Build your own career resiliency
Where energy professionals develop into industry leaders
Build a career that withstands any energy trend. With over ten years of experience in education, our curriculum cuts across all energy sectors, from power to renewables to oil and gas. Our program’s hybrid format allows you to work anywhere in the world while completing your master’s degree.
Taught by leading energy practitioners
Flexible yet connected – live and work anywhere in the world
Extensive professional network of alumni
Our Master of Science in Global Energy Management (GEM) program is a business and leadership degree, offered in a hybrid format that turns today’s energy professionals into tomorrow’s leaders. The hybrid format includes online coursework and a four-day on-campus weekend held in Denver every three months.
Graduate with the business acumen of an MBA, paired with a future-proof global perspective of the energy industry that spans all sectors. This degree prepares you to advance in your current field or to shift into a new role or sector.
Benefits of the program include:
- Only energy program to offer an Executive in Residence program to give you access to leaders in the industry
- Taught by energy practitioners with extensive experience across a number of industries
- Hybrid format allows you to continue your education while working full-time from anywhere in the world
Our faculty members average 15 years in the industry. You are taught by experts who understand where the trends in energy are headed. Our program model connects business, leadership, and industry expertise.
- Financial Management
- Energy Economics
- Problem Solving
Leading and Managing
- Business Management
- Organizational Leadership
- Collaborative Learning
Energy Industry Expertise
- General Energy Industry Expertise
- Sector Specific Industry Expertise
- Energy Stakeholder Management
- International & Intercultural Effectiveness
Our program is specifically designed to develop the business acumen, leadership, and management skills needed to lead in the energy industry. Throughout the course of 18 months, you will complete 36 credit hours in 12 courses.
Core courses (24 hours)
These courses provide a foundation of the current realities facing the energy industry today. You’ll be exposed to perspectives from economics, law, accounting, and more. Course topics include:
- 21st century global energy issues and realities
- Global energy economics
- Environmental, regulatory, legal, and political environment in the energy industry
- Technical aspects of energy science
- Leadership and decision making in the global energy environment
- Managerial accounting in global energy markets
- Introduction to financial management in the global energy market
- Strategic human capital management in the global energy environment
Energy electives (9 hours)
Explore further into areas that are of interest to your career. Course topics include:
- Energy law: property, contracts, and transactions
- Political risk analysis and strategy for energy business
- Organizational behavior in the energy industry
- Energy marketing and communication
- Advanced financial management in the energy industry
- Energy asset and production management
- Commercialization and management/leadership of renewable energies
- Special topics
- Strategic management for the energy industry
Capstone class (3 hours)
The focus of the capstone course is on improving an organization’s competitiveness in changing global energy environments. With an emphasis on sustainable strategies, you develop skills to formulate, implement, and evaluate organizational strategies in changing environments.
“Professors are comprised of specialists who have succeeded at the highest level both professionally and academically worldwide. They provide industry-focused management and technical tools that are immediately transferable to the workplace.”—Tyson Johnston, GEM alumnus, Vice President Land, Anschutz Exploration Corporation
The only energy program with executives in residence, our mission is to create a collaborative learning environment with insight into the expertise and deep knowledge that energy executives have gained throughout their careers. Throughout your time with GEM, you'll have access to seven different executives. Those interactions help you:
- understand the decision-making processes energy leaders utilize not only to run an organization
- know how to identify high-potential performers
- receive career advice to guide your decisions
- build your own executive presence
Current Executive in Residence
Director of External Affairs, Guzman Energy
Residence: Janaury 2020 - June 2020
Kathleen Staks is the Director of External Affairs for Guzman Energy. In this role, she leads stakeholder engagement, legislative and regulatory affairs, and strategic communications to help Guzman Energy meet its goal of transitioning communities across the country into a cleaner, more affordable energy future.
Before joining Guzman Energy, Staks served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) under Governor Hickenlooper. She worked to broaden the influence and impact of the CEO, developing and securing bipartisan support for long-term funding for the office while expanding wide-reaching relationships across the energy spectrum. Prior to joining CEO, Staks served as the assistant director for energy and minerals at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, where she developed and implemented oil and gas and mining policy issues across Colorado in coordination with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety, and the Governor’s Office.
In addition to her experience at the State, Staks worked at Great Outdoors Colorado as the program director for Parks and Wildlife and Open Space, coordinating and developing policies and grant programs for the benefit of Coloradans through public and private land protection programs. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Southern Medodist Univeristy and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver – Sturm College of Law.
