This is a named option within the Agricultural and Applied Economics M.S.

This one-year master's program prepares students for challenging and rewarding careers in the fields of energy, resource, and environmental management. REDA provides graduate training for a smart green world. Our students learn economic theory and quantitative methods in data analysis, attend seminars on current issues in energy & natural resources delivered by industry professionals, and solve real-world research problems. Many REDA alumni are working with energy utilities and energy consulting firms.

Our small class size means students get plenty of individual attention from faculty and staff. The cohort nature of our program fosters peer-to-peer learning and a culture of intellectual curiosity. Completion of this fast track masters requires 31 credits and does not include a thesis. The program begins with a summer online course, continues with two semesters of on campus courses, and concludes with a research project the following summer. Learn more.

Our priority application deadline is January 15th for enrollment the following summer. For details on the REDA Application Process, please go to this link:

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Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and processes related to funding.

Program Resources

Students in the Resource and Energy Demand Analysis program are not permitted to accept tuition-waiving assistantships or seek double or dual degrees.

REDA offers partial scholarships to exceptional applicants. Learn more

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Named Option Requirements


Face to Face Evening/Weekend Online Hybrid Accelerated
No No No Yes Yes

Mode of Instruction Definitions


Minimum Credit Requirement 31 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 16 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement All credits in the curriculum are in graduate-level coursework.
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
Other Grade Requirements Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in any course taken as a graduate student, unless probationary admission conditions require higher grades. Students must earn grades of B or above in the core REDA courses: A A E 636, A A E 772, and A A E 776.
Assessments and Examinations None.
Language Requirements No language requirements.

Required COURSES

Summer Session (Jul–Aug)
A A E 770 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Resource and Energy Economics (Online)3
Fall Semester (Sep–Dec)
A A E 636 Applied Econometric Analysis I3
A A E 771 Microeconomics of Resources and Energy: Theory to Practice3
A A E 777 Survey and Sample Design in Applied Economics2
A A E 773 Seminar in Resource and Energy Demand Analysis1-2
PUB AFFR/​ENVIR ST/​URB R PL  809 Introduction to Energy Analysis and Policy3
Spring Semester (Jan–May)
A A E 772 Applied Econometrics of Resource and Energy Demand4
A A E 773 Seminar in Resource and Energy Demand Analysis1-2
A A E 643 Foundations of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics3
Select one of the following:3
Energy Economics
Natural Resource Economics
A A E 774 Practicum in Resource and Energy Demand Analysis I1
Summer Session (May–Jun)
A A E 776 Practicum in Resource and Energy Demand Analysis II3
Total Credits30-32

Graduate School Policies

The Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures provide essential information regarding general university policies. Program authority to set degree policies beyond the minimum required by the Graduate School lies with the degree program faculty. Policies set by the academic degree program can be found below.

Named Option-Specific Policies

Graduate Program Handbook

The Graduate Program Handbook is the repository for all of the program's policies and requirements.

Prior Coursework

Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master's degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 7 credits of undergraduate coursework numbered 300 or above from UW–Madison. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master's degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison University Special

No credits earned as a UW–Madison University Special student may be applied toward the program requirements.


The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School.


The REDA program director and REDA program coordinator will serve as co-advisors for all REDA students. 


15 credits

Time Constraints

Master's degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.


Students in the Resource and Energy Demand Analysis program are not permitted to accept assistantships or seek double or dual degrees.

Graduate School Resources

Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 

REDA students receive personalized career advice to help them achieve their professional goals. This includes feedback on resumes and cover letters, panel presentations by REDA alumni, and opportunities to network with local and national professionals in the energy and natural resource fields. Employers recognize the high-quality training that our students receive and often directly recruit REDA students for their job openings. 

Faculty: Professors Foltz (chair), Barham, Chavas, Coxhead, Deller, Gould, Mitchell, Phaneuf, Provencher, Rutherford, Stiegert; Associate Professors Alix-Garcia, Du, Grainger, Hueth, Schechter, Shi; Assistant Professors Conroy, Dower, Parker, Tjernström; Faculty Associate Dong

 Lecturers: Beardmore, Glinsmann