The graduate courses in ERG provide advanced training in interdisciplinary analysis and research. Individual courses review current developments in the field or emphasize particular disciplinary perspectives: economics, resources, politics, public policy, or environmental sciences.
Master’s Degrees in Energy and Resources
The purpose of the ERG Master’s program is to educate the next generation of interdisciplinary leaders. ERG offers both a Master of Science (MS) and Master of Arts (MA) degree. Students are taught the range of methods and subjects they should be able to understand, advance, and critique to address critical issues stemming from the interaction of humans and the environment. To that end, the requirements for the ERG master’s degree are both broad and deep, stressing analytic, methodological, theoretical, and practical approaches to problems in energy, resources, and the environment.
The course requirements provide for a substantive introduction to the disciplinary approaches that are employed in studying energy and resource issues. The requirements also ensure experience in interdisciplinary analysis applied to a key resource concern. The curriculum provides an opportunity—through a topical cluster and an independent project—to extend and deepen the areas of investigation and understanding to satisfy the intellectual interests of each student.
The curriculum is intended to serve those students for whom the master’s degree will be the final formal education in support of a professional career and also those students who intend to continue their education, for example by pursuing a PhD in Energy and Resources.
A small number of highly qualified applicants will be selected for the Master’s/PhD Track. The track is both an indication of your intent to continue to the PhD program at ERG, and ERG’s expectation that you will to be qualified to continue to doctoral work after satisfying the master’s degree requirements. It does not obligate you, or ERG, to your eventual matriculation to the PhD. Candidates admitted into the joint Master’s/PhD track will be expected to complete all the requirements of the ERG Master’s Degree before continuing.
ERG Concurrent Degree Programs (MPP/MA or MMP/MS)
The Energy and Resources Group (ERG) and the The Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) offer a 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. Students complete both programs in three years and receive a master’s of public policy (MPP) as well as a master’s degree in Energy and Resources (MA or MS).
Matriculation from the Master’s to the PhD
Students who begin on the Master’s/ PhD Track have an opportunity to declare their interest in continuing to the PhD during the third semester of the two-year master’s program. Other Master's Degree students will have the opportunity to apply to continue to the PhD as well.
To officially matriculate into the PhD program, all master’s degree students must meet the following criteria: 1) they must meet all the requirements of the master’s degree program and 2) they must have a letter from one ladder-rank faculty member in the ERG core or affiliate pool that indicates a commitment to serve as the student’s PhD adviser and an assessment of the types of projects the student could work on during PhD studies. Non-Track Master's students will also need to submit a new Statement of Purpose. If the student does not meet these criteria he or she will be given the opportunity to finish any additional course work, if necessary, to complete the requirements of the master’s degree, but will not matriculate to the PhD program.
PhD in Energy and Resources
The admission requirement for the PhD is that the totality of the student’s coursework after the bachelor’s degree, including courses taken at other universities and inside and outside of ERG at Berkeley, must meet the substantive and unit requirements and interdisciplinary breadth that is offered in the ERG MA or MS degree.
There is no formal language requirement for the PhD degree. However, those students conducting research in a non-English speaking country must demonstrate competency in the language of the country.
After the doctoral student and his or her advisers have agreed on a subject for the dissertation, the student must defend in a three-hour oral examination the suitability of the topic and his/her preparation for attacking it. This exam, called the qualifying examination, is conducted by a committee of four faculty members chosen by the student, in consultation with his/her faculty adviser and subject to the approval of the graduate dean.
This examination should be taken at least one year before the expected completion of the dissertation. The final requirement for the PhD is completion of the dissertation to the satisfaction of a committee consisting of three faculty advisers/readers chosen by the student, subject to approval by the graduate dean. The PhD degree in Energy and Resources is typically completed three to five years beyond the master’s degree.
Source: Berkeley Academic Guide