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EIU Master of Science in Sustainable Energy


The multi-disciplinary Master of Science in Sustainable Energy degree is a science based and technology management focused graduate program.  It is designed to empower and enable students to develop advanced knowledge and skills in order to become effective leaders and managers in the energy sector.  In addition to regular graduate course work across several disciplines, students are enriched with experiences related to sustainable energy.

Students are enrolled in CERE 5953 Sustainable Energy Research on the first semester in the program.  They will continue working at their energy-related research under the guidance of a faculty until the end of the program.  During the process, students are expected to either publish or produce a research paper deemed publishable in the related discipline.  At the end of the program, students are also expected to successfully present their findings to a committee of three graduate faculty members. 

Certification of Research Requirement

Students must complete the Certification of Research Requirement (CERE 5953 Sustainable Energy Research) for Master of Science Degree in Sustainable Energy. Guidelines for evaluation include the following questions:

  1. Is the topic related to sustainable energy? (10 points)
  2. Has the research been conducted in a meaningful way (including research question, method, data collection, data analysis and reporting)? (30 points)
  3. Has the student been well prepared for his/her presentation? (10 points)
  4. Is the report deemed publishable as required by the course? (30 points)
  5. Has the student presented his/her ideas and findings effectively? (10 points)
  6. Has the student responded to questions related to the research correctly? (10 points)

Total Points 100 (passing grade 70/100)

Click here to view the Certification of Research Requirement form.

For any inquiry, please contact Dr. Peter Ping Liu, Director of Center for Clean Energy Research and Education (CENCERE), (217)581-7426,

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Peter Ping Liu, Ph D, PE, CQE, OCP and CSTM
Professor and Director, Center for Clean Energy Research and Education

600 Lincoln Ave,
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-7426

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