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Requirements for the Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy

The following coursework is required to earn a Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware. Please refer to the Ph.D. Handbook for an in-depth explanation of the program.

Core Coursework

First Year Theory Courses: 6 credits

Students are required to take the folowing 3-credit seminars:

  • ENEP 821 Technology, Environment and SocietyENEP 820 International Perspectives on Energy & Environmental Policy

Methods Requirement: 6 credits

Methodology courses are selected from the following:

  • ECON 801 Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 802 Macroeconomic Theory
  • ENWC 615 Wildlife Research Techniques
  • FREC 682 Special Analysis of Natural Resources
  • GEOG 670 Geographic Information Systems and Science
  • GEOG 671 Advanced Geographic Info Systems
  • MAST 681 Remote Sensing of Environment
  • ORES 801 Optimization Models & Methods
  • POSC 816 Advanced Social Research
  • UAPP/POSC 801 Processes of Social Inquiry
  • UAPP 816 Advanced Social Statistics

For individuals with strong backgrounds in economics, the following three credit methods courses may be added to the above list for selection:

  • ECON 810 Mathematics for Economists
  • ECON 822 Econometric Theory
  • ECON 823 Seminar in Econometrics

Social Science Requirement: 6 credits

Courses satisfying the Social Science Requirement include: See Ph.D. Handbook for complete details.

  • ENEP 625 Energy Policy and Administration
  • ENEP 626 Climate Change: Science, Policy and Political Economy
  • ENEP 802 Electricity Policy and Planning
  • ENEP 810 Political Economy of the Environment
  • ENEP 824 Sustainable Energy Policy and Planning
  • ENEP 666 Special Problem (Multiple topis offered)
  • ENEP 868 Research (Multiple topis offered)
  • ECON 862 Topics in Industrial Organization and Regulation
  • GEOG 622 Resources, Development and the Environment
  • MAST670 U.S. Ocean and Costal Policy
  • MAST/ECON 675 Economics of Natural Resources
  • MAST/ECON 676 Environmental Economics
  • MAST 677 International Ocean & Environmental Policy
  • POSC 656 Politics and Disaster
  • POSC/UAPP 818 Environmental Policy and Administration
  • POSC/SOCI 866 Special Problem: Issues in Disaster Research
  • POSC/ENEP 868 Research: Environmental Policy
  • POSC/ENEP 870 Readings: Environmental Policy
  • SOCI 671 Disasters, Vulnerability and Development
  • UAPP 611 Regional Watershed Management
  • UAPP/GEOG 628 Issues in Land Use and Environmental Planning

Note: Not all courses on the above list are offered annually.

Science, Engineering and Public Policy Requirement: 3 credits

Students complete the science, engineering and public policy requirement by choosing a three-credit graduate course (including tutorial courses 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. Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • BISC 631 Practice of Science
  • BISC 637 Population Ecology
  • BREG 666 Special Problem: Science & Engineering Aspects of Agricultural Systems
  • BREG 666 Special Problem: Science & Engineering Aspects of Water Systems
  • CIEG 632 Chemical Aspects: Environmental Engineering
  • CIEG 636 Biological Aspects: Environmental Engineering
  • CIEG 654 Urban Transportation Planning
  • ELEG 620 Solar Electric Systems: Engineering and Science Aspects
  • ELEG 628 Solar Energy Technology and Applications
  • ENWC 620 Behavioral Ecology
  • MAST 606 Ocean & Atmosphere Remote Sensing

Concentration or Specialization Requirement: 15 credits 

  • ENEP 863 Doctoral Research Paper (3 credits)
  • Courses not taken from the Social Science list above can be used to build a concentration/specialization. Other coursework can be included with the approval of the student’s advisor.

Qualifying Examination in Theory, Methodology and Policy Analysis

Doctoral students are required to stand for and pass the Qualifying Examination in Theory, Methodology and Policy Analysis at the conclusion of the first year of study. The Examination is prepared by a committee of the ENEP core faculty and is chaired by the ENEP program director. Students receiving a conditional pass or failing grade cannot continue further in the program until they have achieved a passing grade (based either on completion of remedial work or re-examination, as specified by the examination committee). Only one re-examination is permitted.

Doctoral Dissertation

  • ENEP 969 Doctoral research supervision (9 credits)
  • ENEP 863 Doctoral Research Paper (3 credits)

The Ph.D. in ENEP is awarded upon the successful defense of the dissertation before a committee of four faculty, two of whom – including the chair – must be selected from the core faculty of the ENEP Program. At least one committee member must be selected from non-ENEP core faculty and may hold an appointment from another institution. It is expected that an external faculty member from another institution with expertise in the regional focus of the dissertation will be selected when the research concerns an international topic. The defense of the dissertation is conducted as a public examination. The committee must determine that the work represents a distinctive contribution to the field and meets standards of scholarship and research expected for the award of a Ph.D. in the field.

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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