School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce

As the world’s energy consumption continues to grow, the demand to develop and train a new generation of energy professionals who can meet the challenge will continue to exist. Located in the heart of energy-rich Oklahoma, TU’s School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce offers both undergraduate and graduate programs taught by an interdisciplinary, residential faculty possessing the highest academic credentials and direct industry work experience. Faculty expertise encompasses various aspects of domestic and international energy operations and commerce, including law, finance, accounting, policy, markets, economics, engineering and geoscience. Faculty members are active in numerous professional associations and they engage in research at the intersection of business, science and technology that benefits various components of the global energy complex.

While the school has strong ties to the oil and gas sector, its programs reflect the philosophy that the energy industry is a total system that is continually evolving and must be viewed from a long-term, sustainable perspective. Students develop solid expertise in upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas business functions and operations, but they also investigate various aspects of other industry sectors, including alternative fuels, power, and energy efficiency.

Program Fast Facts

For degree requirements, see the academic bulletin.

  • One of only two energy management/commerce programs at a private institution approved by the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)
  • A multidisciplinary curriculum, including energy related coursework in accounting, law, petroleum engineering, economics, finance, and geology
  • Focus on energy courses early in the degree program (which is unique to TU), with nearly 50 percent of all energy-related coursework taken during the first two and a half years
  • Courses are taught by full-time, on-campus faculty with direct industry work experience, along with professionally qualified industry practitioners
  • Small class size (11-to-1 ratio at TU), which ensures greater access to instructors, personal attention and consistent quality of graduates
  • High academic environment: 40% of current energy management students have grade point averages of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • A top-tier collegiate environment: Bloomberg Businessweek has ranked TU among the Top 100 institutions in the U.S. for more than six years
  • A unique energy education venue: TU’s School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce is the only free-standing academic unit of its kind in the U.S. granting both undergraduate and graduate degrees in energy business
  • Opportunity to participate in industry-sponsored internships
  • Opportunity to study abroad in one of the School of Energy’s exclusive student exchange programs with Robert Gordon University in Scotland and Singapore Management University
  • Opportunity to participate in a mentoring program with local industry professionals
  • Industry-sponsored scholarships available for qualifying students after program admittance
  • Program guidance from industry professionals through the Energy Management Advisory Board
  • Membership in the Tulsa Student Energy Management Association (TEMSA) which provides practical learning experiences, industry speakers, social activities and philanthropic events for all participants
Lecture Series

The School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce sponsors an ongoing lecture series on topics of interest across the global energy complex. The earliest of these lectures were co-sponsored by the National Energy Policy Institute (NEPI).

The lecture series program brings recognized scholars and industry experts to campus from around the globe to for purposes of broadening the conversation about industry and enhancing awareness of issues beyond those facing the local community. All lectures are held on The University of Tulsa campus or at signature venues around Tulsa and are free and open to the public. Video recordings of the some of the lectures are available.


Lutz, B., 2012, Hydraulic fracturing versus mountaintop-removal coal mining: comparing environmental impacts. The University of Tulsa

Mahdavi, P. (UCLA), 2013. Politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The University of Tulsa.

Thurber, M. (Stanford University), 2013. Do State Owned Companies have Inside Access to the World’s Oil and Gas Resources? The University of Tulsa.

De Oliverira, A. (Institute of Economics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), 2013, The Brazilian oil outlook: challenges and opportunities (for cooperation). The University of Tulsa

Garibaldi, C. (Tecpetrol), 2013. Political and operational challenges for the oil industry in Latin American countries. The University of Tulsa.

Ritter, B. (Former Governor of Colorado & Director, Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University), 2014, Transforming the energy paradigm in America. The University of Tulsa.

Tezak, C. (Managing Director, Clearview Energy Partners), 2015. Energy Infrastructure Needs and Options. The Summit, Tulsa, OK (in conjunction with the 2015 Energy Business Leadership Dinner).

Abraham, K. (Executive Editor, World Oil), 2016, World Oil North American Outlook. Renaissance Hotel, Tulsa, OK (in conjunction with the 2016 Energy Business Leadership Dinner), in partnership with Energy Advocates.

Internship Opportunities

Historically, energy management students at The University of Tulsa have been successful in obtaining summer and/or academic year internships, many of which come with financial support. Internship assignments may involve various departments and functions of energy companies, including business analysis, land administration, lease records management, accounting, commercial or financial operations, asset management, etc. While the availability of internships cannot be guaranteed, particularly during times of low commodity prices, the energy industry has long supported internship programs for students with strong academic backgrounds, effective communication skills, and demonstrated initiative. Participation in internships provides students with the opportunity to further refine their career choices, goals, and objectives, and it allows corporate sponsors to evaluate students in terms of fitness for future full-time employment.

