Top Business Schools for Energy and Natural Resources 2024

In terms of MBA careers, the energy and natural resources sectors are perennially popular paths. Indeed, from traditional fossil fuels like oil and natural gas to nuclear and renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power, energy drives global commerce, and is an attractive career destination for many MBAs.

Energy companies that recruit MBAs, due to their complex nature involving business elements like supply chains, accounting, and more, increasingly demand talent. To land jobs in the energy sector, students might choose to study at a business school that offers an MBA specialization in energy, which can help prepare students for the industry's complex interplay between politics, finance, and the environment. (Also see the Top 10 MBA Programs for Sustainability as well.) 

Fortunately, some of the business schools offering the best MBAs in Energy or Natural Resources are located in hot regions for the industry—such as Texas or Scotland—meaning that students can be close to the action. These programs often provide unique opportunities for internships, networking, and hands-on experience in the heart of the energy sector.

After doing a top MBA in Energy or Natural Resources, careers can be lucrative, ranging from a project manager at an oil plant to a renewable energy consultant. The dynamic nature of the field ensures a variety of roles that can suit different interests and skill sets, offering opportunities in areas such as energy trading, policy advising, and sustainability management. The evolving landscape of the energy sector continues to create demand for innovative and strategic business leaders.

Berkeley, California 100 Followers 116 Discussions
UC Berkeley - Haas

For a career in renewable energy, an MBA from Haas is hard to beat. MBA graduates from the school have gone on to work for companies like NextEra Energy and other renewable-oriented firms. The school offers a unique MBA in Energy and Clean Technology, through which students will learn about this emerging industry and may also be able take part in experiential learning activities.

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College Station, Texas 42 Followers 62 Discussions
Texas A&M - Mays

Although the school doesn't have an official MBA in Energy, a substantial portion of graduates go into the energy field. The campus' proximity to oil giants like Shell Oil and ExxonMobil means that these companies—as well as other energy firms—recruit substantially from the school.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom 53 Followers 475 Discussions
Strathclyde

Given the importance and drive to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, Strathclyde has recently launched a unique MBA in Sustainable Energy Futures, which was developed jointly with partners in the energy industry. The course looks at a number of topics and promises to help students address the emerging challenges ahead. 

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Austin, Texas 47 Followers 77 Discussions
UT Austin - McCombs

Although it’s in oil-rich Texas, McCombs offers a very unique MBA concentration in CleanTech, which prepares students for management roles in the renewable energy industry or related areas like emissions abatement. Alternatively, energy-minded students at McCombs can pursue a concentration in Energy Finance. With UT Austin’s School of Law, McCombs hosts the Kay Bailey Hutchison Energy Center, which explores the energy industry through the lenses of business, law, and politics. 

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Norman, Oklahoma 16 Followers 12 Discussions

The state of Oklahoma is one of the top producers of natural gas and oil in the US, and Price is helping grads tap into these industries with a number of specialized MBA offerings, including an Executive MBA in Energy. The school places full-time MBA grads into firms like ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Devon Energy.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina 37 Followers 76 Discussions
UNC - Kenan-Flagler

As part of UNC’s MBA, students can pursue a concentration in Energy, which, uniquely, explores a wide range of aspects of the energy industry, including renewables, oil, and power. The school also hosts an “Energy Center,” which produces up-to-date research and ensures that students have access to cutting-edge energy insights. Energy-minded students can also choose to be part of the “Energy Club.”

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Durham, North Carolina 52 Followers 103 Discussions
Duke - Fuqua

In recent years, Fuqua has launched a range of energy-related MBA offerings, including a concentration in Energy & Environment and one in Energy Finance, as well as a three-year offering that combines an MBA with a Master of Environmental Management. The school’s Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment seeks to help businesses how to meet energy demands sustainably. Typically, some three to five percent of Duke MBAs go into the energy sector and related fields. Firms like ExxonMobil, GE, Pacific Gas & Electric, and NRG have all scooped up Fuqua grads in the recent past.

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Houston, Texas 23 Followers 41 Discussions
Rice - Jones

One of the largest energy centers in the world, Houston is home to dozens of global oil and gas companies. It's also home to the Jones Graduate School of Business, which in recent years has sent up to 13 percent of its full-time MBA class into the energy sector; one of the highest percentages of all schools surveyed by FIND MBA. The school offers an MBA specialization in Energy, which is ideal for technical-minded students looking to build management skills and transition into the energy sector. Jones MBA students can also join the “Energy Association,” a student-led club that puts on events and provides networking opportunities in the energy field. 

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Houston, Texas 25 Followers 16 Discussions

The energy industry is a very important part of Houston, and the school’s Gutierrez Energy Management Institute serves as a hub for important research into the energy business. As part of the well-regarded MBA program, students have the option to pursue energy-related certificates, in topics such as energy finance and energy risk management. The school also offers an MS in Global Energy Leadership, which is STEM-designated and prepares students for roles in energy management, energy finance, and other areas. According to the school, upwards of one-fifth of its recent MBA classes have gone into the energy industry. 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom 35 Followers 268 Discussions
Edinburgh UEBS

The percentage of Edinburgh MBAs going into the energy sector has increased in recent years. In the past, Edinburgh MBA grads have gone into global energy firms like Schlumberger. MBAs have also done projects and internships with a range of energy companies, from the Spain-based EDP Renewables to GE Energy.

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