The Energy and Earth Resources Graduate Program provides the opportunity for students to prepare themselves in management, finance, economics, law and policy leading to analytical and leadership positions in resource–related fields. Private sector and government organizations face a growing need for professionals that can plan, evaluate, and manage complex resource projects, commonly international in scope, which often include partners with a variety of professional backgrounds. This program is well suited for those looking towards 21st century careers in energy, mineral, water, and environmental resources.
Students enroll in the EER program to add expertise in one or more of the following disciplines – geosciences, engineering, business, finance, economics, law, policy, and environment – to that they gained in their undergraduate degree program or subsequent employment experience. Most students entering the EER program plan on subsequent careers in the business, finance, planning, or management areas of resources. After graduation, they may specialize in fields such as commodity analysis, policy and planning, risk analysis, feasibility studies, education, research, and environmental issues.
In addition to oil and natural gas, the EER program offers the opportunity for coursework and research in alternative energy resources, mineral resources, and water similarly tied to relevant courses in business, finance, economics, law, policy, and the environment. Environmental problems related to natural resources form an important part of this program. Although approaches vary from site-specific investigations to regional and global studies, students are taught to utilize problem-oriented rather than discipline-oriented methodology. The Energy and Earth Resources Graduate Program spans the Jackson School of Geosciences, Cockrell School of Engineering, the McCombs School of Business, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Total enrollment in the program is limited to approximately 50 students.
The key contact for prospective and current students is Jessica Smith, the Graduate Coordinator.