Degree Requirements

The Master of Energy Economics is a full-time, 12-month professional master's degree. The curriculum is offered in four terms, with an internship or practicum in the final term. Students are required to complete 40 credit hours within the 12 months which are separated into four sessions. Sessions I and II correspond to the Fall and Spring semester, respectively, and follow the standard Rice academic calendar. Sessions III and IV are consecutive 7-week-long sessions that take place during the summer. Session III will provide a variety of specialized courses that may be of particular interest. Session IV will consist of an internship to provide students with practical experience relevant to the degree. In addition, the internships provide prospective employers with an opportunity to effectively evaluate new talent. The internship is meant to last 7 weeks and should be directly related to their core area of study in the MEECON degree program. It is recognized that some students may have previous professional experience in their area of study, and that their employer may be sponsoring their MEECON education. Thus, students who already work in their area of study may be able to fulfill the internship requirement by working on a special project with their current employer.

The credit distribution is as follows:

2017-2018 Sequence 2017-2018 Electives

4 courses in Session I (Fall semester)

  • ECON 601*
    Energy Economics I
  • ECON 602*
    Microeconomics of the Energy Sector
  • ECON 603*
    Applied Econometrics for Energy Markets
  • ECON 606*
    Corporate Finance for the Energy Sector

3 courses in Session II (Spring semester)

  • ECON 604*
    Energy Economics II
  • Elective
  • Elective

2-3 courses in Session III (Summer I)

  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

1 course in Session IV (Summer II)

  • ECON 699
    Internship/Practicum – Energy Economics

Session II Electives

  • ECON 605 
    Taxation in the Energy Sector
  • ECON 608
    Risk Management in the Energy Industry
  • ECON 610
    Energy and Macroeconomy
  • ECON 622
    Transportation Economics

Session III Electives

  • ECON 611 
    Geopolitics of Energy
  • ECON 614
    The Political Economy of Oil in Developing Countries
  • ECON 621
    The Economics of the Electricity Industry
* Mandatory course