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About the Industrial Power Systems Online M.S. Program

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) offers a non-thesis online Master of Electrical Engineering (MEE) program, with specialization in Industrial Power Systems (IPS). The program provides advanced instruction to give individuals the level of technical and business expertise needed to meet the increased industry demand for highly skilled professionals.


Why the University of Houston?

The programs directly support the uniquely diverse industrial and technological environment of the greater Houston area, which is involved in electrical generation, consumption, expansion, and manufacturing. In fact, the programs were developed at the request of industry with participation from a significant number of prominent electrical industry representatives. The programs exemplify the University of Houston’s responsiveness to meet industry needs in an area considered by many as the energy capital of the world.

The courses offered in the programs are designed to concentrate on global industrial workplace and market applications. Each course presents the most current information for topics such as industrial power system engineering, design criteria, material procurement, system operation, manufacturing, and management. Students will gain knowledge that will provide the foundation for economic profit, safety, health, and environmental advancements as an individual, as well as a professional member of a company or community. Instructors who have significant practical experience in industry, mainly the petrochemical field, teach the program specific courses. This distinct advantage ensures that the content covered in the courses remains relevant, practical, and congruent to current technologies and applications.


Careers in Industrial Power Systems

Graduates of the IPS program will be prepared with both the technical and business expertise required to take on leadership roles within the electrical industry. Students will gain knowledge that will provide the foundation for economic profit, safety, health, and environmental advancements as an individual, as well as a professional member of a company or community.

Career opportunities in industrial power systems and electrical engineering are excellent – especially in the city of Houston, the energy capital of the world. Alumni of the electrical engineering graduate program work locally and overseas for Halliburton, Schlumberger, CenterPoint Energy and Burns & McDonnell, among many other companies.

A 2015 salary survey produced by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that new graduates with an M.S. in electrical engineering earn an average starting salary of $71,747.


Courses and Curriculum

To provide the most flexibility for working professionals, all courses required for the IPS program are offered online. The online Master degree of Electrical Engineering Industrial Power Systems (MEE-IPS) counts as one year of experience towards licensure as a professional engineer. For those who already have their professional license, the courses can be used to meet the requirements for continuing education.

The online MEE-IPS degree is a 36-hour program that can be completed in as little as two years. To meet the requirements for the MEE-IPS specialization, eighteen hours (six courses) must be selected from the seven online IPS core courses and other online power-engineering courses shown below.

Seven IPS core courses that are offered as online classes include:
  • ECE 6368: Industrial Power System Analysis
  • ECE 6381: Industrial Substations and Switching Equipment
  • ECE 7337: Industrial Power System Protection
  • ECE 6389: Industrial Power System Management
  • ECE 6395: Industrial Power Monitoring and Control
  • ECE 6369: Electrical Power Regulations and Standards
  • ECE 6386: Power System Transients, Harmonics and Grounding
Other online graduate ECE power-engineering courses are:
  • ECE 6378: Power System Analysis
  • ECE 6379: Advanced Power System Analysis
  • ECE 7381: Power System Control and Stability
  • ECE 6380: Power Electronics and Electric Drives
  • ECE 6397: Smart Grid Technology

To meet the other requirements of the MEE degree, an additional hours besides six IPS core courses can be chosen from ECE courses and courses offered by the College of Engineering, College of Business Administration, and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The Graduate-level Certificate (GC-IPS) requires a completion of nine hours (three courses). These courses must be selected form the seven online IPS core courses.

A description of the courses listed above and all graduate electrical engineering courses can be obtained from the UH Graduate Catalog:


Additional Information:

For degree objectives and application information:

For admission requirements, advising, and other information specific to the MEE program:

Application forms and other information related to admission can be obtained by e-mailing the Graduate Admission Analyst at ece_grad_admit [at] uh [dot] edu.

To receive additional information regarding this program contact the Program Advisors:

  • Dr. Masoud Barati, Instructional Assistant Professor
    713-743-4400 | mbarati [at] uh [dot] edu
  • Dr. Jung-Uk Lim, Instructional Assistant Professor
    713-743-4390 | jlim5 [at] uh [dot] edu

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
4726 Calhoun Rd
N308 Engineering Bldg. 1,
Houston, TX 77204-4005
Phone: 713-743-4400