Master of Energy Business degree introduced

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Applications being accepted for new program

The University of Tulsa’s nationally-ranked Collins College of Business is offering a new online Master of Energy Business degree designed for qualified working professionals who are seeking a career boost. The fully-accredited, interdisciplinary graduate business degree is distinctly focused on the energy industry. Applications for the fall 2012 class are being accepted now.

Designed to advance individuals in engineering, geosciences, law, business, and related backgrounds into management and leadership positions within the energy industry, the Master of Energy Business is delivered in a technology-enriched distance education format that accommodates the busy schedules of industry professionals and can be completed in 24 months. The degree also helps address the critical industry shortage of workers with experience and management skills caused by an aging workforce.

“Energy companies repeatedly tell us they cannot find enough early-career employees with industry-related experience, business acumen, and management skills who can help fill the gap of a generation of company leadership on the brink of retirement,” said Dr. Tim Coburn, director of the new program. “This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who are already working in the energy industry to expand their career potential and their opportunities for advancement.”

The curriculum is comprehensive and balanced, blending sound business principles and contemporary energy issues to provide an extraordinary career-enhancing experience. The course selections reflect some of the most recent industry recommendations about competencies for the future. “There is really no other program like this being offered online and at such a competitive price in Oklahoma - or anywhere else for that matter,” said Coburn.

“Everyday we hear from energy companies that want to hire motivated individuals with the right mix of industry experience and education to fill the ranks of their retiring predecessors,” said Gladney Darroh, managing partner of Piper-Morgan, the nation’s leading recruiting firm for the energy industry. “As a result, early career professionals who seek graduate education and a global perspective of the industry are commanding higher salaries and more responsible positions.”

Based in the heartland of America’s energy complex, the program leverages a mix of resources that no other university can offer, including the National Energy Policy Institute, McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering, a premier energy management program for undergraduates, Tulsa Institute of Alternative Energy, and highly-recognized programs in the geosciences, chemical engineering, and energy law. TU is also home of Petroleum Abstracts, the industry’s leading source of bibliographic petroleum information products and services and the academic home of the prestigious Energy Law Journal. The University of Tulsa shares with the City of Tulsa a rich heritage of cooperation with energy industry partners from around the world.

The Collins College of Business focuses on flexible programs that meet the needs of its students, while providing graduates who possess the skills necessary to meet today’s business challenges. The Collins College of Business is accredited at the undergraduate and graduate levels by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which is the highest standard of achievement for business schools around the world. Fewer than one-third of business schools in the U.S. and less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide meet the standards of AACSB International.

For more information and admissions requirements, visit or email or call 918-631-2242.


Mona Chamberlin