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SPPA ALUMNI IN ACTION
  • Alex Greer
    Alex Greer
    M.S. and B.A. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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  • Andrew Haines
    Andrew Haines
    MPA '03 – An accomplished local governmental leader and elected official.
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  • Chunjing Liu
    Chunjing Liu
    M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
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  • Cimone Philpotts
    Cimone Philpotts
    MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
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  • Gwen Angalet
    Gwen Angalet
    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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  • Hira Rashid
    Hira Rashid
    M.A. '15 – Fulbright scholar now in the Ph.D. program studying global health economics and urbanization.
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  • Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
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  • James B. Goetschius
    James B. Goetschius
    Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
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  • Jenna Ahner
    Jenna Ahner
    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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  • John Carney
    John Carney
    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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  • Kelsey Edmond
    Kelsey Edmond
    M.S. '14 - OCL program prepared her for success in the MPA program in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
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  • Lindsey Interlante
    Lindsey Interlante
    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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  • Mark Rucci
    Mark Rucci
    B.A. and MPA '15 – Continuing his public policy education internationally.
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  • Meredith Rubin
    Meredith Rubin
    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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  • Paige Gugerty
    Paige Gugerty
    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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  • Paul Ruiz
    Paul Ruiz
    B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's depencdence on oil.
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  • Stephanie Ottino
    Stephanie Ottino
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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  • Tom DeWire
    Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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  • Yuliya Brel
    Yuliya Brel
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
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  • Megan Wakelee
    Megan Wakelee
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
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  • Zack Adinoff
    Zack Adinoff
    M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
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  • Jissell Martinez
    Jissell Martinez
    MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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  • Scott Beale
    Scott Beale
    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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  • Matthew Garlipp
    Matthew Garlipp
    B.A. '13 - Enabling federal transparency and accountability via open, accessible, and standardized budget data
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  • Merritt Burke IV
    Merritt Burke IV
    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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  • Ryan Burke
    Ryan Burke
    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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  • Allison Becker
    Allison Becker
    B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
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  • Serita Porter
    Serita Porter
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
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  • Kirsten Jones
    Kirsten Jones
    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
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  • Elizabeth Burland
    Elizabeth Burland
    M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
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  • Elizabeth Lockman
    Elizabeth Lockman
    M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
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  • Thomas Martin
    Thomas Martin
    Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
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  • Savannah Edwards
    Savannah Edwards
    MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
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  • Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
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  • Taylor Hawk
    Taylor Hawk
    MPA '17 - Graduate's policy analysis and research aims to improve education funding.
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  • Evan Miller
    Evan Miller
    MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career
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  • Natasha R. Nau
    Natasha R. Nau
    MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
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  • Jeremy Rothwell
    Jeremy Rothwell
    M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
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  • Mark D. Stevens
    Mark D. Stevens
    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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  • Angela Gladwell
    Angela Gladwell
    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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  • Courtney Mogavero
    Courtney Mogavero
    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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  • Janet Sheridan
    Janet Sheridan
    M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
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  • Melanie Ross Levin
    Melanie Ross Levin
    B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
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  • Dená Brummer
    Dená Brummer
    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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  • Eric Johnson
    Eric Johnson
    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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  • David Rudder
    David Rudder
    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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  • Erin Kennedy
    Erin Kennedy
    MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
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  • Tom Friedman
    Tom Friedman
    MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
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  • Mike Morton
    Mike Morton
    MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
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  • Jonathan Kirch
    Jonathan Kirch
    MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
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  • Albert Shields
    Albert Shields
    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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  • Kim Gomes
    Kim Gomes
    MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
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  • Erika Farris
    Erika Farris
    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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  • Mike Fortner
    Mike Fortner
    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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  • Emily Gonce
    Emily Gonce
    MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
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  • Bill Clark
    Bill Clark
    MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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  • Anastasia Kuzmina
    Anastasia Kuzmina
    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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  • Barrett Edwards
    Barrett Edwards
    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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Graduate Education in Energy and Environmental Policy

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Requirements for the Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy

The following coursework is required to earn a Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware. Please refer to the Ph.D. Handbook for an in-depth explanation of the program.

