An accelerated degree is an excellent opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in a business discipline and a Master in Business Administration from TU in less time than it would take to pursue each degree separately. Candidates who meet the criteria outlined below are invited to consider this unique opportunity.
Exceptional students are admitted into the MBA track of the undergraduate business program as freshmen. Note that these students are not admitted to the Graduate School until formal application has been made in their junior year. Students who meet the requirements of the program will be admitted to the Graduate School in their junior year following the application process. A student may major as an undergraduate in any field within the Collins College of Business except for Energy Management or IBL. EM or IBL students must have credits prior to entering TU to allow graduation within four and a half years. Students entering this program who bring less than 15 hours of AP or other college credit will need to attend summer school to allow graduation within four and a half years. Students admitted in this program as freshmen will be engaged with Graduate Business Programs with a special orientation and occasional activities, including invitations to various GBSA events.
Admission into the accelerated MBA program is competitive and a maximum of 20 students will be accepted each year. To be considered for admission, students must have a minimum ACT score of 28 and graduate in the top 10% of their high school class or have a minimum 3.75 high school GPA.
Program requirements in the Course Bulletin
Graduate School Admission
Students must meet the “Requirements and Guidelines for Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs” as approved by the Graduate Council February 22, 2005. Key requirements include:
- Formal application to the Graduate School happens during the student’s junior year. The Graduate School will waive the GMAT requirement if the student has an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or above. Students who have completed at least 60 undergraduate hours but not more than 96 undergraduate credit hours (essentially juniors), including AP credits, are eligible to apply to the Graduate School. Admission to the Graduate School will be strongly recommended by the faculty of the Collins College of Business assuming that the criteria identified for the undergraduate MBA track have been met (3.5 overall GPA with no single semester with less than a 3.0 GPA).
- Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.4; however, this program requires a 3.5 undergraduate GPA for the GMAT waiver.
- Once admitted to the undergraduate MBA track program, a student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for each individual semester. In order to apply to enter the MBA portion of the program without taking the GMAT, students must have a 3.5 minimum overall GPA rather than the 3.4 undergraduate GPA noted in the requirement above. If a student does not achieve the 3.5 GPA for admission, he/she may take the GMAT and then apply to be admitted to the MBA program if desired. If a student prefers to obtain an undergraduate degree and not go in to the MBA program, the student would need to take the operations management course and the strategy course at the undergraduate level in order to receive an undergraduate degree.
Presidential Scholars in good standing are eligible for a total of eight semesters of Presidential Scholarship funding. Presidential Scholars with remaining semesters of Presidential Scholarship funding at the end of the sixth semester of study at The University of Tulsa, may petition to apply such scholarship funding to the seventh and eighth semesters of the accelerated MBA program. While, generally, such petitions are granted, approval is determined on a case-by-case basis. If approved, the 7th and 8th semesters of Presidential Scholarship funding for tuition, room and board will continue at existing levels, subject to any applicable changes in eligibility.
In the ninth (final) semester, Presidential Scholars in good standing will qualify for a tuition-only scholarship from the Collins College of Business. Accordingly, the cost of room and board will not be covered in the ninth semester.
At the end of the third full year of study, any student in the program who meets the 3.5 minimum GPA requirement, and has no alternate scholarship funding in place, will receive a scholarship from the Collins College of Business, covering a minimum of 75% of tuition for the seventh, eighth, and ninth semesters of the accelerated MBA program.