According to official US data, job creation in the energy sector has grown significantly faster than overall private sector employment in recent years, with employment growth in the oil and gas sector surging by 35 percent. Furthermore, analysts expect a burst of substantial job creation in the renewable industries (wind, solar, biofuels) too.
As we list below, a number of business master’s programs are helping students to get ahead in the energy business. These programs offer a 360-degree view of the sector, covering renewable and alternative energy, oil and gas and much more. Many courses focus on new business models and energy market designs for the renewable energy transition, as governments race to decarbonize their economies in the face of systemic planetary risks.
Other courses focus on policy and economic perspectives, in addition to contemporary business challenges. In addition, these programs are taught by leading climate change experts, who focuses on the development of transferable skills and applicable knowledge. And many are interdisciplinary, blending expertise from business, engineering natural sciences departments across one or multiple universities, with some joint-degree options available.
ESCP Business School runs the MSc in Energy Management, which is delivered in London and Paris. It provides a holistic, 360-degree view of the energy business. That includes renewable and alternative energy, sustainability, electricity markets and the oil and gas business, as well as liquefied natural gas markets. The program is supported by ESCP’s London-based Energy Management Centre (EMC).View School Profile
The Executive Master of Management in Energy is a collaboration between the leading institutions BI Norwegian Business School and IFP School in Paris. The course explores the development in Europe and Scandinavia during the last decade, as those regions have been pioneers when it comes to new business models and energy market designs. Students learn how to the green energy transition, and attain the most attractive management positions in the energy industry of the future.View School Profile
The UK’s Durham University Business School offers the Master of Energy Systems Management program. This new course immerses students in both business management and the underpinning technologies of energy conversion. The program covers a range of subjects, such as Net Zero challenges. A range of optional modules allow students to focus on their areas of interest.View School Profile
The Online Master of Energy Business Program is run by the University of Tulsa, Collins College of Business. It’s designed for working professionals with backgrounds in business, engineering, geosciences, law and related disciplines who are seeking to advance their careers in the energy industry. Delivered in energy-rich Oklahoma, this degree blends business practices with contemporary energy issues.View School Profile
The University of Strathclyde’s business school, in Scotland, puts on the MSc Economics and Policy of Energy and Climate Change. Students develop a strong understanding of key issues in environment and energy from policy and economic perspectives, studying on either a full-time or part-time basis. They gain practical insight from leading climate change experts, who focuses on the development of transferable skills and applicable knowledge.View School Profile
Combining the experience of Imperial College London’s Faculty of Engineering with the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Imperial College Business School, the MSc Sustainable Energy Futures is a multidisciplinary program. The course provides a foundation in the major global energy issues, sustainable energy technologies, and their interactions with economics, the environment and policy.View School Profile
The Master of Science in Global Energy Leadership program is offered by the University of Houston, Bauer College of Business. It prepares students to advance their careers in the energy industry by imparting both the knowledge of the business of energy and exposure to effective management skills. Houston, a global commercial center for oil and gas production, is one gateway to jobs in the energy industry.View School Profile
The Naveen Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas runs the Master of Science in Energy Management program, which covers all aspects of developing and managing energy assets in a business environment. This program is also hands-on, with students visiting coal and gas-fired power plants, a solar farm and an active drilling operation as part of the course. The program is ranked highly by the Oil and Gas Investor Magazine.View School Profile
UQ Business School in Queensland, Australia, offers the Master of Sustainable Energy Management, a part-time degree. Open to students from different backgrounds, modules are taught in week-intensive blocks. Participants will graduate with an understanding of the complex nature of energy generation, distribution and supply, as well as the crucial role of finance, technology and regulation.View School Profile
Newcastle University Business School, in the UK, runs the Renewable Energy, Enterprise and Management (REEM) MSc. On this program, students will learn how to critically evaluate the policy drivers of renewable energy at a global level. They also learn to critically analyze the barriers to the implementation of renewable energy technologies, and use the insight to make sound judgments for business and innovation.View School Profile