MASTER OF MANAGEMENT IN ENERGY FAQ
Q: When do students matriculate each year?
A: The program begins in mid-July with an intensive summer session.
Q: How long will it take to complete the Tulane MME program?
A: It is an intensive full-time program, with new enrollments starting each summer. Students complete 36 credit hours over 11 months (summer, fall, and spring).
Q: Can I complete the program on a part-time basis?
A: No. It is a full-time program, with no part-time option available.
Q: When will I attend classes?
A: In the intensive summer session, students attend classes every day between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. During the academic year, most classes meet twice a week between 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Some classes are offered in the evenings from 6:30-9:15 p.m.
Q: May I defer my admission to the following year?
A: The Freeman School does not defer admission decisions; however, we keep all application materials on file for two years. If you have previously applied to program, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for information on reactivating your application.
Q: Does the Freeman School accept transfer credits?
A: We do not accept transfer credits from any other institution. When we promote our programs to employment recruiters, we want to ensure that all Freeman graduate business students have acquired certain financial fundamentals and skill sets.
Q: What factors does the Admissions Committee consider when evaluating my application?
A: The Admissions Committee reviews applications holistically, which includes all required application materials (application form, essay, resume, academic background, recommendation, and test scores), to assess an applicant's motivation, maturity and ability to successfully complete a graduate business degree.
Q: How can I gauge my chances of being admitted to the Tulane MME program?
A: It is impossible for the Admissions Committee to access your suitability to the program without reviewing a complete application. Please refer to the Class Profile to compare your credentials with successful candidates to the program.
Q: Does the Admissions Committee require specific courses or majors as prerequisites?
A: Students are required to complete prerequisites in Financial Accounting and Financial Management. These prerequisites may be taken online prior to Summer enrollment. Typical candidates have business, economics, engineering, mathematics, or computer science academic backgrounds.
Q: Does the Admissions Committee require post graduate work experience?
A: This program does not require post graduate work experience; however, internship or post graduate work experience in the energy industry is a plus.
Q: What are your application deadlines?
A: Please refer to our application calendar.
Q: When should I apply to the program?
A: We have seats available for each application deadline, so you should not rush to apply to meet the earliest deadline. Applicants should apply when they can provide their most competitive application. For example, if you are planning to retake the GMAT, you should wait to apply with your most competitive score.
Q: What credentials should I submit to complete my application?
A: In order to complete an application for review, we require the following application materials:
- Online application form
- Current resume
- Post-secondary transcript(s)
- One essay
- One letter of recommendation
- GMAT/GRE score
- TOEFL/IELTS score (international applicants only)
- Affidavit of Support with supporting financial documents (international applicants only)
Q: Should I provide you with hard copies of application materials or any supplemental materials?
A: Our application process is entirely paperless; therefore applicants should not mail hard copies of application materials to our office. All required application materials should be submitted via the online application system. If you are admitted and decide to enroll in the program, we will notify you of any official hard copies we require from you.
Q: Can I apply if I haven't taken the GMAT/TOEFL yet?
A: You may start your application at any time; however, you will not be able to submit your application until you have provided all required application materials including test score/s.
Q: If I take the GMAT/TOEFL more than once, will the Admissions Committee average the scores or take the highest one?
A: The Admissions Committee utilizes the highest total score for review. Please self-report your highest score report information in the online application as well as upload a screenshot of your unofficial score report.
Q: Can my GRE score replace the GMAT requirement?
A: Yes, you may submit a GRE score in lieu of the GMAT.
Q: What is the GMAT reporting code for the Tulane MME program?
A: The MME GMAT reporting code is XVC-SG-16.
Q: What is your GRE institution code?
A: The Tulane institution code is 6832-02.
Q: Is there a minimum GPA or GMAT score required for admission?
A: We do not have a minimum GMAT or GPA requirement. Please refer to the Class Profile (linked to PDF) to compare your competitiveness against successful applicants to the program.
Q: If my GMAT or GPA is below the average, should I still apply?
A: The Admission Committee reviews applications holistically. Therefore, a below average GMAT or GPA is not an automatic disqualification to apply. However, the ranges are useful indicators of admissible standards.
Q: My educational institute does not use a 4.0 GPA scale. How should I report my GPA in the online application?
A: You should report your cumulative GPA based on the GPA reporting scale of your institution. You do not need to convert your GPA to the 4.0 scale.
Q: Who should I choose to write my recommendation letter?
A: References should be limited to those people who can speak to your skills and abilities in an academic or professional setting. References from friends or relatives are not considered professional references.
Q: May I submit more than one recommendation?
A: The Freeman School requires one letter of recommendation. The online application will allow you to request only one letter of recommendation.
Q: Can my recommender submit the letter of recommendation once I have submitted my online application?
A: Yes, the recommender can submit the recommendation letter either before or after your application has been submitted. However, your application will not be completed for review until the recommendation letter has been received. The recommendation is the only part of the application process that is not under applicants' direct control, so we advise applicants to request the recommendation very early in the process.
Q: What is Freeman's policy on interviews?
A: After a preliminary review of a complete application, the Admissions Committee may request an interview of select applicants.
Q: What can I expect during the interview?
A: Applicants can expect to talk about themselves, their experiences and aspirations, their undergraduate record, their leadership and group activities, and their motivation for pursuing a graduate degree at the Freeman School. Due to the geographic diversity of the Freeman applicant pool, the majority of interviews are conducted via Skype or phone. The interview is also an opportunity for you to ask the school representative questions about the program.
