Sep 29, 2023  
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

M.B.A., Full-time: Partnering with Business

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Director of Graduate Business Programs
Ralph W. Jackson 

MBA Director
Linda Nichols  

The primary goal of the MBA program is to provide a quality graduate-level education that will prepare graduates for professional management careers in the private and public sectors, and for positions of leadership and responsibility in business and society.

Learning Objectives

The objectives of the full-time M.B.A. program are:

  • Students will develop a firm level of understanding of the key functions of business - accounting, finance, management, marketing, management information systems, the global economy, and operations management.
  • Students will integrate core business knowledge and apply that knowledge in the analysis and decisions-making process.
  • Students will actively engage with the business community during their M.B.A. program.


Students complete all courses in a cohort, beginning each August.

Prerequisite Courses

To determine if a student will need to take prerequisite courses, a transcript evaluation is conducted at the time of application. The following prerequisite courses are available only to students with baccalaureate degrees, or students who have obtained prior approval from the Director of Graduate Business Programs. Normally, prerequisite courses must be completed before enrollment in core, advanced core or elective courses. The necessary foundation is also offered in a boot camp format prior to and during the first semester of the M.B.A. program.

The number of credits per course is indicated by the last digit of the course number.

Prerequisite Waiver Policy

Normally, admitted students requiring prerequisite courses will enroll in those courses at The University of Tulsa. However, any of the following may qualify a student for a prerequisite course waiver:

  • Completion, with a grade of B or higher, of a course or courses covering comparable material within the past six years from an AACSB accredited business program or as part of a four-year bachelor’s degree in business administration.
  • Additional course work, with a grade of B or higher, in the subject area, beyond the principles or introductory courses covering the comparable material.
  • Extensive career experience using the subject matter that builds on prior course work in the subject area.
  • A successful score on the proficiency exam for the subject.


Waiver Note: Prerequisite may be satisfied in different ways:

  • Traditional classroom courses
  • Online courses
  • Passing a proficiency exam after preparation with:
    • Non-credit short courses, or
    • Self-study following TU prepared material.

Satisfactory Progress

A candidate for a Master of Business Administration: Partnering with Business degree is expected to complete the program in a timely manner. All requirements for the degree must be completed within six years from the date of enrollment in the program. Students who do not make satisfactory progress may be dismissed from the program.


In addition to demonstrating knowledge of and competency in the basic skills and areas of business through completion of or waiver from prerequisite courses, candidates for the Master of Business Administration degree must complete 37 credit hours of advanced study in business. A minimum of 25 hours must be in 7000-level courses reserved exclusively for graduate students. A thesis is not required for the Master of Business Administration: Partnering with Business.

Core Courses (37 hours)

M.B.A. Summer Internship

Students are required to apply business principles in an actual business environment through a formal Collins College of Business internship, following the College’s Guidelines for Administration of Student Internship Programs.

The student:

  • Must complete all requirements for the M.B.A.
  • Must satisfactorily complete an additional one-semester internship course (BUS 7021 ) which is graded P for Pass or F for Fail and in which satisfactory performance in the internship is required for a passing score. Students may only enroll in BUS 7021  for one term.
  • Will be responsible for securing the internship, but the firm and internship must be approved by the M.B.A. program advisor and faculty member guiding the internship.

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