Energy Business and Finance

Energy business and finance students working on a class project


The solutions to society's existing and emerging energy challenges require interdisciplinary approaches integrating economics and business with the technical knowledge of energy systems and implications for our environment. The Energy Business and Finance (EBF) program in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences offers such a transformative approach by integrating the study of energy economics and decision-making within an engineering department. The John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering is one of the few in the world to place both engineering and energy economics education under the same academic roof. Our commitment to interdisciplinary study was recently advanced by John and Willie Leone's gift of $5 million to support joint education in energy economics and engineering.

The EBF program emphasizes risk analysis and decision-making related to energy systems and environmental issues. Students are challenged to examine problems using rigorous quantitative analysis. Students entering the EBF major can choose either the general option or the energy land management option. EBF graduates who do well in the program have strong employment opportunities in the energy sector, and are well trained to enter both law and business school. The EBF program has already had substantial success. Building upon the long and respected tradition in EMS for Mineral Economics, in a few short years EBF has become one of the largest majors in the College. We believe, however, that our interdisciplinary educational approach has only begun to scratch the surface of EBF's potential. Our alumni now work in a variety of energy and consulting companies, as well as financial trading houses and federal agencies.

Our graduate option in Energy Management and Policy (EMP) has also attracted a strong pool of applicants from around the world. Together with our international faculty cohort, we are producing policy-relevant technical and economic research addressing major energy and environmental challenges faced by society. The utilization of any energy resource involves environmental consequences, thus effective energy policy requires a systems-level approach and understanding of the tradeoffs between energy utilization and avoided impacts on our environment. The EMP option admits students with technical backgrounds in science and engineering, and exposes them to a fast-paced and rigorous curriculum of energy economics, policy analysis and quantitative methods. EMP students undertake research that combine energy economics with scientific and engineering analysis under the supervision of an interdisciplinary committee. Our mission for the EMP option is simple: We seek to produce M.S. and Ph.D. graduates with deep technical knowledge and broad analytical skills, enabling them to be the energy policy leaders of tomorrow.

Insider's Guide to EBF

The Insider’s Guide to the EBF major contains detailed information about program requirements, strategies for success in the EBF program and a complete listing of courses that will count towards EBF degree requirements. All students are urged to review this document! Because of some curriculum changes that went into effect in the spring of 2015, there are two versions of the Insider’s Guide – please make sure you are using the right one!

EBF Insider’s Guide for the General Option for students with Program Year 2014 or earlier

EBF Insider’s Guide for the General Option for students with Program Year 2015 or later

EBF Insider’s Guide for the Energy Land Management Option (ELM)

In addition, check out the List of Summertime Courses that EBF students can take during the summer sessions.

A list of all the required courses for the program are available on the Recommended Academic Plan/Scheduling Guide for Energy Business and Finance.