energy

Work to make a brighter tomorrow

O’Neill’s master’s-level Energy concentrations will put you in a position to help meet critical energy challenges. In your interdisciplinary studies, you’ll focus on energy policies and technologies — exploring the socio-economic and environmental consequences of both.

How to apply


Master the fundamentals, then add depth and detail—with multiple energy degree avenues

You can study energy through O’Neill’s MPA, MSES, or dual MPA-MSES programs. MPA students will focus primarily on economics-based quantitative methods, behavioral science contributions to energy production and conservation projects, and the application of qualitative and quantitative methods in community settings.

MSES students that pursue the energy concentration can anticipate more quantitative coursework, more integration of science and policy, and technology-oriented classes covering specific energy resources.

Additional opportunities to specialize and collaborate, no matter which path you choose

Combining your energy concentration with another concentration—such as environmental policy and natural resource management, environmental management or sustainability and sustainable development—can offer unique career advantages. Our faculty will work to accommodate your specialized professional interests as they help you design your program.

Numerous IU departments offer valuable courses related to the energy concentration including Geological Sciences, Geography, Physics, Economics, and various social sciences. Geological Science courses offer detailed study of the formation of energy resources. The Physics and Geography departments offer courses that address climate change science. Social science courses offer additional opportunities to study research methods and survey design. If you are interested in business management or finance, it may be possible for you to take courses in the Kelley School of Business.

21master’s students focused on energy in fall 2018

90.4%placement rate for energy concentration graduates

Gain real-world experience while still in school

Energy Leaders Student Association logoThe O’Neill MPA program offers far more than traditional lectures and lessons. You’ll benefit from experiential learning, typically through an approved internship. What's more, your concentration's course work will culminate in a project-oriented course—an O’Neill Capstone—that lets you apply the knowledge you gained throughout the program, gaining practical career experience before you graduate.

You can join the O’Neill Energy Leaders Student Association (ELSA), a professional student organization for the energy concentration that offers networking and current information on events in the energy industry.

Get involved with ELSA


 

Explore career opportunities in the energy-related job market

O’Neill’s dedicated Career Hub will assist you as you seek an internship or post-graduate employment, and our alumni community is an excellent lead source. Members of O’Neill's Dean’s Council and our Distiguished Alumni Council include leaders in the energy sector. In addition, our faculty stay abreast of job opportunities in the energy and sustainability sectors.

 

  • Advanced Energy Economy
  • American Forest and Paper Institute (Washington, D.C.)
  • American Gas Association
  • America’s Natural Gas Alliance (Washington, D.C.)
  • American Petroleum Institute (Washington, D.C.)
  • American Wind Energy Association
  • Analysis Inc. (Boston)
  • BCS Inc.
  • Bloomington Commission on Sustainability
  • Booz Allen Hamilton (New York)
  • Bracewell & Giuliani LLP (Washington, D.C.)
  • British Petroleum
  • Cadmus Group (Portland, Oregon)
  • City of Bloomington Utilities
  • CLEAResult
  • Congressional Budget Office
  • Cummins Inc.
  • Data to Insight Center
  • Department of Energy (Washington, D.C.)
  • Department of Homeland Security, Indiana
  • Department of Justice - Environmental and Natural Resource Division
  • DNV  KEMA Energy and Sustainability (Burlington, Massachusetts)
  • Dow AgroSciences (Indianapolis)
  • Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Michigan)
  • Edison Electric Institute (Washington, D.C.)
  • EDP Renewables North America
  • Electric Power Research Institute (Palo Alto, California)
  • Energy Solutions
  • Energy Systems Network (Indianapolis)
  • Environmental Defense Fund (New York)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (Washington, D.C.)
  • EY (Washington, D.C.)
  • European Chemical Industry Council (Brussels, Belgium)
  • ExxonMobil Corporation (Dallas)
  • Fathom
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Washington, D.C.)
  • General Motors
  • German Institute for Economic Research – DIW (Berlin, Germany)
  • Goldman Sachs (New York)
  • Grant Thornton LLC
  • Greenpeace
  • Hoosier Energy
  • Hoosier Environmental Council
  • ICF International (Washington, D.C.)
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management
  • Indiana National Guard
  • Indiana State Budget Agency (Indianapolis)
  • Indiana University Utilities
  • Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (Indianapolis)
  • Indianapolis Airport Authority
  • Indianapolis Mayor’s Office
  • Industrial Economics Inc. (Boston)
  • International Risk and Governance Council (Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Keter Environmental Services
  • King County, Washington
  • KLN Energy Consulting
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy (Livermore, California)
  • Lugar Center for Renewable Energy (Indianapolis)
  • Minnesota Public Utility Commission
  • National Economic Research Associates (Boston)
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Navarro Research and Engineering
  • Navistar (Chicago)
  • NiSource
  • North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center
  • Northern Indiana Public Service Company  (Merrillville, Indiana)
  • Nuclear Energy Institute (Washington, D.C.)
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy (Oak Ridge, Tennessee)
  • Office of Management and Budget (Washington, D.C.)
  • OnElectricCars.com
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • PetroChina
  • PJM Interconnection (Philadelphia)
  • Potomac Economics
  • Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
  • REGENESIS Remediation Solutions
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (Vienna, Austria)
  • Resources for the Future (Washington, D.C.)
  • Ripley Environmental
  • RTI International
  • Ruby Canyon Engineering Inc.
  • San Mateo County, California
  • Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services
  • Shega Trans, Kosovo
  • Solar Energy Industries Assoc.
  • Solar Foundation
  • Supreme Council for Environment (Bahrain)
  • Sustainability Office, City of Bloomington (Bloomington, Indiana)
  • Sustainability Office, Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana)
  • Tennessee Valley Authority (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, Colorado)
  • Wake Forest University
  • White House Council on Environmental Quality (Washington, D.C.)
  • The World Bank

