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Financing and Deploying Clean Energy Certificate Program

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Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ page is updated regularly, so make sure to check it frequently for new information. All updates are added to the bottom of the page.

Do I have to submit a GRE/GMAT score?

No. More information on the documents and steps required for the application process are available here.

Are there scholarships available?

We offer a small number of merit-based scholarships. The scholarship application is available within the application system. Please do not send us any financial information as part of your scholarship application; it will not be reviewed. Scholarships, if awarded, may cover up to 75% of the tuition for a few outstanding scholarship recipients.

You will be notified of any scholarship award at the time of your admissions decision. 

Note that scholarship amounts are applied to the Spring semester tuition payment first.

What is the application deadline?

The 2021/2022 application cycle dates are posted on the application page of this website and on the Important Dates page here. Make sure to review these dates thoroughly before you apply! To be notified when the application system opens, sign up for our mailing list on our Homepage

We encourage candidates to submit their application as early as possible. Please refer to the application page here to learn why, and to prepare your application.

What is the weekly time commitment?

The weekly time commitment is four to five hours per week for the average learner. Note, however, that no one will be an "average" learner in all of the courses. For instance, if you have stronger quantitative skills but weaker qualitative skills, you may find the Clean Energy Policy course more challenging, requiring more hours. Conversely, if you have stronger qualitative skills, you may find the Technology Transitions Course more challenging, thus requiring additional hours. On average though, the program was designed for a 5-hour weekly commitment. 

How are the certificate courses delivered?

The one-week How to Study Online Module and the four-week Foundations Course are both self-paced and entirely asynchronous. While you can engage with peers (and we encourage you to do so), you are not required to.

The four eight-week Core Courses are delivered at the same pace to the whole FDCE cohort and include both synchronous and asynchronous activities. During the Core Courses, participants are expected to spend four to five hours a week on course content. Participants are required to connect with peers each week through discussions and into class sessions using video-conferencing once per week on Thursday.

This weekly time commitment will generally involve:

  • Up to one hour of video;
  • Two to three hours of individual or group work; and
  • One hour participating in live sessions (mandatory).

You can find more information on course delivery here and read more about course content, including a week-by-week outline of the program here.

Do I need to come to campus?

No.

Really? I thought this was a hybrid online and in-person program!

Due to the ongoing public health emergency, we unfortunately had to remove the requirement that participants come to campus during what was called as the On-Campus Week. But since climate change can't wait, we replaced some of the social and onboarding elements of the On-Campus Week with an Online Orientation. We will resume the residential aspect of the program once the global public health emergency has subsided.

In addition, for FDCE cohorts who did not get to meet in person, we will hold a conference gathering all members of our community to experience Yale, hear from world experts on clean energy, and unleash the creativity and innovation of our phenomenal group of FDCE alums when it is safe for everyone in our community to do so! This is going to be fun!

Do I need to log in to a lecture at a certain time?

You can watch the prerecorded lectures at any time and at your own pace within the week when they are assigned. However, the live sessions will require you to connect online for one hour every week. All cohort-wide live sessions will be held at noon EST on Thursdays except during Thanksgiving Week. Some smaller group sessions may be held at different times, which will be announced based on speakers' and instructors' availability.

What kind of access will I have to the teaching team?

You will participate in live sessions led by an instructor (guest expert, faculty member, or teaching fellow) every week. Some of your assignments will be graded and you will receive feedback. In contrast, the first course, Foundations, is entirely self-paced and asynchronous.

Can I work ahead of the certificate's pace?

No. Modules will become accessible on Monday mornings, and participants will have a week to go through the materials and assignments. Course materials will remain accessible throughout the entire duration of the certificate to allow course participants to return to previous weeks. A notable exception to this schedule is the Foundations Course, which is entirely self-paced and will be accessible in its entirety from the date it opens and for the duration of the certificate. Read more about important dates here.

Is the certificate a degree?

No. The certificate is not a degree-bearing program. Participants who complete the requirements of the certificate led by CBEY will receive a certificate of completion from the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of the Environment. We do not, however, offer transcripts.

If you are interested in a degree program with a clean energy technology, policy, or finance focus, consider applying to one of the programs offered by the Yale School of the Environment or the Yale School of Management.

Is the certificate credit-based?

No. At this stage, you may not earn credits for this certificate. As a result, we do not offer transcripts.

Will I need to purchase any additional materials?

No. All of the course materials for the certificate courses will be provided on the course website (Canvas).

However, please note that the costs of transportation to New Haven and accommodation for any on-campus events that might be held are NOT included in the tuition. For additional information on tuition, costs, and payments, please refer to this page

What supporting documents should I send and where?

All supporting documentation should be submitted using the online application form available from the application page of our website when admissions are open. A Readiness Checklist (a list of supporting documents required for your application) is also available on the same page. 

You should not send any hard or soft copies of any documents to the Yale School of Management, the Yale School of the Environment, or the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. These will neither be read nor returned. All supporting documents must be submitted through the online application form, except for the recommendation letter, which must be emailed directly by your reference to cbey.certificate@yale.edu before the application deadline.

How long should the resume be?

Your resume or cv may be up to three pages, but we encourage brevity. 

Once I submit my application, how quickly can I receive an admission decision?  

