The Energy Analysis and Policy certificate (EAP) provides students with the opportunity to customize their graduate experience, adding energy training to any graduate degree program offered at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Graduate students can complete the EAP certificate by selecting courses that meet both their degree and EAP requirements. As such, most students can add EAP onto a degree without any additional time or cost. Many prospects choose UW–Madison specifically to participate in the EAP program, while others join EAP upon learning about it after matriculation.

Since its formation in 1980, EAP has provided students with the skills and knowledge needed by professionals in government, energy companies, consulting firms, and other organizations. EAP draws students from across campus. Particularly large student groups from public policy, environmental studies, engineering, and urban planning pursue the certificate because of the program's interdisciplinary curriculum which considers a wide range of technical, economic, political, and social factors that shape energy policy formulation and decision-making.

Generally, applicants to EAP should have completed at least one college-level course in each of the following areas: physical science (physics or chemistry); natural science (biological, environmental, geological, or atmospheric and oceanic); economics; an additional course in social sciences or humanities; and calculus or statistics. Occasionally, students lacking some prerequisites are admitted to the program, and the EAP admissions committee recommends courses to make up deficiencies.


Anyone currently enrolled as a graduate student at UW–Madison may apply to EAP by submitting a special application (click on the link below), a one- to two-page statement of interest, and a current UW–Madison transcript; and by asking the student's home department to send copies of his or her Graduate School application, GRE test results, transcripts, and letters of reference to the EAP certificate program's admissions committee c/o the Academic Programs Office, 70 Science Hall.


All materials submitted in hard copy should be mailed or delivered to:

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Attn: Jim Miller, Academic Programs Office
70 Science Hall, 550 N Park St
Madison WI 53706-1491

All materials submitted electronically (excluding those submitted through the Graduate School's online application) can be sent to the Nelson Institute's general graduate programs email address.


Applications to EAP may be submitted at any time, but applicants are advised to check with the Academic Programs Office, 70 Science Hall, for relevant deadlines.

Required Courses
ENVIR ST/​PUB AFFR/​URB R PL  809 Introduction to Energy Analysis and Policy3
ENVIR ST/​PUB AFFR/​URB R PL  810 Energy Analysis Seminar3
Energy Technology3
Choose one of the following:
Energy Resources
Economic and Environmental Aspects of Nuclear Energy
Renewable Energy Systems
Solar Energy Technology
Electric Power Processing for Alternative Energy Systems
Special Topics in Chemical Engineering (Topic: Energy and Sustainability)
Biorefining: Energy and Products from Renewable Resources
Special Topics in Materials Science and Engineering (Topic: Materials for Harnessing Energy)
Special Topics in Geotechnical Engineering (Topic: Wind Energy Site/Design)
Energy Economics and Business3
Choose one of the following:
Energy Economics
Benefit-Cost Analysis
Frontiers in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 1
Special Topics (Topic: Climate Change Economics)
Special Topics (Topic: Bioengineering and Sustainability)
Natural Resource Economics
Energy Policy3
Choose one of the following:
Global Environmental Governance
Special Topics: Social Perspectives in Environmental Studies (Topic: Introduction to Air Quality)
Government and Natural Resources
Regulated Industries
Resources Policy Issues: Regional and National
Environmental Studies3
Choose one of the following:
Special Topics (Topic: Agroecosystems and Global Change)
Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Pollution
Air Pollution and Human Health
Air Pollution Effects, Measurement and Control
Total Credits18

Faculty executive program committee

Paul Wilson (Certificate Chairperson), Alan Carroll, Xiaodong Du, Tracey Holloway, Bernard Lesieutre, Gregory Nemet, Jonathan Patz, Douglas Reinemann, Scott Williams, Paul Zedler (Ex Officio)