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Master of Science in Energy Legal Studies

In the video, Director of OCU’s energy programs, Meredith Wegener, describes the Energy Legal Studies program at Oklahoma City University. 

The professionals in the Energy Legal Studies program represent almost every discipline that can be found in the energy industry. Acquisitions and divestitures, accounting, regulatory, health, safety and environment, legal relations, government relations, public relations, financial analysts, and many more. Oftentimes, professionals with these backgrounds realize their career path will lead them to positions that will address difficult legal and regulatory compliance issues. Earning a graduate degree in Energy Legal Studies will ensure they will have the working knowledge needed to be successful in those roles as they advance in their careers.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above
  • Two years of relevant work experience preferred
  • Statement of purpose (minimum 500 words) addressing background in the energy industry, business experience, and purpose for seeking degree.
  • Full professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation from employers/supervisors

Required Courses (Sequential order) 

MGMT 5723: Leadership and Management in the Energy Industry

ELAW 5703: Legal and Ethical Environment of the Energy Industry

ELAW 5353: Fundamentals of Contracts

ELAW 6523: Fundamentals of Property Law

ELAW 6533: Legal Principles of Oil and Gas

ELAW 6543: Environmental Law and Regulatory Compliance

ELAW 6613: Energy Contracts and Issues

ELAW 5453: Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

ELAW 5153: Legal Research and Citation

ELAW 5253: Legal Writing and Analysis/Capstone Experience

Tuition for both the Master of Science in Energy Management and Energy Legal Studies is determined in an effort to ensure that these innovative degrees are of the highest quality in all aspects. Current tuition for the 10 degree courses in either program is $590 per credit hour. The total current fees in either program is presently $4,690. Textbooks are not included. Additionally, ALL Energy Management and Energy Legal Studies students will be required to make their Capstone presentations live, in-person in Oklahoma City. The expense of any travel for the Capstone presentation is not included in the above-listed tuition and fees.

Students may be eligible for scholarships and Meinders Corporate Partner Benefits.

Learn more about which program would better suit your particular career goals.  

The Meinders Experience

  • Cohorts are comprised of industry professionals with diverse backgrounds, providing an exclusive opportunity to build a strong and supportive network.
  • Guest lecturing gives students the opportunity to learn from executives and elicit candid responses about their professional experiences.
  • Faculty with outstanding academic and business credentials maintain a contemporary, business-related focus in the classroom.
  • Attend all Meinders-sponsored events and conferences free of charge.
  • Access to premier financial and investment data at the Bloomberg Terminal.

Contact Information

Meredith Wegener, Director of Energy Programs
mwegener@okcu.edu or (405) 208-5593. 

You may also request more information from graduate admissions.

Student Testimonials

OCU alumni, Fonda Manwell, shares her experience as a graduate student in OCU's Energy Legal Studies graduate program.  She details her remarkable journey as a student, starting out as an assistant and now holding the position as Director of Government Affairs for a prominent energy company in just three years.


OCU alumni, Josh Cornell, land manager for an energy company in Tulsa, OK shares why he chose OCU’s Energy Legal Studies graduate program over a generalized MBA or JD program.  

The Energy Legal Studies graduate program at OCU is energy-specific that focuses on the legal components of operating an energy company.  Courses include leadership and management, contract law, property law, environmental law, energy contracts, negotiation and dispute resolution, research and legal writing and analysis.