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Top EMBA Programs for Energy Executives

Government policies and regulatory environments, along with other barriers such as infrastructure, price distortions, and inadequate public information, are making growth especially tricky for specific segments of the energy market.

As the industry faces yet another era of uncertainty and increasing complexity, top executives and professionals have no way to go but rise to the challenge.

For energy executives looking for an EMBA program to deepen their understanding of the industry they operate in through top-notch instruction and the experience of their peers, we’ve put together a list from Ivy Exec’s 2017 Best Executive MBA Programs rankings of the top EMBA programs with the most students from the energy sector.

Global Energy EMBA (University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business)

The Global Energy EMBA program offered by the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business tops the list. This 22-month program, with a cohort diversity ratio of 45% international, specifically focuses on training the next generation of leaders in the energy sector. Students who take this course have been working in the energy industry for 13 years on average, most of them from the operations and general management departments.

The course is divided into six two-week modules, and students have the opportunity to train in some of the world’s leading energy centers: London, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Kananaskis, Houston, Doha, Beijing, and Shanghai.

Alberta Haskayne EMBA (Joint: University of Calgary and University of Alberta)

With 50% of its students from the energy sector, this joint program from two top Canadian universities, the Alberta Haskayne Executive MBA, ranks second. The program, which lasts for 23 months, is composed of 85% classroom instruction and 15% experiential learning. Classes are a combination of alternate Friday/Saturday sessions, three block-week schedules, and an international study tour towards the end of the program.

Students who flock to this EMBA program have an average work experience of 14 years, and 82% of the program faculty have doctorates.

Tulane EMBA (Tulane University)

At third place is the EMBA program offered by New Orleans’ Tulane University Freeman School of Business, where a healthy 28% of the student population is from the energy and natural resources sector. The program runs for 18 months and combines in-classroom (90%) and experiential (10%) learning, and includes the opportunity to travel to different countries in Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

Students’ average work experience is 14 years, and 93% of the program’s faculty members have doctorates.

University of Georgia EMBA (University of Georgia)

The University of Georgia’s EMBA program is number four, with 27% of its students from the services, energy, and consulting fields. This 18-month course follows a blended instruction approach of 50% classroom and 50% online. At the end of the program, students embark on a 12-day international residency where they see for themselves how cultural, economic, and regulatory environments influence business processes.

Students have an average work experience of 16 years, and 100% of the program’s instructors have doctorates.

EMBA Americas (Joint: Cornell University and Queen’s University)

Coming in at fifth place with 16% of students from the energy and utilities sector is the Executive MBA Americas program jointly offered by New York’s Cornell University and Canada’s Queen’s University. The course, which runs for 17 months, is taught in-classroom (40%) and online (60%). Students can attend classes from various locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Peru (Lima), and Chile (Santiago).

Students have an average work experience of 13 years, and the percentage of professors with doctorates is 93%.

SSE MBA Executive Format (Stockholm School of Economics)

Next on the list at number six is Sweden’s SSE MBA Executive format from the Stockholm School of Economics, where 12% of the student population hails from the energy sector. The program lasts for 18 months and combines classroom instruction (33%), online study (33%), and experiential learning (33%).

Classes are held either in Stockholm or another location abroad, and students have the opportunity to travel to Riga in Latvia, Hong Kong, and the Silicon Valley. Students have an average work experience of 14 years, and 93% of professors have doctorates.

TCU Neeley EMBA (Texas Christian University)

Texas Christian University’s TCU Neeley EMBA is number seven, with 11% of students from the energy and petroleum sector. This 18-month program is split between classroom (80%) and experiential (20%) learning. Classes are held every other weekend, on Fridays and Saturdays.

International travel destinations include China, India, and countries in Europe, the Middle East, South America, and North Africa, where students meet with economic development and government officials, visit businesses, and experience diverse cultures to prepare them for more demanding global leadership roles.

Katz EMBA Worldwide Program (University of Pittsburgh)

Also at number seven is the Katz EMBA Worldwide program offered by the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. Students of this 18-month program have an average work experience of 13 years, and 11% of them are leaders and executives from various energy and petroleum companies around the world.

Classroom training happens in Pittsburgh and São Paulo, and students also get to travel to China. The percentage of faculty members with doctorates is 96%.

EMBA Global Americas and Europe (Joint: London Business School and Columbia Business School)

Last but not least is the EMBA Global Americas and Europe EMBA program jointly offered by London Business School and Columbia Business School. This program enjoys the distinction of being number one in multiple Ivy Exec global rankings: #1 for global experience, #1 for curriculum, and #1 for career advancement. Students from the energy sector comprise 6% of the total population and have an average 11 years of work experience.

The program, which takes 20 months to complete, is 100% classroom instruction. By the end of the program, students visit different companies in Argentina, China, Chile, Germany, Dubai, South Africa, Greece, or the Russian Federation.

Whichever EMBA program you end up choosing is entirely up to you. But if you also want to learn from the knowledge and experience of energy professionals from various parts of the world, the list above is worth checking out.

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Maricel Rivera is a research writer with 15+ years of professional writing experience. Her fields of interest include business, technology, online marketing, and continuing education.