April 19, 2010
The McCombs School of Business continues to explore innovative ways for Texas MBA students to incorporate a focus on energy into their studies. New courses in energy finance and a concentration in cleantech are being offered to Texas MBA students, with future offerings in cleantech marketing and sustainability being planned.
“The Texas MBA Energy Finance concentration has been a popular and successful program for over a decade,” explains John C. Butler, clinical professor of finance and academic director for the Energy Management and Innovation Center, “These initiatives have been driven largely by student demand and input from industry. We were in the envious position of building onto an already solid foundation with these new offerings.”
The Energy Management and Innovation Center’s faculty co-chair team, including Sheridan Titman, John C. Butler, David Spence, Ehud I. Ronn, Leigh McAlister, Jim Dyer and Steve Limberg, along with the Corporate Advisory Board for the center, have been working on the curriculum with current and past students and the MBA program office. The new courses are designed for the full-time program but there are plans to expand the presence of energy topics in all McCombs graduate programs.
In addition to the new concentrations, there will be an assortment of energy-oriented courses for students of any concentration to take, including several cross-disciplinary courses that will be offered in conjunction with other schools and colleges at The University of Texas at Austin.
The new courses range from an Energy Finance Practicum to Business Analytics and Decision Modeling to Energy Law to Management Sustainability Sustainable Business Management and Petroleum Oil and Gas Accounting. Interdisciplinary courses like Energy Technology and Policy (with Professor Michael Webber of Mechanical Engineering) and Green Technology Law and Policy (with Professor David Adelman of the Law School) will further explore the complexities of the emerging energy business environment.
An energy finance major is currently offered at the undergraduate level with plans to mirror the other MBA offerings at the undergraduate level over the next few years.