Master of Science in Energy Systems Management

University of San Francisco

Year Founded: Jan. 1, 2016
Date Posted: Aug. 12, 2016
Submitted by: Maggie Winslow
Sustainability Topics: Curriculum, Air & Climate, Energy
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Master's Degree
Completion: 18 months
Distance: Local Only
Commitment: Both


The Master of Science in Energy Systems Management is designed for people seeking the skills and knowledge to work in the fast changing world of electrical generation, distribution, conservation, and use with a focus on renewable energy. Students will gain a foundational understanding of the technical and policy dynamics that are working to modernize the electricity grid. This includes new policy and program development necessary to integrate distributed energy resources such as energy storage and solar that are not only environmentally friendly but also assets to the grid in providing security and reliability.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  • Utilize principles and processes of whole systems thinking to understand how the energy system impacts and is related to the ecological system and the social system;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the energy policy and market environments and their impact on energy consumption and production;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the human dimension of energy systems including managing for change, stakeholder engagement, and customer engagement;
  • Communicate skillfully through written reports and oral presentations in styles relevant to the energy field;
  • Utilize critical analysis to understand why the current electricity generation and distribution system evolved and how to move it towards the 21st century grid.

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