Master's Degree Program
The Electricity, Natural Gas, and Telecommunications Economics Sequence
Deregulation and changes in the regulatory paradigm have created a need for well-trained professionals who can apply economic analysis to the policy issues confronting the rapidly changing electric, natural gas and telecommunications industries. Changes in the market place have also magnified the need for well-trained individuals who can assist firms in developing sound business strategies for competing in a complex and challenging environment. The Electricity, Natural Gas, and Telecommunications Economics Sequence offered within the Master's Program in the Department of Economics combines training in quantitative techniques and economic analysis with studies in the current issues that confront the electric, natural gas and telecommunications industries. Students who complete the sequence are prepared for careers in the industries and regulatory agencies served by the Institute.
The Institute is integrally involved in the Policy Studies Sequence. First, the Institute provides funding for research assistantship and internships for masters degree level students enrolled in the Electricity, Natural Gas, and Telecommunications Economics Sequence. Second, the Institute enables the Department to maintain a sequence that is responsive to the changing needs of the electric, natural gas and telecommunications industries by maintaining close ties with firms in each industry and the regulatory community.
The Economics department is also developing an undergraduate concentration in regulatory policy studies.
Learn more about the undergraduate program at the Department of Economics website.
Mr. Tom Aridas
Director - Gas & Regulatory Policy
Integrys Energy Group
Mr. Rob Berntsen
Mr. Ross Hemphill
Director, Regulatory Strategies & Services
Mr. Scott Lewis
Assistant Vice President, Governmental Relations
Mr. W. Karl Wardin
Executive Director - Regulatory
Job Opportunities for Utility Related Careers
The Institute for Regulatory Policy Studies provides job posting for the benefit of both the students and prospective employers.
Students and Alumni
- Ameren - Regulatory Analyst, Springfield, IL- apply to job#14499
- ITC Holdings
- Xcel Energy
- Xcel Energy
- Illinois Commerce Commission
- Iowa Utility Board
- Missouri Public Service Commission
- Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
- Tennessee Regulatory Authority
- Kentucky Public Service Commission
- Public Utility Commission of Texas
- MISO Energy: misoenergy.org
- Illinois Power Agency
- Environmental Law & Policy Center