Energy, Resources and Environment

Energy, Resources and Environment
Energy, Resources and Environment Program
Energy, Resources and Environment
Energy, Resources and Environment

An understanding of the "iron triangle" of energy, water and food security, the threats posed by global climate change, and possible solutions to these daunting problems is a critical component of the ERE graduate's tool kit

2017 Frontiers in Energy, Science and Technology (FEST) study trip researching implementing urban sustainability in the “model” city of Curitiba, Brazil

Presentation of the Clean Water Action (CWA) practicum team's research on "The Environmental Risks and Oversight of Enhanced Oil Recovery in the U.S."

Swiss Re practicum team with their faculty adviser Celeste Connors

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The Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) Program prepares the next generation of global leaders to address urgent energy and environmental concerns and threats. Under the guidance of expert faculty, ERE students gain the intellectual framework and analytic skills required to address important issues such as climate change, international agriculture, forestry, wildlife conservation, and international water issues.
The ERE curriculum requires students to take both energy and environment courses to ensure that all graduates understand the deep links between these two subject areas. Students gain an understanding of the threats posed by climate change, the functioning of energy markets, the "iron triangle" of energy, water and food security, as well as, begin to formulate possible solutions to these daunting challenges. 

As one of the largest programs at Johns Hopkins SAIS, students in the ERE program are afforded several opportunities to participate in experiential learning opportunities such as the International Energy and Environment practicum, Frontiers in Energy, Science and Technology (FEST) study trips, the Global Leaders Forum (GLF), alumni discussions, and more. For a more complete overview of ERE please check out our Prospectus.

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ERE and China Studies Joint Study Trip to China and Vietnam
Frontiers in Energy, Science and Technology (FEST) Trip to Curitiba, Brazil
Frontiers in Energy, Science and Technology (FEST) Trip to Myanmar
Dinner with Alumni in Bangladesh
Professor Winston Yu's Class Trip to the Blue Plains Water Treatment Facility
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International Energy and Environment Practicum

The Practicum is an innovative program that allows students to combine a for-credit course with extensive, in-depth, real world experience consulting for client organizations on projects aimed at addressing international environmental and energy policy challenges. The Practicum is designed to provide quality research and analysis on intractable challenges to clients, while providing students with the opportunity to apply concepts learned in the classroom to critical problems. Where possible, the work is integrated into the on-going research of an ERE faculty member.
Learn more about the International Energy and Environment Practicum.


Global Leaders Forum

The Global Leaders Forum is a speaker series that brings together leaders from the public sector, research, finance and industry throughout the academic year to explore solutions to key domestic and international energy and environmental challenges. The GLF serves as a platform for policymakers and executives to share their expertise and insight with faculty and students and the broader academic, business and media communities. Our invitations are sent to professionals from the energy and environment sectors in the Washington, DC area as well as the Johns Hopkins SAIS' student and faculty body and alumni. Typically a diverse audience of approximately100-150, including students professionals and faculty attend Global Leaders Forum events.
Learn more about the Global Leaders Forum.


Frontiers in Energy, Science and Technology (FEST)

To supplement its rigorous academic curriculum, the Energy, Resources and Environment Program also developed the Frontiers in Energy, Science and Technology (FEST) Field Visits initiative to provide its students with first-hand experience visiting utility, nuclear power and LNG plants, hydraulic fracturing and off-shore oil facilities, sewage treatment plants, and solar panel manufacturing facilities, among others. FEST offers student enrichment activities designed to provide first-hand exposure to innovations in the energy and environment sectors.
Learn more about Frontiers in Energy, Science and Technology (FEST).


Global Issues in Agriculture Seminar Series

The Global Issues in Agriculture Seminar Series brings professionals working in the fields of Food Security, Agricultural Economics and Resource Management to the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. The speaker series was founded by Dr. Robert L. Thompson, who recently retired from his position as a visiting professor in the Energy, Resources and Environment and International Development Programs.
Learn more about the Global Issues in Agriculture Seminar Series.



Energy, Resources and Environment | MA Requirements (Entering Class 2018-2019)

Learning Goals and Objectives
MA students must complete 64 credits and all degree requirements in order to graduate.

Students who are approved for a Dual Degree program or with Advanced Standing only need to complete 48 credits or 56 credits as determined by Academic Affairs, but still must fulfill all degree requirements.


Energy, Resources and Environment Concentration

MA students concentrating in Energy, Resources and Environment must complete 24 credits of applicable coursework and a program capstone. At least 16 credits must start with the course prefix SA.680.XXX and of these courses, one must be designated "Energy" and one must be designated "Environment" on the ERE Course Matrix.

All ERE concentrators and MIPP Affiliates must complete the Online Basics of Energy (OBE) course before the start of classes of their first term with ERE.

All ERE concentrators are required to complete either Global Energy Fundamentals (SA.680.697) or Global Environment Fundamentals (SA.680.698) in their first year.

Students can use the ERE Curriculum Sequences to help plan their concentration. These energy and environment sequences are recommended courses that that are geared toward students' career goals and academic interests. The sequencing of courses is encouraged, but not required.

Energy, Resources and Environment concentrators must complete one of the following capstones:

  • Energy, Resources and Environment Oral Exam
  • MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors—if eligible)

International Economics Concentration

MA students must complete a concentration in International Economics (16 credits). The four required courses are:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics (pre-requisite or concurrent: Microeconomics)
  • International Trade Theory (pre-requisite: Microeconomics)
  • International Monetary Theory (pre-requisite: Macroeconomics)

If a student is waived from a required course(s), the student must take a replacement International Economics course(s) to fulfill the concentration requirement.

