Our interdisciplinary program is open to students in nearly any UW-Madison graduate degree program. Through classes, team projects, and extracurricular opportunities, students will engage with technical, economic, political, and social factors that shape energy policy formulation and decision-making. We examine current topics in energy resources, energy market structures and practices, traditional public utilities, energy technology, energy and environmental linkages, energy and environmental policy, and energy services. The curriculum acquaints students with relevant skills, including: quantitative analysis of energy issues, technology assessment, life-cycle analysis, business analysis, and environmental quality assessment.

EAP is not available as a stand-alone graduate degree. If students want an education focused only on EAP classes, the Nelson Institute’s Environment and Resources (MS or PhD) program provides complete curriculum overlap with the EAP certificate.


EAP welcomes applications from students in any graduate degree program at UW-Madison that allows students to pursue a certificate or PhD minor. Students may apply to the EAP program concurrently with their graduate school application or once they have matriculated at UW-Madison. Acceptance into EAP is contingent on enrollment in a graduate degree program.

While there are no prerequisites to the program, it is recommended that EAP applicants have completed at least one college-level course in each of the following five subject areas: physical science (physics or chemistry); natural science (biology, environmental, geology or atmospheric and oceanic); economics; social sciences or humanities (besides economics); and calculus or statistics.


Each EAP student must complete six courses (18 credits) including:


A variety of faculty across the UW-Madison campus teach classes that can be used to satisfy EAP requirements. Because the scheduling of these classes is coordinated with the needs of their home departments, EAP cannot guarantee that specific classes will always be offered at specific times or rotations. However, there is a list of pre-approved classes that have been offered at a level of regularity. Each semester the EAP Academic Coordinator distributes (via the EAP listserv and on this webpage) a list of specific course offerings for the upcoming semester.


EAP students are expected to develop a study plan during their first semester, indicating which courses they expect to take. Students must maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.0 in their six EAP courses, with a minimum grade of BC in any one course.

Click here to apply. For more information, contact program coordinator Scott Williams.

Students accepted into the program should receive email notification within 3 weeks of the receipt of their completed application. Upon acceptance, new EAP students will be added to the EAP listserv. The listserv is the primary vehicle for communications among members of the EAP community: students, faculty and staff.




The EAP program is part of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, partnered with the Wisconsin Energy Institute