Program Overview

Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers a Master of Engineering in Power Systems Engineering Degree that is well suited for students who wish to become electrical engineers who work in the electric utility industry. Students will gain knowledge on power systems, rotating machinery, transmission, distribution systems, surge phenomena, system protection, dynamics, and many more various topics. Graduates will be fully prepared to work and apply their learned skills in the power systems engineering field. This knowledge is necessary for employment in today’s power systems engineering career field and gives students a competitive edge while applying for jobs. This program is perfect for individuals who are already working within this field and want to enhance their performance or those who wish to enter.

The Master of Engineering in Power Systems Engineering Degree Program includes 30 credit hours and may be completed on a part-time schedule. The program consist of 3 credit hours in a required course, 12 additional credit hours in power systems engineering, 6 credit hours in power systems engineering or electrical/computer engineering, and 9 credit hours of electives. Students will enroll in Power System Analysis in order to satisfy their required course requirement. Courses in the power systems engineering requirement include Power Electronics, Power Quality, Transients in Power Systems, Electromechanical Energy Conversion, Power System Protection and Control, Protective Relaying, Power Distribution, Power System Operation and Planning, and many more. These courses are designed to ensure graduates are well prepared to handle tasks within the power systems engineering career field.

Primarily based online, some graduate courses may not be available online. Students should have basic computer skills and a reliable internet connection. This online learning environment provides flexibility for enrolled students who are employed or have other obligations. Students must be highly disciplined to complete a large amount of coursework. Time management and word processing skills are very important for students who enroll in this degree program. A Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from an ABET accredited university is required for students to be considered for this program. Students must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate courses.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education


    The Online Master of Engineering, Online Master of Science and Online Graduate Certificates in Power Systems require a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from an ABET accredited university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    School Overview

    Situated on an 80 acre campus in the historic town of Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is one of a small group of Polytechnic universities in the country, dedicated to educating students in the fields of engineering, science management and humanities. Founded in 1865, shortly after the end of the civil war, WPI was founded at a time when America was approaching a period of industrial and technological growth. WPI’s founders desired to develop a university that could develop a new class of engineering, scientific and entrepreneurial professionals.

    WPI offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in the following schools:

    • School of Arts & Sciences
    • Foisie School of Business
    • School of Engineering

    Many certificates and master's degrees are available in fully online formats through the department of Online Graduate Programs.


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