Degree Requirements

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree in energy and earth resources is intended for those who seek to build critical knowledge and skills with qualitative underpinnings, and who desire to take graduate coursework and conduct a thesis project along the lines of the types carried out in the areas of  business, humanities, law, liberal arts, policy, and some technical fields. Candidates for the Master of Arts degree must complete thirty semester hours of graduate-level coursework, three of which may be at the upper-division undergraduate level with approval by the graduate adviser. Students who have not previously completed coursework in the geological sciences (including the origin of energy, mineral, and water resources) are required to take Energy and Earth Resources 396, Seminar in Energy and Earth Resources or Geological Sciences 386R, Geology of Earth Resources. The thesis counts for six of the thirty semester hours required for the degree. The remainder of hours required for the degree may be chosen from a list of approved courses in the fields of business, engineering, law, liberal arts, policy, and science.

Master of Science in Energy and Earth Resources

The Master of Science in Energy and Earth Resources degree is intended for those who seek a quantitative underpinning for their graduate work and who desire to conduct a thesis project that is research-based, along the lines of those prepared in engineering and the sciences. Candidates for the Master of Science in Energy and Earth Resources degree must complete thirty semester hours of graduate-level coursework, three of which may be at the upper-division undergraduate level with approval by the graduate adviser. Students who have not previously completed coursework in the geological sciences (including the origin of energy, mineral, and water resources) are required to take Energy and Earth Resources 396, Seminar in Energy and Earth Resources or Geological Sciences 386R, Geology of Earth Resources. The thesis counts for six of the thirty semester hours required for the degree. Nine of the remaining hours required for the degree must be in approved coursework of a quantitative or analytical nature.

Dual Degree Programs

The program in energy and earth resources offers the following dual degree programs in cooperation with the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the McCombs School of Business. More information is available from the graduate adviser in each program.

Field(s) of Study Degree(s)
Business administrationMaster of Business Administration
Global policy studiesMaster of Global Policy Studies
Public affairsMaster of Public Affairs