Courses & Curriculum
The energy curriculum at Tuck is designed for students who have a deep interest in energy and for those who want to understand the industry in preparation for related careers in general management, consulting, banking, entrepreneurship, or investing. In addition to courses with a specific focus on energy, students have the opportunity to design independent studies and participate in various experiential learning projects.
Professor Erin Mansur teaches a full-term elective, Energy Economics, that explores a managerial perspective on the economics of energy markets, including crude oil, refined products, natural gas, and electricity. Energy topics are also addressed in other elective courses, including Operations Strategy, Sustainable Business, Business and Climate Change, and core classes, including Managerial Economics.
Tuck's core curriculum provides a solid foundation in management, quantitative skills, and leadership. The First-Year Project takes the learning experience outside the classroom. Past students have embarked upon FYPs in battery-storage commercialization, solar energy crowdfunding in Singapore, and demand response (leading to the creation of EnerNOC).
Global Insight Expeditions encourage students and faculty to engage in coursework and experiential learning around the globe. Students with an interest in the energy industry may elect to participate in a GIX to examine relevant energy issues for a wide range of companies, organizations and communities abroad. Each GIX begins with on-campus coursework and preparation, applies learning during overseas immersion, and closes with a course project. In 2015, students participating in Sustaining Globalized Economies: The UAE and Qatar visited Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha during a GIX that focused on economic, environmental, and cultural sustainability in the wake of globalization. During this GIX, company visits focused on industries such as energy, real estate, and finance. In 2016, students participating in “Brazilience”: Building Resilience amid Economic Stress and Change in Brazil, visited Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to explore strategies for building resilient economies and organizations. During this GIX, students engaged in a range site visits and discussions, including a panel discussion with the CEO and management team of Engie Brasil.
OnSite Global Consulting (OnSite) is a second-year MBA elective course, operated through TuckGO, that offers professional quality consulting services to a host of worldwide clients and an extraordinary experiential learning opportunity for students. OnSite provides an entry point into real-time industry experience while serving organizations and non-profits that do not have sufficient resources to address important initiatives. Past OnSite experiences in the energy industry have included projects in Spain, where students analyzed new regulatory scenarios in the Spanish energy market, as well as projects in Singapore, where students reviewed the crowdfunding landscape as a means to raise capital and better engage the public in renewable energy.
The Revers Center for Energy integrates energy issues into the MBA curriculum through research and case writing support. Students interested in the energy sector also have the opportunity to interact with researchers at Dartmouth and the Thayer School of Engineering.