Program Summary

Credits Required

33

Tuition per Credit

$924
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Lead the Shift toward Renewable Energy and Sustainability

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 green economy. The Master of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (MPS-RESS) degree can help you succeed in this dynamic field.

This 33-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, the RESS program offers tracks in Renewable Energy Systems or Sustainability Management and Policy to let you customize your degree for your future.

Why an Online Degree from Penn State?

The Master of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems degree is delivered through a partnership with Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and Penn State World Campus, a pioneer in providing global online access to a real university education. Your online courses are the same academically challenging courses that are taught on campus. Yet they give you the flexibility and convenience to study wherever you are, at times that suit your own schedule.

The courses in the graduate programs are designed and taught by Penn State professors whose teaching and research interests combine academic expertise and industry experience. They are leaders in their fields and experts in the subjects that they teach, and they are committed to making sure you receive a quality academic experience in your online programs.

Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems Curriculum

As a student in the MPS-RESS program, you will take a number of courses in varying subject matter to help you meet the demands of the dynamic renewable energy and sustainability marketplace. After completing your 12-credits in core courses, you will be able to tailor your studies to 12-credits in either our Sustainability Management and Policy or Renewable Energy Systems track. Then, to meet your individual learning goals, you will select 6 additional credits from a broad list of electives. Finally, you will complete a 3-credit capstone experience in Management and Design of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems or partake in a special topics research opportunity with a faculty member.

If you would like to earn a credential while working towards your MPS degree, consider starting your path through one of our RESS graduate certificates in Solar Energy or Sustainability Management and Policy. You may then be able to use those 12 credits to satisfy a portion of your graduation requirements, if you apply and gain admission to the RESS master’s degree program.

Learning Outcomes

Our renewable energy and sustainability systems graduate programs are designed to allow working professionals to apply their learning immediately to their field. While competencies in certain areas depend upon what track you decide upon, in general, upon completion of your program, you should be able to:

  • execute and evaluate sustainability or renewable energy systems using baseline, techno-economic, life cycle, or cost/benefit analyses.
  • demonstrate fundamental understanding of the principles of energy science, including resource availability and conversion technologies.
  • demonstrate an appreciation for the commercialization process relative to project and product development.
  • demonstrate the ability to make sound decisions in complex situations.
  • evaluate sustainability decisions in the broader context of society's interests.

Career Opportunities for RESS Graduates

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

A master's degree in renewable energy and sustainability systems can prepare you to make an impact in the industry by serving in professional roles, such as sustainability project manager, energy efficiency analyst, energy project manager, environmental risk analyst, renewable energy consultant, and community planner.