Doctoral program with a focus on topics related to sustainable energy and the impact urbanization, transportation and manufacturing have on energy sustainability.

The College of Science and Engineering’s PhD program in sustainable energy provides students with extensive knowledge in topics related to sustainable energy and the impact urbanization, transportation and manufacturing have on energy sustainability. The program also looks at the implications and drivers of sustainable policymaking on society, the economy and the environment. A key component of the degree is original and scientifically significant research in energy science, as well as technologies that support sustainable development. The multidisciplinary approach to the curricula allows for engagement in cross-disciplinary science and builds fundamental knowledge that evolves with developments within the energy field, equipping graduates with the tools needed to pursue a wide variety of career paths.

Program Focus

Through the program, students focus on a core set of skills that are required to build a successful career in science, engineering, and technology-related areas, including ethics, technical writing, research methods, data analytics, and advanced computing methods.

  • Fundamentals of energy engineering, sciences and technologies for sustainability.
  • Fossil fuel energy usage and environmental impact.
  • Engineering and scientific development of renewable green energy.
  • Energy storage, distribution and consumption efficiency.
  • Social and economic aspects of sustainability and energy.
  • The interrelationships between water, energy and food, and how to ensure their resilience through a nexus-based approach.


A 54-credit program, taught in English, typically over three years (for students already possessing a master’s degree) that includes:

  • 3 Core courses
  • 3 Elective courses
  • 3 Semesters of graduate research seminars
  • 36-credit research thesis
    • under the supervision of an adviser and a PhD dissertation committee: PhD students should additionally pass a qualifying examination in their third semester and successfully defend their thesis proposal in their fourth semester to their committee.

Admission & Application Requirements

  • Applicants must have a master's degree relevant to this program, which typically includes science and engineering disciplines. Students from architecture, urban planning, business, economics, policy, and social sciences demonstrating strong analytical skills will also be considered. Applicants should demonstrate strong evidence that they possess the qualities to become successful researchers and professionals. These include excellent performance in relevant coursework, past research results if any, and strong recommendation letters. Applicants with prior research experience are preferred, especially for the PhD program.
  • Applicants are required to take the IELTS or TOEFL exam in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Applicants can be exempt from this requirement if they meet one of the conditions listed below:
    • The applicant completed their studies at an institution in a country where English is the native language
    • The applicant provides an official letter from the university where they completed their undergraduate studies confirming that they obtained their degree from an institution where the medium of instruction is English (if not otherwise exempt).
    • The applicant's first language is English
  • Applicants to the PhD program are required to submit GRE exam results from within the last five years. Applicants coming from an economics, policy and other social science backgrounds may submit results of the GMAT exam as an alternative to the GRE.
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Last updated July 30, 2018
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