M.S. Alternative Energy

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Program Description

M.S. Alternative Energy

The development of sustainable energy using solar cells, fuel cells, biofuels, and nuclear fusion has attracted tremendous attention worldwide. The Chemical Engineering faculty has established exceptionally strong research programs in advanced materials, biotechnology, and nanotechnology as the intellectual foundation for the pursuit of alternative energy resources to supplement, and ultimately to supplant, fossil fuels. It is timely to have a New York State approved M.S. Alternative Energy degree program in place to educate and train the workforce for an emerging job market into the future. This post-graduate program is designed for students entering with a B.S. degree in engineering or science.


Master of Science with Thesis (Plan A)


Students in Plan A must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours, at least 18 of which should be attributed to 400‐level courses. The balance of the credit‐hour requirement can be satisfied through independent reading (no more than 4 credit hours) and thesis research (at least 6 credit hours), culminating in a Master's thesis.


Master of Science without Thesis (Plan B)


Students in Plan B must earn a minimum of 32 credit hours of coursework acceptable as graduate credits, at least 18 of which should be attributed to the 400-level courses identified and no more than 4 through independent reading. Students may opt for an industrial internship (1 credit hour), for which a final essay must be submitted as a part of their degree requirements. In addition to coursework and the essay, all Plan B students must pass a comprehensive oral examination as part of the degree requirements.

Last updated Jan 2018

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The University of Rochester is one of the country's top-tier research universities. Our 158 buildings house more than 200 academic majors, more than 2,000 faculty and instructional staff, and some 10, ... Read More

The University of Rochester is one of the country's top-tier research universities. Our 158 buildings house more than 200 academic majors, more than 2,000 faculty and instructional staff, and some 10,500 students—approximately half of whom are women. Read less