Carnegie Mellon University

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 experience through additional project work, and includes the possibility of summer internship. The EST&P-Applied Studies and Integrated Study in Computer Science integrates advanced study in Computer Science with your applied studies degree, and is completed in two academic years. A side-by-side comparison:

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

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

Energy Science, Technology & Policy – Applied Studies and Integrated Study in Computer Science (ESTP-AS-CS)

Master of Science (M.S.) 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

4 semesters of full-time study

96 total units of coursework:


  • 24 units of required energy core mini-courses (39-610, -611, -612, -613)
  • 36 units of disciplinary concentration coursework: approved courses are set by each concentration department (CHE, CEE, ME, MSE, EPP, ECE)
  • 36 units of 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 of required energy core mini-courses (39-610, -611, -612, -613)
  • 36 units of disciplinary concentration coursework: approved courses are set by each concentration department (CHE, CEE, ME, MSE, EPP, ECE)
  • 36 units of 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 that may include independent study, internship, and pre-approved project courses

168 total units: 96* EST&P coursework + 24 M.S. Project + 60* CS coursework

  • 24 units of required energy core mini-courses (39-610, -611, -612, -613)
  • 36 units of disciplinary concentration coursework: approved courses are set by each concentration department (CHE, CEE, ME, MSE, EPP, ECE)
  • 36 units* of 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 that may include independent study, internship, and pre-approved project courses
  • 24 units of required computer science core full semester courses (15-513 and 17-514)
  • 36 units* of computer science disciplinary concentration: approved courses are set by the School of Computer Science 

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

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

*12 units of approved CS disciplinary concentration units can be counted as EST&P breadth elective