Introducing the next generation of energy management professionals.
Accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)
Energy Management is an emphasis within the Business Administration major designed to prepare students to work in the business side of energy and mineral exploration. Students learn land and resource management principles through knowledge and perspectives of business administration, economics, geology and environmental studies. Students also study disciplines of oil, gas and mining mineral management; Native American, federal, state and privately owned real estate; and surface, water and environmental land management.
Landmen are detectives, historians, researchers, geographers, writers, negotiators, legal experts, businessmen and spokespeople. Western's liberal arts education combined with business and Energy Management courses ensure graduates are ready to hit the ground running in the oil and gas industry.
The Energy Management program builds on a foundation of business and legal principles. Once admitted to the Energy Management program, students tighten their focus on topics such as geographic information systems (GIS), environmental and water law, natural resource economics, oil and gas contracts, land management and petroleum geology.
- All Energy Management students belong to the Western Association of Professional Landmen through which they have access to networking events and conferences.
- Many companies that contribute financial support to the program visit campus as guest speakers.
- Small classes allow students get to know their peers and professors.
- Students often take field trips to mining and oil and gas production sites.
Starting salaries for landmen range between $65,000 and $90,000. The majority of graduates work for oil and gas companies. The remainder work in real estate or for government agencies. More than 50 companies in at least 11 different states throughout the country have hired Western graduates. Some of those employers include:
- Antero Resources
- Marathon Oil
- Noble Energy
- QEP Resources
- Whiting Petroleum
How To Apply
- Energy Management applications are accepted year round. Click here to apply.
- Once your application is submitted, you will be asked to interview with Energy Management leadership.
- Upon acceptance into the Energy Management program, you may begin in the Fall semester.
- The application to the Energy Management program is not an application for admission to Western Colorado University. Applicants must be accepted to both Western and the program.
- An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for program admission. On a case-by-case basis, students who have a GPA of less than 3.0 may attain formal admittance through a probationary process by completing their first 12 credits of Energy Management emphasis area courses with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- A grade of “C” or above must be attained in all Energy Management emphasis area courses to remain in the program.
If you're interested in Energy Management, we invite you to take the next steps towards becoming a part of the Mountaineer family. Email or call for more information:
Director, Energy Management