MSEEM Curriculum

The Master of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management (MSEEM) is designed to have a professional focus in Sustainable Energy & Environmental Management.

The MSEEM can be completed either full time (4-4-2 courses in a single year) or part time (2-2-1 courses each year for 2 years).

To earn the MSEEM degree, students are required to complete 30 credit hours consisting of 5 key elements:

  • Two Required Courses
  • Two courses from Methods Electives
  • Three courses from the Sustainable Energy & Environmental Management Electives
  • One course from the Policy & Management Electives
  • Capstone Research/Project Paper

Curriculum Details

Illustrative Curriculum, One Year, Full Time

Fall Semester – Total Semester Credit Hours:  12

  • PUBP 8833 Sustainable Energy & Environmental Management (Required Course) 
    • Topics to be covered will include the Tragedy of the Commons; Complex Socio-ecological systems; Defining Sustainability & Sustainable Development; Defining Institutions; Action Arenas; Social Dilemmas; Big Debates & Discourses; and Energy Fundamentals. Bureaucratic Management/Command and Control/ Deliberative Democracy/Participatory Models/Market – based solutions/Corporate Social Responsibility and Voluntary Initiatives will also be discussed.

  • PUBP 8833 Utility Regulation & Policy (Sustainable Energy & Environmental Management Elective)
    • This course covers governance and policy issues impacting electricity and water systems. It will include approaches to integrated resource planning, rules around solar integration, rate setting including dynamic rates and smart meters, decoupling of sales from profits, and modeling tools that support regulation and utility planning including the National Energy Modeling System. The focus will be on U.S. systems, but there will be some case study coverage of several European countries as well as China.
  • PUBP 8803 Cost Benefit Analysis (Methods Elective)
    • This course provides an introduction to theory and methods used for Cost-Benefit analysis.
  • PUBP 6300 Earth Systems (Sustainable Energy & Environmental Management Elective)
    • Describes the scientific principles and interactions that make up the Earth's environmental system. The course examines the interaction of natural and human influences that shape the development and operation of the Earth system and how public and private decision-making impacts this system.

Spring Semester – Total Semester Credit Hours:  12

  • PUBP 6312 Economics of Environmental Policy (Required Courses)
    • This course addresses key concepts in environmental economics, including externalities, efficiency, social welfare and environmental quality as a public good. Addresses environmental problems (i.e., water resources, air quality, urbanization) and vehicles of collective environmental action.
  • PUBP 6701 Energy Technology and Policy (Sustainable Energy & Environmental Management Elective)
    • This course examines energy production, use, and policy using quantitative engineering and policy analysis. Addresses resource constraints, physical principles, and policy analysis methods.
  • PUBP 8813 Big Data & Public Policy (Methods Elective)
    • This course will provide an introduction to data science tools and methodologies for social science applications. Students will learn to conduct experiments and to identify causal mechanisms in large-scale social and administrative data.
  • PUBP 6354 Climate Policy (Policy & Management Elective)
    • Climate change is a global problem requiring unprecedented international cooperation and interdisciplinary investigation. This course aims to address the whole complexity of climate change, by bringing together the science of climate change, the analysis of impacts, and the economic, political and engineering strategies to reduce emissions. In class we will look from these different perspectives to answer to the following questions: What is Climate Change? How should we respond to Climate Change? This class will be taught as a seminar: students will be actively engaged in exploring the different issues underlying the threat of climate change and the institutions engaged in negotiating an international response.

Summer Semester  Total Semester Credit Hours: 6

  • PUBP 6801 Capstone Research/Project Paper
    • The summer term of the MSEEM will be devoted to the Capstone Project in which students identify and define a real-world problem in the area(s) of energy, sustainability and/or environment and a methodology (from one learned in the methods electives courses) to address the problem. During the identification of the problem and the development of the project, students will apply their knowledge and skills in order to deliver valuable solutions.

