Meet Our Energy Students
Our students gain broad business knowledge in programs focused on management, accounting, finance, marketing, operations, and more. Many of these students explore a career in energy to apply their business acumen in a dynamic industry.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our students are in different stages of their careers, and many companies succeed in recruiting for entry-level and senior roles. To learn more, please contact our office.
What energy-related skills do McCombs students learn?
Students at McCombs study in-demand skills that address today’s business challenges:
- Financial Accounting
- Statistical Model
- Investment Theory
- Risk Management
- Portfolio Analysis
- Data Analytics
- Strategic Planning
What entry-level roles do your students look for?
Here are examples of entry-level roles (requiring 0-1 year of experience) our students get hired for:
- Greentech (IB) Analyst
- Financial Analyst
What mid-level roles do your students look for?
Here are examples of mid-level roles (requiring 2-5 years of experience) our students get hired for:
- Greentech (IB) Associate
- Senior Financial Analyst
- Senior Consultant
- Valuations Associate
What senior-level roles do your students look for?
Here are examples of senior-level roles (requiring 5-14 years of experience) our students get hired for:
- Senior Financial Analyst
- Operations Manager
- Project Manager
- Director of Finance
- Director of Business Development
What programs should I target for recruiting?
For entry-level roles, we recommend recruiting from the BBA and MPA programs. We also recommend the MS programs in marketing, finance, business administration, and information technology and management.
For mid-level roles, we recommend the MBA and MPA programs. We also recommend the MS programs in marketing, finance, business administration, and information technology and management.
For senior-level roles, we recommend the MBA programs, including our Executive and Working Professional MBAs.
Our Students are Prepared to Shape the Industry
In programs throughout the school, our students are studying with researchers to shape the industry and make an impact.
Master of Science in Finance
MS students studying finance 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).
This curriculum prepares these students to work in a specialized finance role in energy post-graduation.
Master of Business Administration in Energy Finance
The MBA concentration in energy finance prepares students 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.
Energy finance courses address valuing of financial contracts, derivative securities, financing decisions, business valuation, mergers/acquisitions, and hedging and 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.
Master of Business Administration in CleanTech
The MBA concentration in clean technology prepares students for a career in renewable energy, energy efficiency and emissions abatement. These students have excellent business skills coupled with a solid understanding of the technology and policy aspects affecting their industry, as well as project and risk management skills.
Students also connect with Austin’s booming clean technology industry through the Clean Energy Incubator and a variety of on- and off-campus opportunities.