EE Track

Energy & Environment

The EE program focuses on leading the transition to a more sustainable energy future. Taking a holistic view of the entire energy system, our students learn how different forces interact to shape the current energy landscape and enable or constrain future alternatives. EE is one of eight available concentrations in the two-year residential Master of Environmental Management (MEM) program. 


We train our students to become expert problem solvers with the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills needed to lead the transition to a more sustainable energy future. Students enjoy a small class size and low student-faculty ratio as they learn to serve as honest brokers of information and work collaboratively with a wide range of professionals to implement practical solutions to energy and environmental concerns.

Forging a Sustainable Future: Jessica McDonald Believes in Creating Access to Renewable Energy


You’ll work closely with your faculty advisor to select courses that best align with your interests and career goals. Through our required and elective courses you will gain awareness of how the current energy system operates, an ability to critically evaluate future energy alternatives, and an understanding of the economic, regulatory, and behavioral levers of change. You’ll also gain hands-on experience using cutting-edge analytical tools and develop the professional skills needed to lead change in a variety of roles and organizations. 

Duke University Energy Conference: Fireside Chat with David Brewster, President, EnerNOC


EE alumni career paths are as diverse as our students. The Nicholas School’s dedicated Career Center has helped our graduates find fulfilling positions in a range of sectors and roles, including enabling private-sector firms to think strategically about trends in science, technology, and policy; helping government and advocacy groups design and implement new programs; and working with regulatory and research groups to assess policy compliance and effectiveness. 



Find out if our program is right for you. Feel free to contact us with questions.  
•  Full Program Description
•  Prerequisites & Required Courses
•  How to Apply


Welcome to the family! Here are some resources to get you started. 

•   Before You Arrive
•   When You Arrive
•   Student Advising
•   Curriculum Planning Spreadsheet
•   Master’s Projects

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    Tim Johnson (left), EE Program Chair

    “We educate students who can speak to experts in energy economics and finance, environmental policy and regulation, and cutting-edge science and engineering, and make connections that specialists might miss."

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    Debbie Breisblatt MEM/MBA ’12, Director of Key Accounts, SoCore Energy LLC

    "The Nicholas School provided me access to cutting-edge environmental research and opportunities to apply what I was learning in the classroom to real-word problems."



“When you come to the Nicholas School to study energy and the environment, you will find a strong community of scholars, practitioners, and students devoted to advancing our understanding of energy issues and developing solutions to the problems we face. And when you come to the Nicholas School, you also come to Duke and are able to take advantage of all that the university has to offer. In particular, Duke’s Energy Initiative provides frequent opportunities to interact with peers from across campus, as well as with leaders from outside Duke. The program sponsors classes, field trips, and networking events that provide an invaluable complement to all that you learn in your course and project work.”

Timothy L. Johnson
EE Program Chair
Associate Professor of the Practice in Energy and the Environment
(919) 681-9339 


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