ERG Program Directory

The information below is a directory of ERG programs. Please read through and contact us at erggrad@berkeley.edu for graduate program questions and ergdeskb@berkeley.edu for all other questions. 

ERG doctoral students work­ across dis­ci­plines and depart­ments to cre­ate trans­for­ma­tive knowl­edge for the planet and its peo­ple. As one of the first interdisciplinary programs in the field, ERG faculty and students have established an impressive track record of undertaking engaged, cutting-edge research and turning these ideas into effective actions from local to global levels.

ERG admits highly qualified applicants into the Ph.D. program, designed to support and empower doctoral students to pursue rigorous, interdisciplinary, original research in the fields of energy, resources, and the environment.

The first two years of the Ph.D. involve coursework, taught jointly with the Master’s Degree students, and a Final Project in the second year. Please see the Master’s Degree Curriculum for further details. Doctoral students will receive a Master of Science or Master of Arts Degree in Energy and Resources upon completion of the first two years’ requirements.

In some cases, ERG may waive some course or project requirements for Ph.D. students who already hold a Master’s Degree and who can demonstrate a highly interdisciplinary academic background.

After completion of the first two years’ requirements, Ph.D. students will prepare for their Qualifying Examination and commence their Dissertation research.

For more information about graduate admissions, please click here.

The ERG Master’s Degree is a two-year program designed to educate the next generation of interdisciplinary leaders. The curriculum is intended to serve those students for whom the Master’s degree will be the final formal education in support of a professional career as well as serving as an interdisciplinary foundation for doctoral students preparing for Dissertation research.

Students are taught the range of methods and subjects that they should be able to understand, advance, and critique in order to address critical issues stemming from the interaction of humans and the environment. To that end, the requirements for the ERG Master’s degree are both broad and deep, stressing analytic, methodological, theoretical, and practical approaches to problems in energy, resources, and the environment.

The ERG Master’s Degree program culminates in a final independent capstone project. Students develop their project and critique each other’s work over the four semesters of their Master’s seminar class. Students also work closely with their advisors and other faculty readers in the planning and completion of their project. At the end of their second year, students submit their project and present their work to the ERG community.

Ph.D. students completing the Master’s program may choose to use this project as the foundation for their future dissertation.

Concurrent ERG/PP students complete both an ERG Master’s Project as described above, and an Advanced Policy Analysis (APA) Project, which is a client-based policy analysis project through The Goldman School of Public Policy,

For more information on the Master’s Degree Curriculum Requirements (MA or MS), please click here.

Students admitted to the ERG Master’s Degree may apply for admission the ERG Ph.D. program during the regular admission cycle in their third (fall) semester, and will be considered under the same criteria and in the context of external Ph.D. admissions candidates.

The Energy and Resources Group and The Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) offer a three-year concurrent Master’s Degree program that integrates the strengths of public policy analytical tools with the interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise in energy and resources. Students receive a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) as well as a Master’s Degree in Energy and Resources (M.A. or M.S.).

Applicants submit one application that is reviewed by the two programs independently. The online application form is available here. In the dropdown menu, select Public Policy, then select MPP/ERG MA or MPP/ERG MS.

Applicants may be offered admission to one of the programs or to both concurrently. Funding may come from one or both programs.

Current Master of Public Policy and ERG students may apply to change to the concurrent degree program during their first year through the normal admissions process. Use the Concurrent MPP/MA or MPP/MS degree application to apply to the concurrent degree program.

For more details on the concurrent degree program, please click here.

ERG and the U.C. Berkeley School of Law offer a four-year concurrent Master’s and Juris Doctor (J.D.) program. Applicants must apply and be admitted to the ERG Master’s Degree and to Berkeley Law separately.

For more information on applying to this program please contact ERG at erggrad@berkeley.edu.

The Minor in Energy and Resources offers under­grad­u­ates the oppor­tu­nity to develop basic knowl­edge and skills to help them address the com­plex and inter­de­pen­dent issues asso­ci­ated with the inter­ac­tion of social, eco­nomic, polit­i­cal, tech­ni­cal, and envi­ron­men­tal fac­tors. Though it is designed pri­mar­ily to com­ple­ment majors in the nat­ural sci­ences and engi­neer­ing, stu­dents in any major with the appro­pri­ate pre­req­ui­sites may pur­sue the ERG Minor.

ERG provides a dynamic academic environment in which students, core faculty, and affiliate faculty members communicate and collaborate freely and actively. This rich and diverse network of scholarship is represented in ERG’s broad research themes (Technology, Development and Society; Consumption, Resource Use and Equity; Global Change Science; Governance Challenges; and Ecological Economics), and is reflected in its curricular offerings. Most of these themes are not “fields” as defined by traditional academic departments. They have emerged through ERG’s integrative approach to research, and through applying our research to energy and resource problems at home and abroad.

A structured approach to studies of energy and resources has two advantages: (1) Students receive guidance in selecting a coherent set of courses that can be tailored to their particular interests. (2) An officially recognized “minor” in energy and resources is of strategic importance when seeking jobs in the burgeoning areas of environmental science and policy.

For more information about the minor, please click here.

The Summer-only Minor or Certificate in Sustainability is open to matriculated UC Berkeley undergraduates, students from other institutions, and the general public. Upon completion, UC Berkeley undergraduates receive a Minor in Sustainability, while other participants receive a Certificate in Sustainability from UC Berkeley.

For more information about the summer-only Minor and Certificate in Sustainability, please click here.