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Requirements | Energy, Resources and the Environment

Learn about the requirements for students who wish to focus on Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE). 

Master of Arts (MA) Requirements

  • You must complete 24 credits of applicable coursework and a program capstone.
  • At least 16 credits must start with the course prefix SA.680.XXX and of these courses, one must be the Introduction to Energy, Resources and Environment (Gateway) course (SA.680.680). 
  • Before the start of classes of your first term with ERE, you must complete the Online Basics of Energy (OBE) and Online Basics of Environment (OBEv) courses. You may self-enroll in these courses by completing the online course self-enrollment form.
  • In your first year, you are required to complete: Introduction to Energy, Resources and Environment (Gateway) (SA.680.680).


3 ERE courses (12 credits) including:

  • SA.680.680 Introduction to Energy, Resources and Environment
  • 2 additional ERE courses (8 credits), of which at least 1 must have the ERE prefix SA.680.XXX

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Capstone

ERE concentrators must complete one of the following capstones:

  • International Energy and Environment Practicum (2nd Years Only)
  • Energy, Resources and Environment Oral Exam
  • MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors—if eligible)

These requirements must be completed in addition to the requirements for your degree program.

Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) Requirements

MIPP students can add an affiliation in Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE) to their degree plan.

  • At least three of your eight courses must be ERE courses to complete the affiliation requirement.
  • You are required to complete the Introduction to Energy, Resources and Environment (Gateway) course (SA.680.680).
  • Before the start of classes of your first term with ERE, you must complete the Online Basics of Energy (OBE) and Online Basics of Environment (OBEv) courses. You may self-enroll in this course by completing the online course PDF iconself-enrollment form.

These requirements must be completed in addition to the requirements for your degree program.

Learning Goals

Climate change, the need to decarbonize the global economy, and rapidly growing energy demand in the global south present a set of unprecedented challenges to policymakers around the world. Policies to address these challenges will require changes in every sector of the economy in countries ranging from the smallest island nations to the world’s large industrialized economies. Although rapid technological change continues to offer new technical solutions to these problems, the deployment of such technologies is frequently met with opposition from vested interests. The immense time pressure to address climate change and the need to forge collaboration across nations with vastly different resources and political systems further complicate the development and deployment of effective solutions.

The Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) Program will prepare you to address these policy challenges. Solving the world’s most pressing problems at the intersection of sustainability, energy, and environment requires generalists with the ability to translate science into sound policy solutions across a range of policy areas, and to develop local implementation strategies for such solutions in vastly different political and economic settings. This requires sound quantitative and qualitative research skills, sharp analytical thinking, and deep appreciation for the importance of local context. 

The ERE Program provides you with critical skills through its multi-faceted curriculum. ERE focuses on three key themes:

  • Economics and markets;
  • Innovation in science, technology, and policy;
  • Governance of energy and environment.

Upon completing an ERE degree, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate interdisciplinary knowledge at the intersection of energy, economy, and environment.
     
  2. Critically evaluate scientific, technological, and economic information and effectively communicate it to audiences engaged in global sustainable energy policy.
     
  3. Apply qualitative skills to collect and interpret policy-relevant, information to improve international governance of energy and environment.
     
  4. Collect, organize, and analyze data and policy-relevant information using the quantitative skills essential to problem-solving in international sustainable energy.
     
  5. Create solutions for today’s most critical challenges to global sustainable energy both through independent research and working in teams.