Graduate Certificate in Energy Business

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Graduate Certificate in Energy Business Overview

Our online Graduate Certificate in Energy Business is a 12-credit program that will help you translate your knowledge of accounting, finance, management, marketing, and business law to the rapidly growing energy industry. Our flexible online format enables you to complete coursework anywhere, 24/7, on your own schedule.

With a UT Permian Basin Graduate Certificate in Energy Business, you’ll gain in-demand qualifications and knowledge unique to the energy industry. This certificate is ideal for professionals working in an energy-related field who want to advance their career or move into analyst or management roles.

Careers for Graduate Certificate in Energy Business Holders

An online certificate in energy business from UT Permian Basin can provide you with the expertise needed to thrive in many positions in the energy industry, such as: 

  • Financial Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Consultant
  • Marketing Manager
  • Operations Manager
Energy Business Courses

Select courses from the list below to fulfill the graduate certificate's 12-credit-hour requirement.

Courses
Duration
Credits
ACCT 6310 - Energy Accounting
16 weeks
3
The course will cover advanced topics in energy accounting. Topics include: joint interest audits, contractor audits, asset valuations, direct charges, carried interests, farmouts/farm-ins, transportation and refining, gas balancing, sub chapter K elections, tax credits, and reclamation costs.
Prerequisites: ACCT 6301 - Accounting Analysis
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Fall 2022
FINA 6331 - Energy Finance
8 weeks
3
This course introduces students to the principle concepts and application in energy finance. Topics include: fundamental of petroleum and value chain, oil and gas financial statement analysis, financing energy companies and projects, O&G database application, and energy risk management using derivative instruments. Students will complete energy projects incorporating major components of the course to tackle real-world problems.
Prerequisites: FINA 6320 - Financial Management
Semesters Offered: Spring B 2022
MNGT 6324 - Energy Law
8 weeks
3
A study of energy law, including primarily the oil and gas industry, with a general overview of alternative energy sources.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring B 2022
MRKT 6309 - Global Energy Business
8 weeks
3
The major objective of this course is to introduce students to energy marketing. The course will provide students with an overview of energy marketing and how to utilize, manage, and control risk in the competitive natural gas industry. The course is intended to help develop primary skills for the energy marketing industry globally. Students will complete a paper and presentation on an energy topic.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2022
FINA 6335 - Energy Investment and Risk Management
8 weeks
3
New offering, course details to be added soon. Please reach out to an MBA faculty member for more information.
Prerequisites: FINA 6320 - Financial Management
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2022
MNGT 6305 - Energy Technology & Risk Management
8 weeks
3
This course will focus on the role of technology in the operation of an energy firm and expand the concept of risk management to an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) focus. Students will learn the risks associated with technological and the use of patents, trademarks, and trade secrets to protect technological advantage and the develop of a risk profile for a firm from and ERM perspective.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2022

Admission Requirements

Waived GRE and GMAT 

Requirements for graduate entrance exams (GRE, GMAT) are temporarily waived for graduate applicants. This waiver will apply through Spring 2022.

 

Our online Graduate Certificate in Energy Business is a beneficial add-on to your UT Permian Basin MBA, provided you meet the admission standards below.

 

Regular Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university 
  • GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours leading towards a bachelor’s degree
  • GMAT scores at average percentile or better*
    • Entrance score: ES = (GPA X 200) + (GMAT): above 1120
  • Official transcripts

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours leading towards a bachelor’s degree
  • GMAT scores at average percentile or better*
    • Entrance score: ES = (GPA X 200) + (GMAT): above 1120
  • Other evidence (at least one of the following):
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Professional experience and/or awards
  • Official transcripts

*GMAT requirement may be waived for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 and above or a GPA of 3.25 and above in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree from an accredited university. Students who are granted the GMAT waiver may be required to submit two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from an immediate supervisor or instructor that can testify to the applicant’s professional experience.

Official Transcripts

Official copies of transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope and can be mailed to: 

UT Permian Basin
Office of Admissions
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762

Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to admissions@utpb.edu.

