MBA in Energy/Technology


sbresani
Hi All,

I am currently interested in joining an MBA program in 2014 that focuses on Energy Management or Technology. I am 28 years and have a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Engineering Management with 4 years of experience in an alternative energy company (project management, engineering). I am looking to further my career in the management area of green energies/technologies in Europe since I believe globalization is a huge aspect of future energy and economics.

Also, when I applied for my MS masters I took the GRE (not GMAT) and got a score of 710 and 480 in math and verbal retrospectively. I know that some MBAs now accept GREs, for which my score is ok (530 equivalent in GMAT), but since I plan on applying for several scholarships, would anybody recommend preparing for the GMAT and taking it?

In terms of paying for tuition, I am Peruvian and US citizen so I could apply for scholarships that meet this criteria, but my girlfriend is also an Italian citizen so I could obtain the EU passport if I need to. Would this cheapen or give me better possibilities at obtaining scholarships?

Being this said,
1. Could you recommend good MBAs for my background?
2. Should I plan on taking the GMAT?
3. Would becoming a EU member make the scholarships more accessible?

Thanks in advanced!
Hi All,

I am currently interested in joining an MBA program in 2014 that focuses on Energy Management or Technology. I am 28 years and have a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Engineering Management with 4 years of experience in an alternative energy company (project management, engineering). I am looking to further my career in the management area of green energies/technologies in Europe since I believe globalization is a huge aspect of future energy and economics.

Also, when I applied for my MS masters I took the GRE (not GMAT) and got a score of 710 and 480 in math and verbal retrospectively. I know that some MBAs now accept GREs, for which my score is ok (530 equivalent in GMAT), but since I plan on applying for several scholarships, would anybody recommend preparing for the GMAT and taking it?

In terms of paying for tuition, I am Peruvian and US citizen so I could apply for scholarships that meet this criteria, but my girlfriend is also an Italian citizen so I could obtain the EU passport if I need to. Would this cheapen or give me better possibilities at obtaining scholarships?

Being this said,
1. Could you recommend good MBAs for my background?
2. Should I plan on taking the GMAT?
3. Would becoming a EU member make the scholarships more accessible?

Thanks in advanced!

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Duncan
1. Yes. Read http://www.find-mba.com/specializations/9/energy-and-natural-resources
2. Yes. Very few MBAs accept the GMAT.
3. There are very few scholarships for scholarships which are specific to nationalities, but it can't hurt. However, if I was your Italian girlfriend and thought that a scholarship swung the decision for you to marry me.....
1. Yes. Read http://www.find-mba.com/specializations/9/energy-and-natural-resources
2. Yes. Very few MBAs accept the GMAT.
3. There are very few scholarships for scholarships which are specific to nationalities, but it can't hurt. However, if I was your Italian girlfriend and thought that a scholarship swung the decision for you to marry me.....
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mba hipste...
What programs are you looking at, in particular?

St. Gallen has some interesting electives in the clean energy area, and I was just reading about a student who landed a job in a clean energy consulting firm (mid-way down this article):

http://www.find-mba.com/article/596/cool-mba-electives-beyond-the-core-curriculum

The average GMAT at St. Gallen is around 640 but they take the GRE too.

Also, I know that WU Executive Academy has an energy concentration that touches on renewables, but they only offer a part-time program.

But really the best clean energy programs are in the US (Haas, McCombs, etc.)

It might be better to do a general MBA at the best EU-based business school you can get into, rather than look for a specialization.
What programs are you looking at, in particular?

St. Gallen has some interesting electives in the clean energy area, and I was just reading about a student who landed a job in a clean energy consulting firm (mid-way down this article):

http://www.find-mba.com/article/596/cool-mba-electives-beyond-the-core-curriculum

The average GMAT at St. Gallen is around 640 but they take the GRE too.

Also, I know that WU Executive Academy has an energy concentration that touches on renewables, but they only offer a part-time program.

But really the best clean energy programs are in the US (Haas, McCombs, etc.)

