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Energy Specialization

The Energy specialization builds on the University's tremendous global energy legacy, and is in response to the energy industry's significant demand for well-trained leadership in energy finance.

University of Oklahoma enjoys a legacy of excellence in energy education and research that stretches back over one-hundred years. Building on OU's tremendous global energy legacy, and in response to the energy industry's significant demand for well-trained leadership, the Price College of Business has launched an energy specialization option for its MBA students during academic year 2008-2009.


ENGB 5131    Energy Upstream/Downstream
ENGB 5142    Introduction to Energy
FIN 5322      Derivative Securities and Markets (prerequisite FIN 5302)
ENGB 5152    Energy Accounting and Regulation (prerequisite ENGB 5142)
ENGB 5172    Energy Assets & Commodities: Financial Instruments, Pricing & Trading (prerequisite FIN 5302 & FIN 5322)
ENGB 5162    Energy Corporate Finance (prerequisite FIN 5212 & FIN 5322)
ENGB 5182    Valuation, M&A, Divestures

Featured Student

Jeff Adams, MBA '11

Jeff Adams

Like many Price MBA students pursuing the energy specialization, Jeff Adams desired to be part of the global energy legacy shared by numerous OU graduates. While working toward completing his undergraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering, he realized a graduate business degree would complement his technical knowledge and skills, and provide him with the foundation to gain executive level leadership in the energy industry.

This past summer, Jeff interned with Common Resources II, a private oil and gas company in Houston, Texas. Having the unique opportunity to work closely with management during his summer internship, he made a lasting impression on many executives within the organization. Recalling their reactions to his pursuit of the Price MBA, Jeff says,

"The fact I was getting an MBA really sparked their interest. When they [executive level managers] found out that my MBA was a specialization in energy, they were impressed to see that the business knowledge I was obtaining was focused in the energy industry."

Jeff recommends other students consider the Price energy MBA stating that, " provides students with a business knowledge that is focused on the most sustainable, constantly evolving and rewarding industry in the world." Upon completion of his degree this last December, Jeff began working as a production engineer for Continental Resources in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Featured Energy Alumnus: Drew Slater, MBA '10

Drew Slater

Drew Slater received his undergraduate degree in Economics from  Eastern Michigan University in 2008. A summer internship with Houston based, Ridgewood Energy piqued his interest in seeking an energy related MBA. He began his graduate studies at OU in 2009, intent on pursuing an MBA with an energy specialization.

Drew attributes his success to the dedication of Price faculty and staff. 

"The faculty challenged me to think beyond the traditional one 'correct' answer philosophy and to examine all alternative solutions. We all benefited from the smaller class size, which allowed professors to take a personal approach to our questions."

Drew recalls several instances in which business leaders, speakers, and alumni visited campus for events such as the Dean's Executive Speaker Series. He and fellow MBA students were afforded the opportunity to meet and speak with CEOs, CFOs, and managing directors from Fortune 500 companies and investment banks.

Currently working for Chesapeake Energy Marketing, Inc. as an Associate Gas Sales Representative, Drew hones the management, finance, and negotiation skills he acquired through the Price MBA to generate the best return possible for Chesapeake from all well projects located in the Permian and Rockies Districts. A career in the energy industry can present challenges. However, Drew was prepared to overcome the learning curve, stating that:

"Price professors, with their industry experience, provide the students the necessary tools and industry knowledge to step into the professional field and avoid some of the growing pains that come with every new job."

The advice Drew gives to Price MBA students interested in pursuing a career in the energy industry is to ask questions and learn as much as you can from the experiences of industry experts, classmates, and professors. Drew adds, "The way to learn and grow is to work your hardest and network, and you'll discover, the right company will find you."