Jun 15, 2021
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Director of Graduate Business Programs
Ralph W. Jackson
Ralph W. Jackson
The primary goal of the Master of Business Administration (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.
Students in the full-time M.B.A.: Partnering with Business program complete all courses in a cohort, beginning each August.
Students completing the Full Time Master of Business Administration degree will:
- develop a firm level of understanding of the key functions of business - accounting, computer information systems, finance, management, marketing, the global economy, and operations management.
- integrate core business knowledge and apply that knowledge in the analysis and decision-making process.
- have actively engaged with the business community during their M.B.A. program.
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. See the Undergraduate Bulletin for course descriptions.
- BL 2013 Legal Environment of Business
- ECON 2013 Principles of Economics I: Macroeconomics
- ECON 2023 Principles of Economics II: Microeconomics
- QM 2013 Statistics I
- MATH 1103 Basic Calculus
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 coursework, 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 coursework in the subject area.
- A successful score on the proficiency exam for the subject.
Prerequisites may be satisfied in different ways:
- Traditional classroom courses,
- Online courses, or
- Passing a proficiency exam after preparation with non-credit short courses or self-study following TU-prepared material.
A candidate for the M.B.A. 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 38 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.
Elective Course Options
Elective courses vary each semester and may require additional prerequisite courses. Examples of elective courses include, but are not limited to:
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 may only apply MBA 7021 once to M.B.A. graduate degree requirements.