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Innovative Learning - Energy

A new model for educating future energy leaders

Government, energy industry and community leaders collaborated with the Business School to create a first—a groundbreaking degree program that's a talent pipeline for energy companies. Students complete an 18-month, 36-semester hour program culminating in a Master of Science in Global Energy Management (GEM) degree. The GEM degree program covers issues spanning the entire industry sector, from fossil fuels to alternative resources. Also included are studies in leadership, decision making and strategic management. International faculty members share their extensive experience in the classroom and online. The flexible hybrid structure—partly in class and partly online—makes it convenient for working professionals in the U.S. and abroad to earn a graduate degree while working.

FACT: The energy industry will lose 50 percent of its managerial and leadership talent in the next five years as senior executives retire.

FACT: The number of jobs in America’s emerging clean energy economy grew nearly two and a half times faster than overall jobs between 1998 and 2007, according to a report (PDF) from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

FACT: The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation recently reported that the nation is looking to Colorado to lead the new energy economy with its integration of renewable energy and the state’s rich energy resource base.

The GEM program is the only one of its kind that focuses on preparing students to take on high-level positions throughout the global energy field. Graduates bring new skills and ideas to major oil, gas and renewable energy companies, including Encana Oil & Gas, Venoco, Xcel Energy and Pioneer Natural Resources. Many are mid-career professionals already working in the energy field and sponsored by companies eager to equip talented employees with the very latest skills.

No other university features a curriculum and delivery method that is in lockstep with the needs of the industry and of professionals seeking to advance in the wide-open energy field. Find out more about the innovative opportunities available in the GEM program.


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