10 Reasons to choose the Master of Science in Energy or Certificate in Energy
 

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The Texas A&M Energy Institute is now accepting applications for the Master of Science in Energy (MSE) and the Certificate in Energy.

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The following is a series of frequently asked questions and answers that provide further detail on the Texas A&M Energy Institute’s Master of Science in Energy (MSE) and Certificate in Energy

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Costs and Funding

What are the program costs?
Master of Science in Energy (MSE)

Estimated costs for the 2016-2017 academic year, including tuition, fees, program fees, and other university academic costs are listed below. This estimate covers university costs for a student’s full program completion of the In Residence Master of Science in Energy for either Track 1 or Track 2.

Master of Science in Energy Resident /
In-State
Non-Resident /
Out-of-State
Total Estimated Cost $30,000 $40,000
Certificate in Energy

Estimated costs for the 2016-2017 academic year, including tuition, fees, program fees, and other university academic costs are listed below. This estimate covers university costs for a student’s full program completion of the In Residence Certificate in Energy.

Certificate in Energy Resident /
In-State
Non-Resident /
Out-of-State
Total Estimated Cost $15,000 $20,000

Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year at Texas A&M has not yet been finalized, and therefore the cost for Online delivery of the Master of Science in Energy (MSE) Track 2 and the Online delivery of the Certificate in Energy, which will both begin in fall 2017, cannot be calculated at this time.

For more information about our Certificate in Energy graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the Certificate in Energy program, and other important information, please view our gainful employment disclosures and Full Disclosure Information.

What are the costs for the Online / distance program?

Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year at Texas A&M has not yet been finalized, and therefore the cost for Online delivery of the Master of Science in Energy (MSE) Track 2 and the Online delivery of the Certificate in Energy, which will both begin in fall 2017, cannot be calculated at this time.

For more information about our Certificate in Energy graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the Certificate in Energy program, and other important information, please view our gainful employment disclosures and Full Disclosure Information.

Are scholarships, fellowships, or other funding assistance available?

Scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships are available for many Texas A&M students. For more information on these opportunities, visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website.

For more information about our Certificate in Energy graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the Certificate in Energy program, and other important information, please view our gainful employment disclosures and Full Disclosure Information.

What is the median debt of students who completed the program?

For more information about our Certificate in Energy graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the Certificate in Energy program, and other important information, please view our gainful employment disclosures and Full Disclosure Information.

Timing

When do the programs start?

The starting date for the 2017-2018 academic year In Residence Master of Science in Energy (MSE) Track 1 or Track 2, as well as the 2017-2018 academic year In Residence Certificate in Energy is September 1, 2017. The Online Master of Science in Energy (MSE) Track 2 and the Online Certificate in Energy will be offered for the first time on September 1, 2017.

How long will the programs last?

The professional Master of Science in Energy (MSE) degree is offered in two tracks. Track 1 is with a research thesis, and Track 2 is with only course work (i.e., without research thesis). The duration of Track 1 and 2 is approximately 10 months (i.e., September 1 – June 30).

The Certificate in Energy takes approximately 10 months to complete (i.e., September 1 – June 30).

All programs and tracks are 10 months in length, and there are not longer duration options available.

Courses and Modules

Which courses and modules will be offered?

For a full listing of modules and courses, visit the Curriculum and Modules page.

When will courses be offered?

Each module will be 1.5 weeks long and will have 5 teaching days, including a total of 22 hours of lecture/lab material (22 contact hours) with 4.4 hours of lectures per teaching day. Therefore, two weekly modules will be equivalent to a semester-long course, and will correspond to 3.0 credits.

Can I specialize in a particular area?

Specialty or sub-specialty tracks will not be available, as the program offers a holistic view of the energy landscape by design.

Career Opportunities

What is the job placement rate for graduates?

For more information about our Certificate in Energy graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the Certificate in Energy program, and other important information, please view our gainful employment disclosures and Full Disclosure Information.

Are companies looking for employees with degrees in Energy?

