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Public Policy & Energy Resources Group


The Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) and the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) offers a superior and one-of-a kind MPP-ERG (MA or MS) concurrent degree program that integrates the strengths of public policy analytical tools with the interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise in energy and resources. The intersection of ERG and Public Policy disciplines is the nexus for training the next genera­tion of leaders who will solve the world‘s most complex and challenging energy and environmental problems. The program stresses analytic, quantitative, methodological, theoretical, and practical approaches to problems in energy, environmental science, and policy. Students will be required to complete both degrees in 3 years by taking key core courses offered by both units (GSPP and ERG) and meeting the academic requirements for both degrees. The course requirements provide for a substantive introduction to the disciplinary approaches that are employed in study­ing energy and resource issues and public policy analysis. The curriculum provides an opportunity—through a topi­cal cluster and a Capstone Project set of requirement (the Advanced Policy Analysis Project)—to extend and deepen the areas of analysis, investigation and understanding so as to satisfy the intellectual interests of each student.

Career Opportunities

The program is intended to prepare students for superior and versatile career opportunities in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, both nationally and internationally. Graduates will go on to become national and global lead­ers in domestic and international government agencies (at all levels—federal, state and local), private sector compa­nies, non-profit groups, think tanks, research organizations, and community-based organizations.

Program Requirements

The objective of this program is to permit students to obtain in six semesters both the MPP and MA or MS ERG degree, which would normally require eight semesters of coursework. Students are required to complete a Public Policy summer internship after their first year of courses.

  • One year of course work at GSPP. Complete GSPP core course requirements and take additional ERG courses.
  • One year of course work at ERG. Complete ERG core and cluster requirements and take additional GSPP courses.
  • Final year, complete Capstone Project – the Advanced Policy Analysis Project and all other requirements needed to complete both degrees.
  • A 10-week full-time summer internship.

For specific curriculum information, visit: MPP-ERG Concurrent Degree Program Requirements.

Upon successful completion of requirements for both de­grees, concurrent degree students will be awarded the MPP and an MA or MS in ERG (based on course emphasis). This intensive course of study is completed in three academic years including completion of a 10 week full-time summer internship after the first year of study. Students will be required to meet with faculty advisors from both programs in order to ensure successful completion of degree require­ments for both degrees.

If you have questions about the program curriculum and admission requirements, please contact Martha Chavez at GSPP at martha_chavez@berkeley.edu or (510) 643-4266.  For questions about ERG, please contact Kay Burns at erggrad@berkeley.edu or (510) 642-8859.

PDST Tuition Costs for the MPP-ERG (MA/MS) Program

For students accepted into the MPP/ERG concurrent degree, the Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST) fee is assessed as follows: For the MPP/ERG Program where the second degree does not have a PDST, the student is assessed the full GSPP PDST for two years only (total=4 semesters). GSPP student services will monitor the enrollment and CARS bills of any concurrent degree students and ensure they are billed for a total of four semesters worth of PDST. 

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