Sustainability Management and Policy Track

The Sustainability Management and Policy Track will create graduates who will lead sustainability project planning and policy development, given the systems approach of sustainability in business and government. The demand is already high for graduate leaders with deep understanding of the science of sustainability, combined with systems acumen to assess risk and plan for renewable energy projects, and communication skills to develop new policy implementation. The expanded fields of renewable energy, energy trading, and sustainability systems management dictate that master's level education be centralized to the science of sustainability, analysis of market and non-market strategies, communication to facilitate energy policy development, and systems thinking approaches to unify the project development approach.

All RESS MPS students are required to take the following "core" courses:

  • EME 504: Foundations in Sustainability Systems (3 cr.)
  • EME 801: Energy Markets, Policy and Regulation (3 cr.)
  • EME 802: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems (3 cr.)
  • BIOET 533: Ethical Dimensions of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (2 cr.)
  • EME 589: Management and Design of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (3 cr.)

Students in the Sustainability Management and Policy Track are required to take the following courses:

  • EME 803: Applied Energy Policy (3 cr.)
  • EME 805: Renewable Energy and Nonmarket Enterprise (3 cr.)
  • BA 850: Sustainability Driven Innovation (3 cr.)
  • EME 807: Technologies for Sustainability Systems (3 cr.)

In addition to the above, students must select 6 credits of electives as part of their program.  Here's the list of approved electives for the this option:

  • A E 862: Distributed Energy Planning and Management (3 cr.)
  • A B E 884 Biomass Energy Systems (3 cr.)
  • EME 810: Solar Resource Assessment and Economics (3 cr.)
  • EME 812: Utility Solar Power and Concentration (3 cr.)
  • MANGT 510: Project Management (3 cr.)* - see note below
  • SCM 800: Supply Chain Management (4 cr.)*

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are offered by programs other than the RESS program.  Student permission and course availability will depend on the program offering the course. To access descriptions of RESS courses, course websites, and the schedule of RESS courses, please visit the Course Schedule page.

NOTE: MANGT 510 is available on a "space available" basis no more than one month prior to the start of the semester. To register, please contact World Campus Registration at Phone: 814-863-5256

In addition to the above pre-approved electives, the following courses, offered by programs other than RESS, may also be possible as electives, based on discussion with your advisor and approval of the program chair, by sending an email petition to

  • AGRO 851: Applied Plant Population Management
  • BRS 896: Independent Studies
  • CEDEV 430: Principles of Local Economic Development**
  • CEDEV 452: Community Structure, Processes and Capacity**
  • CEDEV 500: Community and Economic Development: Theory and Practice**
  • CEDEV 505: Leadership Development**
  • CEDEV 509: Population, Land Use, and Municipal Finance**
  • CEDEV 567: Resilient Communities and Environments**
  • CEDEV 575: Methods and Techniques for Community and Economic Development**
  • EBF 483: Introduction to the Electricity Industry
  • EME 401: Energy in a Changing World
  • EME 444: Global Energy Enterprise
  • ENGR 405: Project Management for Professionals
  • ENGR 501: Engineering Leadership for Corporate Innovation
  • ENGR 802: Engineering Across Cultures and Nations
  • ENGR 804: Engineering Product Innovation
  • GEOG 430: Human Use of the Environment
  • GEOG 431: Geography of Water Resources
  • GEOG 469: Energy Industry Applications of GIS
  • METEO 469: From Meteorology to Mitigation: Understanding Global Warming
  • MGMT 811: Sustainability Strategy Development (3 cr.) - Fall (7 weeks course)
  • MGMT 831: Strategy Implementation and Organizational Change (3 cr.) - Fall
  • SCM 813: Sustainable Supply Chain Management (3 cr.) - Spring (7 weeks course)

Courses marked with two asterisks (**)  require registration by contacting the office for that program, rather than using the university's registration system.

If you have questions about the Sustainability Management and Policy Graduate Option, please contact the option leader, Dr. Erich Schienke at