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Academic Program

Director, Program in International Energy Management and Policy:
Professor David Nissen, 1105 IAB,

Degree Requirements and Schedules
Dual Concentrations


The IEMP concentration offers an integrated treatment of the structure and issues of energy business development and energy policy development.

The world faces oil market insecurity, worldwide restructuring of natural gas and electricity systems, massive energy infrastructure requirements for economic development, and pervasive local and global environmental issues in energy production and use. The required investment will come, overwhelmingly, from private foreign and domestic debt and capital markets. Business, market and regulatory structures are required to make such investment financially feasible. For the investment to be efficient, market prices must internalize social costs, market power must be mitigated or regulated and market incentives must match cost with value.

To contribute in this field, the energy policy professional must understand its technologies, economics, institutions, and quantitative methodologies.

The IEMP concentration provides a thorough understanding of energy industry fundamentals, including the structure and operation of international energy systems and the business organizations, markets, and governance structures involved in producing, transporting, and marketing energy products. It examines economic, environmental, and social policies applicable to energy production, transportation and consumption; political and strategic issues arising from the unequal distribution of global energy resources; and the impact of technological change on the future role of energy in the global economy. Electives are available to permit students to pursue detailed study in petroleum markets and trading, electricity markets, urban energy systems, marine transportation systems, energy business and economic development, alternative energy resources, energy project development and finance, and the geopolitics of energy. The concentration is working to expand its treatment of quantitative market analysis and project formation.


The IEMP concentration is designed for two-year MIA and MPA students and one-year PEPM-IEMP MPA students interested in international energy business and related public policy issues.

For MIA and MPA students, the concentration requirements comprise 22 credits, including IEMP core courses and two non-IEMP courses at SIPA: Accounting and Finance for International and Public Affairs and Corporate Finance.  MIA concentrators are also required to take the more rigorous International Economic Analysis sequence as their core economics course. The concentration also offers a rich catalog of electives which students are encouraged but not required to take.

In the 1st year Fall, the core energy sequence begins with International Energy Systems and Business Structures (U6060). Students should be sure to start the more rigorous economics sequence, Economic Analysis for International Affairs (U4600), and Accounting for International and Public Affairs (U6014). Economics of Finance or Corporate Finance should be taken as well.

In the 1st year Spring, students must take Corporate Finance (U6301). Recommended energy electives in the 1st year Spring are Energy Policy (U6242), which satisfies the MIA international policy and management requirement, and Alternative Energy Resources (U4729).

In the 2nd year Fall, Economics of Energy (U6065) is required.

In the 2nd year Spring, the IEMP Workshop and Practicum are scheduled.


DUAL CONCENTRATIONS for MIA students, in IEMP and one of the following, are encouraged and facilitated by this schedule:

  • International Finance and Business (IFB)
  • Economic and Political Development (EPD)
  • Environmental Policy Studies (EPS)

(Note: all but EPD require the Economic Analysis sequence.)   Substitutions for similar requirements in two concentrations are possible. Students interested in dual concentrations should consult both concentration directors and secure approval, to avoid later nasty surprises.

Requirements for joint IFB/IEMP concentration
With Accounting and Financial Economics/Corporate Finance required in both concentrations, the student can satisfy both sets of requirements with judicious choice of electives.

Requirements for joint EPD/IEMP concentration

  1. Take Economic Development for International Affairs (U6602) instead of Economics of Energy in 1st year, 2nd semester.
  2. Take State and Society in the Developing World (U6412) or Political Development in the Third World (G6465) in 2nd year, 1st semester.
  3. Take Economics of Energy in 2nd year, 1st semester.
  4. Discuss with your advisors the feasibility of using the ‘Professional Focus’ and ‘Development Management’ or ‘Development Policy Analysis’ requirements for joint satisfaction of EPD and IEMP requirements.

Requirements for joint EPS/IEMP concentration

  1. Year 1, term 1: exempt from Environmental Science for Decision-Makers (EPS requirement) and International Energy Systems and Business Structures. In place of the latter, take Accounting/Finance
  2. Year 1, term 2: exempt from Environmental Politics Policy and Management and Corporate Finance.
  3. Year 2, term 1: in place of two EPS electives take Economics of Energy and one IEMP elective.


For PEPM-IEMP students, a total of 6 energy courses are required — International Energy Systems and Business Structures (U6060) and Economics of Energy (U6065), 3 electives, and the Practicum.

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