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Energy Analysis and Policy

Administrative Unit:Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
College/School: Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Minors and Certificates:Graduate/Professional Certificate


Energy plays a crucial role in today's world, yet energy production and consumption pose serious risks to the environment and international security. From energy industries to environmental organizations, the landscape of energy decision-makers is evolving to take these multifaceted issues into account.

The Energy Analysis and Policy certificate (EAP) gives students the skills and knowledge needed by professionals in government, energy companies, consulting firms, and other organizations to address these kinds of concerns. EAP complements the discipline-centered approaches of most graduate degree programs, including those in energy-related fields such as geology, economics, chemistry, engineering, and business.

The program's interdisciplinary curriculum considers a wide range of technical, economic, political, and social factors that shape energy policy formulation and decision-making. It examines current topics in energy resources, energy market structures and practices, traditional public utilities, energy technology, energy and environmental linkages, energy and environmental policy, and energy services. The curriculum also acquaints students with relevant skills: quantitative reasoning, analysis of energy issues, pricing and life-cycle costing, business analysis, and environmental quality assessment.

EAP welcomes applications from students in any graduate degree program at UW–Madison. By entering EAP early in their graduate studies and planning carefully, students often can select courses that satisfy both their degree program and EAP requirements. Generally, applicants to EAP should have completed at least one college-level course in each of the following areas: physical science (physics or chemistry); natural science (biological, environmental, geological, or atmospheric and oceanic); economics; an additional course in social sciences or humanities; and calculus or statistics. Occasionally, students lacking some of the prerequisites are admitted to the program, and the EAP admissions committee recommends courses to make up the deficiencies.

Each EAP student must complete six courses (18 credits): an introductory course; one course each in energy policy, energy economics/business, energy technology, and environmental studies; and a capstone seminar. EAP is not available as a stand-alone graduate degree. Master's and doctoral students who complete the requirements receive a certificate in EAP to supplement their graduate degree, or doctoral students can instead count the program as a distributed minor. Doctoral students cannot claim EAP as both a certificate and a distributed minor. They must choose one or the other.

For more information: Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Academic Programs Office, 70 Science Hall, 550 N Park St, Madison WI 53706-1491; 608-262-7996; fax 608-262-2273; grad@nelson.wisc.edu; nelson.wisc.edu/graduate/energy-analysis-policy/index.php.