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Lead the Green Movement with an Online Sustainability Management and Policy Degree

Become an advocate in environmental sustainability by earning Penn State's online Master of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (MPS-RESS) with an option in Sustainability Management and Policy (SMP). Corporations, government entities, and organizations in the growing fields of renewable energy, energy trading, and systems management will need professionals with a balanced perspective of technical understanding and the advanced project management skills that this MPS-RESS program offers.

As an SMP student in this popular program, you can learn to analyze market and nonmarket strategies, communicate effectively about facility energy policy development, and use systems thinking approaches to unify project development tactics.

By taking online courses while you work, you can eventually qualify for positions such as project manager for sustainability projects, chief sustainability officer, renewable energy manager, sustainability engineer, or sustainability analyst.

Why an Online Sustainability Management and Policy Degree from Penn State?

The online Master of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems with SMP Option is delivered through Penn State World Campus, drawing on a strong partnership between four colleges and eight academic departments from within the University. Students benefit from the expertise and unique perspectives of faculty with diverse backgrounds.

This career-focused, flexible program offers core program courses, plus a choice of electives in high-demand specialties, including bioenergy, solar energy, wind energy, and project management.

The Sustainability Management and Policy Curriculum

For the master’s program, you will take 23 credits in the program's required courses. In consultation with your program adviser, you will select an additional 6 credits from an array of electives designed to meet your individual learning and career goals. You will then complete your studies with the 3-credit capstone experience.

Earn a Certificate in Sustainability Management and Policy

While you earn your master's degree, you can further enhance your résumé within a year by earning a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Management and Policy. The 12-credit certificate provides a solid graduate-level education for aspiring and current professionals who desire to strengthen their knowledge and skills in the field of sustainability. In addition, the credits earned can be applied to your master's degree. To earn the Graduate Certificate in SMP, you must apply for it separately.

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.