Students in the Master’s program in Sustainable Energy must successfully complete a total of 5.0 course credits. Courses must be appropriate to the student’s prior qualifications and selected with the approval of the student’s supervisor.

Specific Requirements

All Program Fields

  • 0.5 credit Cross Disciplinary Course in Sustainable Energy SERG 5000,
  • 0.5 credit course in either Sustainable Energy Policy for Engineers SERG 5001, or Sustainable Energy Engineering for Public Policy Students SERG 5002, as appropriate.
  • 0.0 credit Sustainable Energy Seminar
    • Sign-up sheets should be available at each seminar to record attendance

Specific to Program fields

MASc in Sustainable Energy

  • 1.0 credit from either the Mechanical Energy Conversion or Electrical Energy Conversion fields selected from the graduate courses listed below
  • 1.0 credit from graduate level courses offered in the Faculty of Engineering and Design
  • 2.0 credits in M.A.Sc. thesis (ELEC 5909, MECH 5909, SYSC 5909)

MEng in Sustainable Energy 

  • 1.0 credit from either the Mechanical Energy Conversion or Efficient Electrical Energy Systems fields selected from the graduate courses listed below
  • 3.0 credit from graduate level courses offered in the Faculty of Engineering and Design

MA in Sustainable Energy 

  • 0.5 credits course in Energy Economics (PADM 5510)
  • 0.5 credit course in Policy Analysis: The Practical Art of Change (PADM 5121)
  • 0.5 credit course in Sustainable Energy Policy (PADM 5515 or  PADM 5615)
  • 1.5 credits selected from the Sustainable Energy Policy field courses listed below
  • 1.0 credits from graduate level courses offered by the School of Public Policy

All courses must be approved by the student’s program supervisor. Given that the students admitted to this program are from different academic backgrounds, any elective course listed in this program can only be taken by qualified students who satisfy the prerequisites. Only a selection of courses listed is given in a particular academic year.


Course choices in program fields

1. Mechanical Energy Conversion

  • MECH 5009 Environmental Fluid Mechanics Relating to Energy Utilization
  • MECH 5201 Methods of Energy Conversion
  • MECH 5205 Building Performance Simulation
  • MECH 5400 Gas Turbine Combustion
  • MECH 5402 Gas Turbines
  • MECH 5403 Advanced Thermodynamics
  • MECH 5407 Conductive and Radiative Heat Transfer
  • MECH 5408 Convective Heat and Mass Transfer
  • MECH 5809 Fundamentals of Combustion
  • ENVE 5101 Air Pollution Control
  • ENVE 5102 Traffic Related Air Pollution
  • ENVE 5103 Air Quality Monitoring
  • ENVE 5104 Indoor Air Quality
  • SERG 5906 Directed Study in Sustainable Energy

2. Efficient Electrical Energy Systems

  • ELEC 5200 Advanced Topics in ICs and Devices
  • ELEC 5509 Integrated Circuit Technology
  • ELEC 5705 Advanced Topics in VLSI
  • ELEC 5707 Microsensors and MEMS
  • ELEC 5808 Signal Processing Electronics
  • ELEC 5900 Engineering Project
  • SYSC 5001 Simulation and Modeling
  • SYSC 5004 Mathematical Programming for Engineering Applications
  • SYSC 5006 Design of Real-time and Distributed Systems
  • SYSC 5103 Software Agents
  • SYSC 5104 Methodologies for Discrete-Event Modelling and Simulation
  • SYSC 5105 Software Quality Engineering and Management
  • SYSC 5201 Computer Communications
  • SYSC 5207 Distributed System Engineering
  • SYSC 5306 Mobile Computing
  • SYSC 5401 System Modeling and Control
  • SYSC 5600 Adaptive Signal Processing
  • TIMG 5001 Management Principles for Engineers
  • TIMG 5002 Telecommunications Technology
  • TIMG 5103 Advanced Topics in Telecommunications Technology Management
  • SERG 5906 Directed Study in Sustainable Energy

3. Sustainable Energy Policy

  • PADM 5511 Energy Management
  • PADM 5512 International Politics of Energy
  • PADM 5572 Policy Seminar (Sustainable Energy)
  • PADM 5906 Directed Study in Sustainable Energy
  • PADM 5909 MA thesis in Sustainable Energy
  • PADM 5611 Science and Technology Policies
  • PADM 5612 Industrial Policy, Innovation and sustainable Development
  • PADM 5613 Science, Risk and Evaluation
  • PADM 5614 Natural Resource Management
  • PADM 5616 Environmental Policy
  • PADM 5617 Implementing Sustainable Development in Industrialized countries
  • PADM 5618 Environmental and Ecological Economics
  • PADM 5619 Urban Sustainability
  • PADM 5620 The Science, Economics and Politics of Global Climate Change
  • PADM 5908 MA Research Essay (1.0 credit)
  • Other PADM 5000 level courses as approved by the MA supervisor

Co-op Option for MA Students

A co-op option is available to full-time students in the MA program. Students admitted to this option must satisfactorily complete at least two work terms in order to graduate with co-op designation on their transcripts and diplomas. These work terms are four months in duration and locate students in government departments or other organizations in order to work at a junior officer level. They provide students with opportunities to integrate the theoretical and practical aspects of public administration. During a work term, students will register in the co-op work term courses: PADM 5913. While on a work term, students are limited to an additional 0.5 credit course. It should be noted that most co-op positions in the federal public service are restricted to Canadian citizens.

For detailed course descriptions, please refer to the Graduate Calendar.