Online Programs in Energy and Sustainability

Penn State's Energy and Sustainability Studies Portfolio offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates to sustainability-minded learners who want to make a difference with their careers. The global power shift is creating jobs for renewable energy project developers as well as policy experts who will drive clean energy initiatives to aid in the conservation of our environmental resources. Let our highly regarded online programs help you become an agent of change in the emerging green economy.

Bachelor's Degrees in Energy and Sustainability Policy

The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy (ESP) can provide you with global perspectives regarding energy business by integrating topics such as energy security, sustainability management, foreign and domestic energy, and sustainability policy analysis:

Energy and Sustainability Policy (Bachelor of Science)
Build strong science, business, and analytical skills as you learn to conduct critical analysis of energy management and its impact on the environment. Students looking for a more communications-based experience may be interested in the Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy.
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Energy and Sustainability Policy (Bachelor of Arts)
Learn about energy use and its global environmental implications.This program focuses on communication skills and humanities in addition to technical and analytical knowledge. Students looking for a more technical experience may be interested in the B.S. in Energy and Sustainability Policy.
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As an alternative to the full bachelor's degree, our 12-credit Undergraduate Certificate in Earth Sustainability can help prepare you to promote a sustainable culture in your current position.

Master's Degrees in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems

The Master of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (RESS) provides the technical, leadership, and project management skills you need to develop and manage renewable energy systems.

Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems Base Program (Master of Professional Studies)
Learn to leverage technical expertise and project development skills to successfully implement and sustain renewable energy systems.
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Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems - Solar Energy Option (Master of Professional Studies)
Explore solar resource assessment, thermal and electric solar conversion technology, and system design to impact the green economy.
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Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems - Sustainability Management and Policy Option (Master of Professional Studies)
Advocate for environmental sustainability by learning to develop, manage, and improve sustainability-friendly manufacturing processes, corporate practices, and commercial products.
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Graduate Certificates in Renewable Energy

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Not quite ready to commit to a master's program? Penn State online graduate certificates increases your marketability while delivering a broad understanding of renewable energy projects in less time.  Credits earned in the certificates may be applied to the master's degree, if you are accepted into the program.

Bioenergy (Graduate Certificate)
Gain the skills to improve the rapidly growing bioenergy industry through project development, system design and analysis, and process improvement.
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Solar Energy (Graduate Certificate)
Choose to focus on electric-driven or thermal-driven study as you prepare to lead development in the rapidly expanding solar energy sector. Both paths provide a foundation in project development, system design and analysis, and process improvement.
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Sustainability Management and Policy (Graduate Certificate)
Learn to develop and improve manufacturing processes, corporate practices, and commercial products to promote long- term sustainability.
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Some programs specialize in one thing, like policies or regulations. With Penn State's program, I learned about those, plus the technical design and business skills I need to take a project from beginning to end. Now I really see the complete picture.

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