Increased demand for energy. Growing interest in efficient, renewable sources. Heightened awareness of climate change. You can help manage this delicate balance between the changing environment and an energy-dependent society.

Degree Type:
Master of Science
Entry Terms:
Fall, Spring, and Summer
Mode of Study:
Online, Onsite
Washington, DC
10 courses
Time to Complete:
12 – 24 months

Program Overview

With a foundation in climate science and a firm grasp on energy law and policy, you can make an impact now—and for future generations.

Start or advance your career in one of the fast-growing sectors in the world with a master of science in energy policy and climate degree from Johns Hopkins University. Learn the science behind renewable technologies and fossil fuel-based energy systems, explore the challenges climate change poses to people and the planet, and discover how strategic policy and sustainable energy can play a transformative role.

High-Demand Careers in Energy Sector

The 2020 U.S. Energy & Employment Report from the Energy Futures Initiative found that careers in this sector grew by 12.4% between 2015 and 2019 – and account for 5.4% of the entire U.S. workforce.

The U.S. Department of Labor lists several “green industry” jobs among the most in-demand, a few of which are expected to have unprecedented growth through 2030: wind turbine technicians at 68%1 and solar photovoltaic installers at 52%2.

Extreme growth at every end of the industry creates a need for leadership roles, and those with advanced degrees and specialized knowledge are more likely to fill them.

Types of Positions

Job titles can vary from company to company; here are a few you might see in your search for careers in energy policy and climate:

  • Energy specialist
  • Environmental specialist
  • Environmental project manager
  • Civil project engineer
  • Field technician
  • Stewardship manager
  • Digital advocacy specialist
  • Corporate sustainability manager/director

Alumni Success

JHU graduates went on to work at places like:

  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • The Edison Electric Institute
  • Citizens Climate Lobby
  • Smart Electric Power Alliance

Pursue Your Degree On Your Terms

Our energy policy and climate master’s program was designed for working professionals. Take classes on campus or 100% online, and choose to attend full- or part-time. You’ll also have the flexibility to take courses that best fit your career goals; we offer multiple tracks and a variety of electives.

What’s It Like to Study Energy Policy and Climate at JHU?

Why Study Energy Policy and Climate at JHU

Whether you study online or on-campus, our Washington, D.C. location gives you access to experts and organizations on the front lines of climate change research and policy.

Leading Experts and Climate Scientists

A renowned research university, JHU is home to top energy technology experts and climate scientists. Our faculty members are scholar-practitioners, sharing their first-hand experience in climate change and energy policy from time with federal agencies, NGOs, the private sector, and abroad.

Career-Enhancing Focus Areas

Deepen your expertise within one of the five focus areas: Energy, Climate Change, Policy, Modeling, and Social Perspectives in Climate and Energy. Focus your studies more on the issues surrounding climate change, or explore renewable energy technologies, or consider developing effective policy solutions for the future.

Wide Array of Electives

Enrich your studies with electives such as Solar Energy: Science, Technology, and Policy, Global Energy Policy, Adaptation to Climate Change, The Electric Grid: Technology and Policy, and Understanding Public Attitudes for the Communication of Climate and Energy Policy.

Immersive and International Experiences

Participate in field studies around the country and world. Recent trips explored climate change and energy issues in coastal Louisiana, California, China, Luxembourg, and Australia. In your capstone project, you’ll solve a real-world environmental problem.

Ready to Take Action?

Join one of the fastest-growing industries in the world and use your expertise to work toward global and societal change.

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The salary data for potential energy policy and climate career options are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook:

1 “Wind Turbine Technicians: Summary.” Accessed online on November 19, 2021.
2 “Solar Photovoltaic Installers: Summary.” Accessed online on November 19, 2021.

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