Carnegie Mellon University
Degree Comparison

Degree Comparison

The EST&P degree offers you an intensive interdisciplinary experience of breadth and depth in energy coursework that is completed in a single academic year.  The EST&P-Applied Studies degree extends your degree with additional project work, and includes the possibility of summer internship.  A side-by-side comparison:

Energy Science, Technology & Policy (EST&P) degree

Energy Science, Technology & Policy – Applied Studies (EST&P-AS) degree

Master of Science (M.S.) degree

Master of Science (M.S.) degree

2 semesters of full-time study

3 semesters of full-time study

96 total units of coursework:

  • 24 units: required four energy core mini-courses (39-610, -611, -612, -613)
  • 36 units: disciplinary concentration coursework.  Approved courses set by each dept.  (CHE, CEE, ME, MSE, EPP, ECE)
  • 36 units: breadth electives comprising graduate level engineering courses, and limited pre-approved non-engineering graduate classes (max 18 units: Tepper, Heinz, CS, MCS & Architecture courses related to energy)

120 total units: 96 coursework + 24 M.S. Project

  • 24 units: required four energy core mini-courses (39-610, -611, -612, -613)
  • 36 units: disciplinary concentration coursework.  Approved courses set by each dept.  (CHE, CEE, ME, MSE, EPP, ECE)
  • 36 units: breadth electives comprising graduate level engineering courses, and limited pre-approved non-engineering graduate classes (max 18 units: Tepper, Heinz, CS, MCS & Architecture courses related to energy)
  • 24 units of master’s project; may include independent study, internship, and pre-approved project courses

Up to 12 units of Master’s Project  /Independent Study coursework may count as breadth elective but is not required

A minimum of 24 units of 39-660 Master’s EST&P Project units (or approved substitute) are required