Supporting Documents

All supporting documents related to a graduate program, such as letters of recommendation, essays, statements of interest, resumes, professional work experience, and awards should be sent to the Graduate Studies Office:

UT Permian Basin
Graduate Studies
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762-0001

Electronic versions of supporting documents may be emailed to gradstudies@utpb.edu. 

Application Fee

The application fee is $40.

If you have any questions regarding the admission requirements, please email mba@utpb.edu.

Associate Professor of Finance
PhD, University of Texas at Arlington
MS, Texas Tech University
gormus_a@utpb.edu

Alper Gormus, PhD, is an associate professor of finance, chair of accounting, finance, and economics, finance and energy programs coordinator, and Jack D. Ladd coordinator. He graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2012 with his PhD and joined UTPB in the fall of 2020. Prior to his start at UTPB, he worked as faculty, teaching classes at The University of Texas at Arlington and Texas A&M University. His research interests include energy and oil markets and emerging prices in markets. His work has been published in Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Energy Economics, and Economic Letters. Dr. Gormus will be teaching the following classes within the finance undergraduate program and the MBA program: Principles of Finance, Principles of Real Estate, Financial Management, and Investments.

“I strongly believe student success to be the driving factor for all we do, and must do, in academia. In terms of how I contribute, combining my industry experience with academics has always served me well in the classroom. While I have worked in numerous projects across many areas in finance and economics, a large portion of my research has been in energy investments. I was fortunate enough to publish my research in some of the top academic journals in the field.”

Senior Lecturer
LLM, George Mason University
PhD, University of Texas at Dallas
MS, University of Texas at Dallas
JD, Oklahoma City University
macdonald_s@utpb.edu

Stuart MacDonald, PhD, JD, LLM, is a senior lecturer of management within the College of Business at The University of Texas Permian Basin. He graduated in 2000 with a PhD in political economy from The University of Texas at Dallas and joined UTPB in the fall of 2019. Prior to his start at UTPB, he worked at a law firm, served as chair for the Department of Economics, Finance, General Business and International Trade, and served as faculty at Midwestern State University and the University of Central Oklahoma. His research interests include the oil and gas industry, ethical behavior, and game theory, and his work has been published in Oil and Gas Quarterly, the Journal of Education and Business Leadership, and the Southwest Journal of Business and Economics. Dr. MacDonald will be teaching the following courses within the management undergraduate program: Energy Law and Environmental Law & Regulation in the Energy Industry.

“Many spectacular business failures such as Enron can be traced to leadership that was smart enough to manipulate the law but not wise enough to know when they shouldn’t. Guided by that, I endeavor to show my students that the law, more than a constraint, is actually a tool that can be used to gain and maintain a competitive advantage, as long as they have the wisdom to know how far is too far.”

We’re pleased to offer program admission on a rolling basis.

Rolling admission refers to our process of accepting and evaluating applications as we receive them and moving any applications that miss the deadline to the next semester. However, if you want to enroll in courses for a specific semester, you will need to make note of the application deadlines found below. If you don’t complete your application and submit the required materials by the deadline, your application will be rolled over to the next semester. 

LengthCourses BeginCourses EndApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration OpensRegistration DeadlinePayment DeadlineLast Day to Withdraw
Whole Fall8/23/2112/10/218/9/218/16/214/1/218/31/218/20/2110/29/21
Fall B10/18/2112/10/2110/4/2110/11/214/1/2110/18/2110/15/2111/19/21
LengthCourses BeginCourses EndApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration OpensRegistration DeadlinePayment DeadlineLast Day to Withdraw
Spring A1/10/223/4/2212/17/211/3/2211/1/211/12/211/7/222/11/22
Spring B3/14/225/6/222/28/213/7/2211/1/213/16/213/11/224/15/22
LengthCourses BeginCourses EndApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration OpensRegistration DeadlinePayment DeadlineLast Day to Withdraw
Summer A5/9/226/24/224/25/225/2/224/1/225/11/225/6/226/10/22
LengthCourses BeginCourses EndApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration OpensRegistration DeadlinePayment DeadlineLast Day to Withdraw
Whole Fall8/29/2212/16/228/15/228/22/224/1/229/7/228/26/2211/4/22
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