Energy Policy Certificate

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Program Information

Demand is increasing for a trained energy workforce in Washington in an emerging clean energy economy, including growing energy efficiency, grid modernization, and energy storage industries in the state. Success in this growing field requires an understanding of the policy context of energy-related decision making. 


We want to give students knowledge and an understanding of economic, law, and public policy issues associated with the formation and analysis of energy-related policies, programs, and incentives.  

Application Requirements

  • Current graduate students adding the certificate to their in-progress master's degree apply here.
  • New applicants must complete the Graduate School's ApplyWeb application and pay the $100 application fee.
  • Within the application you will be prompted to upload an unofficial transcript from each institution attended.
  • Additional application materials for all applicants are specified below. Applications will not be forwarded to the department for review until all required materials have been received by the Graduate School.
  • International Applicants: Please review the requirements for Degree Equivalency and English Language Proficiency. This program is delivered online and may not meet student VISA requirements.
  • Admission to the certificate is based on available space with first preference given to students pursuing graduate studies or careers in energy policy, analysis, and planning. 

Additional Application Requirement

  • Submit a statement of purpose that briefly summarizes your prior exposure, either via employment or university coursework, to energy systems, energy policy, or policy analysis, and please include your expectations or aspirations for your future in this field following completion of the certificate.

Financial Information

This certificate program is not eligible for federal student aid, but there are other funding options you may want to explore. If, however, these classes are taken in conjunction with the requirements for an MA or MS degree program, federal student aid may be applied toward your tuition costs.