University of Oklahoma Delivers First of its Kind Energy Executive MBA

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Price College of Business Creates Flexible Program to Help Energy Executives Advance Professionally

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"Our tradition in energy dates back more than 50 years, making Price College uniquely positioned to offer this program,” said Dr. Kenneth Evans, dean of Price College.

The Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma is launching a new Energy Executive MBA program with courses tailored specifically for energy company executives. Created by the Energy Institute within Price College, the program will be delivered primarily online and will offer the most flexible delivery format available.

After launching a successful week-long Energy Executive Management education program, feedback from the participants suggested they wanted more. “Hearing directly from executives within the industry spurred us to conduct additional market research – and that research clearly showed that the market was in need of a convenient and comprehensive executive MBA focused on the energy industry. Our tradition in energy dates back more than 50 years, making Price College uniquely positioned to offer this program,” said Dr. Kenneth Evans, dean of Price College.

Research among energy executives indicates that, due to lack of hiring in the 1980s and 1990s, there was a need for employees with technical backgrounds in energy companies to be better versed in business fundamentals. There also was an indication that these employees were extremely mobile, taking assignments all over the world. Unlike other energy master’s programs, Price College addresses both needs by combining energy industry insight with the principles of an advanced business degree in an online format. Two on-campus immersion events will kick off and conclude the program, while students complete coursework and collaborate with each other and instructors online throughout the term. In addition, a third immersion event will be held at an international location.

“Flexibility in delivery and access is a key component in our continuing education support for our employees at BP,” remarked Mike Utsler, President, BP Gulf Coast Restoration Organization. “We certainly know the strength of education offered by Price College and the University of Oklahoma, and the fact that they can deliver this same caliber of instruction and curriculum online creates a tremendous new opportunity in the ongoing efforts to develop our employees to meet the challenges they face in the Energy industry of today and tomorrow. We are excited about this comprehensive executive MBA offer from OU and Price College and its potential as another way to help our employees to advance professionally.”

The Energy Executive MBA program, which is scheduled to launch during the 2013-2014 academic year, will be a 36-hour, 16-month-long program. To ensure that curriculum is current and relevant to the energy industry, the Energy Institute has formed an industry council and a curriculum advisory committee to review learning objectives and make sure they meet evolving industry needs.

“This program represents a true partnership between the University and the energy community,” said Dipankar Ghosh, David C. Steed Professor of Accounting and the director of the Energy Institute. “It will give energy executives the opportunity to hone their knowledge and skills as the industry progresses, making sure they are prepared for industry advancements, capable of leading innovation, and more.”

For more information about the program and to learn how to enroll, please visit

Ranked in the top five percent of all U.S. undergraduate business schools based on recent ranking data, the Price College of Business is one of the nation’s premier business colleges. This year, U.S. News & World Report ranked the college’s International Business program 20th in the nation while Entrepreneur magazine in association with The Princeton Review ranked the Entrepreneurship undergraduate program 10th and graduate program 25th in the nation. Additionally, building on the University of Oklahoma’s tremendous global energy legacy that stretches back 50 years, and in response to the industry’s significant demand for well-trained leadership, the Price College of Business has launched several successful programs aimed specifically at the energy industry.

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