Whether you recently graduated college, have been working in the energy sector for years, or are looking to make a career change, have you considered an Energy MBA?
You may be asking, ‘what is an Energy MBA?’ "Energy" in the context of the energy management programs refers to traditional hydrocarbon energy businesses (e.g., coal, oil, natural gas), the power generation industry, and alternative energy (e.g., renewable, nuclear, and concentration).
Energy MBA programs are unique – there are few schools that offer this specialty, but the ones that do offer an opportunity to get ahead by learning how to solve energy business problems.
For those wondering what may come next in their career, an energy MBA may be the turning-point in diversifying your marketability in the job market. Energy MBA programs allow for individuals from various backgrounds to become well-rounded by expanding their skill sets.
By pursuing an Energy MBA, people can meld their field and technical work with management skills. For instance, engineers who want to advance to management positions can develop their leadership style, or individuals with a business background can use Energy MBA programs to tailor their skills to a more specific sector of industry.
“I wanted to pursue a program that allowed me to develop a richer quantitative and managerial background,” says Greyson Buckingham, University of Wyoming Energy MBA student. “My hope is to leverage the skills garnered in the MBA in Energy Management program, in conjunction with my other skill sets, so that I can enjoy a fruitful career in the energy industry.”
Students in MBA programs will complete coursework such as business research, organizational behavior, decision making, professional development, and operations management. Our Energy Management MBA students also take seven energy related classes ranging from supply chain management to law to consumption to finance.
Aside from classwork, our MBA students also complete summer projects, acting as consultants for companies in the energy industry. They also have the opportunity to participate in a state-wide energy tour, which allows students to break away from textbooks and classroom learning to meet individuals in industry.
Students also take part in personal leadership experiences throughout their time in the MBA program. One partnership that the MBA program continues to foster is with the National Outdoor Leadership School.
“The expedition was extremely successful, equipping us with a strong set of leadership skills to be used in the MBA program, in our jobs after graduation, and hopefully during many more safe and fun outdoor adventures in the years to come,” second year MBA student Allen Riley said.
Download the latest issue of our alumni magazine FOCUS to read more about how our students work with those in the energy sector.