The overall objective of the 32-credit online MPS-RESS program is to help you become a technically outstanding expert in renewable energy and sustainability systems, with strong project development and leadership skills. In addition, the solar energy option can help prepare you to lead project and policy development in the rapidly expanding solar energy industry.

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 goals. You will then complete your studies with the 3-credit capstone experience.

General areas specifically related to the following will be included:

  • energy and sustainability science
  • energy and sustainability project development
  • business acumen
  • energy and sustainability leadership
  • advanced critical thinking

In the solar energy option courses, you can choose from parallel paths of study that focus on solar electric or solar thermal strategies, from the large-scale or from the distributed approach, in alignment with your interests and strengths.

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

The degree for the MPS solar energy option will be conferred upon students who complete a minimum of 32 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 a quality culminating capstone project in consultation with a graduate adviser. 

Required Courses (23 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Commercial Solar Electric Systems A E 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 A E 878 Economic analysis of solar energy projects, project development process, energy policies, finance methods, and economic analysis tools. 3 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. 2 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
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
Electives (6 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Biomass Energy Systems A B E 884 Theories and applied technologies for production and conversion of biomass into energy and co-products. 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
Project Management MANGT 510* A problem-based, interdisciplinary course in project management skills and techniques needed to manage projects in a modern business environment. 3 credits
Supply Chain Management SCM 800* Introduction to the strategic framework, issues, and methods for integrating supply and demand management within and across companies. 4 credits

*These courses require special permission.

Capstone Experience (3 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Management and Design of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems EME 589 Real-world renewable energy systems projects using a systems analysis and case-study approach. 3 credits


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