Students who pass the non-credit Microeconomics course in Pre-Term will have this concentration reduced to 12 credits, but still must complete the remaining required International Economics courses (or a replacement course(s) if waiver exam(s) passed).

International Economics GPA Requirement
Students must achieve an International Economics concentration GPA of at least 2.67.

In the standard case, the concentration GPA is the average of the grades in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory, and International Monetary Theory.  If a student completed the non-credit Microeconomics course in Pre-Term, the concentration GPA is calculated based on the grades in the remaining required International Economics courses. If one or more of the required courses is waived, the highest grade(s) from any eligible replacement International Economics course(s) is used.

Students who do not meet the minimum International Economics concentration GPA must re-take required courses (or take additional replacement courses if any required course(s) are waived) until the minimum is achieved. The highest grade from any attempt at a required course is used in this calculation.


Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

MA students must fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement (4 credits). Eligible courses include:

  • Statistical Methods for Business & Economics 
  • Econometrics (pre-requisite: Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
  • Applied Econometrics (pre-requisite: Econometrics)
  • Macro Econometrics (pre-requisite: Econometrics)
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Risk Analysis and Modeling
  • Quantitative Global Economics (pre-requisite: International Monetary Theory)
  • Credit Markets & Credit Risk (pre-requisite: Corporate Finance)

Students may not double-count the same course toward the Quantitative Reasoning requirement and as a replacement International Economics concentration course and vice-versa.

If a student is waived from a Quantitative Reasoning course, the student must take a different course from the list above to fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

Students who pass the non-credit Statistical Methods for Business & Economics course in Pre-Term will have fulfilled the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.


Core Requirements

MA students must fulfill two Core requirements from the subjects below. Students may fulfill a Core requirement by passing a for-credit Core course or by passing a non-credit Core exam.

  • American Foreign Policy Since WWII
  • Comparative Politics
  • Evolution of the International System
  • Theories of International Relations

Students may not take a Core exam in the semester in which they plan to graduate. If Core requirements are not completed before the start of a student’s final semester, the student no longer has the option of completing the exam and must enroll in the Core course(s) for credit.


Language Proficiency

MA students must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in a non-native language taught at SAIS. Students enroll in non-credit language courses to prepare for the proficiency exam.

Students whose native language is not English may use English as their proficiency language. All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering the school, even if not using English for proficiency, and may be required to take additional English language coursework.


Electives, Minors and Specializations

Beyond the requirements, MA students may have room in their degree for electives, a minor, and/or a specialization(s).

Students may pursue an optional minor in any policy/regional area other than General International Relations.

Students may pursue an optional specialization(s) in five areas International Economics or Emerging Markets.


Program Requirements by Academic Year

Entering Class 2017-2018
Entering Class 2016-2017
Entering Class 2015-2016
Entering Class 2014-2015
Entering Class 2013-2014
Entering Class 2012-2013
Entering Class 2011-2012
Entering Class 2010-2011
Entering Class 2009-2010


Energy, Resources and Environment Minor Requirements:

  • 3 ERE courses (12 credits) including:
    • SA.680.697 Global Energy Fundamentals or SA.680.698 Global Environment Fundamentals
    • 2 additional ERE courses (8 credits), of which at least 1 must have the ERE prefix SA.680.XXX

General Minor Requirements:

  • MA students may pursue an optional minor in a policy or regional program. A student cannot pursue a minor in General IR or International Economics, but can pursue a Specialization in International Economics
  • A student can have only one minor and can declare a minor at any time prior to graduation.
  • Students do not receive bidding priority for a minor.
  • All minors require three courses. Some minors require a specific course(s) and/or language proficiency.
  • A student may use a maximum of one applicable cross-listed course (4 credits) toward both a minor AND concentration requirements. In the IR or Asia concentrations, the cross-listed course must be from the primary concentration area and not from the 2 additional required courses in the other IR or Asia areas. For example, a Conflict Management concentrator may only use 1 of the 4 Conflict Management courses toward a minor, provided it is cross-listed and meets requirements for both the concentration and the minor.
  • General IR concentrators can minor in an IR area or policy area (Conflict Management, Global Theory and History, International Law and Organizations, International Political Economy, Energy, Resources, and Environment, or Strategic Studies) by completing 2 additional area/policy courses (8 credits) beyond the 1 used toward the concentration.


Please stop by often to see a list of upcoming ERE events. 

2018-2019 Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Academic Calendar

Our Alumni


The driving force of our mission has always been the zeal and excellence of our students.

Whether you are a recent graduate or one of the trail-blazing students whose passion helped start the program (formerly the International Policy Program) at Johns Hopkins SAIS, we wish to hear from you! 

We welcome alumni to engage and participate in upcoming ERE events. Connect with us in person and online:


We also encourage you to connect with the SAIS Energy and Environment Alumni Network group on Linkedin and with current student leaders of the SAIS Energy and Environment Club (EEC)

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Contact Us

Johannes Urpelainen
Director and Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment
Rome Building 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 4th floor Washington, DC 20036

Margel Highet
Administrative Director
Rome Building 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 4th floor Washington, DC 20036

Shonda Hurt
Program Manager
Rome Building 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 4th floor Washington, DC 20036

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Energy, Resources and Environment
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Washington, DC 20036