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Rice University | Wiess School of Natural Sciences Master of Energy Transition and Sustainability (METS)
Rice University | Wiess School of Natural Sciences

Master of Energy Transition and Sustainability (METS)

Houston, USA

1 Years


Full time, Part time

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26 Aug 2024

USD 56,820 / per year



The Master of Energy Transition and Sustainability (METS) Program is an advanced, professional non-thesis degree designed in partnership with the George R. Brown School of Engineering (SoE) and the Wiess School of Natural Sciences (SoNS) at Rice University. The METS program empowers individuals with the knowledge and expertise required to spearhead the global energy transition. This joint degree program will require 31 credit hours of curated courses at the 500-level or above, including a culminating three-credit hour capstone course..

The METS program is tailored for individuals holding a BA or a BS degree in a quantitative major (engineering or science) from an accredited institution. The degree will also be of value to professionals currently in the traditional energy field to allow them to retool their skills to join the global workforce in the areas of the Energy Transition, ideally those with a science or engineering background.

Houston plays a significant role in shaping the future of energy transition and sustainability as a global energy hub. Its diverse energy landscape, which includes oil and gas, renewables, and emerging technologies such as hydrogen and carbon capture and sequestration, offers a comprehensive learning experience that prepares students for various career paths within the energy sector. Thanks to the city’s energy ecosystem, students can connect directly with industry professionals, opening doors for internships, job placements, and collaborations to enhance their learning and career prospects. Pursuing a Master’s in Energy Transition and Sustainability in Houston can provide access to these diverse career paths. Students studying in this dynamic environment can contribute to global energy challenges and impact the world’s energy future.

This integrative professional master’s program will draw upon faculty and course offerings across multiple departments within engineering and natural sciences to address future energy challenges. The consensus recognition of climate change, extreme weather events, and still-growing carbon dioxide emissions is leading to irreversible shifts in how we generate and use energy, chemicals, and materials sustainably while managing and lowering the impact of greenhouse gases on the environment. Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, geothermal energy, H2 production/storage, carbon capture, and sequestration are all ways to generate global energy supply and to reduce emissions.

This program will provide the skill set for scientists and engineers to apply their transferrable skills to the search for new energy sources, to develop new technologies to harness, store, and utilize this energy to recover and remove the products of energy usage, and to design sustainable systems for the long term.

The workforce that will take on this task must be developed and trained in foundational and applied skills to address these challenges. Rice University is poised to lead in this domain, given its well-established expertise in materials science, energy technologies, energy systems, subsurface geoscience, and environmental research.



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