Core Coursework

First Year Theory Courses: 6 credits

Students are required to take the folowing 3-credit seminars:

  • ENEP 821 Technology, Environment and SocietyENEP 820 International Perspectives on Energy & Environmental Policy

Methods Requirement: 6 credits

Methodology courses are selected from the following:

  • ECON 801 Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 802 Macroeconomic Theory
  • ENWC 615 Wildlife Research Techniques
  • FREC 682 Special Analysis of Natural Resources
  • GEOG 670 Geographic Information Systems and Science
  • GEOG 671 Advanced Geographic Info Systems
  • MAST 681 Remote Sensing of Environment
  • ORES 801 Optimization Models & Methods
  • POSC 816 Advanced Social Research
  • UAPP/POSC 801 Processes of Social Inquiry
  • UAPP 816 Advanced Social Statistics

For individuals with strong backgrounds in economics, the following three credit methods courses may be added to the above list for selection:

  • ECON 810 Mathematics for Economists
  • ECON 822 Econometric Theory
  • ECON 823 Seminar in Econometrics

Social Science Requirement: 6 credits

Courses satisfying the Social Science Requirement include: See Ph.D. Handbook for complete details.

  • ENEP 625 Energy Policy and Administration
  • ENEP 626 Climate Change: Science, Policy and Political Economy
  • ENEP 802 Electricity Policy and Planning
  • ENEP 810 Political Economy of the Environment
  • ENEP 824 Sustainable Energy Policy and Planning
  • ENEP 666 Special Problem (Multiple topis offered)
  • ENEP 868 Research (Multiple topis offered)
  • ECON 862 Topics in Industrial Organization and Regulation
  • GEOG 622 Resources, Development and the Environment
  • MAST670 U.S. Ocean and Costal Policy
  • MAST/ECON 675 Economics of Natural Resources
  • MAST/ECON 676 Environmental Economics
  • MAST 677 International Ocean & Environmental Policy
  • POSC 656 Politics and Disaster
  • POSC/UAPP 818 Environmental Policy and Administration
  • POSC/SOCI 866 Special Problem: Issues in Disaster Research
  • POSC/ENEP 868 Research: Environmental Policy
  • POSC/ENEP 870 Readings: Environmental Policy
  • SOCI 671 Disasters, Vulnerability and Development
  • UAPP 611 Regional Watershed Management
  • UAPP/GEOG 628 Issues in Land Use and Environmental Planning

Note: Not all courses on the above list are offered annually.

Science, Engineering and Public Policy Requirement: 3 credits

Students complete the science, engineering and public policy requirement by choosing a three-credit graduate course (including tutorial courses with a number such as 666, 868 or 870) in a natural science or engineering related topic to meet the science, engineering and public policy requirement. The course must be taken with a member of the University’s science or engineering faculty and should be linked to the student’s research interest. Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • BISC 631 Practice of Science
  • BISC 637 Population Ecology
  • BREG 666 Special Problem: Science & Engineering Aspects of Agricultural Systems
  • BREG 666 Special Problem: Science & Engineering Aspects of Water Systems
  • CIEG 632 Chemical Aspects: Environmental Engineering
  • CIEG 636 Biological Aspects: Environmental Engineering
  • CIEG 654 Urban Transportation Planning
  • ELEG 620 Solar Electric Systems: Engineering and Science Aspects
  • ELEG 628 Solar Energy Technology and Applications
  • ENWC 620 Behavioral Ecology
  • MAST 606 Ocean & Atmosphere Remote Sensing

Concentration or Specialization Requirement: 15 credits 

  • ENEP 863 Doctoral Research Paper (3 credits)
  • Courses not taken from the Social Science list above can be used to build a concentration/specialization. Other coursework can be included with the approval of the student’s advisor.

Qualifying Examination in Theory, Methodology and Policy Analysis

Doctoral students are required to stand for and pass the Qualifying Examination in Theory, Methodology and Policy Analysis at the conclusion of the first year of study. The Examination is prepared by a committee of the ENEP core faculty and is chaired by the ENEP program director. Students receiving a conditional pass or failing grade cannot continue further in the program until they have achieved a passing grade (based either on completion of remedial work or re-examination, as specified by the examination committee). Only one re-examination is permitted.

Doctoral Dissertation

  • ENEP 969 Doctoral research supervision (9 credits)
  • ENEP 863 Doctoral Research Paper (3 credits)

The Ph.D. in ENEP is awarded upon the successful defense of the dissertation before a committee of four faculty, two of whom – including the chair – must be selected from the core faculty of the ENEP Program. At least one committee member must be selected from non-ENEP core faculty and may hold an appointment from another institution. It is expected that an external faculty member from another institution with expertise in the regional focus of the dissertation will be selected when the research concerns an international topic. The defense of the dissertation is conducted as a public examination. The committee must determine that the work represents a distinctive contribution to the field and meets standards of scholarship and research expected for the award of a Ph.D. in the field.

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  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-1687
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