Our graduates work across sectors

41%private

41%nonprofit

17%public

Faculty with energy expertise and experience

Sanya Carley
Professor

scarley@indiana.edu
(812) 856-0920

  • Energy Policy and Economics
  • Electricity Markets
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Policy Instruments
  • Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation
  • Energy-based Economic Development

Jeffrey R. White
Professor Emeritus

whitej@indiana.edu
(812) 856-0084

  • Environmental Biogeochemistry
  • Climate Change
  • Aquatic Chemistry
  • Limnology

John A. Rupp
Clinical Associate Professor, O'Neill

rupp@indiana.edu
(812) 855-1323

  • Subsurface Geology
  • Unconventional Reservoir Analysis
  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Fracking, induced seismicity, oil, gas, petroleum
  • History of oil and gas in Indiana
  • Stratigraphy

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I think that energy is one of the most
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challenging and important problems of
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our time and the need for individuals to
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work within the space and to make a
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difference is profound the energy
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concentration here it's BIA is a program
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offering within the master's curriculum
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so that is a program that's offered to
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our MPA RM SES or our dual degree
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students and it's a program that trains
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students with the technical and analysis
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skills that they need for future
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professions in the energy world and our
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courses focus specifically on energy
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markets and technical analysis energy
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resources resource use resource
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consumption and energy policy issues so
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one thing I'm really proud of and
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excited about in our energy
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concentration is how well our students
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place after they leave here we tend to
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play students in the private public and
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nonprofit sectors and we actually have a
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fairly even distribution across those
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three sectors as to where our students
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go so Energy's this broad realm of all
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the way from very technical stuff to to
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policy to behavioral kinds of things and
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the degrees that the students come out
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of here whether it be a MPA or an EM SES
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or the dual degree allow them to latch
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into any variety of places in that whole
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gamut that whole spectrum of energy
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challenges that we face in our nation
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one of the things that I'm saying here
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in spirit and particularly in the energy
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concentration students can have impact
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as soon as they hit the campus so I've
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already been fortunate enough to connect
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with some great professors professor
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Rupp is already advising me as far as
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career opportunities dr. Karly has
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already sent me to say okay we'll come
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up with some research questions and we
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can begin writing there are on the
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horizon we have renewables we have wind
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energy we have all of these
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opportunities for advancement and
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development and research and coming to
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the interview to concentration is really
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the best of both worlds you get the
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science you get the policy so if you're
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thinking about coming to SPEA and you're
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thinking about picking a concentration
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and you want the best of all worlds its
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energy
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