Questions about the Energy Institute’s Education Programs

Answers to questions about the master’s degree in energy and graduate 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 full 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 Face-to-Face Master of Science in Energy for either Track 1 or Track 2, and the same costs apply whether completed Face-to-Face in College Station, Texas or Online via distance learning.

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 full 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 Certificate in Energy, and the same costs apply whether completed Face-to-Face in College Station, Texas or Online via distance learning.

Certificate in Energy Resident / In-State Non-Resident / Out-of-State
Total Estimated Cost $15,000 $20,000
What are the costs for the Online / Distance program?

The same costs apply whether the programs are completed Face-to-Face in College Station, Texas or Online via distance learning.

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.

Timing

When do the programs start?

The starting dates for the Master of Science in Energy (MSE) Track 1 or Track 2, as well as the Certificate in Energy are approximately September 1 and January 15 of each year. Students choosing either the Face-to-Face in College Station, Texas or Online via distance learning methods can start the program on either start date.

How long will the programs last?

The 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). Tracks 1 and 2 take approximately 10 months to complete when starting in a fall semester (i.e., September 1 – June 30), and 12 months when starting in a spring semester (i.e., January 15 – December 15).

The Certificate in Energy takes approximately 10 months to complete when starting in a fall semester (i.e., September 1 – June 30), and 12 months when starting in a spring semester (i.e., January 15 – December 15).

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 is 1.5 weeks long and has 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 modules are equivalent to a semester-long course, and correspond to 3.0 credits.

Do you have specializations or course themes?

Students pursuing the Master of Science in Energy are free to select from the entire set of Elective Modules to design a custom array of courses. The Texas A&M Energy Institute suggests three Elective Course Themes in the following topical areas: Sustainable Energy, Energy Policy and Management, and Energy Digitization.

Career Opportunities

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) and Certificate in Energy programs 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.

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 fills a gap in available educational opportunities and provide employers with employees possessing the skill sets needed.

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.

The Master of Science in Energy offered by the Texas A&M Energy Institute, and approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, has CIP code: 30.9999.04 Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. According to the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, this code is not among the codes on the 2016 STEM designated list. The majority of the courses within the Master of Science in Energy at Texas A&M University are individually designated as STEM courses, but that factor alone is not sufficient to merit a full designation as a STEM program. Therefore, students who graduate with a Master of Science in Energy are not eligible for the Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT).

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.

The Master of Science in Energy offered by the Texas A&M Energy Institute, and approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, has CIP code: 30.9999.04 Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. According to the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, this code is not among the codes on the 2016 STEM designated list. The majority of the courses within the Master of Science in Energy at Texas A&M University are individually designated as STEM courses, but that factor alone is not sufficient to merit a full designation as a STEM program. Therefore, students who graduate with a Master of Science in Energy are not eligible for the Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT).

Can an international student receive a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT) - Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT)?

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.

The Master of Science in Energy offered by the Texas A&M Energy Institute, and approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, has CIP code: 30.9999.04 Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. According to the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, this code is not among the codes on the 2016 STEM designated list. The majority of the courses within the Master of Science in Energy at Texas A&M University are individually designated as STEM courses, but that factor alone is not sufficient to merit a full designation as a STEM program. Therefore, students who graduate with a Master of Science in Energy are not eligible for the Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT).

Admissions

How do I apply?

Instructions are available at energy.tamu.edu/education/apply.

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.

Duolingo English Test and English3: Texas A&M University is temporarily accepting both the Duolingo English Test and English3 online assessments from applicants where TOEFL and IELTS exams are impacted due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. Applicants from affected countries may submit Duolingo English Test (105 minimum) or English3 scores (67 minimum) to satisfy English proficiency requirements for Summer/Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 admission.

Because of COVID-19 and limited GRE test availability, GRE test scores are temporarily not required for the Master of Science in Energy and Certificate in Energy. Applications will be reviewed without GRE scores.

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?

Because of COVID-19 and limited GRE test availability, GRE test scores are temporarily not required for the Master of Science in Energy and Certificate in Energy. Applications will be reviewed without GRE scores.

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 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.

STEM OPT Extension: Not Eligible

The Master of Science in Energy offered by the Texas A&M Energy Institute, and approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, has CIP code: 30.9999.04 Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. According to the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, this code is not among the codes on the 2016 STEM designated list. The majority of the courses within the Master of Science in Energy at Texas A&M University are individually designated as STEM courses, but that factor alone is not sufficient to merit a full designation as a STEM program. Therefore, students who graduate with a Master of Science in Energy are not eligible for the Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT).

Q&A Sessions

Do you have questions? Join us for a special Energy Education Program Virtual Open House!  Click on the time below to register:

Oct 28, 2020   4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (GMT-5:00)
Nov 11, 2020   4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (GMT-6:00)
Nov 25, 2020   4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (GMT-6:00)

More Questions?

For questions not addressed on this page, contact:

Dr. Valentini A. Pappa
Assistant Director for Educational Programs
valentini@tamu.edu

Apply

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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What Our Former Students Say:

"This program is the best thing that has happened to me, career-wise. The modules are multidisciplinary, relevant, and applicable. All professors were approachable and encouraged participation. This made for a very warm learning environment. Take the course - you will not regret it!"

Trisha G., 2018 Graduate