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
$571 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
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 or the rural policy 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 (12 credits)

Choose one of the following two classes.

  • PPOL 511 – Public Organizations and Leadership (4)
  • PPOL 512 – Public Policy Theory (4)

Choose two of following three classes (the class you do not choose can serve as an elective).

  • PS 573 – U.S. Energy Policy (4)
  • PS 578 – Renewable Energy Policy (4)
  • PPOL 541/SOC 582 – Energy, Climate and Society (4)

Elective courses (8 credits)

Choose from a collection of electives for a total of 8 credits to fulfill the program’s 20-credit minimum. View the list of electives and curriculum details on Oregon State’s academic catalog. Courses not on this list can also count toward the certificate with the approval of the Energy Policy certificate program coordinator.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain how public policy impacts energy production and use, and the management of the electric power grid.
  • Evaluate impacts of energy-related policies.
  • Advise decision-makers on how public policies can improve and assist in energy production, use and management to meet environmental and economic objectives.

Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization and compliance.

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