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Requirements for the Master in Energy and Environmental Policy

In order to fulfill the requirements for graduation, students must successfully complete 36 credit hours that fulfill university, concentration-specific course requirements and electives, and must maintain a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) in order to graduate. These credit hours include 6  credit hours of Core coursework, at least 6 credit hours under the Methodology requirement, at least 6 credit hours under the Social Science requirement, at least 3 credit hours under the Science, Engineering and Public Policy Requirement and 15 credit hours that could be completed in one of two ways:

  • An Analytical Paper (3 credit hours) + 12 credit hours of Specialization Courses or
  • A Master's Thesis (6 credit hours) + 9 credit hours of Specialization Courses

The Analytical Paper / Master's Thesis and Specialization Coursework will allow for focused study and research in on of the following ENEP Concentrations:

  • Energy Sustainability
  • Water Sustainability
  • Environmental Justice
  • Political Ecology 
  • Global Environments
  • Sustainable Development
  • Other Approved Concentration

Please see Master in Energy and Environmental Policy Handbook for a detailed list of ENEP courses.

Core Coursework

Two seminar courses are required:

  • ENEP 625 Energy Policy & Administration
  • ENEP 810 Political Economy of the Environment

Methods Requirement

Six credits of Methodology coursework are selected from the ENEP approved list (see handbook for complete list).  Other UD courses may be substituted with the prior permission of your faculty advisor and the ENEP Graduate Program Director.

Sample List of Approved Methodology Course

  • ENEP 660                  Engineering Economic Analysis for Sustainable Energy
  • APEC 682                  Spatial Analysis of Natural Resources 
  • ECON 801                  Microeconomics
  • ECON 802                  Macroeconomics
  • ENWC 615                 Wildlife Research Techniques
  • GEOG 604                  GIS for Environmental Research
  • MAST 672                  Applied Policy Analysis
  • POSC 816                   Philosophy of Science and Research Design
  • SOCI 605                    Data Collection and Analysis
  • SOCI 606                    Qualitative Methodology
  • UAPP 691                  Quantitative Analysis in the Public and Non-profit Sectors

Social Science Requirement

Six credits of Social Science coursework are selected from the ENEP approved list (see handbook for complete list).  Other UD courses may be substituted with the prior permission of your faculty advisor and the ENEP Graduate Program Director.

Sample List of Approved Social Science Courses

  • ENEP 626              Climate Change: Science, Policy and Political Economy
  • ENEP 802              Electricity Policy and Planning
  • ENEP 821              Technology, Environment, and Society (TES)
  • ENEP 820              International Perspectives on Energy and Environmental Policy
  • ENEP 824              Sustainable Energy Policy and Planning
  • ENEP 666              Special Problem
  • ENEP 868              Research
  • ENEP 870              Readings
  • ECON 862              Topics in Industrial Organization and Regulation
  • ENWC 613             Wildlife Policy and Administration
  • GEOG 622             Resources, Development and the Environment
  • MAST/ECON 676  Environmental Economics

Science, Engineering and Public Policy Requirement

Students complete the science, engineering and public policy requirement by choosing a three-credit graduate course (including a tutorial course with a number such as 666, 868 or 870) in a natural science or engineering related topic to meet the science, engineering and public policy requirement. The course must be taken with a member of the University's science or engineering faculty and should be linked to the student's research interest

THESIS OR ANALYTICAL PAPER

Each student must complete a 6-credit thesis or 3-credit analytical paper that demonstrates independent critical analysis. (See handbook for complete description)

The analytical paper is prepared under the supervision of the student's faculty advisor, with the additional advice of one other faculty or professional reader (selected by agreement of the student and the advisor). The faculty advisor and reader conduct a defense of the analytical paper and decide the final grade.  The analytical paper focuses on a specific policy issue and is based on independent research by the student.

For the Master's degree with thesis, the student prepares and defends a research thesis. In this case, the student registers for six credits of Master's Thesis.  The thesis is supervised by a committee of three faculty chaired by the student's faculty advisor.

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Graduate Education in Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Energy and Environmental Policy Program
  • 278 Graham Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-0950
  • Enep-contact@udel.edu