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Nationally-Ranked College Announces Degree to Develop New Cadre of Energy Leaders to Fill Industry’s Workforce Gaps


The University of Tulsa’s nationally-ranked Collins College of Business
is offering a new online Master of Energy Business degree designed for
qualified working professionals who are seeking a career boost. The
fully-accredited, interdisciplinary graduate business degree is
distinctly focused on the energy industry. Applications for the Fall
2012 class are being accepted now.

Designed to advance individuals in engineering, geosciences, law,
business and related backgrounds into management and leadership
positions within the energy industry, the Master of Energy Business is
delivered in a technology-enriched distance education format that
accommodates the busy schedules of industry professionals and can be
completed in 24 months. The degree also helps address the critical
industry shortage of workers with experience and management skills.

“Energy companies repeatedly tell us they cannot find enough
early-career employees with industry-related experience, business acumen
and management skills who can help fill the gap of a generation of
company leadership on the brink of retirement,” said Dr. Tim Coburn,
director of the new program. “This is an excellent opportunity for
individuals who are already working in the energy industry to expand
their career potential.”

The curriculum is comprehensive and balanced, blending sound business
principles and contemporary energy issues to provide an extraordinary
career-enhancing experience. The course selections reflect some of the
most recent industry recommendations about competencies for the future.

“There is really no other program like this being offered online and at
such a competitive price,” said Dr. Coburn. “We have already seen strong
interest from around the country and from individuals as far away as
Saudi Arabia and China.”

Gladney Darroh, Managing Partner of Piper-Morgan, the nation’s leading
recruiting firm for the energy industry, said: “Every day we hear from
energy companies that want to hire motivated individuals with the right
mix of industry experience and education to fill the ranks of their
retiring predecessors. As a result, early career professionals who seek
graduate education and a global perspective of the industry are
commanding higher salaries and more responsible positions.”

Based in the heartland of America’s energy complex, The University of
Tulsa’s program leverages a mix of resources that no other university
can offer, including the National Energy Policy Institute, McDougall
School of Petroleum Engineering, a premier energy management program for
undergraduates, Tulsa Alternative Energy Institute and highly-recognized
programs in the geosciences, chemical engineering and energy law. TU is
also home of Petroleum Abstracts, the industry’s leading source
of bibliographic petroleum information products and services, and the
academic home of the prestigious Energy Law Journal. TU
shares with the city of Tulsa a rich energy heritage of cooperation with
industry partners from around the world.

For more information and admissions requirements, visit
or email
or call 918-631-2242.

The University of Tulsa
Dr. Tim Coburn, 918-631-2242

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