Credits required
18 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 18 quarter credits are equal to 12 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$560 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy – Online


Rooted in sociology, economics, political science and various natural resource sciences, Oregon State’s energy policy graduate certificate offers valuable, interdisciplinary insights into complex challenges involving energy resources.

All core classes are taught by Ph.D. faculty in OSU’s School of Public Policy who are subject matter experts in their disciplines. You’ll learn from industry experts who are at the forefront of research related to public policy, energy conservation and energy public policy.

Pathway to a Master or Executive Master of Public Policy

You can transfer the credits you earn in this graduate certificate toward OSU's online Master or Executive Master of Public Policy. Successful completion of the certificate or its courses does not guarantee admission to the MPP or EMPP program.

Required courses (10 credits)

  • PS 573 – U.S. Energy Policy (4)
  • PS 578 – Renewable Energy Policy (4)
  • PPOL 501 – Research and Scholarship (2)

Elective courses (8 credits)

Choose from a collection of electives for a total of 8 credits to fulfill the program’s 18-credit minimum. View the list of electives and curriculum details on Oregon State’s academic catalog.

Additional program features


The PPOL 501 required course is a capstone in which you will complete an energy policy analysis under the guidance of the energy policy certificate coordinator.


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization to operate in your state.

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