Renewable and Clean Energy (M.S.)

You can help determine the future of clean and economical energy sources and alternatives.

Thirty-six states have adopted renewable, clean energy or energy reduction requirements, and utility companies say that 40 percent of their workforce is expected to retire within 10 years.

They will need new experts — they will need you — to move forward to meet regulations and the needs of our planet.

Our program emphasizes:

  • Renewable energy systems 
  • Energy efficiency 
  • Energy economics 
  • Development of next-generation systems 
  • Real-world projects and research

Our master's degree program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work. You have the flexibility to take courses at the University of Dayton, Wright State University and the Air Force Institute of Technology. Thesis and non-thesis options are available.

Our Renewable and Clean Energy degree is available either in a traditional classroom setting or as a fully online program. The online program is ideal for students unable to attend on campus class sessions or students for whom self-paced learning is more desirable.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the renewable and clean energy program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers
  3. A personal statement or résumé
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Application Deadlines

Applications accepted on a rolling basis with the following approximate general deadlines:

  • Fall Term: June 15th
  • Spring Term: November 15th
  • Summer Term: March 15th

Please contact your department chair to follow up on exact deadlines.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available; however, restrictions may apply to international students. Some of the graduate assistantships are at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and require citizenship or permanent residency. Please contact individual programs for details.

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