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Master of Professional Studies in
Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems


The overall objective of the 33-credit online MPS-RESS program is to help you gain the knowledge to become a technically outstanding expert in renewable energy and sustainability systems, with strong project development and leadership skills. In addition, the program can prepare you to apply engineering principles to the business of energy in a variety of commercial and industrial occupations.

  • Core Courses: 12 credits
  • Track Courses: 12 credits
  • Additional Electives: 6 credits
  • Capstone Experience (course or research): 3 credits

Areas specifically related to the following will be included:

  • System thinking and analysis
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Energy system performance analysis
  • Project development
  • Business acumen
  • Policy analysis
  • Advanced critical thinking

You will take 12 credits in the program's core courses, 12 credits in your chosen track, and 6 credits of electives in consultation with your program adviser. You will then complete your studies with a 3 credit capstone experience. 

Course List - Master of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree in RESS will be conferred upon students who complete a minimum of 33 credits while maintaining a grade-point average of 3.0 or better in all course work, including at least 18 credits at, or above, the 500 level (with at least 6 credits at the 500 level), and who complete the capstone experience requirement.

Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Core Courses (12 credits)
Ethical Dimensions of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems BIOET 533 Examination of ethical issues relevant to research procedure, professional conduct, social and environmental impacts, and embedded values in research. 3 credits
Foundations in Sustainability Systems EME 504 Theoretical background of sustainability issues and studies of sustainability systems. 3 credits
Energy Markets, Policy, and Regulation EME 801 Structure and function of energy markets; existing and emerging environmental regulations; decision-making by energy companies. 3 credits
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems EME 802 An overview of renewable energy technologies and energy system analysis. 3 credits

Track Courses

Select 12 credits in either the Sustainability Management and Policy or Renewable Energy Systems track.

Sustainability Management and Policy Track (12 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Sustainability Driven Innovation BA 850 This course explores sustainability as a business opportunity for developing innovative products and services. It will focus on consumer needs related to sustainability, willingness to pay for these needs, and the innovative processes necessary to create sustainable solutions. 3 credits
Applied Energy Policy EME 803 Provides in-depth exploration of energy policy development, implementation, and assessment of multiple governmental and corporate scales with emphasis on energy markets. 3 credits
Renewable Energy and Nonmarket Enterprise EME 805 Industry perspective on the resources, technologies, engineering approaches and externalities involved in deploying renewable energy businesses profitably and sustainably. 3 credits
Technologies for Sustainability Systems EME 807 This course examines strategies and applications of sustainable technologies in manufacturing, energy, water, transportation, food, and building systems. 3 credits
Renewable Energy Systems Track (12 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Commercial Solar Electric Systems AE 868 Theories and practices of solar electric systems including component selection, performance simulation, grid interconnection, codes, and design documentation. 3 credits
Solar Project Development and Finance AE 878 Economic analysis of solar energy projects, project development process, energy policies, finance methods, and economic analysis tools. 3 credits
Engineering of Wind Project Development AERSP 886 An overview of the wind project development process and technical considerations for onshore and offshore applications. 3 credits
Alternative Fuels from Biomass Sources EGEE 439 Examine the chemistry of technologies of bio-based sources for power generation and transportation fuels. 3 credits
Solar Resource Assessment and Economics EME 810 Methods, economic criteria, and meteorological background for assessing the solar resource with respect to solar energy conversion technologies. 3 credits
Utility Solar Power and Concentration EME 812 Technical and theoretical background for utility scale solar energy conversion technologies to generate electric power.

Prerequisite: EME 810
3 credits
Additional Courses (select 6 credits)
Students may select two electives that focus on complementary disciplines such as Systems Engineering, Ecosystem Management, Community and Economic Development, Meteorology, and more. View the the most current list of elective courses, and contact the program office at [email protected] with any questions.
Capstone Experience (3 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits

Management and Design of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems



Research Paper

EME 589




EME 596

Real-world renewable energy systems projects using a systems analysis and case-study approach.

Prerequisite: EME 504, EME 801, EME 802, and BIOET 533


Partake in a special topics research opportunity with a faculty member.

Prerequisite: EME 504, EME 801, EME 802, and BIOET 533

3 credits

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