The total cost of tuition for the MS in Global Energy Management program is $54,000 or $4,500 per course. GEM’s tuition is guaranteed for the length of your program and includes all student fees. Textbooks, airfare, and your hotel are not included in the price of tuition.
We recommend meeting with human resource and benefits departments to discuss eligibility for tuition reimbursement. We are happy to provide information to help you gain approval. If you receive tuition assistance from your employer, you can still apply for student loans.
You have the opportunity to take out student loans and apply for scholarships. More information can be found on at the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
Federal Stafford Student Loan
The Federal Stafford Student Loan is available to US citizens and is non-credit based and does not affect your credit rating. The award consists of subsidized and unsubsidized loans. The approximate award is $20,500 for each calendar year. The program runs over two years, which equals a total of $41,000 possible for the program.
Graduate Plus Loans
The Graduate Plus Loan application is automatically included in the Stafford Loan. You can choose whether or not to accept it. Graduate Plus Loans are federal funds but based on your credit rating.
Private Graduate Loans
Many banks offer private loans. Private lender guidelines vary from lender to lender and are determined based on a student’s credit rating. Most private loans offer rates lower than traditional credit cards.
Military Educational Programs
Programs like the GI Bill may be used to fund the GEM program. For more information, please visit the CU Denver Veteran and Military Student Services.
Minority, professional, and personal affiliations may have scholarship opportunities. We recommend using the web to research opportunities you may have.
Home Equity Loans or Additional Mortgages
Interests on these loans may be low depending on market conditions. The interest may be tax deductible. These loans require credit approval and are likely to have closing costs.
The Global Energy Management program admits students for a January and July start. Admissions are made on a rolling basis, meaning decisions are made as applications are completed.
You will need to complete the online application and submit all additional documents by the deadline. A phone interview is required as part of the admissions process.
Once we've received all of your application materials, you will typically receive a decision within two to three weeks. Applications may take longer to process depending on the current volume of applications received.
Students with significant experience in the energy industry may not have to take the GMAT for admission into the GEM program. The chart below provides information on whether or not you are required to take the GMAT. If you already have your graduate degree in another discipline, you are automatically waived from the GMAT requirement.
|Years of Experience in Energy||GMAT Status|
|5 +||Automatically waived|
|3 - 5||Can apply for a GEM waiver|
|0 - 3||GMAT required|
|Already earned a graduate degree||Automatically waived|
GMAT Waiver Process
Applicants with 3-5 years of experience in the energy industry can petition the admissions committee requesting a waiver from the GMAT requirement. Email the documents below to firstname.lastname@example.org. The admissions committee will inform you within one week of receiving all documents the decision on the GMAT waiver.
- One-page letter petitioning the admissions committee to waive the GMAT test. Within the letter, include how undergraduate and work experience in the energy industry has positions you to be successful in the GEM program.
- Copy of either an unofficial or official transcript from a degree-granting institution
How Decisions are Made
Ideal candidates for the GEM program have at least five years of professional experience, demonstrating positions of increasing responsibility. Most students are currently working within the energy industry; however, the program does accept non-energy professionals looking to transition their career.
To meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) criteria, you must either showcase your proficiency through past education in English instruction or an English Language Proficiency test. If you are a citizen of a country whose official language is English, you do not have to prove proficiency. See below for a listing of accepted countries.
To claim proficiency, you must complete one of the following criteria. Please note that test scores are valid for two years.
- Submit a TOEFL score that meets the minimum requirements of 75 (IBT) or 537 (PBT). The minimum IBT sub scores for each section are: Reading: 15, Listening: 15, Speaking: 18, Writing: 17.
- Submit an IELTS score of at least 6.5 The minimum IELTS sub scores for the reading, listening, speaking, and writing sections are 5.5.
- Submit a copy of completion from the CU Denver ESL Academy.
- Earned an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in the United States or has successfully completed a minimum of two semesters of full-time study in a master’s program at an accredited institution in the United States.
- Have graduated from a US/UK accredited school abroad with English as the medium of instruction.
- Earned an associate's or bachelor's degree in the US or have successfully completed a minimum of two semesters of full-time study in a master's program at an accredited institution in the US.
- Be a citizen of a country whose official language is English. These countries include Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, United Kingdom, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
To be eligible for scholarships you must apply by the priority deadlines. Plan to submit materials early to expedite processing. Deadlines apply to all required documents. Please note that if you apply by the final deadlines many classes may be full.
We have two application deadlines depending on your start date.
January start: December 15
July start: July 3
Plan to submit materials early to expedite processing. Deadlines apply to all required documents.
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