Executive MBA specialisation


The Energy specialisation will give you a greater understanding of an industry in massive change, focusing on development of existing as well as renewable resources.

Energy will define how we do business tomorrow. With this unique programme, you will get an in-depth understanding of the synergy between the energy industry, policies and markets. You will get updated on environmental issues as well as the latest energy innovations.

During the programme you will learn from experts in a crossdepartmental collaboration. In addition to Oslo, classes will be taught in Stavanger, Norway’s oil capital and at the highly respected IFP School in Paris. The programme also includes visits to major national and international energy companies, authorities and organisations. The EMBA Energy has a global focus and is strengthened by experienced participants and faculty members with international experience.

The EMBA Energy specialisation focuses on the relationship between the energy industry, policies and markets, both upstream and downstream. It covers both fossil fuels, particularly oil and gas and renewable sources of energy. The topics are discussed in the context of green growth and climate strategy.



  • Fundamentals of Energy Management
  • The Oil Fundamentals
  • The Gas & Electricity Business
  • Renewable Energy Sources
  • Energy Economics and Geopolitics
  • Energy Company Strategies
  • Green Growth in the Energy Section

Core courses
, Consultancy project and Leadership Development Programme are common for all four specialisations.

Dates and venues

  • Oslo

    BI Norwegian Business School is one of Europe’s largest business schools, and among the less than 1 % of business schools worldwide that have been awarded the triple ‘crown’ accreditation. BI has one of Europe’s largest teams of researchers within economics, business, administration and marketing.

  • Stavanger

    Stavanger, Norway, energy capital of Norway. The majority of Norwegian operating companies are established with their headquarters in the Stavanger region. The same apply to the international operating companies with Norwegian offices. Meanwhile, nearly 40 percent of all Norwegian oil service companies are based in the region and are rightly called the nation's energy capital.

  • Paris

    In Paris, we have classes at IFP School, a world-class research and teaching centre. The schoole is part of IFP Energies Nouvelles, whose mission is to develop technologies and materials of the future in energy, transport and environmental fields. 

  • Berkeley

    Berkeley is close to the Silicon Valley, the home of many of the world’s largest technology companies, and the ideal place to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. We will learn about how these companies move from idea to start-up, and why the processes here are so fast. Our classes take place at the renowned Haas Business School, University of California at Berkeley.

Alumni profiles

Renewability as mission

Jean-Francois Samray is the economist who helps engineers to change the world using renewable energy.


Fundamentals of Energy Management
The objective of this course is to give a general introduction to, and an overview of, the fundamentals of energy management. The course provides insight into the particularities of the industry, energy markets, distribution of resource rent, energy policy and international energy affairs. Resource management in major producing countries is outlined, and energy and environmental economics and regulation is discussed both for renewable and non-renewable resources.

The Gas & Power Business
This course addresses the need of energy utilities leaders and policy makers. It enables them to face the current worldwide concerns of large and mid-sized utilities from both technical and economic point of view. Finally, participants will get an overview of the various technologies, theoretical and practical insights into business strategies, and regulatory and policy-making issues of these industries.

The Oil Fundamentals
An understanding of the key components and the challenges of the upstream and downstream business will give the participants the ability to build their own vision about the future of this oil industry. Participants will also learn about trading and risk management of oil products.

Corporate Energy and Climate Strategy
The goal of sustainable development has emerged over the last forty years as an increasingly important guide for policy formulation both at the global, national and corporate level. This trend is likely to continue over the next forty years. Clearly, managers need to understand climate change and the growth in renewable energy - the situation, the effects, the likely societal response and the opportunities they open. The intent of this course is to give the student an understanding of how climate change and growth in renewable energy are likely to evolve over the next several decades at the global and national level, and how this will influence business threats and opportunities.

Energy Economics and Politics
The objective of this course is to give an understanding of energy economics and politics. The course provides insight and overview of the particularities of the industry, demand, supply and market restructuring, the formation of energy prices and distribution of resource rent, energy policy and international energy affairs. Energy economics and regulation is discussed both for renewable and non-renewable resources, including the prospects for a greener, low-carbon economy. Energy policy is discussed considering the positive and negative externalities of energy usage, production and transportation. The governance of the Russian energy business is also discussed.

Energy Company Strategies
This course explores the determinants of industrial competitiveness and successful economic development viewed from a bottom-up, microeconomic perspective. The sophistication and productivity of firms, the vitality of industrial clusters, and the quality of the business environment are the ultimate determinants of the productivity and innovation capacity of nations, regions or industries. In this course we will present the diamond model, the emerald model and the development of industrial clusters in advanced and emerging and developing economies. The course aims to enable students to assess and influence the potential of industries and economic regions.

"I wanted to broaden my horizon in the energy sector, both renewable and oil/gas. The best place to cover such a diverse topic is in Norway."

Ntare Karitanyi

Managing Director - Hobuka Ltd

"It is one of the only Executive MBA's in the world with a focus in Energy. The education was world class."


Business Development Manager - Schneider Electric

Contact us

Manager admissions and marketing
Tel: + 47 46 41 0495
E-mail: may-britt.moxness@bi.no

Manager admissions and marketing
Tel: + 47 464 10 138
E-mail: ola.o.ommedal@bi.no

Practical information

Programme starts: 8 March 2018

Length of programme: 18 months part-time, divided into six two-weeks modules.

The Executive MBA is an intense programme that requires total commitment from its participants. The admissions committee places particulare emphasis on each applicant`s academic qualifications, motivation, professional experience and maturity. 

Application and admission

Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis, and reviewed by an admission committee. Qualifying applicants are invited for an interview.

Admission requirements 

Read the admission requirements for this programme.

Tuition fee

The tuition fee is NOK 415 000 (divided into three installments). Study materials are included. The tuition fee does not included travel expenses (flights and accommodation)

There is no quota scholarship available for this programme. As this is a part time course, a tourist visa is sufficient. If you are eligible for financial support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund, the EMBA is a supported programme. Please see their website for more information. Please note that we are unable to assist you with queries related to the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund.

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