The CleanTech concentration prepares you for a career in renewable energy, energy efficiency and emissions abatement. This field is one of the fastest growing employment areas for MBAs. Clean technology companies are seeking MBAs who not only have excellent business skills, but also a solid understanding of the technology and policy aspects affecting their industry, as well as project and risk management skills.
The CleanTech concentration at McCombs gives you the opportunity to combine courses across various schools to best prepare for their career of choice. You will also connect with Austin’s booming CleanTech industry through the Clean Energy Incubator and a variety of on- and off-campus opportunities.
The Graduate Portfolio Program in Energy Studies (GPPES) is open to students who are currently registered in any UT graduate program. The GPPES takes an interdisciplinary approach designed to give students a broad picture of the energy field that considers energy issues from an overall policy perspective, based on an understanding of the technological and environmental pressures involved.
Participants in the program carry out an energy oriented research project – this can be a Master’s thesis, a doctoral dissertation or a stand-alone project – and make a professional presentation of their results.
The Graduate Portfolio Program in Sustainability provides Master and Doctoral students with a trans-disciplinary framework to study and research issues related to sustainability. Sustainability is an emerging discourse that simultaneously addresses issues of economic development, environmental protection, and social equity. The objectives of the portfolio program are to:
Provide a cohesive plan of study in sustainability;
Prepare students for leadership roles in academic and professional practice;
Foster trans-disciplinary research and dialogue between graduate students and participating faculty members interested in sustainability; and,
Assist students in publishing research on sustainability topics.
All MS Finance (MSF) students must take the required summer and fall curriculum paths, but may choose a spring curriculum path in Energy Finance. Course options within this path include Intermediate Accounting, Portfolio Management, Energy Technologies, Advanced Modeling and Valuation, and Quantitative Trading Strategies (for energy traders) or Advanced Accounting (for Energy IB).
Energy Finance is an area of concentration available to MBA students. Those desiring to enter the energy industry must be prepared to understand, quantify, monitor, and manage the financial risks created by volatile energy prices and to participate in the evaluation of energy projects and energy derivatives. Courses address valuing of financial contracts, derivative securities, financing decisions, business valuation, mergers/acquisitions, and hedging + risk management strategies. Students also participate in professional seminars on the “physical” side of the energy business to provide backgrounds on topics such as energy exploration, production, and distribution. Energy professionals play an important role in student development as they assist with these seminars and participate in class sessions on major energy finance issues.