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Graduate Curriculum

CleanTech >


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.


The Master of Science in Energy Management provides a means to explore the energy future and prepare for exciting careers across the industry. The MSEM Curriculum features:

  • Award-winning, inter-disciplinary faculty leading small cohort classes 
  • A capstone experience working with real-world companies on energy issues
  • Specialized career coaching, including career search tips, mock interviews, and industry visits, to prepare for a career following graduation
  • A weekly seminar where academic and industry energy experts present cutting-edge technologies, evaluation approaches, and future trends

No work experience is required for applicants, and the program is open to all undergraduate majors. Applicants will be required to demonstrate quantitative aptitude through coursework or test scores.

Applications for Summer 2019 admission are currently open.

MS Finance

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

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.

Undergraduate Curriculum

BBA Energy Track >

BBA Energy Track

The Texas BBA Program provides Finance majors with the opportunity to tailor their undergraduate education to best suit their academic and career goals. Students may select a comprehensive general Finance track, or one of six specialized tracks in Finance: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking; Energy Finance, Law, & Science; Financial Markets/Banking; Investment Management; Quantitative; or Real Estate. For additional information about the Texas BBA program, or specific information on the Finance major, please visit the Texas BBA program's webpage. Undergraduate courses in Energy Finance include:

  • FIN 372 Valuation of Energy Investment: Advanced topics in finance with emphasis on theoretical and quantitative analysis.
  • FIN 377-5 Energy Financial Risk Management: Second course in investments, with emphasis on quantitative applications and the underlying theory in the analysis and management of securities and portfolios.
  • FIN 165P Energy Finance Practicum: Students apply skills in the energy industry and focus on additional project management skills through group projects conducted in a professional setting. Students may work with a private or a public enterprise.
  • FIN 374C Valuation: Initiation, evaluation, financing, and hedging of major investments with a focus on the energy industry.  Although theory is discussed, practical issues involving application of those concepts is emphasized, including scenario analysis and simulation.

Certificate Program

The Energy Management Program equips students to successfully meet industry challenges by training them in business, geoscience, petroleum operations, and law. It is an 18 credit hour program and is open to all undergraduate students on campus.  In addition to interdisciplinary course work, students are given multiple experiential learning opportunities and industry connections with domestic and global companies. The EMP curriculum is as follows:

  • GEO 303 or GEO 401- Basic Geology
  • BGS 370- Oil & Gas Exploration
  • GEO 316P- Sedimentary Rocks
  • LEB 363/370- Real Estate Law
  • LEB 370- Oil & Gas Law
  • BGS 370.1- Energy, Technology & Policy