The explosive growth of shale gas, the increased production of petroleum, and the elevated interest in renewable energy sources, represent very strong emerging markets that promise to deliver many new job opportunities in the U.S. and aim at making the U.S. energy independent. The majority of advertised positions available for industrial, government positions, as well as for academic positions are for individuals with proper energy-related background. Therefore, the Master of Science in Energy (MSE) program and Certificate in Energy will enhance educational opportunities currently unavailable to students and prepare the new class of leaders in energy.

The United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, identifies Energy as a High Growth Industry, noting that many companies prefer to hire individuals with a master’s degree for professional jobs. 1 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has identified careers in fields such as Wind Energy, Biofuels, Solar Power, and Geothermal Energy as growing, as the United States continues to develop sustainable sources of renewable energy. While entry into these professions can be accomplished with a bachelor’s degree, a significant number of jobs (along with opportunities for advancement) require additional education, such as a master’s or doctoral degree. 2 3 4 5

The Master of Science in Energy (MSE) and Certificate in Energy provide the interdisciplinary education that will fill a gap in available educational opportunities and provide employers with employees possessing the skill sets needed.

For more information about our Certificate in Energy graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the Certificate in Energy program, and other important information, please view our gainful employment disclosures and Full Disclosure Information.

Can I participate in an internship after the 10-month Master of Science in Energy or Certificate in Energy?

Students are encouraged to pursue career opportunities, including internships and full-time jobs, after the completion of the 10-month Master of Science in Energy or Certificate in Energy.

Job placement is not guaranteed, and job placements or internships are not a part of the curriculum or degree plan of either the Master of Science in Energy or Certificate in Energy.

International students on F-1 visas will not be eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) through the Master of Science in Energy or Certificate in Energy. These students are encouraged to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). Further information on this option is available through the Texas A&M University’s International Student Services Office.

Can an international student on an F-1 visa participate in Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?

International students on F-1 visas will not be eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) through the Master of Science in Energy or Certificate in Energy. These students are encouraged to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). Further information on this option is available through the Texas A&M University’s International Student Services Office.

Admissions

How do I apply?

Apply online at applytexas.org

For further information on application components, visit the Texas A&M Graduate Application Information website.

What are the admission requirements? What are the minimum requirements for applicants?

A detailed explanation of components of a complete application for academic programs is available on the Application page.

Students must have completed a bachelor’s or professional degree (or equivalent) to be able to apply for either the Master of Science in Energy (MSE) or the Certificate in Energy.

For further information on application components, visit the Texas A&M Graduate Application Information website.

What is the minimum TOEFL score for admission?

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency, which may be satisfied by:

  • A minimum TOEFL score (from a test date within two years) of:
    • 550 for paper-based testing (p-BT) or
    • 80 internet-based testing (i-BT).
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall band.
  • A minimum PTE Academic score of 53.
  • Completing all years of a Bachelor’s degree or higher at a U.S. accredited university. (Subject to Texas A&M Energy Institute approval.)
  • Citizenship in one of the following countries:
    American Samoa Dominica Liberia
    Australia Grand Cayman New Zealand
    Bahamas Guyana Trinidad/Tobago
    Barbados Ireland United Kingdom
    Belize Jamaica U.S. Pacific Trust
    Canada (except Quebec)    

Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to be considered official. The institutional code for Texas A&M University for GRE and TOEFL score reporting is 6003

For further information on application components, visit the Texas A&M Graduate Application Information website.

What are the minimum or average GRE scores for the Master of Science in Energy (MSE) or the Certificate in Energy?

GRE scores are required for Texas A&M Energy Institute academic programs. No specific minimum score is required for application consideration, but applications will be highly competitive.

For further information on application components, visit the Texas A&M Graduate Application Information website.

Do I need a degree in engineering? What type of students are applying?

The Master of Science in Energy (MSE) program is a highly competitive program, and students from both technical and non-technical backgrounds will apply. There are no specific undergraduate major requirements.

Are you looking for applicants with specialized work experience?

No work experience is required for successful admission into the Master of Science in Energy (MSE) or Certificate in Energy programs.

When will applications be reviewed?

Upon receipt of completed application packets, each submission will be thoroughly reviewed.