The Michael F. Price College of Business MBA: What You Need To Know
Named after a famous Wall Street investor and money manager, Michael Price, the university’s business school offers a full-time MBA Program designed in a modular format. The half-semester, eight-week (module) format allows students to begin elective course work prior to beginning a summer internship. OU Price offers five specializations in energy, finance, entrepreneurship, management information systems, and risk management. The program can be completed in 16 months.
The program finds it’s home in the city of Norman, just south of Oklahoma City. In 2008, Money Magazine ranked Norman as the sixth best place to live in the United States – a ranking higher than any other city in the state. Norman is a college town and plays hosts to the 30,000 undergraduate students attending the main campus of the University of Oklahoma. As a result of the college-town atmosphere, it is far more of a center for culture, technology and scientific research than one might expect out of a smaller Oklahoman city.
The Oklahoma MBA program lives inside the Michael F. Price Hall on OU’s main campus. The complex offers an array of support offices, including the Graduate Programs Office, Student Support Center, graduate student lounger, graduate computer lab and many other facilities that are available for student use.
The OU-MBA is structured specifically to provide the friendliest environment to students as possible. The intentionally small program aims to ensure that faculty and students have as much interaction as possible, and certainly more interaction than students may be able to attain at a larger program. The smaller class size compounded with the support center’s listed above aim to create an environment where students are kept from falling through the cracks.
If you’re looking to work in the energy industry after earning an MBA, then the Oklahoma MBA is the program for you. The definitive strength to the Oklahoma MBA program is its energy specialization. The culture of energy at OU is pervasive, with a large number of its graduates going to work in the oil and gas industry. Eddie Edwards, the executive director of the MBA program, says the energy lives at OU.
“Our students recognize that the energy community is a very tight-knit group and that everyone knows each other very well,” said Edwards. “They also recognize that having an MBA from OU with the energy specialization gets you noticed in the energy community.”
One of the most notable hallmarks of the energy specialization at OU Price is its collaboration program with the Institute of French Petroleum in Paris. Each year, the school sends three of their students pursuing the energy specialization to attend the institute in Paris, where they immerse themselves in coursework focused on the energy industry.
“We are one of only two schools in the United States that has an active relationship with the Institute of French Petroleum in Paris, which is an outstanding international energy school,” said Edwards “The program is one where a student can come out with an MBA as well as a Master’s in Energy Economics.”
Keep in mind, however, that the energy culture at OU Price is entirely focused on the oil and gas sector of the energy industry. So, if you’re looking for a career in clean tech and renewables, Oklahoma isn’t the place for you. That being said, the program is second to none in job placement in the oil and gas industry.
Despite the smaller size of Oklahoma’s Price College of Business, the school boasts a fairly well-established alumni community that shows its strength most clearly in the energy industry.
“We have alumni all over the world in every industry and especially in energy,” Said Eddie Edwards, executive director of the OU MBA program “They work for major companies as well as the smaller more independent companies.”