Graduate Certificate in Energy Systems Management

The Graduate Certificate in Energy Systems Management is designed for professionals in the engineering, business management and related disciplines who are required to manage organizations faced with complex and rapidly changing energy requirements in the United States and throughout the world. The program provides advanced education across the full spectrum of subjects central to the practice of energy management, including not only the policy, management and high-level technical understanding underlying challenges in the energy management area, but also the statutory and regulatory framework in which they are embedded, as well as social and policy considerations that are critically important in modern society.

Students in the graduate certificate program learn about alternative energy generation and energy resources management and open up new opportunities in a rapidly growing job sector as energy auditors, energy analysts, energy project managers and related positions. Students explore the latest information in energy efficient building design, microgrid, renewable energy development and advanced materials research while learning the economics of energy, the art of managing energy projects, and analytical methods of analyzing the viability and feasibility of energy projects.

GW’s proximity to the federal government, major energy organizations, and high-tech firms in the Washington, D.C. area allows certificate students to integrate their academic study with real-world practical experience and exposure to decision makers and top players in the energy management field.

Certificate Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits, including nine credits in required courses and three credits in elective courses.

Required Courses

  • EMSE 6260 Energy Management
  • EMSE 6285 Analytical Tools for Energy Management
  • EMSE 6200 Policy Factors in Environmental & Energy Management

Electives (choose one)

  • EMSE 6225 Air Quality Management
  • EMSE 6230 Hazardous Waste Management & Cleanup
  • EMSE 6235 Water Quality Management