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Lead the Shift toward Alternative Energy Production

Policy changes, technological advances, and an increased awareness of the world's resources are creating a growing need for advanced expertise in renewable and sustainability systems. Now more than ever, it's critical to prepare yourself to serve as a leader of the emerging green economy. The MPS in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems can help you succeed in this dynamic marketplace.

This 32-credit online program provides you with technical depth in areas related to renewable energy. You can also gain a comprehensive understanding of energy economics, applications of technology in society, and the project development process.

To make the most of your graduate program, we strongly encourage you to customize your degree by selecting an option in either solar energy or sustainability management and policy.

Why an Online Degree from Penn State?

Penn State's online Master of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (MPS-RESS) degree is delivered through Penn State World Campus, drawing upon a strong partnership between four colleges and eight academic departments from within the University. It offers you the opportunity to benefit from the expertise and unique perspectives of faculty with diverse backgrounds in renewable energy.

Your Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems Curriculum

This program presents you with a core curriculum focused on renewable energy and sustainability, plus the ability to choose from a number of courses focusing on solar energy and sustainability management and policy.

You will take 11 credits of core program courses and 18 credits of electives selected in consultation with your program adviser. You will then complete your studies with the 3-credit capstone experience.

Career Opportunities for RESS Graduates

This program can benefit you if you are already in the renewable and sustainability industry and looking to advance in your current position, or if you want to move into another segment of this rapidly evolving industry.

A Master's in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems can prepare you to make an impact in the industry by serving in professional roles, including sustainability project manager, vice president of business development, environmental scientist, energy project analyst, research analyst, community planner, and energy project engineer.