It might be better to do a general MBA at the best EU-based business school you can get into, rather than look for a specialization.
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Hi there,

have a look here http://www.find-mba.com/university/540/esmt-european-school-of-management-and-technology

Looks like what you are looking for, it is profile for European School of Management and Technology.

Plus, as far as I remember this school was accepting GRE as well, if not they have GMAT preparation sessions in their schedule.

Anyway, everything depends on your background and GRE/GMAT score is not the main criteria.

You should have a deeper look into their site.
Hi there,

have a look here http://www.find-mba.com/university/540/esmt-european-school-of-management-and-technology

Looks like what you are looking for, it is profile for European School of Management and Technology.

Plus, as far as I remember this school was accepting GRE as well, if not they have GMAT preparation sessions in their schedule.

Anyway, everything depends on your background and GRE/GMAT score is not the main criteria.

You should have a deeper look into their site.
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Duncan
What does ESMT have to do with an MBA in energy management?
What does ESMT have to do with an MBA in energy management?
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sbresani
I have been looking at the Warwick SB and the MIP (Politecnico di Milano) programs, which both have energy/technology related MBA programs.
Since I plan on doing it next year and applyin for lots of scholarships, I will concentrate in getting the best score possible in the GMAT. I believe my background would play well for my acceptance into a program, so I have to get a really good GMAT score to complete the package.


My plan is to apply to other good MBAs in the US (like Cass) and making a decision based on school reputation, cost and ROI.

One thing that I have seen is that the average salary of an MBA in europe is a lot less than one here in the US. Anybody have any input regarding this?

Thanks for the posts!
I have been looking at the Warwick SB and the MIP (Politecnico di Milano) programs, which both have energy/technology related MBA programs.
Since I plan on doing it next year and applyin for lots of scholarships, I will concentrate in getting the best score possible in the GMAT. I believe my background would play well for my acceptance into a program, so I have to get a really good GMAT score to complete the package.


My plan is to apply to other good MBAs in the US (like Cass) and making a decision based on school reputation, cost and ROI.

One thing that I have seen is that the average salary of an MBA in europe is a lot less than one here in the US. Anybody have any input regarding this?

Thanks for the posts!
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Duncan
Read http://www.expatica.co.uk/hr/story/why-us-based-executives-get-paid-more-10840.html
Read http://www.expatica.co.uk/hr/story/why-us-based-executives-get-paid-more-10840.html
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What does ESMT have to do with an MBA in energy management?


Dear JK Duncan,
as far I understood the question was not only about Energy Management, but Technology as well.
ESMT has two elective tracks: Management of Innovation and Technology (MIT), concentrates on how to successfully innovate through technology, how to capture value from this innovation, and how to bring new technologies to the market, and second is Global Sustainable Business (GSB), focuses on issues of sustainability, environmental management, as well as doing business in emerging economies.
I found that ESMT can be interesting for the requestor.
plus, E.ON is one of the founders, so my answer was in right direction.
<blockquote>What does ESMT have to do with an MBA in energy management?</blockquote>

Dear JK Duncan,
as far I understood the question was not only about Energy Management, but Technology as well.
ESMT has two elective tracks: Management of Innovation and Technology (MIT), concentrates on how to successfully innovate through technology, how to capture value from this innovation, and how to bring new technologies to the market, and second is Global Sustainable Business (GSB), focuses on issues of sustainability, environmental management, as well as doing business in emerging economies.
I found that ESMT can be interesting for the requestor.
plus, E.ON is one of the founders, so my answer was in right direction.
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Read http://www.expatica.co.uk/hr/story/why-us-based-executives-get-paid-more-10840.html


please have a look here, this is more fresh report on salaries. European salaries and USA salaries do not differ much

http://www.topmba.com/sites/default/files/snippet/2012_jobssalary_final.pdf
<blockquote>Read http://www.expatica.co.uk/hr/story/why-us-based-executives-get-paid-more-10840.html</blockquote>

please have a look here, this is more fresh report on salaries. European salaries and USA salaries do not differ much

http://www.topmba.com/sites/default/files/snippet/2012_jobssalary_final.pdf
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sbresani
Thanks Natalia, that program does actually match what I am looking for (especially the technology track). The only question I have is how reputable this school is compared to other big names.
Thanks Natalia, that program does actually match what I am looking for (especially the technology track). The only question I have is how reputable this school is compared to other big names.

