Louisiana State University's Ourso College of Business is expected to launch an MBA specialization in energy, according to the school's website.
The new specialization is designed for students who want to work in the energy industry. The curriculum will cover topics in mineral law, finance, analytics, and energy law.
Extra-curricular options, such as site visits to energy companies, as well as energy conferences and internships, will also be provided.
The new energy specialization, which has been proposed by the school's Energy Initiative, is expected to be approved to launch this fall. The Energy Initiative also offers an undergraduate minor in energy.
LSU - Ourso is based in Baton Rouge and is accredited by AACSB International.
Louisiana is one of the US' top oil- and petroleum-producing states. According to a 2014 study — commissioned by the Grow Louisiana Commission — the state's extraction, refining, and pipeline industries drove some $73 billion in revenue and supported almost 300,000 jobs in 2011. Even so, only one other AACSB-accredited business school in the state offers a full-time MBA specialization in energy: Tulane University's Freeman School of Business, which has a full-time MBA program that is currently ranked in Businessweek.
Texas, Louisiana's western neighbor, has a much larger share of accredited business schools with specializations in energy. Four Texas schools — Texas A&M University's Mays School of Business, University of Texas at Austin's McCombs School of Business, Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business, and Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business — are listed as top business schools for a career in energy here at FIND MBA.
Current LSU - Ourso students will have the opportunity to learn more about the school's new MBA specialization in energy at an upcoming panel discussion on March 11th.
For more information, please see LSU - Ourso's MBA specialization in energy webpage.
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