Experienced oil and gas workers are retiring faster than their job positions can be replaced. This “Great Crew Change” has resulted in a need for more management track workers. If you’re a seasoned professional with 10-15 years of experience and a bachelor’s degree, now is the time to consider an MBA (Masters of Business Administration) designed specifically for the oil and gas industry.
An MBA in an oil and gas related field is designed for petroleum professionals to be able to transition from operations to management by providing the advanced business and management skills needed to formalize existing experience and step up to a more senior role. These programs help develop the skills needed to become a leader in the energy industry.
Most of these programs require at least 5 years of professional experience and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. As MBA programs are targeted towards working adults, they usually offer several flexible program options, such as full-time, part-time, evening and online classes. Most programs will require students to take the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test), as well as provide transcripts for an undergraduate degree, and letters of recommendation.
The variety of oil and gas MBA programs reflects the global nature of the industry. Programs are located worldwide, and often in major areas of energy production.
Programs in the United States and Canada
- University of Alberta School of Business. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. MBA in Natural Resources Energy & Environment.
- University of Colorado Denver. Denver, Colorado. Master of Science in Global Energy Management.
- University of Houston – C.T. Bauer College of Business. Houston, Texas. Global Energy Executive MBA.
- University of Texas at Austin – McCombs Business School. Austin, Texas. MBA with concentration in Energy Finance.
- University of Oklahoma – Michael F. Price College of Business. Norman, Oklahoma. MBA with specialization in Energy.
- University of Calgary – Haskayne School of Business. Calgary, Alberta, Canada. MBA with specialization in Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development.
- Southern Methodist University – Cox School of Business. Dallas, Texas. Professional Development in Energy, Oil and Gas.
- Aberdeen Business School. Aberdeen, Scotland. MBA in Oil and Gas Management.
- Warwick Business School. Coventry, England. MBA in Global Energy.
- University of Dundee – Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy. Dundee, Scotland. MBA in International Oil and Gas Management. Master of Science in Energy Studies.
- BI Norwegian Business School. Oslo, Norway. Executive Master of Management in Energy.
- Curtin University School of Business. Perth, Australia. MBA Oil and Gas.
- University of Liverpool. Liverpool, England. Master of Science in Project Management (Oil and Gas specialization).
Although the list of oil and gas-specific MBA programs is relatively short, the number is expected to grow with the increased need for experienced professionals with management and leadership skills. If you’re interested in an MBA, but there isn’t an oil and gas-specific program near you, consider one of the online programs offered at many of the universities above.
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