Oct 02, 2023  
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

M.B.A., Part-time: For Working Professionals

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Director of Graduate Business Programs
Ralph W. Jackson 

MBA Director
Linda Nichols  

The primary goal of the M.B.A. 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 part-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 in the analysis and decision-making process.


Students complete courses on a part-time basis in the evening.

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 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: For Working Professionals 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 36 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: For Working Professionals

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