May 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin

Energy Business, M.E.B.

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Director of Graduate Business Programs
Toby Joplin

Program Director
Buford Pollett

The Master of Energy Business (MEB) is a professional master’s program designed primarily for individuals seeking to advance their careers in the energy industry through graduate training in management, business skills, and energy company operations. The program blends sound business principles with current issues and perspectives from across the global energy complex to create a distinctive educational experience.

Primarily designed for working professionals, the MEB is delivered in an online instructional environment enriched by contemporary media and communication technologies. Students interact among themselves and instructors much like a traditional class, but without the physical classroom setting. Full lectures and course materials are available on demand, with completion of many of the same kinds of assignments being required as in conventional graduate courses. Students also participate in two face-to-face seminars presented in an executive style format in Tulsa.

Courses are taught by faculty, many of whom have direct energy company experience, along with industry practitioners and other experts. Academic units across the University are represented, including the Collins College of Business and the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences.

The Master of Energy Business program is accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL).

Learning Outcomes

The students completing the Master of Energy Business program will:

  • synthesize the interrelationships among the main business, scientific, technical and ethical functions of contemporary energy companies;

  • evaluate the relationships between energy policy, governmental regulation, technological innovation, evolving markets, and corporate environmental sustainability as they relate to the energy sector; and

  • conduct analyses to critically assess operational and strategic decisions by energy companies.


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 Collins College of Business  page in this Bulletin.

Applicants with substantial experience may be considered for a waiver of the graduate business programs GMAT requirement.

Applications are reviewed by an admissions committee which will evaluate the documentation and evidence submitted by each candidate. Acceptance is based on a holistic review of prior academic achievement, personal motivation, work experience, and related qualifications that point to the likelihood of success. Other supporting materials may be submitted by the applicant or requested by the admissions committee. The admissions committee may also request an interview.

Foundation Requirements

Foundation requirements may include undergraduate coursework in economics and/or statistics, plus Excel literacy. In particular, candidates who are underprepared in quantitative methods or who have limited knowledge of the technical disciplines within the energy industry will be expected to satisfy a leveling requirement. With prior approval of the Program Director, the leveling requirement may be satisfied in a number of ways, such as:

  • Completion of traditional classroom courses on the campus of The University of Tulsa or at another university.
  • Completion of online courses offered through The University of Tulsa or another university.
  • Completion of approved commercially available or industry-sponsored short-courses.
  • Passing a proficiency exam following self-study preparation.

Satisfactory Progress

A candidate for the Master of Energy 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 with a minimum cumulative graduate G.P.A. of 3.0. Students who do not make satisfactory progress may be dismissed from the program.

Curriculum Requirements

Electives can be judiciously selected to create a focus area in energy law, energy finance and economics, or corporate strategy and commercial development. A thesis is not required.

Students enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer and enroll in up to two courses each semester year-round (fall, spring, summer). The degree can be completed in as little as 24 months. Students who take fewer than two courses per academic term can expect degree completion to take longer.

Electives rotate and may not be available more than once per academic year. Some electives are offered only once every other year. Other energy-related courses may be taken as electives with permission of the advisor.​

A personalized plan of study will be developed in consultation with the MEB Program Director prior to the student’s initial enrollment. Students are strongly advised to meet with their program director prior to enrolling each semester.

Additional Fees

From time to time instructors in online courses may use outside testing services and/or facilities, either online or at physical locations away from the TU campus. In these cases, students are expected to bear the cost of completing tests or assignments involving such arrangements.

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