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MBA/Institute of French Petroleum (Paris, France) Collaboration Program

Up to three students enrolled in the Full-time MBA program pursuing an Energy specialization are selected to attend the Institute of French Petroleum (IFP), Paris. Students spend the Spring and Summer term at IFP immersed in 20 hours of energy-specific courses, all taught in English, to further their expertise within the industry.

Through this collaboration between our two institutions and the mutual sharing of credits, students are able to graduate with both an MBA from OU and a Master's of Petroleum Economics and Management from IFP. 

Additional information on IFP (pdf)

IFP Quick Facts (pdf)

IFP Syllabus 2015 (pdf)

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Ayasha Nickie

Ayasha Nickie
Institute of French Petroleum
Paris, France

"As an international MBA student focusing on Energy, the dual degree exposure gave great insights into the energy business, the global energy market and the issues and drivers of this volatile commodity. This invaluable study abroad program provided excellent networking opportunities and allowed me to become submersed into a new and fascinating culture that was unforgettable. This unique education optimally aligned with my career desires and I recommend it to anyone looking to enroll in a business program that covers all aspects of the energy sector.”

First Year- Fall

Students spend the fall of their first year taking OU courses.

Prep/Module 1

Mid August - Mid October

Module 2

Mid October - Mid December

Quantitative Methods and Modeling I1 hr  Quantitative Methods and  Modeling II2 hrs
Managerial Economics2 hrsFinancial Markets and Securities2 hrs
Financial Accounting2 hrsManagement Information Systems2 hrs
Organizational Behavior2 hrsIntroduction to Energy2 hrs
Energy Upstream/Downstream1 hrEnergy Accounting and Regulation2 hrs
MBA Professional Development I (1 hr)
8 Hrs11 Hrs
Total Hours: 19

First Year- Spring & Summer

OU/IFP students spend the spring and summer of their first year in France, taking English instructed coursework at The Institute of French Petroleum. Past courses have included:

  • Energy Geopolitics               
  • Downstream Management
  • Upstream Management
  • Reservoir Engineering I & II
  • Commodities, Markets and Trading
  • Energy Economics and Development
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Strategic Marketing and Management

Second Year- Fall

Students return to OU in the fall of their second year to complete their MBA coursework.

Module 6

Mid August - Mid October

Module 7

Mid October - Mid December

Business Ethics/Legal           
2 hrs 
Strategic Management2 hrs
Negotiation & Leadership2 hrsEnterprise Val., M&A, and Corp. Restructuring2 hrs
Energy Assets & Commodities
2 hrsElective2 hrs
2 hrsElective2 hrs
8 Hrs8 Hrs
Total Hours: 16