MS in Energy Studies Division of University Interdisciplinary Programs (DUIP) American University in Beirut

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The DUIP supports University interdisciplinary programs involving multiple departments or disciplines in two or more faculties.

MS in Energy Studies

The Master of Energy Studies program is planned to consolidate and build on AUB’s excellent research and professional profile addressing current and future energy research needs of the region in areas such as energy science and technology, economics, public policy, and energy management.

The program’s educational goals are:

  • To promote an interdisciplinary approach to understand and evaluate various modes of energy supply and end-use efficiency of energy systems within the context of sustainability and development in the region.
  • To develop effective collaboration skills among students from different disciplines including energy science and technology, economics, and public policy.

On successful completion of this interdisciplinary course of study, students will:

  • Be able to evaluate different sources of energy related to energy extraction, conversion, and utilization for both traditional systems and sustainable/renewable energy alternatives.
  • Apply methods of economic analysis, risk and decision analysis, environmental impact assessment, and policy techniques for performing energy planning and reaching and decision making while addressing sustainability in supply and demand.
  • Understand advances in selected energy technologies, products and energy end-use efficiency and their.impact on market economy, and development activities.

Admission requirements to the program will follow AUB Graduate Studies Policies. Bachelor degree holders from relevant fields study are eligible to apply for admission into the Energy Studies Master’s program. Remedial courses may be needed for students as would be recommended by the Program.

Native English speakers and graduates of universities in which the language of instruction is English may be exempt from TOEFL. Students should have a GPA of at least 80 or 3.0 and good recommendations to be considered for regular admission into the Energy Studies Master’s program.Students with GPA above 75 and below 80 are considered for admission on probation.

Degree Requirements: The program permits full-time or part-time enrollments. To obtain a Master’s degree in energy studies, the student must complete a minimum of 24 credits of graduate course work, 6 credits of interdisciplinary thesis work on energy-related field, and a zero-credit seminar. The course work is distributed as follows:

  • 9 credits of required core courses.
  • 3 to 6 credits of elective course from List A on energy resources, economics and policy.
  • 6 to 9 credits elective course from List B on energy science and technology.
  • 3 credits elective course as approved by thesis advisor/s if the elective is not from List A or B.
  • 0 credit seminar.

About American University in Beirut

In 1862, American missionaries in Lebanon and Syria, under the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, asked Dr. Daniel Bliss to withdraw from the evangelistic work of the mission in Lebanon to found a college of higher learning that would include medical training. It was felt that this college should have an American educational character, should be administered independently from the Mission, and should be maintained by its own funds. Dr. Bliss travelled to the United States in the summer of 1862 to solicit funds for this new enterprise. By August 1864 he had raised $100,000, but because of inflation during the Civil War it was decided that he should raise a sterling fund in England to start the operations of the college, leaving the dollar fund to appreciate. After collecting 4,000 in England, he travelled to Beirut in March 1866.

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