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Graduate Certificate in
Solar Energy

Program Summary

Focus on an electric-driven study as you prepare to lead development in the rapidly expanding solar energy sector. This online certificate program includes courses that offer a foundation in project development, system design and analysis, and process improvement.
How To Apply
Apply by April 20 to start May 15

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

12 Credits $1,007 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Solar power is a key piece of the growing "green economy." Rapid growth in the science and practice of solar energy has given rise to the need for advanced understanding in resource assessment, project development, system design, and emerging technologies for solar electric systems. As employment opportunities continue to expand, organizations will look for professionals who can develop, manage, and improve solar energy systems through project development, system design and analysis, and process improvement.

Why a Certificate in Solar Energy at Penn State?

The 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Solar Energy is offered through Penn State World Campus. Our online courses make it possible for you to further your education while maintaining your current responsibilities.

This online graduate certificate program provides you with a highly relevant solar energy curriculum taught by faculty with world-class expertise. A graduate certificate in solar energy can help you add an important credential to your résumé — as you acquire a skill set valued across the solar energy industry. In addition, you get the convenience and flexibility of completing your course work at times and places that fit into your life and current schedule.  

Continue Your Education in Solar Energy

In addition to the Graduate Certificate in Solar Energy being an excellent stand-alone credential, all of the courses can be applied toward the Master of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (MPS-RESS) degree program, also offered online through Penn State World Campus.

Who Should Apply?

The Graduate Certificate in Solar Energy could be right for you if you are a current or aspiring professional seeking the progressive skills needed to advance the solar energy sector.

Students will come from a variety of undergraduate degrees; however, a background in systems science, engineering, or physics is strongly recommended for this graduate certificate.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

With this graduate certificate, you can gain the solar energy systems project development skills and knowledge that many companies will require from their sustainability professionals. 

To prepare you for these opportunities, our curriculum covers a breadth of topics, including:

  • solar resource assessment for selected locales
  • effective communication techniques to maximize the solar economic utility to clients/stakeholders
  • electric-derived solar conversion technologies
  • technical information about hybridized solar energy systems design
  • the social and policy context of solar energy systems project design

By successfully completing the course work for the Graduate Certificate in Solar Energy, you could qualify for such leadership positions as:

  • solar energy project manager
  • solar PV design engineer
  • VP of business development in a commercial solar sector
  • solar research analyst
  • project engineer in solar energy

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. 

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than two decades of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.

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