Recent companies and locations where energy management students have accepted internships include:

  • BOK, Tulsa, OK
  • Buffalo Land & Title, Tulsa, OK
  • Canyon Creek, Tulsa, OK
  • Chesapeake, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Chevron, Bakersfield, CA and Houston, TX
  • Concho, Midland, TX
  • ConocoPhillips, Houston, TX
  • EDP Renewables, Houston, TX
  • Hilcorp, Houston, TX
  • Navico, Tulsa, OK
  • Newfield, Houston, TX
  • North Dakota, Bismarck, ND
  • OCP, Ecuador
  • ONEOK, Tulsa, OK
  • Paladin, Tulsa, OK
  • Phillips 66, Bartlesville, OK
  • Tital Energy, Tulsa, OK
  • Vega Energy, Houston, TX
  • WCM Resources, Santa Fe, NM
  • Williams, Tulsa, OK
  • XTO, Fort Worth, TX
  • Yukon Minerals, Tulsa, OK
Employment Opportunities

Recent companies and locations where energy management students have accepted full-time employment include:

  • Four Point Energy, Denver, CO
  • Chesapeake, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Concho Resources, Midland, TX
  • ICE/Chatham Energy, Houston, TX
  • Magellan, Tulsa, OK
  • Williams, Tulsa, OK
  • ONEOK, Tulsa, OK
  • ONEGas, Tulsa, OK
  • BOK Financial, Tulsa, OK
  • Encana, Denver, CO
  • Titanium Exploration, Tulsa, OK
  • Stinnett & Associates, Tulsa, OK
  • Stonebridge, Denver, CO
  • Scout Energy, Dallas, TX
Industry Advisory Council

Industry Advisory Council

Situated in the heart of America’s energy complex, The University of Tulsa enjoys many strong ties with the energy industry. TU graduates in business, law, petroleum and chemical engineering, geoscience, and other disciplines are actively involved in energy company leadership around the world. Consequently, these ongoing relationships and ties back to industry are one of the strongest selling points of the School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce. From conception to implementation, the School has greatly benefited from the direct input and generous support of industry representatives and partners.

To insure future success and alignment with the ongoing and evolving needs of industry, an advisory council of industry leaders convenes periodically to review progress and make recommendations. These individuals generously volunteer their time and energy to help make the program the very best it can be. While members rotate on and off of the panel as needed, the current membership consists of:

  • Charles Baukal, Director, John Zink Institute
  • Joe Burke, CEO, Viresco AD
  • John Chowdhury, Director, Utility Industry Practice, Fujitsu Network Communications
  • Carolyn Dougherty, Retired CFO and Treasurer, Grand River Dam Authority
  • Richard Edmonson, Attorney and Shareholder, Hall Estill
  • Lee Eslicker, President, D&L Oil Tools
  • Randy Foutch, Chairman & CEO, Laredo Petroleum
  • Carlos Garibaldi, Director, Americas, Arthur D. Little
  • Greg Geist, Vice President, Land, WPX Energy
  • John Hewitt, President and CEO, Matrix Service Company
  • Ralph Hill, CEO, ETX Energy LLC
  • Branden Kennedy, CFO, Venado Oil and Gas
  • Glenn Labhart, Principal, Labhart Risk Advisors
  • Debra Langley, Vice President of Land, Rimrock Resource Operating, LLC
  • Susan Lindberg, Vice President and General Counsel, SemGroup Corporation
  • Merl Lindstrom, Retired VP, Technology, Phillips 66
  • Pete Luitwieler, Management Consultant; Retired Chief Information Officer, Citgo Petroleum/PDVSA
  • Randy McCall, CFO and Cofounder, Seahorse Oilfield Services
  • C. Michael Ming, General Manager, GE Oil & Gas Technology Center
  • Luis Moncada, Surface President, North America Region, GE Oil and Gas
  • Lanny Nickell, Vice President, Engineering, Southwest Power Pool
  • Bob Parks, President, Superior Pipeline
  • John Pilkington, President, Muirfield Resources, and Member, Oklahoma Energy Resources Board
  • Shane Saunders, President, Trident Energy
  • Michael Schmidt, Management Consultant; Director Emeritus, Utility Division, Kansas Corporation Commission
  • Stacey Schmidt, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, D&L Oil Tools
  • Greg Sills, Executive Advisor, DONG Energy
  • Mark Stansberry, Chairman, The GTD Group
  • Norm Szydlowski, President and CEO Emeritus, SemGroup Energy Partners
  • Michael Teague, Oklahoma Secretary of Energy
  • Fabrizio Trilli, Chief Executive, ENI (The Italian National Oil Company) Indonesia
  • Bob West, CEO, Anchor Drilling Fluids
  • Paul Westervelt, VP and Group Publisher, Oil and Gas Journal