Master of Science in Energy Policy and Climate

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Learn to Shape Sustainable Energy Policies to Protect Our Planet

Help preserve the future of our planet with the Master of Science in Energy Policy and Climate program from Johns Hopkins University’s Advanced Academic Programs division. This degree will position you to make an impact as society shifts toward sustainable sources of energy and works to moderate climate change. Our degree offers five optional focus areas in Energy, Climate Change, Policy, Social Perspectives in Climate and Energy, or Modeling. As you move through the degree program, you can take advantage of many benefits:

  • Learn to navigate the delicate balance between the changing environment and an energy-dependent society.
  • Study the science behind renewable energy and the challenges climate change poses to the planet.
  • Gain the necessary skills to join one of the fastest-growing industries in the country.
  • Succeed in flexible online and on-site courses designed for working professionals.

In addition to a foundation in climate science and a firm grasp on energy law and policy, our degree program provides opportunities for field studies, international studies, and an immersive capstone research project.

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Professional Opportunities

Careers in the energy and environmental policy sector grew by 12.4% between 2015 and 2019 and account for 5.4% of the U.S. workforce.1 Earning this degree will enable you to make a difference in many career paths, such as an environmental scientist or specialist, environmental engineer, economist, field technician, and corporate sustainability manager/director.

Focus Areas Relevant to Your Career

Deepen your expertise in areas that match your interests with one of five optional focus areas. You will learn from faculty who built climate policy acumen through careers in the public and private sectors.

The energy focus area integrates a broad range of ideas from science, engineering, and economics, enabling you to analyze the impact of existing and emerging energy technologies. Plus, study various power generation technologies, power markets, and developments in the power industry.

In the climate focus area, courses cover climate policy, analytical approaches to climate-based decisions, and the impact that cities have on climate change. You will also examine the potential effects of global climate change on human health.

Engage in an in-depth exploration of policies relating to global energy consumption, power system technology, and the international response to climate change. You can also take a multidisciplinary approach to the study of offshore energy analysis.

In the modeling focus area, you will learn diverse climate modeling techniques as you study the latest developments in the power industry, such as smart grid, microgrid, distributed energy resources, and other topics. Choose from industry-focused electives to individualize your degree for your career objectives.

This focus area lets you examine how energy and climate policies impact societies. For instance, you will learn how conducting social science research can strengthen policymaking and explore ways that human behavior influences the communication of policies. Plus, get a real-world view of the complex factors affecting efforts to turn the tide of rising sea levels.

Not quite what you are looking for? Explore our other programs in environmental science, energy policy and technology.


  1. “The 2020 U.S. Energy & Employment Report.” Energy Futures Initiative and the National Association of State Energy Officials. Retrieved 23 September 2020 from
  1. “The 2020 U.S. Energy & Employment Report.” Energy Futures Initiative and the National Association of State Energy Officials. Retrieved 23 September 2020 from