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The only graduate program of its kind: Master’s in Resource and Energy Demand Analysis

Justin Margolies knew about the groundbreaking environmental work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Agriculture & Applied Economics. That’s what attracted him to the professional master’s degree in Resource and Energy Demand Analysis (REDA).

Justin Margolies: 'I was drawn to the program because of the department's rich history in environmental economics.'
Justin Margolies: ‘I was drawn to the program because of the department’s rich history in environmental economics.’ Above: The REDA class of 2015-16.

“I was drawn to the program because of the department’s rich history in environmental economics,” Margolies says. “It’s been a pioneer in leading new initiatives to solve complex environmental issues.”

The professional master’s in Resource and Energy Demand Analysis is the first program of its kind, preparing students for careers with utilities, consulting firms, regulators, and other organizations involved in protecting natural resources. It helps them develop the quantitative skills to manage and evaluate energy efficiency and resource conservation programs. There’s a high demand for such specialized skills, given the growth of energy and resource-conservation programs around the world.

Big data

Zan Li plans on a career in the energy industry and recognized that the REDA program could put her on the cutting edge.

“The program teaches a lot of skills to deal with big data, which is a really hot topic now,” Li says. “I wanted to know how to work with it.”

REDA students earn a master’s degree in under a year. They learn economic theory, survey methodology, econometrics, statistics, and communication skills—everything they’ll need to find jobs.

Ethan Barquest, now an energy analyst with Itron, says REDA has launched him on his dream career.

“It was the most relevant graduate program out there for what I wanted to do,” he says. “It’s also the only graduate program of its kind. It has prepared me very well for the objective I want to accomplish.”

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