Complete List of Courses

Core Courses:

  • PUBP 8803 Sustainable Energy & Environmental Management
  • PUBP 6312 Economics of Environmental Policy

Methods Electives:

  • PUBP 6114 Applied Policy Methods
  • PUBP 8200 Adv Research Methods 1
  • PUBP 8205 Adv Research Methods 2
  • PUBP 8803 Cost Benefit Analysis
  • PUBP 8813 Big Data & Public Policy
  • CEE 6327 Stat Meth Envr Data
  • CEE 6355 Industrial Ecology-EnvE
  • CP 6541 Environmental GIS
  • MGT 6203 Data Analytics in Business
  • MGT 6754 Business Fundamentals for Analytics
  • MSE 6759 Material-Envir Conscious Dgn

Sustainable Energy & Environmental Management Electives:

  • PUBP 6300 Earth Systems
  • PUBP 6310 Environmental Issues
  • PUBP 6315 Environmental Politics and Policy
  • PUBP 6326 Environmental Values and Policy Goals
  • PUBP 6327 Sustainability & Environmental Policy
  • PUBP 6330 Environmental Law
  • PUBP 6350 Energy Policy & Markets
  • PUBP 6701 Energy Technology & Policy
  • PUBP 8803 Environmental Finance
  • PUBP 8803 Sustainability & Environmental Policy
  • PUBP 8803 Smart Cities
  • PUBP 8833 Utility Regulation & Policy
  • AE 8803 Energy Efficiency and Environmental Impacts
  • ARCH 6531 Environmental Systems I
  • CEE 6314 Environmental Modeling
  • CEE 6345 Sustainable Engineering
  • CEE 6390 Air Pollutant Formation & Control
  • CEE 6625 Transportation, Energy, and Air Quality
  • CEE 6790 Air Pollution Physics & Chemistry
  • ChBE 8803 Chem Eng of Energy Systems
  • CHEM 8833 Fundamentals and Challenges for a Sustainable Chemical Enterprise
  • CP 6190 Intro Climate Chng Plan
  • CP 6213 Urb Env Plan & Design
  • CP 6214 Environmental Planning
  • CP 6217 Climate Change & City
  • CP 6233 Sustainable Urban Dev
  • EAS 6132 Intro to Climate Change
  • EAS 6135 Intro Complex Environ Sys
  • EAS 8803 Climate and Global Change
  • EAS 8803 Environmental Geochemistry
  • ECON 6380 Economic of Environment
  • ECON 7032 Macroeconomics of Innovation
  • HTS 6116 Environmental History
  • INTA 8803 Energy & International Security
  • MGT 6369 Sustainable Business Consulting Practicum
  • MGT 6359 Bus Str Sustainability
  • ME 6759 Material-Envir Conscious Dgn

Policy & Management Electives:

  • PUBP 6010 Ethics Epistemology & Public Policy
  • PUBP 6012 Fundamentals of the Policy Process
  • PUBP 6014 Organization Theory
  • PUBP 6017 Public Management
  • PUBP 6116 Microeconomic Policy Analysis
  • PUBP 6118 Public Finance & Policy
  • PUBP 6201 Public Policy Analysis
  • PUBP 6221 Pol and Program Evaluation
  • PUBP 6314 Policy Tools for Environmental Management
  • PUBP 6312 Economics-Environ Policy
  • PUBP 6314 Policy Tools-Environ Mgt
  • PUBP 6326 Environ Values & Policy Goals
  • PUBP 6327 Sustainability & Env Pol
  • PUBP 6330 Environmental Law
  • PUBP 6350 Energy Policy & Markets
  • PUBP 6701 Energy Technol & Policy
  • PUBP 8540 Adv Environmental Policy
  • PUBP 8813 Climate Change Policy
  • CP 6223 Policy Tools-Environ Mgt
  • CP 6261 Environmental Law

Course Subjects

  • Public Policy (PUBP)
  • Aerospace Engineering (AE)
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engr (CHBE)
  • City Planning (CP)
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS)
  • History, Technology & Society (HTS)
  • International Affairs (INTA)
  • Materials Science & Engr (MSE)
  • Architecture (ARCH)
  • Chemistry (CHEM)
  • Civil and Environmental Engr (CEE)
  • Economics (ECON)
  • Industrial & Systems Engr (ISYE)
  • Management (MGT)
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME)