Master of Energy Economics


Program Description

The Master of Energy Economics (MEECON) is a 12-month, full-time professional master’s program designed to educate future leaders and strategic thinkers in the energy sector. Students develop skills to provide insightful analysis of energy markets in order to inform future market orientation, capital asset decisions, and firm strategic direction. Built upon programs in the Economics Department and the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies (CES), the Master of Energy Economics provides a new avenue for energy professionals to develop human capital relevant for business development and/or strategic planning roles.

About the Program

The Master of Energy Economics (MEECON) trains participants to provide insightful analysis and to inform such things as capital asset decisions, firm strategic direction, and future market orientation by combining the disciplined study of the market and economic principles with a deep understanding of the functioning and interconnections of the energy industry.

We are particularly proud to offer the program here in Houston, the widely recognized energy capital of the world. Our program collaborates with reputable scholars from around the country to teach program electives and impart a deeper understanding of specialized fields as well as give participants an opportunity to network and field questions directly to the experts.

More specifically, participants will:

  • Learn to analyze energy markets and the micro and macro impacts of various stimuli;
  • Develop quantitative skills to better utilize data to inform strategic decisions;
  • Obtain insights into commercially-oriented analysis through internships;
  • Gain a better understanding of the factors that contribute to dynamic and perpetually changing energy markets.

Admission Requirements

Applications for the MEECON program are accepted on a rolling basis. Offers are made twice per year. Applicants wishing to be considered for early acceptance must submit their applications by February 1st. Regular Decision applications are due April 30th. Late applications may be considered. However, candidates who miss the April 30th deadline place themselves in an increasingly uncompetitive position.

Application Requirements
  • Application fee: $85
  • Professional resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Approved TOEFL scores for applicants whose native language is not English and who did not receive a degree from a country in which English is the official language of communication (Rice University code 6609)
  • Applicants are recommended but not required to submit scores from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). (Rice University GRE code 6609; Rice University GMAT code 3WS-MT-34)

Applications for fall 2020 enrollment are now open. Early Acceptance applications are due February 1st and Regular Decision applications are due April 30th.

The program of study you are applying to: Energy Economics

The degree you are seeking: Master of Energy Economics

2019-2020 Current Student Profile

  • Class Size: 26
  • Average age: 28
  • Age range: 22-47
  • Average work experience: 5 years

Countries Represented: Algeria, Brazil, Canada, China, Ghana, Mexico, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Turkey, United States, Venezuela

Undergraduate Majors Represented: Accounting, Business, Chemistry, Economics, Electronic Commerce, Finance, Government and Public Relations, Industrial Engineering, Mathematical Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering

Most recent role in the energy sector: Research Analyst, Strategic Planning, Product Development, Production Engineer, Investment Advisor, Broker, Securities Analyst, Government Affairs, Investment Banking, Consultant, Project Coordinator

Employment Outcomes

The Master of Energy Economics surveys our most recent graduates annually. The information presented in our database is a summary of our employment outcomes for the Class of 2016, Class of 2017, and Class of 2018. When reviewing this information please keep in mind prior education, training, and interests play a significant role in the types of positions our graduates seek and obtain. Many of our students come to Rice with prior professional degrees and prior professional experiences. Some students use their Rice education to expand their current roles while others completely change the direction of their career.

Professional Resources

Although the program provides assistance with career counseling, employer visits, and networking events throughout the academic year, it is the sole responsibility of each Master of Energy Economics to obtain his or her own internship and employment. All Master of Energy Economics students have full access to Rice’s Center for Career Development (CCD) and receive a one-year complimentary membership to the James A. Baker, III Institute for Public Policy Young Professional Roundtable (RYP).

Students are encouraged to begin supplementing their academic tenure with professional development opportunities and taking advantage of the multitude of resources available as soon as they matriculate at Rice. Whether students are looking for entry-level positions or for upward mobility within their current organization, successful students have found it essential to maintain a systemic approach to efficiently balance the program’s academic rigor and an effective job search.

Last updated Sep 2019

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