Jul 16, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Business Administration, Full Time: Partnering with Business, M.B.A.

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Director of Graduate Business Programs
Adrien Bouchet

M.B.A. Director
Adrien Bouchet

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.

Learning Objectives

  • Goal 1: Communication: Graduates of the MBA program will be effective communicators.
  • PLO 1.1- Communications: Create a professional document and deliver a professional presentation.
  • Goal 2: Business Ethics: Graduates of the MBA program will be knowledgeable of ethical factors and how they related to business decisions
  • PLO 2.1-Ethics: Apply ethical decision-making models to issues impacting an organization and demonstrate the capacity to analyze the underlying factors that lead to the ethical dilemmas.
  • Goal 3: Functional Business Analyses and Applications: Graduates of the MBA program will be knowledgeable in the functional areas of business, their application and their integration.
  • PLO 3.1-Accounting: Analyze financial statements; analyze and evaluate various costing methods to select the most appropriate method, apply cost-volume-profit analysis and use accounting data to evaluate potential business choices.
  • PLO 3.2-Computer Information Systems: Develop a database, analyze organizational choices of tools to provide the information needed to support the strategic objectives of the entity and evaluate infrastructure choices in data collection, analysis and reporting. 
  • PLO 3.3-Marketing: Apply marketing concepts to the analysis of business issues and synthesize market information to develop a viable set of solutions for solving marketing problems facing an organization.
  • PLO 3.4-Leadership & Management: Analyze, diagnose, and manage organizational behavior in order to improve the performance of individuals and teams in organizations.
  • PLO 3.5-Business Strategy: Synthesize strategic management concepts and analyze complex business situations to create solutions that address the needs of the various stakeholders of the organization.
  • PLO 3.6-Finance: Analyze various types of investments and make investment decisions, assess risk as it relates to corporate valuation, evaluate businesses using financial theory and quantitative methods.
  • PLO 3.7-Business Analysis: Create and apply the appropriate quantitative decision model to solve an operations problem, analyze quality control initiatives, and evaluate the effectiveness of supply-chain management strategies.


Requirements for admission to the Graduate School, including English language proficiency, may be found in the Admission section of this Bulletin.

Requirements for admission to graduate business programs may be found on The Collins College of Business page in this Bulletin.

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 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.

Sequence of Study

Elective Course Options

Students may choose from courses offered at the graduate level by any department within the Collins College of Business to utilize as electives, subject to advisor approval. Elective courses vary each semester and may require additional prerequisite courses. This includes courses offered by the following departments: accounting, business, computer information systems, energy business, energy management, finance, international business, management, marketing, MBA, or quantitative methods. Courses from health care delivery sciences may also be utilized, subject to the approval of advisors from both the Collins College of Business and Oxley College of Health Sciences.

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.