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Instructional Format

MEBNicholsThe Master of Energy Business is delivered in a technology-enriched online instructional format. Full lectures (audio and video) plus other course materials are available on-demand, and instructors and students routinely communicate via contemporary electronic media. Live sessions are periodically conducted via web conferencing, allowing instructors, guest speakers, and students to communicate directly. Students receive the same instruction and complete the same kinds of assignments as they would in a traditional graduate classroom setting using communication facilities and technologies that are already familiar to them on-the-job.

Students also participate in two executive-style weekend seminars, called residency seminars, conducted over the course of the program on The University of Tulsa campus or at other centers of energy activity. Find out more about residency seminars here.

Courses are taught by seasoned, full-time faculty from across the university who have direct energy company experience, along with industry practitioners and other experts.

Students may enter the program in the fall, spring or summer. Typical enrollment is two courses per semester (fall, spring, summer) year-round, with completion in 24 months, although some students prefer to take the summers off.


The curriculum contains a mix of graduate management courses and classes that are more specific to the energy industry. Some of the same classes that are found in a traditional MBA are included, but with a distinct energy focus.

The program consists of 10 required courses plus two electives, representing a total of 34 credit hours. Students may judiciously choose electives in order to specifically concentrate on energy law and regulation, energy economics/finance or strategic energy operations management. Some of the electives are periodically provided through alliances with other universities located internationally, permitting students to add an international flavor to their programs.

With a strong interdisciplinary curriculum reflecting the most recent industry recommendations about professional competencies for the future, the Master of Energy Business presents a comprehensive view of the energy industry and delivers the knowledge and skills necessary to address its management, leadership, and decision-making challenges in the 21st century.

Required Courses

  • Perspectives in Energy Business
  • Leading and Managing Energy Organizations
  • Analytical Tools for Energy Business Management (project management, decision analysis, enterprise resource planning systems)
  • Energy Accounting and Financial Reporting
  • Financial Management in the Energy Enterprise
  • Legal and Regulatory Environment of the Energy Industry
  • Energy Policy and Sustainability
  • Management of the Energy Supply Chain
  • The Business of Renewable Energy and Alternative Fuels
  • Energy Economies

Electives (select two)

  • Energy Markets and Commodities Trading
  • US Oil and Gas Law
  • Energy Transactions in the International Arena
  • Economic Evaluation of Energy Assets
  • Energy Outlook 2030
  • Global Energy Decisions
  • International Energy Markets
  • The Electric Utility Industry and Demand Side Management
  • Current Topics in Upstream-Midstream-Downstream Energy Operations
  • Critical Issues for the Energy Industry
  • Energy Logistics and Transportation Management
  • The Refining and Petrochemicals Business
  • Comparative Management Strategy in Energy Corporations
  • Energy Risk Modeling
  • Directed Research in Energy Business
  • Seminar in Energy Business