Special Report: Energy Schools Are Getting Down to Business

Energy MBA programs are keeping up with the times by adapting their curriculum to suit the changing climate of the sector.

(Source: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)

[Editor's note: A version of this story appears in the March 2022 issue of Oil and Gas Investor magazine.]

As the energy sector transitions, so does the educational pipeline between energy business schools and the oil and gas industry.

While operators and service providers work on implementing decarbonization and renewable strategies within their companies, business schools across the country are working to prepare future engineers and business leaders for the evolving landscape of the energy sector. For the time being, this primarily consists of ensuring that they have the flexibility to embrace traditional forms of energy as well as ESG-friendly practices.

“[Schools] need to convey to the students that solutions are going to be hybrid,” Stephen Arbogast, professor of the practice of finance and director of the Kenan-Flagler Energy Center at University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, told Hart Energy in an August 2021 interview.

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Madison Ratcliff

Madison Ratcliff is an associate editor for Hart Energy's editorial team.