Q: Are there additional requirements for international applicants?
A: International applicants are required to submit the Affidavit of Support along with supporting financial documents (such as bank statements) in order for their application to be completed for reviewed. Additionally, international applicants need to provide proof of English language competence by providing TOEFL or IELTS scores.
Q: What are your TOEFL or IELTS waiver eligibility requirements?
A: International students who completed one year of study at in institution where English is the primary language of instruction are eligible for a TOEFL or IELTS waiver. Please denote your waiver eligibility in the international section of the online application.
Q: What is the TOEFL institution code for the Freeman School at Tulane?
A: The TOEFL institution code is 6832-02.
Q: Is there a minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL or IELTS exam?
A: Yes, the minimum TOEFL scores are 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based), and 100 (internet based). The minimum IELTS score is 7.Q. I have a distance learning or online degree. Does this satisfy the educational requirements?
A: We do not accept online or distance learning degrees. International applicants must complete a traditional four year bachelor's degree from an accredited university prior to the program start date.
Q: I will not receive my official degree conferring transcript and diploma certificates until July. Am I still eligible to apply to the program?
A: Students must complete all degree requirements prior to the start of the program, but can submit final degree conferring transcripts and diploma certificate as soon as they are available - this is usually by mid to late July for international students.Q. I have a three-year degree from an accredited university. Does this satisfy your educational eligibility requirements?
A: Please contact the Admissions Committee to determine if your three-year degree meets our education eligibility requirements.
Q: If I'm admitted to the Tulane MME program, when will I receive my I20?
A: We do not provide an I20 until after a student has confirmed enrollment in the Tulane MME. To confirm enrollment, a student must complete the commitment form, pay the $500 commitment deposit, and submit a photocopy of your passport photo page.
Q: What is current placement rate and average salary for the most recent graduates?
A: To review current Employment Profiles please click here.
Q: What career management activities and resources are offered at the Freeman School?
- Conduct one-on-one coaching to help you create and realize a career plan that works
- Assist you in developing an effective resume and cover letter
- Conduct mock interviews and provide feedback to assist you in sharpening your interviewing skills
- Help you explore and navigate the job market
- Provide referrals for internships and full-time employment
- Host presentations and networking opportunities with employers and alumni
- Assist you with salary negotiations and offer acceptances
- Provide workshops and presentations to student organizations upon request
Q: Can you tell me more about Freeman Days?
Freeman Days is the premier networking, recruiting and corporate connection event that brings some of the best talent the Freeman School of Business has to offer and delivers them directly to your doorstep. Held in four cities (New York, Houston, Chicago, and New Orleans) across the country, students travel to those cities to investigate the opportunities that are available to them.
Q: What are the most common career paths taken by graduates?
A: Sales and Trading, Consulting, Financial Analysts, Investment Banking, Asset Management, and Financial Services
Q: If a large amount of recruiting occurs early in the program, how can students prepare with so little time at the Freeman School?
Students should start researching companies and opportunities as soon as they decide to enroll in the program. The more an individual knows about the industry and career paths available, the easier it will be for them to focus their time on finding a position that is the right fit for them. Once they start the program it is important to schedule at least one hour each week towards their job search.
Q: Does the lack of an internship during the program affect future job prospects?
Past experiences always play a part in the decision making process for employers. Some students gain experience in the workforce through internships or part-time jobs, while others gain hands-on experiences in the classroom. Employers also prefer students who have been involved in activities outside of the classroom - student organizations, community service, or volunteer work, etc. The most competitive candidates will have a combination of these experiences.
Q: What proactive steps can students take to increase their career prospects after the MME degree?
The most important action any student can take to increase their career prospects is to develop a strong professional network. In order to effectively do so, students must have (or develop) effective communication and interpersonal skills.
Q: What are the placement prospects for international students in the United States?
Unfortunately, placement prospects for international students are not good. The finance industry is highly competitive for all applicants - foreign and domestic - and the communication challenges many of our international students face put them at a disadvantage. Companies also are not inclined to pay for sponsorship of an international applicant when they can hire a US citizen for less of an investment.
MERIT BASED AWARDS AND FINANCIAL AID
Q: What are the tuition, fees and program costs?
A: Please see the Cost of Attendance budget
Q: Do you offer fellowships (scholarships) in the MME program?
A: The Freeman School selects a limited number of students to receive partial merit based fellowships. All applicants are automatically reviewed for a fellowship award at the same time as the admissions decision.
Q: What types of financial aid (student loans and work study) are available to students?
A: U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for federal need-based financial aid in the form of student loans and work study to cover all educational expenses (tuition, fees, room, board, books, travel and miscellaneous expenses) up to the cost of education. In order to be considered for federal financial aid as a graduate student (no parental data required), students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov and request that their information be sent to Tulane University.
Q: What types of financial aid are available to international students?
A: International students may seek to borrow funds through the Alternative loan program, however, this option requires that the student have a credit-worthy cosigner who is either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. International students should explore International Education Financial Aid (IEFA) website for additional scholarship and loan opportunities. This online resource offers a searchable database which provides direct links to a number of organizations offering assistance to fund study in the United States. Latin American students from any member country of the Organization of American States (OAS), can seek to borrow funds through the Rowe Fund loan program. The Rowe fund offers up to $15,000 in an interest-free loan to cover the cost of graduate studies.