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FAQ

  • Why should I consider the Energy Management Program?
    The top Energy Management & Commerce degree programs in US universities today do not produce enough quality graduates to meet industry’s needs. While there is pent up demand for energy specialists like landmen, energy companies are looking for graduates in every functional area of business with the ability to apply their skills in the energy space. Unconventional tight sand and shale plays have dramatically increased demand for top talent in the industry, and many energy companies are unable to fill all of their open positions for commercial business professionals. In addition, lack of growth and recruitment in the industry has resulted in demographics that are top heavy with age, leaving a vacuum of younger talent to assume leadership roles. All of these circumstances create a fantastic opportunity for undergraduates to pursue careers in the energy industry.
  • What skills will I learn?
    The multi-disciplinary program draws on expertise across the UT campus, namely, faculty in the Cockrell School of Engineering, the Jackson School of Geosciences, and the McCombs School of Business. Students will take petroleum operations and geology courses to better understand oil, gas and minerals. Relevant legal aspects, such as operating agreements, mineral rights, title clearance, and surface agreements, will be covered through coursework in real estate law, contracts law, and oil & gas law, offered by McCombs’ faculty in the Business, Government and Society department. Instruction in business administration and finance will be also be provided through McCombs coursework. These skills are designed to complement any degree plan at the University of Texas.
  • Is there a student organization associated with the Energy Management Program?
    Yes! The Texas Energy Forum (TEF) is the undergraduate energy student organization. They hold meetings every other Tuesday evening, and often host industry professionals as guest speakers on a variety of energy topics. TEF has an oil & gas division that will collaborate with local industry association groups, Austin Petroleum Landman Association and Austin Petroleum Exploration Society, to promote industry engagement through experiential educational opportunities, field trips, social activities, and internships.

    To learn more about TEF, please see their website: http://texasenergyforum.blogspot.com/.
  • How do I register for these classes and do I need special approval?
    You will need to apply for admission into the program. Once admitted you will be allowed to register for the core courses during the summer registration period outlined by the University registration schedule.
  • Is there an application, and if so, when and how do I apply?
    Yes, please click on our “Apply” tab and fill out the brief application. The application period is open twice each year for the upcoming summer cohort:

    The fall application period is from September 1- October 1.
    Application decisions will be sent out no later than October 25.
    Approximately 75% of applicants spots will be decided during the fall application period.

    The spring application period is from February 15- March 15.
    Application decisions will be sent out no later than April 15.
    The remainder of the available spots will be decided during the spring application period.

    You should apply during the spring prior to when you would like to begin the summer program. Examples: 1) Interested in summer 2015, then apply in fall 2014 or spring 2015. 2) Interested in summer 2016, then apply in fall 2015 or spring 2016. We cannot delay the start of your acceptance and if you want to start the program during a subsequent summer you will need to reapply during the fall or spring before the start of the summer you wish to participate in.
  • When can I start the program?
    The 2014 cohort of the Energy Management Program will begin with a nine week intensive session that begins June 5, 2014 and ends July 30, 2014. For summer 2014 the schedule is as follows:

    June 5th - July 1st (M-Th), Finals July 2nd

     Time  Class  Professor
     9:00am-12:00 p.m.  BGS f370 OIL/GAS EXPLOR NONTECH PERSON  Bommer       
     12:00pm-2:00 p.m.  
     Lunch  N/A
     2:00pm-5:00 p.m.  LEB f363 REAL ESTATE LAW  Murray

    July 3rd - July 29th (M-Th), Finals July 30th

     Time  Class  Professor
     9:00am-12:00 p.m.  GEO s316P SEDIMENTARY ROCKS             Frebourg
     12:00pm-2:00 p.m.  Lunch  N/A
     2:00pm-5:00 p.m.
     LEB s370 OIL AND GAS LAW  Pedersen
  • How long is the program?
    The program can be spread over the four-year degree plan; however, four of the required courses are designed to be taken during a nine week summer semester for non-Geology and non-Petroleum Engineering majors (Geology and Petroleum Engineering majors will only need to take the three non-geology summer school courses). GEO 303 or GEO 401 is a prerequisite that must be taken prior to GEO s316K or the equivalent; BGS 370 can be taken in any fall semester of the junior or senior year.
  • What are the four courses that are taken together?
    LEB f363-Real Estate Law, GEO s316P (for non-Geology and non-Petroleum Engineering majors), LEB s370 Oil & Gas Law, and BGS f370 Oil and Gas Exploration for Nontechnical Personnel. *If you have already completed GEO s316P or the equivalent (GEO 416M) you can just take the other three courses, although we recommend sitting in on the summer class if your schedule and space in the room permits.
  • What are the prerequisite courses for the Energy Management Program?
    GEO 303 (non-Geology Majors) or GEO 401 (Geology Majors) with a grade of a C- or higher is required to take GEO s316P or the equivalent.
  • Will participation in the program delay my graduation date?
    No, if all of your courses are selected thoughtfully, this program should not add any length to the total time it will take you to graduate from the University. The program does require one nine week summer session, designed to be taken after your sophomore year. *Geology majors and Engineering majors are eligible to participate in our summer program right after they complete their freshman year. Special circumstances for majors other than Geology and Engineering will be addressed on a case by case basis.
  • Can I finish the program earlier or later?
    Possibly, however, there are four core classes that are grouped and are to be taken in the summer semester together. *It is possible to only take three courses in the summer (LEB f363-Real Estate Law, LEB s370 Oil & Gas Law, and BGS f370 Oil and Gas Exploration for Nontechnical Personnel) if you are a Geology or Petroleum Engineering major or have already taken GEO s316P or the equivalent.  
  • Can I substitute courses?
    No, the program has been carefully designed with input from energy industry professionals and academicians. The courses cover a broad scope of topics critical to understanding challenges and procedures with securing and developing energy resources. Moreover, the program design already incorporates elective courses selected by each student from an approved list.
  • Can I take any of the courses in a semester other than summer?
    No, unless you are a Geology or Petroleum Engineering major and your degree program offers GEO 316P or GEO 416M during another semester.
  • Can I take any of the courses at another university?
    No, all courses must be completed at the University of Texas at Austin, with the exception of the prerequisite GEO 303 or the equivalent.
  • Are Energy Management courses available to non-UT students or offered online? 
    Unfortunately, at this time the energy management courses are only offered to current UT Austin undergraduate students. Additionally none of them are offered online. While we do not currently have plans to move towards online course offerings, if there is sufficient demand, we may revisit this issue.
  • Can I take courses pass/fail?
    No, they must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Will this be listed on my transcript?
    Yes, if you successfully complete all of the required courses for the Energy Management Certificate prior to obtaining your undergraduate degree you can request that the certificate appear on your transcript. Contact the Program Coordinator for instructions.
  • What is the process to have the program added to my transcript?
    You must complete an online request. Please make your request when you are taking your last program classes; if you wait until you have completed your last class, your request will be processed the next semester.
  • Upon graduation, what careers do program graduates pursue?
    Program graduates will enter the industry in numerous areas, including but not limited to: accounting, finance, land management, supply chain, entrepreneurship, and property administration.
  • Is there a required minimum GPA to be accepted into the program? 
    We recommend having at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA at UT Austin to be successful in our program.
    If you have additional questions, please contact us directly or visit one of our info sessions.