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donho199
My friend,

you can go to this lovely school in Switzerland http://master.epfl.ch/MES where education and research quality is on par with the very best universities anywhere in the world.

The cost of education is very cheap 2 or 3 US grand per year. Getting in difficult but manageable.

The living cost is pretty stiff but for the future try to live within your means. Quality of life is spot on, the scenery is just like in a romantic movie.

On the plus side, look out for opportunity to study in the Gulf where you can network right at the heart of the world' largest energy centre.
My friend,

you can go to this lovely school in Switzerland http://master.epfl.ch/MES where education and research quality is on par with the very best universities anywhere in the world.

The cost of education is very cheap 2 or 3 US grand per year. Getting in difficult but manageable.

The living cost is pretty stiff but for the future try to live within your means. Quality of life is spot on, the scenery is just like in a romantic movie.

On the plus side, look out for opportunity to study in the Gulf where you can network right at the heart of the world' largest energy centre.

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Duncan
These are great courses. How about students visas for those part-time MAS courses?
These are great courses. How about students visas for those part-time MAS courses?
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cvm
Good choice with EPFL. If you can think of technology management, generaly, you can also have a look on ETH MTEC

http://www.ethz.ch/prospectives/programmes/mtec/master/index_EN

These two Swiss schools are top notch in terms of technology and, as mentioned above, they are competing with best universities in the world. You cannot go wrong with any of them regarding the education.

I'm not sure how they are in terms of career, job prospects, etc compared to a MBA alternative.

Regards,
Good choice with EPFL. If you can think of technology management, generaly, you can also have a look on ETH MTEC

http://www.ethz.ch/prospectives/programmes/mtec/master/index_EN

These two Swiss schools are top notch in terms of technology and, as mentioned above, they are competing with best universities in the world. You cannot go wrong with any of them regarding the education.

I'm not sure how they are in terms of career, job prospects, etc compared to a MBA alternative.

Regards,
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Thanks Natalia, that program does actually match what I am looking for (especially the technology track). The only question I have is how reputable this school is compared to other big names.



Well, I understand your point.
Concerning reputation in comparison with such mammoths as Warwick (40 year on the market) and MIP (30 years on the market), just take into conclusion that ESMT is steadily and constantly develops during 10 years, and now their executive MBA program is considered to be the best in germany.
Full-time has almost the same curriculum as executive, and for sure the same approach and quality.
But I suppose to speak about energy management/technology track/reputation with alumni, as they at least can say how it works in reality afterwards.

Cheers,
Natalia
<blockquote>Thanks Natalia, that program does actually match what I am looking for (especially the technology track). The only question I have is how reputable this school is compared to other big names.

</blockquote>

Well, I understand your point.
Concerning reputation in comparison with such mammoths as Warwick (40 year on the market) and MIP (30 years on the market), just take into conclusion that ESMT is steadily and constantly develops during 10 years, and now their executive MBA program is considered to be the best in germany.
Full-time has almost the same curriculum as executive, and for sure the same approach and quality.
But I suppose to speak about energy management/technology track/reputation with alumni, as they at least can say how it works in reality afterwards.

Cheers,
Natalia
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sbresani
Thanks for the tip cvm. I did actually looked into one of the two swiss universities you recommended (EPFL) and found a MS in Energy Management and Sustainability that really got my attention. I plan on applying soon, since it is a top european school and they offer full scholarships for those admitted into the program.
Even though my background matches the program very well, I am unsure on wheather I should present my old GRE score, take it again or just do not present it. They say that it is not required but I don't know if it it would hurt me or help me.

What do you recommend?
Thanks for the tip cvm. I did actually looked into one of the two swiss universities you recommended (EPFL) and found a MS in Energy Management and Sustainability that really got my attention. I plan on applying soon, since it is a top european school and they offer full scholarships for those admitted into the program.
Even though my background matches the program very well, I am unsure on wheather I should present my old GRE score, take it again or just do not present it. They say that it is not required but I don't know if it it would hurt me or help me.

