Solar Energy Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

A background in systems science, engineering, or physics is strongly recommended.

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

Certificate students earn the certificate and 12 graduate credits by successfully completing each of four 3-credit, instructor-led online courses with a grade of C or better.

Required Courses
EME 810Solar Resource Assessment and Economics3
AE 878Solar Project Development and Finance3
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Solar Thermal Energy for Utilities and Industry
Utility Solar Power and Concentration
Distributed Energy Planning and Management
Commercial Solar Electric Systems
Total Credits12


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate solar energy systems using techno-economic, performance and/or cost/benefit analyses, including multi-parameter dynamic simulation tools.
  2. Demonstrate fundamental understanding of the principles of solar energy science, including resource availability, resource intermittency,and options for solar energy conversion systems.
  3. Demonstrate an appreciation for the project development and stakeholder engagement process relative to the goal of solar design:identifying stakeholder preference for solar goods and services in a given locale.
  4. Evaluate project development and/or sustainability decisions in the broader context of society's interests.


Campus World Campus
Graduate Program Head Mark Valentinovich Fedkin
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Mark Valentinovich Fedkin
Program Contact

Noelle Fetzer Capparelle
2217 Earth Engr Sciences
University Park PA 16802
(814) 867-5401

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