Renewable and Sustainable Energy (RSE)

College of Engineering & Applied Science - Boulder



An online class is delivered 100% electronically using the internet or other computer-based methods. The teaching is conducted from a remote location through an online course learning management system or other online or electronic tools. Students have access to the teacher and classmates synchronously, asynchronously, or both. Online classes typically are term-based, but some may be offered in a self-paced format.

CU-Boulder’s professional certificate program provides an in-depth study of renewable and sustainable energy technologies, policies, and business – the cornerstones of this rapidly growing industry. With the knowledge this certificate provides, students, working professionals, and alternative energy practitioners will be well-equipped to begin or advance careers in renewable and sustainable energy.

How to Apply

Students need to apply directly through the School of Environment and Sustainability. When your application is received, our staff will contact you by email to let you know the status of your application. If your application is approved, we'll help you enroll in the required courses.

Degree Requirements

This graduate-level renewable energy certificate program is intended for both onsite and distance learners seeking comprehensive knowledge of renewable energy, but who may lack the time or resources to enroll in a regular graduate degree program. All three core courses are offered online. Note: Current CU-Boulder students are not eligible to enroll in this program, and should apply to the graduate or undergraduate certificate programs instead.

State Authorization

The University of Colorado must be authorized, exempted, or licensed by each state to offer its online programs to non-Colorado resident students. Below is a list of states with restrictions on enrollment and activity. Students living in these states cannot enroll in any online course, program, certificate, or degree offered:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Utah

States with TBD or Not Set Status:

Students living in the following states must contact a program advisor before enrolling in the program:

  • Armed Forces Europe
  • Armed Forces Pacific
  • Guam
  • US Virgin Islands