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2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

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

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Director of Graduate Business Programs
Ralph W. Jackson 

M.B.A. Director
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 enrolled in the part-time M.B.A.: For Working Professionals program complete courses on a part-time basis in the evening.

Learning Objectives

Students completing the Part 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 in the analysis and decision-making process.

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. 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.

Satisfactory Progress

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 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: For Working Professionals