12 months
28544 USD/year
26776 USD/year
10572 USD/year
Tuition fee
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As an interdisciplinary major, Energy Systems Engineering at Iowa State University has five focus areas: biorenewables (B), wind (W), power generation and distribution (P), building energy and energy efficiency (E), and thermal science (T).


About this Degree

One of the challenges facing society in the 21st century is providing sustainable energy for a growing world population. Widely reported warnings have emphasized the need to develop new sources of energy, while at the same time preventing or reversing the degradation of the environment. Energy systems are pervasive, affecting nearly every aspect of society. The increasing complexity of these systems, along with increasing environmental constraints, requires practicing professionals in the field that have knowledge, skills and abilities specific to energy system design, evaluation, construction and management.

Learning Goals that students in this Energy Systems Engineering program at Iowa State University are expected to meet include:

  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge in the field of Energy Systems Engineering.
  • Develop and demonstrate through their coursework a deep understanding and expertise in one or more areas of Energy Systems Engineering.
  • Discuss and apply an understanding of the current literature in Energy Systems Engineering and related disciplines
  • Understand and be able to identify their post-graduation career options: industrial, entrepreneurial and academic.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the thoughtful consideration of fundamental principles of ethical professional conduct

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Energy Systems and Analysis
  • Energy Engineering Economics and Policy
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Elective Engineering 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • ISU-wide: Academic Records, GPA, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation
  • Additional Materials Needed: resume, transcripts, and official GRE scores. If your undergraduate or graduate degree is from Iowa State, the GRE requirement can be waived. MEN applicants are not required to take the GRE. Recommended minimum GRE scores are 145 (Verbal), 155 (Quantitative) and 3.0 (Writing).
  • Required qualifications: Admission is contingent upon having a Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering OR Bachelors of Science degree, non-Engineering with 11 semester credits in math (through differential equations) and 16 semester credits in physics, chemistry and engineering sciences.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or equivilent as well as research experience are recommended qualifications. Students may take up to 9 credits as a non-degree seeking student, so it is possible to begin your studies before formal admittance into the program.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    28544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14272 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    26776 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13388 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    10572 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5286 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Ames

1158 - 1797 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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