The Master of Energy Economics is a full-time, one-year, graduate-level terminal degree. Online courses are not offered. Admission to the program is limited to outstanding individuals who have earned undergraduate degrees (except current Rice students who may apply to the MEECON program in the second semester of their senior year).

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.

For more information, please contact Ms. Abbey Godley (

Recommended Background

The ideal candidate would come from, or seek, a business development and/or strategic planning position within the energy sector. This candidate would also possess a predisposition for using economic models and quantitative methods to help form well-reasoned insights into energy sector developments. Demonstration of reasonable performance in college-level mathematics courses that include calculus, and preferably multivariable calculus, is ideal. The candidate need not have previously studied economics at the university level.

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)