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Master’s in Resource and Energy Demand Analysis creates colleagues for life

Students often enter graduate school bracing themselves for cutthroat competition. By contrast, the professional master’s degree in Resource and Energy Demand Analysis (REDA) brings students together, creating colleagues for life.

“One thing we’ve noticed is that REDA develops a strong sense of camaraderie among the students,” says Dan Phaneuf, a professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison program.

REDA is the first professional training program of its kind, preparing students for in-demand careers with utilities, consulting firms, regulators, and other organizations involved in protecting natural resources. It teaches them quantitative skills for managing and evaluating energy efficiency and resource conservation programs.

The program also helps them develop a professional network with fellow students, thanks to the culture of peer-to-peer learning.

“The idea is that the other students are going to become your colleagues as you get out into the work world,” Phaneuf says. “The REDA students form a strong cohort and see themselves as in this together, not competing with each other.”

A master’s degree in under a year

The growth in energy and resource conservation initiatives has created a need for people who understand economic modeling, big data, and cutting-edge analytics. REDA students learn economic theory, survey methodology, econometrics, statistics, and communication skills—everything they’ll need to find jobs. They also engage in out-of-class activities, including conferences, seminars, and presentations by industry practitioners. They can earn a master’s degree in under a year.

For more information on the professional master’s degree in Resource and Energy Demand Analysis, watch the video above or see here.