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Certificate in Energy Management and Policy

Our new three-track design allows students to select a concentration. Students admitted prior to 2020 need not adhere to this design, but are welcome to take any of the newly added courses. MEAM 502 and MSE 545 are not part of the new curriculum, but students admitted prior to 2020 can take these classes for credit.

Our Certificate in Energy Management  and Policy opens the door to a career in energy—with a respected credential built on targeted coursework.


The certificate is available to all of Penn’s currently enrolled graduate students, but is aimed at those in the following programs:

  • Law—JD
  • Law—Master in Law
  • SAS—Master of Applied Geosciences
  • SAS—Master of Environmental Studies
  • SAS—Master of Public Administration  
  • SEAS—Master of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
  • Weitzman School—Master of City and Regional Planning
  • Wharton—MBA

Designed to complement the curricula of the above programs, this certificate provides an understanding of relevant topics in energy policy and the analytic skills necessary for policy development and implementation. Recipients will be well-suited for work in government organizations, think tanks, and NGOs.    


  • Spring 2021: November 6, 2020
  • Fall 2021:  January 11, 2021


Students currently enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design: please complete the application for certificate programs and return to the Admissions Office, 110 Meyerson Hall or electronically with your statement of interest to

Students with a home school other than Weitzman School: please complete the application via ApplyWeb. Please note that students completing a ApplyWeb application should contact the Weitzman admissions office prior to submitting their application to receive a fee waiver code.

Note: Students must be currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania to pursue the certificate.

Certificate Design

Penn graduate students who wish to earn the Certificate in Energy Management and Policy must successfully complete ENMG 502: Introduction to Energy Policy, one foundation course selected from a preapproved list of four courses, and three courses within one of the three concentration tracks: Energy Markets, Risk and Finance, Regional Energy Planning, or Energy Law and Policy. This is a total of five course units to complete the certificate. Students are highly encouraged to participate in an applied learning experience to complement their discipline-centered course work, though it is not a requirement. 


Students may petition to count a course not currently listed on the approved list toward the certificate requirement. All petitions must be submitted in writing to Cornelia Colijn ( and should include the course description and full syllabus, in addition to a summary of the main learning outcomes of the class, prepared by the student. For students admitted after 2019, petitions must also make the case for why the course is relevant for the students chosen track. Please not that following the redesign of the certificate, the Kleinman Center will be more cautious about approving courses that are not pre-approved.


Required Course

  • ENMG 502: Introduction to Energy Policy

Foundation Courses (Choose One)

  • ENMG 507: Ideas in Energy Policy
  • ENVS 644: Energy, Waste, and the Environment
  • ENMG 503: Topics in Energy Policy: Emerging Ideas in Energy
  • EAS 505: Climate Policy and Technology

Track Courses (Choose Three From Within a Single Track)

Track: Energy Markets, Risk, and Finance
  • BEEP 761: Risk Analysis and Environmental Management
  • BEPP 763: Energy Markets & Policy
  • BEPP 805: Risk Management
  • FNCE 756: Energy Finance
  • GAFL 514: Public Finance and Public Policy 
  • GAFL 621: Public Economics
  • EAS 506: Electricity and Systems Markets
  • OIDD 5XX: Thinking with Models
Track: Regional Energy Planning
  • CPLN 531: Introduction to Environmental Planning & Policy
  • CPLN 750: Advanced Transportation Seminar: Air Transportation Planning
  • CPLN 730: Sustainable Cities
  • ESE 520: Agent Based Modeling and Simulation
  • LARP 780: Topics in Theory and Design
  • URBS 417: Cities and Sustainability
  • OIDD 5XX: Thinking with Models
Track: Energy Law and Policy
  • ENVS 620: Developing Environmental Policy
  • LAW 634: Environmental Law
  • LAW 695: Land Use Law
  • LAW 919: Energy Law and Climate Change
  • LAW 931: Regulatory Law and Policy
  • LAW 985: Oil and Gas Law 
  • LGST 815: Environmental Management: Law and Policy
  • EAS 503: Energy Systems and Policy

**MEAM 502: Energy Engineering and MSE 545: Energy Storage & Technology will no longer be approved for the new design but can still be taken for credit by students admitted prior to 2020.