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  • Is there an application, and if so, when and how do I apply?
    Yes, please click on admissions and fill out the brief application. The application period is open twice each year for the upcoming summer cohort. To view an example of what the application looks like click here.

    The fall application period is from September 15- October 15: Application decisions will be sent out no later than November 15. Approximately 75% of applicants spots will be decided during the fall application period. The remainder of the available spots will be decided during the spring application period.

    The spring application period is from February 15- March 15: Application decisions will be sent out no later than April 15.

    You should apply during the fall or 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 2016 cohort of the Energy Management Program will begin with a twelve week intensive session that begins June 2, 2016 and ends August 15, 2016.  

  • How do I register for the program classes and do I need special approval?
    You will need to apply for admission into the program. If admitted you will be given access to register for the core courses during the summer registration period outlined by the University registration schedule.


  • 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.

  • What are the four courses that are taken together?
    LEB 363-Real Estate Law, GEO 316P (for non-Geology and non-Petroleum Engineering majors), LEB 370 Oil & Gas Law, and BGS 370 Oil and Gas Exploration for Nontechnical Personnel. *If you have already completed GEO 316P 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.

  • 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. To be eligible for the certificate you must make a grade of a C- or better in all six courses.

  • If I have finished my degree program but still have one or more EMP courses to take to qualify for a EMP certificate, am I eligible to register in these classes?
    Yes, students have up to one year after graduation to complete the EMP certificate. The University permits continuous registration in undergraduate classes even after a degree has been earned.


  • 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! TEMSA is the student-led branch of the McCombs Energy Management Program. Monthly meetings include industry speakers, networking opportunities, workshops, community service, and energy industry recruitment events. We seek to not only provide support through the job-search process, but also foster strong student relationships for post-graduation career success. There are two other undergraduate energy organizations.

    The first of these organizations is the Undergraduate Energy Finance Organization that meets to learn and discuss different aspects of the energy industry from a financial perspective. The second is The Texas Energy Forum (TEF), the other 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 TEMSA please see their website here: To learn more about TEF, please see their website here: To learn more about UEFO please see their website here:

  • 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 316P or the equivalent; BGS 370 can be taken in any fall semester of the junior or senior year.

  • 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 363-Real Estate Law, LEB 370 Oil & Gas Law, and BGS 370 Oil and Gas Exploration for Nontechnical Personnel) if you are a Geology or Petroleum Engineering major or have already taken GEO 316P or the equivalent.

  • 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.
  • How much does the program cost?
    There is not a set amount because it depends on three important variables which will vary depending on the student. The three variables are:
    1) Are you in state or out of state?
    2) What is your college?
    3) How many hours do you plan on taking the semester you take our courses?

    There is a website detailing tuition rates based on these variables here: 
    The cost also depends on how many hours you plan on taking the semester you take our courses. The cost of our courses are separate from your actual tuition and fees cost from the college you are enrolled in.

    Here is an example for an in state Liberal Arts student with variations on the hours they are taking: 

    Pre-req course: GEO 303 or 401 Cost: $778 (if you are taking this course plus other courses for 18 total hours), or $934 (if you are taking this course plus other courses for 15 total hours), or $1168 (if you are taking this course plus other courses for 12 total hours), or $2059 if you are just taking this 3 hour class alone 
    Summer courses: BGS 370, GEO 316P, LEB 363/370, and LEB 370 Cost: $3972 
    Fall course: BGS 370 Cost: $778 (if you are taking this course plus other courses for 18 total hours), or $934 (if you are taking this course plus other courses for 15 total hours), or $1168 (if you are taking this course plus other courses for 12 total hours), or $2059 if you are just taking this 3 hour class alone.


  • Will this be listed on my transcript?
    Yes, if you successfully complete all of the required courses for the Energy Management Certificate with a grade of a C- or better before or up to one year after obtaining your undergraduate degree you can request that the certificate appear on your transcript.

  • What is the process to have the program added to my transcript?
    You must complete an online request. Please make your request the semester you are graduating and have also finished all of your EMP classes OR if you are graduating first and then finishing the EMP classes please submit the request the semester you will finish your EMP courses. You must be graduating or have graduated and successfully completed the following courses with a grade of C- or higher within one year of graduation:

    a. GEO 303 OR GEO 401M
    b. GEO 316P OR GEO 416M
    c. LEB 363
    d. LEB 370
    e. BGS 370
    f.  BGS 370.1

    Then please use this link: to request EMP Transcript Certification. Once you complete the form, we will then verify your credentials and add the designation if the criteria for the certificate have been successfully meet.

  • When will my EMP certificate appear on my UT transcript?
    Once you graduate from UT, your certificate will appear on your official transcript. It will not appear on your transcript anytime before then – even if you complete the certificate a semester or two before you graduate. You are allowed one full year past graduation to complete any certificate and have it added to your UT transcript. If you complete the EMP certificate after that time, you will still receive the certificate but it will not be posted to your UT transcript.