Program Details

Students gain an understanding of the grid, historically and today; electricity markets; electricity production, efficiency, and conservation; governance, risk, and compliance (GRC); environmental impacts and constraints from energy; and the policy environment. They develop skills in strategic management, communication, change management, stakeholder engagement, and critical and systems thinking.

Our interdisciplinary program features small class sizes and opportunities for research, internships, and professional engagement.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • utilize principles and processes of whole systems to understand how the energy system impacts and is related to the ecological system and the social system.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the energy policy and market environments and their impact on energy consumption and production.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the human dimension of energy systems including managing for change, stakeholder engagement, and customer engagement.
  • communicate skillfully through written reports and oral presentations in styles relevant to the energy field.
  • utilize critical analysis to understand why the current electricity generation and distribution system evolved and how to move it towards the 21st-century grid.

Program Highlights

  • Classes are taught by full-time faculty, as well as by part-time faculty who have experiential knowledge in the energy sector.
  • We host guest speakers representing many aspects of the industry-government, utilities, NGOs, private firms.
  • Evening classes are held at USF’s downtown San Francisco campus at 101 Howard Street. Saturday classes are held at the main campus.


Main Campus, Downtown

Program of Study

Students have the option to complete the program in 18 months (full time) or two years (students working full time).



* Choose one option. The internship option can be completed in the summer or fall.

** Opportunities for Community Projects (1) will vary throughout the program.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated April 1, 2019
This course is Campus based
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18 - 24 months
22,780 USD
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