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Energy and Environmental Policy 4+1 Program

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Accelerated ENEP BS/MS 4+1 Degree

The accelerated ENEP 4+1 BS/MS degree allows advanced undergraduate students to complete a Master's degree in Energy and Environmental Policy while completing the requirements for the ENEP Bachelor's degree. 

Program Highlights:

  • Qualified students are admitted to the ENEP 4+1 program in the third year of undergraduate study;
  • Students take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework as part of the ENEP undergraduate degree;
  • Select ENEP courses dual-count for both the undergraduate and graduate degrees;
  • Completion of the ENEP B.S. and M.S. degrees as part of the 4+1 program is typically 5 years in total.
Required Coursework while pursuing the ENEP BS degree:

The ENEP 4+1 BS/MS degree allows students to take 12 graduate credits (4 classes) while pursuing the undergraduate degree. These credits will be dual-counted towards both the B.S. and M.S. degrees.  The 4+1 program also allows stuidents to take 3 additional graduate credits (1 class) while pursuing the undergraduate degree that will count only for graduate credit towards the M.S. degree.  A more detailed breakdown is provided on the ENEP BS, MEEP, and 4+1 Plan Comparison Chart.

The following courses should be taken during the undergraduate portion of the program:

  1. ENEP 625: Energy Policy and Administration (3 credits) dual counted w/ ENEP 425;
  2. ENEP 810: Political Economy of the Environment (3 credits) dual counted w/ ENEP 410;
  3. One graduate ENEP course (3 credits) that satisfies either the Methodology or the Social Science or the Science, Engineering and Policy requirements that will be dual counted;*
  4. One graduate Non-ENEP course (3 credits) that satisfies either the Methodology or the Social Science or the Science, Engineering and Policy requirements that will be dual counted;
  5. One additional ENEP or Non-ENEP graduate course (3 credits). *This course will not be  dual-counted for the undergraduate degree.

**Please see the ENEP MEEP graduate handbook for a list of approved classes

Overall, students pursuing the ENEP Bachelors of Science degree will be able to complete 15 credits of graduate work, 12 of which will be dual counted for both the B.S. and M.S. degrees.  Students are required to attain a grade of B or better in the two core required courses (ENEP 625 and ENEP 810), a grade of B- or better in all other graduate coursework, and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.  

Required Coursework after completing the ENEP BS degree:

Upon completion of the ENEP Bachelor of Science degree, students will need to take an additional 21 graduate credits in the remaining year of graduate work.  Students will work closely with a graduate advisor in selecting courses these courses. 

The following courses should be taken in your last year of graduate work:

  1. Methodology and Social Science and Science, Engineering and Policy requirements as specified in the MEEP handbook.
  2. ENEP 872: Analytical Paper for 3 credits or ENEP 869: Master's Thesis for 6 credits.    

At the end of one year of graduate study, students will have completed 36 total graduate credits and will have successfully attained the a Master's in Energy and Environmental Policy. 

Getting Started

If you are interested in applying for the ENEP 4+1 BS/MS degree you should express your interest to your undergraduate advisor in the ENEP program or get in touch with the ENEP 4+1 program director Dr. Shah at


Admissions Criteria

The following criteria are set up to ensure that the ENEP 4+1 Program can meet its academic and research goals while being responsive to the diverse background of prospective students.  They are intended to assess a prospective student's motivation, interest and ability to perform successfully in the ENEP 4+1 Program.

  • The ENEP 4+1 BS/MS is only available to undergraduate students at the University of Delaware that are currently enrolled in the Energy and Environmental Policy (ENEP) Program;
  • You should apply to the program after completing your Sophomore year at UD and 60 credits of coursework;
  • Those admitted to the ENEP 4+1 BS/MS must complete all of the requirements for  the undergraduate degree;
  •  Those admitted to the ENEP 4+1 BS/MS will typically have a 3.0 or higher GPA; and
  • A University of Delaware Application package must be completed.
ENEP 4+1 Application Process

Applications for the ENEP 4+1 Program are due not later than November 1.  You must apply by no later than the fall of your junior year in order to complete the requirements for the dual degree on time.

The following application materials are required:

  • A completed University of Delaware graduate application.  You can access an application at;
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one must come from a faculty member in the ENEP Program);
  • A current and comprehensive UD unofficial undergraduate transcript;
  • A 1,000 word statement of personal interest and objectives; and
  • GRE scores.*

*Applicants should take the GRE by no later than December of their Junior year.  The GRE requirement can be waived for those students with a GPA of 3.5 or greater.   




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Energy and Environmental Policy 4+1 Program
  • Energy and Environmental Policy Program
  • 278 Graham Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-0950