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Graduate students are pictured during group work at the Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business in Oklahoma City.

This program is delivered over 14 intensive months in a mostly online format. The curriculum for this program was designed to ensure that graduates gain valuable training and career advancement opportunities in a rapidly growing industry. Candidates for the EMBA in Renewables will complete eight modules – three weeklong, in-person modules and five online modules involving synchronous and asynchronous sessions, each spanning eight weeks. Two of the in-person modules will be held at OU’s Norman campus and the third at an international site.

  • Flexible delivery. This program is offered in a hybrid model with the majority of the courses delivered in an interactive, online format. Students study when and where they want. The expedited program length allows students to start applying information to their careers quickly and expertly.
  • Incredible growth potential. OU’s legacy in energy education extends over 100 years, making it uniquely qualified to provide an EMBA program tailored to the rapidly burgeoning renewable energy industry. Generating more electricity from wind than nearly any other state, Oklahoma is known as a leader in renewable energy — an industry gaining importance not just regionally, but also globally. 
  • Thought leaders on faculty. Each faculty member was selected due to their experience and expertise in the energy industry. This group challenges, collaborates and facilitates the learning process with students individually and with classmates. Guest speakers and leaders from the energy industry complement the experience.
  • Residency weeks. Three weeklong residencies offer face-to-face classroom experiences and provide a foundation for a connection with cohorts that will last a lifetime. Two of the residencies are in Norman with a third offered at an international location to address the global nature of the program.
  • Business connections for life. Renewable energy companies have significant needs for qualified professionals, and the industry is the fastest growing energy sector in the world. This program was designed to help students build their network in existing energy companies and make valuable connections with like-minded professionals.
  • Executive coaching. As the EMBA in Renewables is geared for midcareer professionals, an executive coach is provided for each student as a part of the experience. The coach provides group and one-on-one consulting for each student to help them achieve their goals inside and outside the classroom.

Three weeklong residencies offer face-to-face classroom experiences and provide a foundation for a connection with cohorts that will last a lifetime. Two of the residencies are in Norman with a third offered at an international location to address the global nature of the program.

Online distance-learning sessions are two days a week for two hours each. Courses are 1 or 2 credit hours each and last for four or eight weeks. During a typical semester there will be two online modules of eight weeks each. During the online modules, the entire class gathers online at the same time, holding discussions just as it does during the residency weeks. Sessions may also include guest speakers, and participants communicate with each other and faculty between classes regarding assignments.

The program also includes asynchronous distance learning for material best delivered through a traditional instructor-centered lecture. Participants may watch these lectures at their convenience and as often as needed to master the content.

The EMBA in Renewables includes 21 courses for a total of 32 credit hours. The program can be completed in 14 months, with students starting in fall or spring, thereby allowing them a flexible format to bring together the skills, concepts and knowledge needed to succeed in the renewable energy sector. Through faculty and guest lecturers, rigorous coursework, and applied projects, the program offers all the tools that professionals need to become leaders of the renewable energy sector.

The program does not require a thesis. Instead, it culminates in a final project as part of the capstone course. A sample course sequence is below. Please note that the sequence of courses is subject to change. 

Energy Policy and Regulations2
Introduction to Energy Systems (Part 1)1
Electric Power Systems and Grid Management1
Transportation & Residential, Commercial & Industrial Energy Systems1
Introduction to Accounting for Renewable Energy                                     2
Financial Markets and Securities
Courses                                                                                                           Credits
Quantitative Methods/Statistics                                                                   2
Derivatives and Energy Trading   2
Organizational Behavior                                                                                 1
Corporate Finance and Risk Management2
Energy Economics                                                                                           2
Managing Change - Strategy and Leadership2
Enterprise Valuations, M&A and Corporate Restructuring       2
Cyber-Physical Security and Resilience for Smart Grid (4 weeks)            1
Energy Law for Renewables and Ethics (4 weeks)1
Renewable Energy Systems Analysis and Forecasting (4 weeks)    
Advanced Accounting for Renewable Energy (4 weeks)                            1
Introduction to Energy Systems (Part 2) (4 weeks)1
Data, Analytics and Digitization1
Renewable Energy Project Finance and Development                              1
Renewable Energy Project (Capstone)3
Total Credit Hours                                        32

The International Module, about halfway through the program, comprises a residency in Europe – an energy-centric location with global influence. During the trip, students take courses, meet with renewable energy leaders, visit energy companies, and experience local culture.

Through the Executive MBA in Energy, our students now have access to resources previously available only to senior staff in major corporations. In partnership with Performance Consulting LLC, the EMBA in Energy offers an accelerated version of executive coaching services to complement the program’s challenging curriculum and help students. Our goal is to give students an undeniable professional advantage that benefits them and their employer. Through a combination of group facilitation, individual coaching, and workshops, EMBA students will experience greater clarity, direction and purpose as they address their most pressing issues – professionally and beyond. Learn more about executive career coach, Rita M. Murray, Ph.D. (PDF, 216.4 KB)