Certificate in Energy Management & Policy

Open the door to a career in energy with a respected credential built on targeted coursework.

Student presenting at the Kleinman Center
Jump start your energy career with a Certificate in Energy Management and Policy

Certificate Design

Penn graduate students who wish to earn the Certificate in Energy Management and Policy must successfully complete ENMG 5020: 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.

There 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.

“I loved that the certificate program fosters a diversity of thought and pushes you to take classes from other schools to broaden your perspective.”

— Hayley McCurdy (MES’20)


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 2022 Admission: November 1, 2022
  • Fall 2022 Admission: January 12, 2023


Students at the Weitzman School

Complete the certificate program application and send it to the Weitzman School admissions office (110 Meyerson Hall or admissions@design.upenn.edu).

Students at Other Schools

Complete the certificate program application via ApplyWeb. To receive a fee waiver code, contact the Weitzman School admissions office prior to submission.

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

“I’ll graduate with a master of environmental studies degree, but my experience with the Kleinman Center feels like a second master’s degree.”

— Brandon Burke (MES’18)


Introduction to Energy Policy

ENMG 5020

Shelley Welton

This course provides an advanced introduction to the design and delivery of energy policy at various levels of government in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Required Course

  • ENMG 5020: Introduction to Energy Policy

ENMG 5020 is only offered intermittently and there are no substitutions available. It is recommended that you take this course as soon as possible.

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
  • CBE 505: Carbon Capture
  • CBE 545 Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage

Courses by Track

(Choose three from a single track)

  • BEPP 761: Risk Analysis and Environmental Management
  • BEPP 763: Energy Markets & Policy
  • BEPP 805: Risk Management
  • EAS 506: Electricity and Systems Markets
  • ENMG 508: Geopolitics of Energy in Russia and Eurasia
  • FNCE 756: Energy Finance
  • GAFL 514: Public Finance and Public Policy
  • GAFL 621: Public Economics
  • OIDD 5250: Thinking with Models

  • 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
  • OIDD 5250: Thinking with Models
  • URBS 417: Cities and Sustainability

  • EAS 503: Energy Systems and Policy
  • ENVS 620: Developing Environmental Policy
  • ENMG 508: Geopolitics of Energy in Russia and Eurasia
  • 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

Your certificate courses can double count with your degree requirements, provided you have approval from your home department.

Students Admitted Before 2020

Students admitted to the certificate before 2020 are able to follow the old certificate design. This includes taking ENMG 5020: Introduction to Energy Policy and any 4 other courses from any of the above tracks. For these students, MEAM 502: Energy Engineering and MSE 545: Energy Storage & Technology can be taken for credit.


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 Oscar Serpell 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 student’s chosen track. Please note that following the redesign of the certificate, the Kleinman Center will be more cautious about approving courses that are not pre-approved.

For questions about the certificate program, please contact Oscar Serpell.

The certificate program exposed me to a cross-section of courses from different departments. Being able to think like an engineer, a lawyer, or a designer gives me an interdisciplinary perspective and helps me be nimble.

Miriam Posner (MPA’16)