FORT WORTH – The American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) has accredited the Energy Management Program at UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business, making the program one of 11 nationally accredited land management programs in North America.
“With many of today’s oil and gas industry leaders approaching retirement, there is an immediate need to provide the next generation of America’s land professionals with greater access to high quality land management degree programs,” said AAPL President Marc R. Strahn, CPL. “The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the most elite business schools in the world, and AAPL is proud to add the Energy Management Program at The University of Texas at Austin to its roster of accredited programs.”
The McCombs School of Business’ Energy Management Program equips students to successfully meet the regulatory and technological challenges in the modern era of energy production through curriculum in business, geoscience, petroleum operations and law. Elective coursework provides students with increased understanding of environmental issues, sustainable development, energy trading, and alternative energy solutions. Department leaders plan to double the program’s current size in the future.
“It’s exciting that the program was recognized by such an important and influential professional group,” said John C. Butler, director of the Energy Management Program. “We are proud to be accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen and look forward to working with the association to provide our students with unique opportunities.”
Other accredited universities include Texas Tech University, the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, the University of Wyoming, West Virginia University, Western State Colorado University, the University of Tulsa, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Penn State University, and the University of Calgary in Calgary, Canada.