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Graduate Certificates | Renewable Energy Assessment and Development

Renewable Energy Assessment and Development

Entrance Exam: Not Required
College of Natural Resources

Are you interested in working in the renewable energy field but need to gain additional knowledge or education? The College of Natural Resources (CNR) is now offering the Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Assessment and Development (RED). This fully online program provides students and professionals the opportunity to earn recognized academic and industry credentials in the renewable energy industry by covering the technical, policy and financial aspects of renewable energy project development. The interdisciplinary approach supplies a comprehensive understanding of renewables so graduates can incorporate their professional experience and expertise into the industry. The certificate can help those without a degree in renewable energy move into employment in the renewable energy arena.

The Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Assessment and Development (RED), is a subprogram of the Master of Environmental Assessment. It is also available to current NC State students in other graduate programs. Students enrolled in the graduate certificate program, if qualified, may apply to the broader Master of Environmental Assessment Degree. Up to nine units of coursework may be counted toward the Master of Environmental Assessment Degree. Students with a master’s degree in a related field can use the certificate as a stand alone credential.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted by rolling admission each semester.


Admission to the certificate program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with at least a 3.0 GPA. All applicants must submit:

  • Transcript showing Bachelor's degree conferred
  • A clear and concise personal statement/statement of interest
  • A resume/CV

Students can begin the program in either the fall or spring semester. Students can also enroll in individual courses as a Non-Degree studies (NDS) student.

Career Prospects

As more corporations and government programs embrace concerns about sustainability, the need for renewable energy specialists grows. This means engineers, project managers and business owners alike are interested in understanding the changing options for energy sourcing and production as it affects various aspects of industry. Whether you already influence energy choices at your place of employment or are still in the process of starting your career, you can be a part of the forward-thinking scientific community influencing energy choices with the Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Assessment and Development.