EE Program Description

Thanks for your interest in the Energy & Environment program. As one of eight available concentrations in the two-year residential Master of Environmental Management (MEM) program, EE focuses on leading the transition to a more sustainable energy future. 


We endeavor to give EE students:

  • A broad perspective on the current energy system and future alternatives.
  • A fundamental understanding of science & technology as it relates to energy and environment.
  • Background in the economics, policy, and business of energy.
  • First-hand exposure to the energy sector and energy leaders.
  • Critical skills in data analysis and modeling.
  • Experience with communication, facilitation, project management, and teamwork.


The EE curriculum will introduce you to the entire energy system and help you see how different aspects interact to enable and constrain change. Our curriculum leaves plenty of room for you to customize your educational experience to meet your interests and career goals, whether they involve business strategy, policy development, or energy system design.

Through our required and elective courses you will gain awareness of how the current energy system operates and an ability to evaluate claims about what is possible going forward, as well as an understanding of the economic, regulatory, and behavioral levers of change. In addition, you’ll gain hands-on experience using cutting-edge analytical tools and energy modeling frameworks and develop the professional skills needed to lead change in a variety of roles and organizations. 


The MEM degree requires a minimum of 48 credit hours and is usually completed in four semesters. A typical EE curriculum consists of the following components: 

  • Four courses/tutorials required for all MEM students (6-8 credit hours)
  • One Core Course (3 credit hours minimum)
  • Two Science & Technology Courses (6 credit hours minimum)
  • Three Markets & Policy Courses (6 credit hours minimum)
  • Three Tools Courses (9 credit hours minimum)
  • Two Energy Electives (6 credit hours minimum)
  • Master’s Project (4-6 credit hours)
  • Additional electives to meet the 48-credit hour minimum for degree completion 

See EE Prerequisites & Course Requirements for example courses and specific requirements. 


Applications are accepted through early January of each year for fall enrollment. Spring enrollment is not offered at this time. See Application Materials & Requirements for further details and application materials. 


If you’re still deciding whether EE is right for you, feel free to get in touch. Check out our Faculty List to find someone who shares your interests, send your questions to our Program Chair, or contact the Admissions Office. We’re happy to help. 

You can also see what our alumni are up to at our EE Alumni page