Undergraduate Energy Management Program - The University of Tulsa

Energy Management Undergraduate Program

The University of Tulsa’s interdisciplinary energy management program combines traditional academic coursework with practical knowledge and understanding of one of the world’s most vital and volatile industries.

The energy management program is one of only 9 such programs in the U.S. and one of two offered by a private institution. Students develop a solid foundation in business law, finance, environmental economics and energy commodities trading, in addition to studying alternative energy sources. With a unique curriculum and strong industry support, our program prepares students for employment opportunities in the upstream (exploration and production), midstream (trading and transporting and storing of energy commodities) and downstream (refining, marketing and distribution) sectors of the energy industry.

Opportunities to gain valuable experience and insight through participation in industry internships, local mentoring programs and the Tulsa Energy Management Student Association (TEMSA) serve as complements to the classroom experience. The energy management program is designed to educate students in all areas of business—accounting, economics, finance, marketing, international business and computer information systems—because the energy management profession involves interaction with all these areas.

What can you expect by majoring in energy management?

  • Industry sponsored scholarships available by application
  • Industry-related internships, both during the academic school year and summers
  • Mentoring programs pairing students with local industry professionals
  • Involvement in the Tulsa Energy Management Student Association (TEMSA), which provides social and industry experiences and opportunities outside the classroom
  • Highly competitive salaries, for both internships and full-time employment
  • Career opportunities in both the upstream (exploration and production) and/or midstream (trading of energy commodities) sectors of the energy industry
  • Employers of EM graduates are likely to be oil and gas companies, pipeline and storage companies, refining and marketing companies, utilities and financial institutions
  • Program Learning Outcomes

    1. Recognize the various segments of the energy industry, from points of production through consumption and end-use, identifying the economic considerations across the energy value chain.

    2. Communicate an understanding of the financial, economic, scientific, legal, and ethical aspects of the energy business.

    3. Demonstrate skills that are applicable to energy business operations across multiple industry sectors.

    4. Understand how energy companies function and analyze how different disciplines are integrated to impact overall business performance, stakeholder needs, and corporate citizenship.

  • Program Fast Facts

    For degree requirements, see the academic bulletin.

    • The first AAPL* approved Energy Management (EM) program at a private institution
      *American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)
    • Endorsed by GPA Midstream 
    • 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
    • Low student/faculty ratio and rigorous application process ensures quality and consistency 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 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
    • Relevant energy coursework internship with energy companies
    • Current student exchange program in Scotland
    • Opportunity to participate in a mentoring program with local industry professionals
    • Industry-sponsored scholarships available for qualifying students after program admittance
    • Industry Advisory Council provides input to keep the program in step with the industry
    • Membership in the Tulsa Student Energy Management Association (TEMSA) which provides practical learning experiences, industry speakers, social activities and philanthropic events for all participants
  • Program Options

    Energy Management, B.S.B.A.

    The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in energy management is unique and multidisciplinary, encompassing required energy-related coursework from three of the University’s undergraduate colleges.

    Energy Minor

    An interdisciplinary program focusing on the technical, commercial, legal, ethical and sustainability issues surrounding the energy industry.

    Energy Business Minor

    For business majors: Individuals pursuing a major in the Collins College of Business may elect to add an 15-credit-hour minor in energy business. The minor encompasses fundamental knowledge of energy industry operations and permits students to more effectively target their education for careers across the global energy landscape. Though cyclical in nature, the energy industry has historically been a major US employer, providing interesting, dynamic, and highly compensated jobs with opportunities to work both domestically and abroad. Adding the minor in energy business may provide graduates in traditional business disciplines such as accounting, finance, management, computer information systems, and economics with a specific edge in the employment competition.

  • Admission & Scholarships

    Admission into the Energy Management program is by application only. If you are interested in applying, please click here to download an application form. For more information, please email tom-seng@utulsa.edu or call 918-631-2569.

    Since 2008, the energy management program has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships, comprised of support from industry companies and organizations as well as energy management alumni and parents.

  • Co-Curricular Activities

    Co-Curricular Activities

    Opportunities to gain valuable experience and insight through participation in industry internships, local mentoring programs and the Tulsa Energy Management Student Association (TEMSA) serve as complements to the classroom experience. TEMSA members participate in intramural team sports, engage in various service projects in the Tulsa community, and continuously pursue opportunities to broaden their knowledge of the energy industry.

    Study Abroad

    Because of the global nature of the energy industry, energy management students are strongly encouraged to study abroad during their sophomore or junior years. Currently, we have a partnership with Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Scotland. This energy-related student international exchange program offers the opportunity to participate in energy-related internships for course credit. Students interested in study abroad opportunities should begin the planning process with their academic advisors during the first semester of the freshman year.

  • 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:

    Bluestone Natural Resources, Tulsa, OK
    BOK, Tulsa, OK
    BRG Energy
    Buffalo Land & Title, Tulsa, OK
    Canyon Creek, Tulsa, OK
    Cimarex, Tulsa, OK
    Chesapeake, Oklahoma City, OK
    Chevron, Bakersfield, CA and Houston, TX
    Concho, Midland, TX
    ConocoPhillips, Houston, TX
    Corterra Energy, Tulsa, ,OK
    Crescent Point, Denver, CO
    EDP Renewables, Houston, TX
    Encana, Denver, CO & Houston, TX
    Grand River Dam Authority, Tulsa, OK
    Hilcorp, Houston, TX
    Lilis Energy, Houston, TX
    Matador Resources, Dallas, TX
    Navico, Tulsa, OK
    Newfield, Houston, TX
    North Dakota, Bismarck, ND
    OCP, Ecuador
    ONEOK, Tulsa, OK
    Paladin, Tulsa, OK
    Phillips 66, Bartlesville, OK
    Sanguine, Tulsa, OK
    THG Energy, Tulsa, OK
    Tital Energy, Tulsa, OK
    Titan Energy, Tulsa, OK
    Vega Energy, Houston, TX
    Waterfield Energy, Tulsa, OK
    WCM Resources, Santa Fe, NM
    WPX Energy, Tulsa, OK
    Williams, Tulsa, OK
    XTO, Houston, 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
    Devon Energy, Tulsa, OK
    Grand River Dam Authority, Tulsa, OK
    ICE/Chatham Energy, Houston, TX
    Magellan Midstream Partners, LP, 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