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San Francisco State University Master of Science in Engineering: Concentration in Energy Systems
San Francisco State University

Master of Science in Engineering: Concentration in Energy Systems

San Francisco, USA

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Sep 2023

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Mission and Goal

The mission of the School of Engineering is to educate students from a diverse and multicultural population to become productive members of the engineering profession and society at large.

Required Courses (12 units)

Course List Code Title Units

  • ENGR 800 Engineering Communications 3
  • ENGR 801 Engineering Management 3
  • ENGR 820 Energy Resources and Sustainability 3
  • ENGR 863 Advanced Thermal-fluids 3

The aggregate of courses that comprise the core of this concentration is designed to give students a broad foundation in general areas of engineering project management and engineering communications, and in Energy Systems. These courses are aimed to provide our students opportunities for career advancement in their profession.

Admission to the Program

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering, or a closely related discipline, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in upper division major classes, in addition to meeting general university requirements for graduate standing. The School of Engineering also requires two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the student’s previous academic work or professional accomplishments. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores within the last three years are also required. A minimum score of 550 on the paper exam or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL is required for graduate applicants whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English.

Advancement to Candidacy

The applicant is advanced to candidacy when the Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) has been signed and approved by the Dean of the Graduate Division.

Written English Proficiency Requirements

Level One

As a preadmission requirement, applicants must have satisfied one of the following:

  • a score of at least 4.0/6.0 on the GRE or GMAT Analytic Writing Assessment;
  • a score of at least 4.5/6.0 on the essay test of the paper-based [PBT] TOEFL (a minimum score of 24/30 on the Writing section of the Internet-based test [iBT] TOEFL);
  • a score of at least 6.5/9.0 on the IELTS writing test, or a concordant score on the Pearson Test of English.

An applicant that does not meet the above requirement may be conditionally accepted to the program but must complete SCI 614 within the first year of attendance at SF State in order to meet the Level One requirement. SCI 614 does not count toward the 30 unit MS coursework requirement.

Level Two

The Level Two English Proficiency Requirement is satisfied by the completion of a written thesis (ENGR 898) or research project (ENGR 895).


The Master of Science in Engineering is based on 30-semester units of which at least 21 units must be earned from graduate level courses. We expect that the graduate coordinator will work closely with individual students to develop a curriculum plan that ensures academic rigor while at the same time meeting the needs of the student. The curriculum includes 12 units of required engineering courses and a minimum of 6 units of elective engineering courses. A maximum of 6 units of elective non-engineering courses may be applied to the degree requirements with the consent of the graduate coordinator if they are consistent with the student’s overall career objectives as provided in the program of study. There are two options for the culminating experience. One option is to first take a 3-unit research course (ENGR 897), and then a 3-unit thesis course (ENGR 898). The other option is to take a 3-unit applied research project course (ENGR 895).

English Language Requirements

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