Decisions are all sent at the same time, generally at the end of March. For information specific to your admissions cycle, please refer to the application page of our website.

What does it mean to be on a waitlist?

Candidates who completed an application online before the deadline and who would have been accepted into the program if not for the cohort reaching its maximum size will be placed on a waitlist. Candidates that have been placed on a waitlist will be notified if a spot becomes available before the start of the Foundations course. If you are on the waitlist, no further action is required from you at this time.

How do I talk about this with my employer? 

We encourage you to enquire with your employer whether training and professional development funds may be applied to finance this program. You can use this sample email to start the conversation.

As a participant in the CBEY certificate program, can I audit on-campus classes?

Unfortunately, no.

Is there a capstone project?

No, not at this time. In future years, we may develop a capstone project based on faculty and student interest.

How will I stay connected to the faculty, program, and new research projects as a graduate of the CBEY certificate program?

An online platform dedicated to the CBEY certificate program is being developed to keep in touch and share ideas, research, and job postings for all who participate.

Do the topics covered apply worldwide?

The topics covered in the certificate broadly apply throughout the world, but the policy and technology discussions are, for now, mostly intended for a U.S. audience. Particularly, clean energy policy is an inherently jurisdictional discipline, but the tools and frameworks taught in the Clean Energy Policy Course have broad applicability.

Financial modeling skills in the context of project finance are applicable worldwide, but several aspects of the renewable energy project finance course, like the use of tax incentives, are also U.S. specific.

How many credit-hour equivalents is this?

This certificate is not for credit. An equivalent in credit hour cannot be provided because the structure of Yale courses in general and of the courses in this online certificate is different.

A 3-credit course at Yale College would generally mean that students receive three hours of instruction per week, and are expected to work an extra six hours on assignments and readings over the course of 13 to 15 weeks. This means for instance that for a 14-week long semester, a student in a 3-credit class would work a total of 126 hours, including 42 instruction hours.

This certificate is structured with three hours of readings and assignments and two instruction hours weekly for the Core Courses, in addition to a week-long Online Orientation and a Foundations Course. It requires in excess of 200 hours of work, including about 100 hours of instruction in total over the course of an academic year. Thus the ratio of instruction hours to assignment hours is higher, and credit equivalent cannot be provided.

What is the tuition?

All tuition information is available on this page.

Can I take only part of the certificate? Is there anything I can point to having already completed that would allow me to take an abridged version of the program?

No. Participants must commit to the whole program. The admissions committee considers motivation and commitment to the whole program when evaluating candidates for several reasons.

First, one of the goals of the programs is to create cohorts of diverse profiles from across industries. Thus the structure of the program will facilitate interaction among classmates throughout the year. This is because innovation happens at the margins of disciplines, and we want this program to catalyze change and on-the-ground impact.

Second, online learning requires that people be self-starters and more motivated than on-campus learners. We will evaluate candidates on that basis.

Can I replace some courses with another project that can potentially lower the cost?

No. For the reasons explained above, participants must commit to the whole program.

Is there an application fee?

No.

How long has this certificate program existed?

The program was launched in 2019.

Is there a minimum amount of professional experience you're looking for in applicants?

No. Our first two cohorts include participants who just graduated from college and others with PhDs and decades of experience. We’ll seek to balance the cohort across industries, functions, and experience levels. Making a cohort and creating a network for participants is as important to us as the content being taught.

Where can I find information about the core curriculum?

A broad description of the core curriculum content and a detailed week-by-week document including themes and learning objectives are both available on this page. 

I have taken the "General Training IELTS" test. Do you require the academic version of the test?

No. General Training IELTS is fine.

I've seen references to both Canvas and Zoom being used. What's the difference?

Canvas is the learning management platform we use. It is a website that learners go to, using their browsers, to access all asynchronous (not in real-time) course content. All technical requirements are available here.

Zoom is the video-conferencing platform we use. Learners will click on a link provided on Canvas to access the video conference line. Please use this link to check the Internet speed from your location.

Do you accept Segal AmeriCorps Education Award funds as tuition payments?

Yale University is a Title IV institution. Under AmeriCorps classification, you should refer to rules applicable to "Non-Title IV educational courses offered by a Title IV institution." Please refer to the AmeriCorps website for more details and to verify eligibility and amounts based on your personal situation.

If you plan on using an AmeriCorps award to submit your payment should you be admitted, please send us a note at cbey.certificate@yale.edu

I was admitted to the program. I filled out my intent to enroll form, and I paid my tuition. Now what?

Congratulations! Now, just sit tight, and wait for an email from us with details on the enrollment process. Fret not, we are just as excited about your joining the cohort as you are!

You will also receive general information about your cohort and information on how to access Canvas when the first course opens.

To see when the first course will open this year, please refer to the communications you received from the team. Again, all important dates are available here.

I missed the application deadline. Can I still apply?

Sadly no. But there is always next year! Please make sure you subscribe to the CBEY newsletter and check our website regularly. We announce the date of the following year’s admissions deadline at the latest by December. We hope to see you in next year’s applicant pool!

Can I use GI Bill benefits to pay for this program?

Not yet, but we're working on it! If this is what you're planning to do, please email us at cbey.certificate@yale.edu as soon as you start your application!