Master's Degree Info

 For more information about the new Master of Engineering in T&D Engineering, please check out the following documents:

Application Guide

Program Outline

Grad Worksheet

Student Handbook 

Portfolio Guidelines

Mission and Goals

The School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) has developed an online Master of Engineering degree in Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Engineering. The program will provide fully online graduate level courses to utility engineering professionals who are interested in pursuing an advanced level degree but are unable to participate in traditional (on-site) graduate programs.

The degree program builds on our existing T&D graduate certificate which was developed to provide utility professionals with access to advanced educational opportunities. Each course in the program has been designed in collaboration with power industry experts to provide students with necessary technical and managerial skills for advancement in their power careers. The multi-disciplined program blends academic rigor with engineering practicum in a series of courses that include civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering, along with engineering leadership topics to form an advanced degree in Transmission and Distribution Engineering.  Taught over 8 week sessions, the courses are offered online with flexible scheduling for busy power engineers.

Educational Offering

The following comprise the degree requirements for the Master in Engineer in T&D Engineering:

Course Requirements

Thirty-six (36) credits total;

  • 33 credits ( 6 credits may come from pre-approved  transfer courses)
  • 3 in leadership (TADP 556 capstone course offered in March with a two-day mandatory on-campus visit for ethics and leadership workshops.)

Transmission Track Courses 

TADP 540 Transmission Line Design - Introduction 3 credits
TADP 543 Electric Grid Operations 3 credits
TADP 544 Project Development & Const. Methods 3 credits
TADP 547 Underground System Design 3 credits
TADP 548 TLine Design- Electrical Aspects 3 credits
TADP 549 Transmission Line Structures 3 credits
TADP 640 Transmission Line Design - Advanced 3 credits

Distribution Track Courses                 

TADP 521 Utility Communications (both tracks) 3 credits
TADP 541 Distribution System Design 3 credits
TADP 542 Substation Design 3 credits
TADP 545 System Protection 3 credits
TADP 547 Underground System Design (both tracks) 3 credits
TADP 553 System Automation 3 credits
TADP 641 Power System Analysis 3 credits

Capstone Course                            

  • TADP 556             Engineering Leadership                                           3 credits


The ME in T&D Engineering requires a portfolio of appropriate coursework for graduation. Students may choose the final projects from three courses in their chosen track (Distribution or Transmission) to submit, with their strategic plan from TADP 556, as their portfolio. A faculty committee will review the portfolio and recommend for graduation or further work. One paper copy of the portfolio and an electronic PDF copy must be submitted to the Director eight weeks prior to completion of all coursework. (The first draft of the portfolio must be submitted to the program six months before graduation to ensure the advisor and committee have adequate time to review through several revisions).

Peter McKenny, PhD
Transmission and Distribution
Phone: (509) 313-5702

Jilliene McKinstry
Assistant Director
Transmission and Distribution
Phone: (509) 313-5701