Skip to main content
Master of Arts in Sustainable Energy (online)

Shape the Future of Clean Energy

  • Become the Expert
    Learn how our cutting-edge curriculum helps you build skills to thrive.
  • Advance Your Career
    Gain the quantitative and qualitative skills to holistically understand clean energy.
  • Build Your Network
    Join our global network of 230,000+ Johns Hopkins University alumni.
  • Learn from the Best
    Johns Hopkins is ranked #10 for best global university, a top-10 national university and Top 3 Best School for International Relations master’s program.
  • Take the Next Step
    Earn your master’s part-time. No GMAT/GRE required for admission.
  • Advance your career today.

    Download a Brochure Apply Now Chat With Us



    August 26, 2024
    Start Date

    Request Information

    To learn more about the MA in Sustainable Energy (online) and download a brochure, fill out the fields below, or call +1 410-648-2495 or toll-free at +1 888-513-5303 to talk with one of our admissions counselors.

    Johns Hopkins University has engaged AllCampus to help support your educational journey. AllCampus will contact you shortly in response to your request for information. About AllCampus. Privacy Policy. You may opt out of receiving communications at any time.

    * All Fields are Required. Your Privacy is Protected.

    John Banks, Professor

    Climate change is the foremost challenge of our time, and this graduate degree in sustainable energy is a timely and remarkable opportunity to explore the critical role sustainable energy plays in tackling this challenge. Whether you are in the public or private sector, this degree will provide you with the foundational knowledge and analytical framework to address a wide array of issues.

    John Banks, Professor, Johns Hopkins SAIS

    The sustainable energy sector is poised for rapid growth on a global scale, due to the decreasing cost of building clean energy infrastructure as well as continuing pressure from the climate crisis. As organizations and governments worldwide address the challenges associated with transitioning to clean power, demand will also increase for leaders and sustainable energy professionals who can push these initiatives forward.

    The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) developed the Master of Arts in Sustainable Energy (online) to fill that demand. Designed with input from industry experts, our program equips graduates with the skills they need to thrive in a global, rapidly growing field. The program’s curriculum covers economics, policy, and finance within the context of the sustainable energy market. Whether you’re interested in shaping energy policy on a national or international scale, working with organizations to help them transition to clean energy or want to pursue academic research, the skills and professional network you build through the MA in Sustainable Energy at Johns Hopkins SAIS can help you succeed.

    Once enrolled, you become part of a community full of talented professionals who are passionate, driven and share a relentless curiosity. The program challenges students to help solve some of the most complex problems we face in the world today. However, you will have the resources of one of the top universities in the world, and a community that is committed to supporting one another. You can become an active participant in research that will determine the future of sustainable energy technology and policy.

    Ranked #10 among global universities, according to U.S. News & World Report (2023), Johns Hopkins is uniquely positioned to give graduates the tools they need to make a difference and advance their careers.

    Renewables are already the world's second largest source of electricity, but their deployment still needs to accelerate if we are to achieve long-term climate, air quality and energy access goals.

    Dr. Fatih Birol
    Executive Director at The International Energy Agency

    Sustainable Energy Career and Industry Outlook

    In April 2019, renewable energy made up 23% of U.S. power generation, outpacing coal for the first time in history. Globally, renewable energy makes up 24% of electricity generation, and is expected to grow to 30% by 2024.

    While this rapid growth presents opportunities, there is still a considerable amount of work to be done in terms of implementation, consumer education, governmental policy and organizational strategy, in both developed and emerging markets.

    Johns Hopkins SAIS students, whether they take courses online or on-campus, can also take advantage of our robust career services, which include access to tailored job searches, career coaching, networking and professional development opportunities. Visit our sustainable energy careers page for more information.

    Visit our sustainable energy careers page

    Sustainable Energy Curriculum

    The MA in Sustainable Energy is a rigorous, 40-credit program that includes in-depth study of finance, economics, international energy markets, and policy as they relate to the field of sustainable energy. It is a cohort-based program that is delivered online and is completed over 21 months. The curriculum aligns with the expertise that energy sector employers need the most, building skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis and exploring advanced financial and economic concepts that are relevant to achieving the future of sustainable energy. Graduates will be challenged to develop their knowledge and apply what they’ve learned to solve complex, real-world problems. Our students engage in research that produces data-informed policy insights, innovations in renewable energy production and distribution, and proposals for improving regulations. With guidance and support from top thinkers in the field, you can pursue ideas for powering a carbon-free world and share your perspective with industry leaders.

    In addition to online coursework, the program features two unique residency experiences, giving students the opportunity to connect in-person with their cohort and other members of the Johns Hopkins SAIS community, as well as participate in rich experiential learning opportunities. For any questions or concerns regarding the in-person residencies, connect with an admissions counselor via chat or submit the request information form. You can also visit our residency experience page for more information. View the course list below, or visit the curriculum page for full course descriptions.

    Visit the curriculum page

    Sustainable Energy Course List

    • Introduction to Sustainable Energy
    • Energy & Environmental Policy Analysis
    • Economics of Sustainable Energy
    • Distributed and Renewable Energy
    • Sustainable Energy and Climate Change
    • Global Governance of Sustainable Energy
    • Sustainable Energy and Economic Development
    • Systems Analysis for Sustainable Energy
    • Sustainable Energy Finance
    • Capstone
    • Capstone Residency I
    • Capstone Residency II

    Sustainable Energy Residencies

    • One-Week Residency (in Washington DC)
    • Capstone Presentation Three-Day Residency (Washington DC)

    Admission Requirements

    The Johns Hopkins SAIS MA in Sustainable Energy (online) is open to applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds. We take a holistic approach to reviewing candidates, and, as a result, there is no minimum GPA or GRE/GMAT requirement for admission to the program. See our admissions page for a full list of requirements.

    Visit our admissions page