What do you recommend?
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I just posted something similar about this. I am interested in an MBA in entrepreneurship and I think the Start-uP MBA in Israel in English from the Technion would be a good place for me to earn my MBA. The program focuses on technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. What I really liked about the program is their emphasis on internships and practical skills. I think i'm going to apply there and I was wondering if anyone else is interested. check it out at www.technionMBA.com and let me know your thoughts.
I just posted something similar about this. I am interested in an MBA in entrepreneurship and I think the Start-uP MBA in Israel in English from the Technion would be a good place for me to earn my MBA. The program focuses on technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. What I really liked about the program is their emphasis on internships and practical skills. I think i'm going to apply there and I was wondering if anyone else is interested. check it out at www.technionMBA.com and let me know your thoughts.
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cvm
Thanks for the tip cvm. I did actually looked into one of the two swiss universities you recommended (EPFL) and found a MS in Energy Management and Sustainability that really got my attention. I plan on applying soon, since it is a top european school and they offer full scholarships for those admitted into the program.
Even though my background matches the program very well, I am unsure on wheather I should present my old GRE score, take it again or just do not present it. They say that it is not required but I don't know if it it would hurt me or help me.

What do you recommend?


Maybe it would be better to contact them and try to figure out what should be the best choice for maximizing your odds.

Since I'm not an admission consultant, I'll let the others (especially Duncan, Ezra and Ralph) to guide you more on this topic.

If you are trying to broad your horizons (and keep a flavor of energy sustainability among others), you also can have a look on Cambridge's MSt program:

http://www.cpsl.cam.ac.uk/Accredited-Programmes/Masters-in-Sustainability-Leadership.aspx

Regards,
<blockquote>Thanks for the tip cvm. I did actually looked into one of the two swiss universities you recommended (EPFL) and found a MS in Energy Management and Sustainability that really got my attention. I plan on applying soon, since it is a top european school and they offer full scholarships for those admitted into the program.
Even though my background matches the program very well, I am unsure on wheather I should present my old GRE score, take it again or just do not present it. They say that it is not required but I don't know if it it would hurt me or help me.

What do you recommend?</blockquote>

Maybe it would be better to contact them and try to figure out what should be the best choice for maximizing your odds.

Since I'm not an admission consultant, I'll let the others (especially Duncan, Ezra and Ralph) to guide you more on this topic.

If you are trying to broad your horizons (and keep a flavor of energy sustainability among others), you also can have a look on Cambridge's MSt program:

http://www.cpsl.cam.ac.uk/Accredited-Programmes/Masters-in-Sustainability-Leadership.aspx

Regards,

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cvm
I just posted something similar about this. I am interested in an MBA in entrepreneurship and I think the Start-uP MBA in Israel in English from the Technion would be a good place for me to earn my MBA. The program focuses on technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. What I really liked about the program is their emphasis on internships and practical skills. I think i'm going to apply there and I was wondering if anyone else is interested. check it out at www.technionMBA.com and let me know your thoughts.


If I were interested purely in entrepreneurship, I would definitely have a look on the following program:

http://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/programmes/diploma_entrepreneurship/index.html

You can get a Cambridge postgraduate diploma (from Judge Business School) and also be included in the Judge Business Alumni. Not to mention the entrepreneurship power of Cambridge...

regards,
<blockquote>I just posted something similar about this. I am interested in an MBA in entrepreneurship and I think the Start-uP MBA in Israel in English from the Technion would be a good place for me to earn my MBA. The program focuses on technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. What I really liked about the program is their emphasis on internships and practical skills. I think i'm going to apply there and I was wondering if anyone else is interested. check it out at www.technionMBA.com and let me know your thoughts. </blockquote>

If I were interested purely in entrepreneurship, I would definitely have a look on the following program:

http://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/programmes/diploma_entrepreneurship/index.html

You can get a Cambridge postgraduate diploma (from Judge Business School) and also be included in the Judge Business Alumni. Not to mention the entrepreneurship power of Cambridge...

regards,
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