Frequently Asked Questions


This FAQ page is updated on a regular basis, 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 few merit-based scholarships, for which you should apply during the same week that you apply to the certificate program in order to be considered. 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.

The link to apply for scholarships is available on this page. You will be notified of any scholarship award at the time of your admissions decision.

What is the application deadline?

Admissions will close either on May 19, 2019, or when the maximum cohort size is reached, whichever occurs earlier. We encourage applicants to submit their application forms as early as possible, preferably before the priority admissions deadline on March 7, 2019.

What is the weekly time commitment?

The weekly time commitment is four to five hours per week.

How are the certificate courses delivered?

A hybrid of both online and in-person interaction, this program consists of a self-paced foundations precourse, a week on campus, and four 8-week core courses.

The in-person week, in August, will take place on Yale's campus. The core courses will be held online and a mix of self-paced and with live (synchronous) sessions. Participants will connect with peers and into class sessions using video-conferencing once per week. The foundations course is entirely self-paced and designed to be a total of 25 hours of work for participants. During the core online courses, participants are expected to spend four to five hours a week on course content.

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.

You can find more information on course delivery here and read more about course content here.

Do I need to come to campus?

Yes. In order to get the most out of this experience, the on-campus week is a required activity.  

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. 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.

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 foundational 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 successfully 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 Forestry & Environmental Studies.

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 Forestry & Environmental Studies or the Yale School of Management.

Is the certificate credit-based?

No. At this stage you may not earn credits for this certificate.

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. However, please note once more that the costs of transportation to New Haven and accommodation for the on-campus week are NOT included in the tuition. For additional information on tuition, costs, and payments, please refer to this page

Where can I find accommodation information for the on-campus week?

You can find information about hotels in New Haven here.

Information about Metro-North tickets from Grand Central to Union Station in New Haven can be found here.

What supporting documents should I send and where?

All supporting documentation should be submitted using the online application form available hereA list of supporting documents required for your application is also available here.

You should not send any hard or soft copies of any documents to the Yale School of Management, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 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 from 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?  

It depends. If you apply prior to the priority deadline on March 7, 2019, and are admitted to the program, you will receive an admissions decision by March 15, 2019. If you apply after the priority admissions deadline, and in any event, all admissions and scholarships decisions will be announced by May 26, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

What does it mean to be on a waitlist?

Candidates who successfully completed an application online before May 19, 2019, 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 prior to the start of the on-campus week. 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 inquire with your employer whether training and professional development funds may be applied to finance this program. You can use the sample email below to start the conversation.File Sample email for your employer

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 students 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 will be 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.

Financial modeling skills in the context of project finance are also 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 equivalent 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 are 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, in addition to an intensive week-long on campus training and a precourse. 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 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 cost?

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

Is there an application fee?


How long has this certificate program existed?

The 2019/2020 cohort will be our very first.

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

No. We are receiving statements of interest and applications from people who are still in college and from people who have 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.

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."

Since the certificate is a non-degree program, should you be admitted you will not be able to use AmeriCorps's electronic submission system; you will have to submit your payment request to AmeriCorps using the Voucher and Payment Request Form and submitting it through Yale. Please refer to the AmeriCorps website for more details and to verify eligibility and amounts.

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

Congratulations! Now, just sit tight, and wait for an email from us with details on the enrollment and tuition payment 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 regarding your personal requirements with respect to the foundations course in due time. Whether you are required to take all or part of the foundations course, you will receive a link to access it during the first week of July.

The Foundations Course site will become available on July 8.

As you make initial arrangements to come to New Haven in August, remember that 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 should be able to announce the date of next year’s priority admissions deadline at the latest by December. We hope to see you in next year’s applicants pool!

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 will go to, using their browsers, to access all asynchronous (not in real time) course content. There will be one link and one link only. 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, which will be updated weekly. Please use this link to check the Internet speed from your location.