms in the world.

Program at a Glance

Degree Earned: Master of Science in Energy and Sustainability (MSES)

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10 months (3 academic quarters), Sept-June

Full-time, in-person modality only; classes held Mon - Thur (none on Fri)

Northwestern’s Evanston campus (close proximity to Chicago)


Program Philosophy
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Interdisciplinary core sequence focused on technology, economics, and public policy

Choose from three specialization tracks in sustainable and energy finance, energy technology, and sustainability

Required team practicum capstone project with public/private partner organization

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Cohort-based program comprising 40-50 students annually

Varied academic and professional backgrounds and interests, spanning engineering, physical and social sciences, business, and humanities

Gender-balanced, demographically-diverse, globally-representative

Meet the Cohort
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Three annual admissions round deadlines: Dec. 15, Feb. 15, and May 1

Highly encouraged to apply in earlier rounds for preferred access to grant funding, to allow time for scholarship applications, and to seek summer internships

Applicants requiring a visa to study in the US MUST apply by Feb. 15

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World-Class Faculty

Energy and sustainability professionals and tenured faculty deliver academic rigor from a practitioner perspective, delivering real-world, actionable insight in an intimate classroom environment.

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Professional Outlook

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There has never been a better time to accelerate your career in the rapidly-expanding global energy and sustainability workforce.

A powerful combination of personalized MSES career mentors and an engaged alumni and program network has supported extremely competitive placement and compensation rates for our graduates.  

Students frequently recruit into consulting and advisory, renewables developers and utilities, corporate and municipal sustainability (operations, food/water, supply chain & procurement, environmental), and energy and decarbonization engineering.


MSES Student Profiles

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