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Environmental and Energy Policy—PhD Program

The PhD program in Environmental and Energy Policy provides opportunities for conducting interdisciplinary research in support of development that is sustainable and equitable. Your research will contribute to environmental goals such as facilitating the transition to sustainable energy resources, effectively managing the world’s scarce water and other natural resources, and sustaining the ecosystem services upon which we all depend. The opportunities for research exist at many scales, from projects involving local watersheds and urban recycling programs to global supply chains and international treaties.

More specifically, the doctoral degree program trains you to integrate multidisciplinary tools and approaches into research that supports societal decisions involving environmental and energy policy goals and programs. In your coursework, you will be exposed to approaches of various disciplines, such as sociology, geography, anthropology, political science, history, ecological economics, sustainability science, and ecology—all framed within the context of policy analysis and sustainable development.


To be considered for the PhD program in Environmental and Energy Policy, a prospective student must:

  • hold a MS degree in a field related to social sciences, public policy, or the environment, and
  • have completed at least one microeconomics course and one statistics course.

Once admitted to the PhD program, a student will be expected to meet the following requirements:

For a more detailed explanation of the requirements for the doctoral program in Environmental and Energy Policy, review the document EEP Ph.D. Requirements & Policies.

Required Courses

All students must fulfill the following course work requirements:

Additional credits. For a student who is required to register for 36 credits so as to be full-time while in coursework (due to being a supported Research/Teaching Assistant or because of external requirements), six additional credits are available to be taken as research credits, reading courses, or additional electives.

Concentration Areas

All students are encouraged to consider the following three concentration areas to guide their choice of Electives from the Required Courses list above:

Career Pathways

The doctoral degree program prepares students to conduct research in support of societal decisions regarding environmental and energy-policy goals, strategies, and programs, with potential areas of employment being universities, government agencies, industry and consulting firms, and non-profit organizations.