Master of Energy Economics (MEEcon) Degree

Program Learning Outcomes for the MEEcon Degree

Upon completing the MEEcon degree, students will:

  1. Understand and apply basic economic scientific, political, and statistical principles useful for analyzing and understanding energy markets.
  2. Develop quantitative skills to better utilize data to inform strategic decisions.
  3. Be better able to communicate insights arising from the economics perspective on issues affecting the energy sector.

Requirements for the MEEcon Degree 

The MEEcon degree is a non-thesis master's degree. For general university requirements, please see Non-Thesis Master's Degrees. Students pursuing the MEEcon degree must complete:

  • A minimum of 40 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements. 

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the MEEcon Degree40

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
ECON 601ENERGY ECONOMICS I4
ECON 602MICROECONOMICS OF THE ENERGY SECTOR4
ECON 603APPLIED ECONOMETRICS FOR ENERGY MARKETS4
ECON 604ENERGY ECONOMICS II4
ECON 606CORPORATE FINANCE FOR THE ENERGY SECTOR4
ECON 699PRACTICUM 14
Elective Requirements16
Select 4 courses as electives from departmental (ECON) course offerings selected from ECON 605 or any course between ECON 607 and ECON 622. 2
Total Credit Hours40

Footnotes and Additional Information

Proposed Plan-of-Study

The MEEcon degree program is completed in 12 months and is organized in 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 two consecutive 7-week long sessions that take place during the subsequent summer. All courses (including required courses and electives) are graduate-level courses.

Plan of Study Grid
Session I (Fall Semester)Credit Hours
ECON 601 ENERGY ECONOMICS I 4
ECON 602 MICROECONOMICS OF THE ENERGY SECTOR 4
ECON 603 APPLIED ECONOMETRICS FOR ENERGY MARKETS 4
ECON 606 CORPORATE FINANCE FOR THE ENERGY SECTOR 4
 Credit Hours16
Session II (Spring Semester)
ECON 604 ENERGY ECONOMICS II 4
Elective one 2 Elective one4
Elective two 2 Elective two4
 Credit Hours12
Session III (Summer I)
Elective three 2 Elective three4
Elective four 2 Elective four4
 Credit Hours8
Session IV (Summer II)
ECON 699 PRACTICUM 1 4
 Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours40

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the MEEcon Degree

Admission

Information on admission to the MEEcon program is available on the Economics website. For general university requirements, see Graduate Degrees and Admission to Graduate Study.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities.

For additional information, please see the Economics website: https://economics.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the MEEcon Degree 

Byron Pope Award

The Byron Pope Award is given to the student who best exemplifies the benefits provided by participation in the Masters in Energy Economics Program. 

For additional information, please see the Economics website: https://economics.rice.edu/