Prepare to lead in the fast-growing energy industry.

The energy industry needs a new generation of business leaders and innovators to help meet the growing need for clean, reliable energy. Our Business of Energy, Advanced Certificate program equips you with the industry knowledge and business skills to become a leader in this rapidly changing industry.

Focused on Vital Energy Issues

In the business of energy program, you’ll learn about how the power marketplace works, the economics and finance of energy, the challenges of an aging infrastructure, the fuels of the future and more. Students meet their graduate certificate requirements by taking four courses from a choice of six, which are all focused on vital energy issues. The program curriculum is designed to provide you with the foundation to solve problems, generate new ideas, and manage complexity in the energy industry, preparing you to become a leader and decision maker.

Connect With Leading Energy Companies

Developed as part of a partnership with National Grid, the business of energy program draws on the experience of companies like GE Power Systems, Siemens, New York Independent System Operator, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and others. You learn alongside other energy industry professionals and make valuable career connections.

A Comprehensive Online Curriculum Taught by Industry Experts

Business of Energy, Advanced Certificate is truly a one-of-a-kind program as it provides a valuable foundation in the key technical and business aspects of the energy industry. Courses are taught by senior managers with years of experience in the energy business and delivered entirely online to meet the demanding needs of busy professionals like yourself. The teachers are all top professionals from leading energy companies and organizations in the region, providing students with valuable current market perspectives and networking opportunities.

Business of Energy Curriculum

Program Information

The Business of Energy, Advanced Certificate consists of four courses that can usually be completed in one year. Once finished, you will have an understanding of energy systems from industry leading teachers.

The certification program blends contemporary energy issues and related business principles to create a focused learning experience. The primary objective is to increase competency in generating ideas, solving problems, and managing complexity in the challenging business of energy.

The Business of Energy, Advanced Certificate comprises a minimum of four courses (12 credits). Although only four courses are required to earn the certificate, students will benefit greatly from completing all six courses. The program is designed for students from all academic backgrounds: engineering, geosciences, law, business, policy and related disciplines. Please view the course catalog for details and course summaries.

With the approval of the dean, students may enroll in particular courses without earning the certificate.

Required Courses:

The Online Graduate Certificate in the Business of Energy requires a minimum of 4 courses. The Fundamentals of the Business of Energy course (BOE 610) core course must be taken by all students. The remaining 3 courses must be from the 5 Business of Energy courses. To get the most out of the program, students are recommended to take all 6 BOE courses. Students interested in particular courses, but not the complete certificate, may take those courses with the approval of the program advisor.

Business of Energy Courses:

  • Fundamentals of Business of Energy (BOE610)
  • Planning and Operations of Power Systems (BOE611)
  • Power Markets (BOE612)
  • Deregulations and Restructuring (BOE613)
  • Electric Power Industry Economics and Finance (BOE614)
  • Challenges to Upgrading Infrastructure (BOE615)


A complete application consists of the following:

  • Online Application Form
  • Resume.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Official Transcripts.
  • GRE Test Scores.
    • Not Required.
  • For International Applicants, an English Proficiency Test is required.
    • Minimum Test Score Requirements:  TOEFL (80) and TOEFL Essentials (8.5), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) and Duolingo English Test (115).

Prerequisites: BS/BA or equivalent.

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