Energy Analysis and Policy

Contacts: Greg Nemet (Associate Professor and Chair); Richard Shaten (Program Coordinator); Jim Miller (Graduate Advisor), (608) 263-4373

Energy plays a crucial role in today's world, yet energy production and consumption pose serious risks to the environment and international security. From energy industries to environmental organizations, the landscape of energy decision-makers is evolving to take these multifaceted issues into account.

Energy Analysis and Policy (EAP) is an optional graduate-level certificate or Ph.D. minor that gives students the knowledge and skills needed to become leaders in industry, government, consulting, and key energy fields.

EAP's interdisciplinary curriculum considers technical, economic, political, and social factors that shape energy policy formulation and decision-making. It examines current topics in energy resources, energy market structures and practices, traditional public utilities, energy technology, energy and environmental linkages, energy and environmental policy, and energy services. The curriculum also acquaints students with relevant skills: quantitative reasoning, analysis of energy issues, pricing and life-cycle costing, business analysis, and environmental quality assessment.

The Nelson Institute's Environment and Resources program provides complete curriculum overlap with the EAP certificate. EAP can be used to complement any graduate degree program related to energy resources, distribution, use, or impacts. A number of graduate programs actively promote their overlap with EAP, including:

Master's-degree students who complete the program receive EAP certificates in addition to their degrees.  Doctoral students can count the program as a distributed minor. EAP is not available as a stand-alone graduate degree.

EAP alumni are employed in the public and private sectors, academia, and the nonprofit world.

Eligibility and Prerequisites

EAP welcomes applications from students in any graduate degree program at UW-Madison. Generally, applicants to EAP should have completed at least one college-level course in each of the following subjects:

  • one college course in physical science (physics or chemistry)
  • one college course in natural science (biology, environmental, geology or atmospheric and oceanic)
  • one college course in economics
  • one additional course in social sciences or humanities
  • one college course in calculus or statistics

Occasionally, students lacking some of the prerequisites are admitted to the program, and the EAP Admissions Committee recommends courses to compensate for deficiencies.