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Bachelor of Arts in
Energy and Sustainability Policy

Program Summary

Learn about energy use and its global environmental implications. This online degree program focuses on communication skills and humanities in addition to technical and analytical knowledge relating to energy sustainability and policy.
How To Apply
Apply by March 15 to start May 15

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Costs and Financial Aid

120 Credits $620/$664 per credit

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Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy

Our global economy relies heavily on an abundant and consistent supply of energy. Within the last decade, new employment opportunities have emerged as we witness a worldwide power shift toward a more sustainable way of life. With a Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy (ESP), you can gain the knowledge and skills to research, analyze, and communicate diverse information about emerging global trends in energy policy, technologies, and economics.

As a student in the program, you can:

  • acquire technical knowledge of energy use (both conventional and renewable) and its environmental implications
  • gain valuable analytical and communication skills
  • develop strong collaboration skills needed to facilitate stakeholder interactions on matters related to energy, sustainability, and related policies
  • strengthen your global perspective through studies related to foreign language and world cultures
  • expand your knowledge in areas of interest beyond your major

Graduates will be prepared to act as agents for stakeholders — facilitating communications, design, and planning between the executive wing and operations wing of various organizations, including commercial firms, government agencies, nonprofits, regulatory and advocacy bodies, and energy trade groups.

The Penn State Difference

The ESP program at Penn State is one of the few online programs in the country that focuses specifically on policy within the realm of energy and sustainability. Our program is all-inclusive, covering all forms of energy with policy serving as the program's nexus.

In addition to instilling a strong sustainability ethic, we integrate an international perspective into the program, so you can gain knowledge of international, social, cultural, and political dimensions of energy and sustainability considerations on a global scale.

Your Online Bachelor of Arts Curriculum

This interdisciplinary program integrates course work in energy security, sustainability management, foreign and domestic energy, and sustainability policy analysis. As a student, you will also gain a well-rounded education that emphasizes communication skills (including foreign language), global cultures, and humanities.

A Degree to Meet Your Needs: B.S. or B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Energy and Sustainability Policy are both 120-credit programs, with the same General Education requirements and the same prescribed course work. In the B.S. program, students select additional course work in areas closely related to the major. In the B.A. program, the focus is expanded to allow students to select a foreign language and take supporting course work in global culture and humanities. In choosing which program best meets individual needs, students are encouraged to consider personal interests and strengths, professional aspirations, and plans for graduate school. For those with prior learning experience, the applicability of earlier course work to degree requirements may also be a consideration.

Military Grant-in-Aid Benefits for ESP Students

The Military Grant-in-Aid is an undergraduate program that brings our tuition rate closer to the Department of Defense cap, making a Penn State World Campus–quality education more affordable to our military students and spouses. More details, including Grant-in-Aid forms, can be found on the Military Grants and Scholarships page.

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