Degree Programs


Beginning in 2011, the University of Maine in cooperation with Maine Maritime Academy will offer a Master of Science in Renewable Energy and the Environment, and an undergraduate minor in Deepwater Wind Energy. The curriculums harness synchronous and asynchronous technologies for greater accessibility, and feature courses with world-renowned experts in renewable energy systems in the offshore environment.

The M.S. in Renewable Energy and the Environment (MSREE) is a 30 credit hour program with four concentrations:

  • Ocean energy structures
  • Electrical generation and transmission
  • Environmental siting and policy
  • Project management

Students will be expected to take at least one course in each concentration and declare an area of specialization. The broad background provided by the four themes will allow students to be fully integrated with other renewable energy professionals.

The undergraduate minor in Deepwater Wind Energy focuses on the same four themes as the MSREE:

  • Ocean energy structures
  • Electrical generation and transmission
  • Environmental siting and policy
  • Project management

Students must take 18 credit hours in applicable courses with a minimum of one course from three of the four areas.

Northern Maine Community College offers an Associate of Science in Offshore Wind Power Technology. This program will feature an offshore wind safety certificate.

The Associate of Science in Wind Power Technology focuses on safety training for both on and offshore challenges. NMCC is constructing the first Wind Power Safety Training Center in New England, which will provide ten-hour voluntary compliance OSHA training as well as ongoing industry education and training needed to assist employers and employees in maintaining current safety certifications. The safety standards adopted for the program are consistent with OSHA and industry standards. Some courses will support operations in the offshore marine environment.