The MA in Sustainable Energy (online) program includes two required in-person residencies in Washington DC, which is the leading city in the US for domestic and international energy policy.

Group of SAIS students taking a selfie together in Washington D.C.These rich experiences allow you to learn about energy financing, policy and environment first-hand while meeting with leaders in the industry. You will have the opportunity to hear from and speak with top experts from the nation’s capital and to build a valuable network of peers, faculty, and individuals leading the sustainable energy field.

The first week-long residency gives students the resources needed to begin conceptualizing and conducting research for the capstone project. The second residency includes the MA in Sustainable Energy capstone presentation and the Johns Hopkins SAIS commencement ceremony, where students will participate with the school’s entire graduating class.

Residencies typically include guest lecturers speaking on current issues related to energy transition and a workshop on data analytics that will introduce students to the R statistical programming language and its applications for energy and environmental research.

The in-person residencies are a required component of the program’s curriculum and attendance is mandatory to complete the program.

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The Capstone Project

Students are expected to prepare a capstone project and presentation as one of the requirements of their master’s degree. This project is meant to demonstrate the student’s expertise gained from their time in the program.

The capstone research project will focus on a broad, common theme, allowing students to choose a focus on research that reflects their interests and future career plans. Students may elect to complete a case study, global policy review, policy analysis, business plan, or other project approved by the professor. The goal is to solve an important problem of practical importance in the field of sustainable energy.

Students will work on project deliverables in five phases, starting with creating idea outlines and a project plan, writing a project proposal at Residency I, completing research and writing a draft capstone project, revising the project, meeting with the professor and colleagues for monthly progress reports, and submitting a final capstone project at the end of the course. The capstone culminates with a closing session (Residency II) in Washington DC, where students will give project presentations and address questions from the faculty.

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Campus

There are few places better for learning the nuances of energy policy, economics, finance and research than in Washington DC, which provides an exciting backdrop for the study of international affairs.

Students visit the Washington DC campus at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. This state-of-the-art facility — located minutes from the United States Capitol, White House, Treasury Department, Department of Justice, Department of Energy, and National Mall — boasts 420,000 square feet of space.

SAIS students will have access to a host of amenities including a modern library, seventh-floor coffee shop, street-level restaurant, fitness center, and student wellness center. Events spaces are designed to host policy makers and global leaders, creating opportunity for the free exchange of ideas.

During their residencies, students will be able to experience everything that Washington DC and the Johns Hopkins SAIS campus has to offer, including free visits to museums and zoos in the city and our world-class campus events.