Masters in Electric Power Systems Engineering

The Masters in Electric Power Systems Engineering (MS-EPSE) is a graduate program offered through the ECE Department to provide a comprehensive education on power engineering which is in high demand. It is offered both on-campus and online.


MS-EPSE Online

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The MS-EPSE degree requires 30 credit hours which consists of twenty-seven credits of coursework and three credits for the capstone project. This degree is also offered as a fully on-line curriculum.

  • Core electric power engineering courses;
  • Interdisciplinary courses focusing on power electronics, data communications, cyber security, and environmental issues
  • Professional skills training through two integrated courses that introduce project management, communication skills, and the business aspects of electric power utilities;
  • Hands-on experience through laboratories and a capstone project;
  • Industry experience and exposure by involving experts from industry to teach some of the topics, and one-to-one interaction with students through the capstone project.

Learn more here.

Call for Capstone Project Sponsors

The Capstone project is an important key component of our MS-EPSE (Electric Power Systems Engineering) program at NC State. Each year we send out the call for sponsors, and all that is required is your time and a project proposal.

Download the proposal form here: EPSE Capstone Call for Projects. 

Please consider helping us train our talented cohort of Power Systems Engineering students!

Job Opportunities

MS-EPSE is designed to educate the new power engineering workforce and enable them to be employed in diverse fields like:

  • Electric Power Utilities
  • Equipment suppliers
  • Application software developers
  • Smart Grid technologies
  • Renewable energy
  • Consulting
  • Telecommunications
  • Engineering and design firms
  • National Laboratories
  • Standard Organizations

Some organizations that have hired MS-EPSE students:



The Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center is an engineering research center located on the campus of NC State University.

FREEDM provides unique educational opportunities for MS-EPSE students. The Center conducts research in enabling technologies for the smart grid such as high-frequency and high-voltage power conversion, distributed energy resources and integration, and distributed energy storage devices.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can you finish the program through just online access?
A. Yes, you can obtain the MS-EPSE degree completely online, including project work.

Q. How do distance learners submit, test, or troubleshoot device settings for classes such as the protection class or communications and SCADA courses?
A. Students are grouped in teams, and we try to make sure there is an on-campus student in each team. If this is not possible, then the teaching assistant provides help for downloading the software to set up the relays etc. during a remote session arranged for the team.

Q. Can international students register the online program?
A. You may apply for the program as an international student if you are sponsored by a well-established and internationally recognized company. Individual international students are typically not accepted into the online program, but we encourage you to apply for the on-campus degree program.

Q. Can you review my GRE and/or TOEFL scores and tell me if I am eligible for this program?
A. Please note that the Expected GRE and TOEFL scores are posted at:
The TOEFL or IELTS test must have been taken within two years of the date of anticipated admission. Please visit the website for the most up-to-date information.
The EPSE faculty and staff cannot respond to questions regarding your admittance to the program. You must submit the whole application package to the Graduate School for the review committee’s evaluation and recommendations.

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