Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2009/2010)
8 Regulations Governing the Degree of Master of Business Administration (Executive Option in Petroleum)

The Degree of Master of Business Administration (Executive Option in Petroleum), or EMBA (Petroleum), is cohort-driven. These regulations must be read in conjunction with the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The EMBA (Petroleum) is a comprehensive program that provides an international understanding of the entire nature of the oil and gas industry value chain.

The EMBA (Petroleum) program is offered by full-time study and involves 17 courses (54 credit hours) over four semesters. It should be noted that the OGS 6099 Project is a six credit-hour course that is offered over the third and fourth semesters.


  1. The program shall be administered by an Academic Director, who shall be appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies following discussion with the Dean of Business Administration and the Executive Director of the Oil and Gas Development Partnership (OGDP).

  2. The Academic Director shall be the Chair of a Board of Studies for EMBA (Petroleum) for the purposes of administering the program. The Board of Studies will consist of three members from the Faculty of Business Administration, the Associate Dean (Academic Programs) of Business Administration and the Executive Director of the OGDP as ex officio members. Appointments of the members of the Board of Studies will be by the Dean of Business Administration following discussion with the Executive Director of the OGDP. Normally all appointments will be for a period of three years.

8.1 Qualifications for Admission
  1. Admission is limited and competitive. To be considered for admission to the EMBA (Petroleum) program, an applicant shall normally hold at least a bachelor’s degree, with a minimum ‘B’ standing, from an institution recognized by Memorial University of Newfoundland.

  2. Applicants must achieve a satisfactory total score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), as well as an appropriate balance of verbal and quantitative GMAT score components. Specific information regarding test centres, dates and deadlines can be obtained by contacting the Graduate Management Admissions Council at

  3. Applicants with substantial management experience in the oil and gas sector will receive preference during evaluation of applications. Normally, a minimum of five years experience in the oil and gas sector is required.

  4. Applicants who did not complete a four-year bachelor’s degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must submit an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Information regarding this test is available from the Educational Testing Service at

  5. Although all the criteria noted above are important, the Board of Studies will assess the applicant’s entire profile when making its final decision. Significant strengths in one area may help compensate for weaknesses in another area.

  6. In selecting candidates for any particular cohort, the Board of Studies will attempt to ensure that there is a breadth of managerial experience and practical backgrounds within the cohort as this is important to the students’ learning environment. Student experience is expected to contribute to and enhance the learning experience for the entire cohort.