Beginning this fall, Waynesburg University will offer an Energy Management Concentration through its reputable Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program.
Due to the development of the Marcellus and Utica shales in the area, the energy industry, which includes a broad range of jobs across many sectors, will continue to experience steady growth for the foreseeable future, both regionally and nationally. To better prepare students for jobs in the industry, Waynesburg has developed strategic curriculum utilizing experts and professionals already established in the field.
In addition to the core MBA classes which include Organizational Behavior, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing Management, Seminar in Applied Economics, Accounting Concepts and Applications, Financial Management, Statistical Methods, and Management Policy, students pursuing the Energy Management Option will take Energy Management & Strategy, Supply Chain Management and Project Management, specialized courses that will effectively prepare students for related and applicable careers.
The new Energy Management course will include concepts related to coal, oil, gas and renewable energy. The Project Management course will cover project management concepts, financial risk analysis, developing a project timeline, resource management, and managing outside contractors and vendors. The Supply Chain Management course will include sustainability and the use of sustainable purchases, logics, inventory management and control, global supply, and e-commerce and vendor controls.
“The Energy Management Concentration was developed with experts in the energy field who expounded on the need for qualified employees to have an understanding of all energy sources - gas, coal, oil, water and renewable energy,” said Janice Crile, director of Waynesburg University’s MBA Program.
According to Crile, relevant curriculum translates into job opportunities for students in a competitive job market. Furthermore, Crile said that with the Pittsburgh region at the forefront of the new energy frontier, Waynesburg’s Energy Management Option will give students a necessary advantage in the field.
Dr. George Smith, General Manager of Value Chain at CONSOL Energy; Dr. Jeanna Cooper, Manager of E-Services at CONSOL Energy; and Dr. Darryl Husenits, Vice President of Material and Supply Chain Management at CONSOL Energy, were among the experts who took part in the planning and implementation of Waynesburg University’s new curriculum.
“The Energy Management Option offered by Waynesburg University fills a void in higher education, as it will provide students with a broad view of the energy sector and will help students to make decisions that will add value to their employers,” Husenits said.
According to Husenits, whether an individual’s interest is manufacturing, non-manufacturing or the energy sector – energy will have an impact.
“The focus of this program is to deliver value to students by covering strategic industry drivers such as safety, compliance (internal and external), continuous improvement and risk analysis. This concentration will also provide practical application processes in Project Management as well as Supply Chain Management,” Husenits said.
Students interested in the Energy Management Option will be able to begin elective courses at Waynesburg University’s Southpointe campus during the Fall II Session offered October 22 through December 15. Students interested in beginning the Option prior to the start of the Fall II Session are able to do so by taking required core courses necessary for completion of the MBA degree at any Waynesburg University campus.
According to Dave Mariner, dean of Graduate Studies at Waynesburg University, students can expect to participate in traditional academic teaching methods such as lectures, writing assignments and exams. In addition to the customary methods, Mariner said Waynesburg University’s MBA Program incorporates facilitative exercises such as group work, student presentations and simulations.
“Our goal is to have an immediate transfer of knowledge, allowing our students to apply concepts to their jobs, consequently enhancing their ability to do their jobs,” Mariner said.
Waynesburg University’s Energy Management Option equips individuals working in human resources, accounting, finance, marketing and other energy-related positions with general business knowledge, while also offering curriculum that further develops knowledge of the energy field.
Waynesburg University is continuously enhancing its MBA curriculum with concentrations that will help its students advance their careers.
“Our goal is always to provide the highest quality of education,” Mariner said. “Our students are immediately able to apply the content that they learn into the fields in which they work. The transfer of knowledge from the classroom to the work setting is immediate, and the reason that students choose to enroll in Waynesburg University’s MBA program.”
Smith, Cooper and Husenits partnered with Waynesburg University to develop the course specifics to meet the needs of the energy industry and feel that students who complete the Energy Management Option will gain experience in applying strategic concepts to real world energy problems and proposing solutions.
“We’ve found that traditional graduate business curricula tend to incorporate high-level theories and frequently focus on manufacturing companies and processes in their application,” Cooper said. “Such application is often disparate with the needs found in the energy industry, and so, with these courses, we’ve applied traditional theories within the context of the energy sector.”
Cooper said the unique program “provides students interested in the energy field a breadth of knowledge about the various energy sectors and exposure as to how standard business functions (supply chain management and project management) are applied outside of the traditional environments.”
“Additionally, the program offers students an in-depth, comprehensive understanding of the drivers behind the energy market and corporate choices and ways to effectively manage key business functions in an industry that is subject to rapid and recurring change in the areas that touch technology, capacity, and oversight,” Smith said. “Students completing this program will bring a unique and more focused approach in solving energy problems as a result of their applied, problem-based learning experiences, both in the classroom and through project work.”
Waynesburg University’s 36-credit MBA Program can be completed in two years or less. Students can set their own degree pace with an exclusive “step in – step out” class format. Courses are offered in eight-week accelerated sessions with year-round admission dates. Classes meet one night per week, Monday through Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m., at four convenient locations: Southpointe, North Hills, Monroeville and Waynesburg. Saturday morning classes are offered at the Southpointe location.
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