The overall objective of the 32-credit online iMPS-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 11 credits in the program's core courses and 12 credits in the solar energy option. 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 iMPS 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.
Please note that courses used to satisfy option credits cannot be used to fulfill the required elective credits. However, option elective courses not used to fulfill option requirements may be used as degree program elective 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 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|
|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|
|Distributed Energy Planning and Management||A E 862||Theories and practices of distributed energy production and management in context of regional and integrated energy grid structures.||3 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 Thermal Energy for Utilities and Industry||EME 811||Applications of solar thermal energy (STE) including district heating/cooling (buildings), industrial process heating, fuel synthesis, desalination, and materials processing.
Prerequisite: EME 810
|Utility Solar Electric and Concentration||EME 812||Technical and theoretical background for utility scale solar energy conversion technologies to generate electric power.
Prerequisite: EME 810
|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.
|Management and Design of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems||A B E 589||Real-world renewable energy systems projects using a systems analysis and case-study approach.||3 credits|
See course start and end periods and semesters offered on the Penn State World Campus student resources website.