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Robert M. Zinke Energy Management Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Energy Management?

The Robert M. Zinke Energy Management Program (formerly the Petroleum Land Management program) was established in 1958 as the first of its kind and remains the largest program in the nation. As energy companies diversify their resource management in the 21st century, the Energy Management Program continues to adjust the curriculum to meet the needs of today’s students. Energy Management’s unique focus draws from the faculty and courses of four of OU’s best academic divisions - Geosciences, Engineering, Business and Law - to create curriculum that prepares students for diverse careers in Energy at both the domestic and global levels. Students choose from a wide variety of Petroleum Engineering, Geology, Finance, Management, Legal Studies, and other courses. Graduates leave OU with the skills to succeed in many areas of the energy business, including exploration and production, land negotiations, energy finance, gas marketing and trading.

So, what’s my degree?

An Energy Management student graduates with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Advanced degrees include Master of Business Administration, Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration.

Do my interests fit?

Energy Management students typically have interests in:

  • Energy (fossil fuels and renewables)
  • Business
  • Finance
  • Legal Studies
  • Management
  • Communication
  • Accounting

How can OU Energy Management help me?

Students in the Energy Management Program build business acumen to become leaders in the the energy industry. A great balance between business courses and energy-related courses help prepare students to be successful in their chosen careers in the industry.

How can I get involved?

Join the Energy Management Student Association (EMSA) – nearly 100% of EMSA members secure a full-time career before graduating from Price College.  This is one of the most active associations on campus.

What courses will I take?

Students choose from a wide variety of Sciences, Finance, Legal Studies, Management, Petroleum Engineering, Geology and other courses. The program also emphasizes adjunct professors in numerous classes, so the students get taught by industry experts to complement the Ph.D. and other professors in the business school.

Wait, I can have a minor?

Yes, and it is recommended.  The most common and encouraged minor or second major is Finance.  Our advisors are focused on planning course load to maximize the benefits and efficient class schedule to achieve the student’s goals.  There are currently 63 students (35%) that have a declared second major.

How can I study abroad?

Visit the Steve Dolman Family Study Abroad Office webpage to learn more about the many courses and locations available to business students. Each year, a London study abroad program offers direct exposure to energy courses and international energy companies.

What has our Energy Management Program achieved recently?

The first and oldest program of its kind (1958) continues to advance the major and the student’s capabilities. Faculty and staff continue to examine the program to be responsive to ever-changing energy needs. Just as the program was recognized at the national level for its change from petroleum land management to Energy Management, the program recently made national headlines again when Mike McConnell was announced as its seventh director. McConnell, who brings over 35 years of industry experience including leadership positions of CEO/president of public companies, also brings his passion, knowledge and experience to the students on a daily basis.

What kind of career can I pursue?

  • Oil and gas upstream and downstream companies
  • Midstream/Pipeline companies
  • Renewables/Alternative Energy
  • Energy trading firms
  • Commercial and Investment banks
  • Utility companies
  • Government agencies

What have our OU graduates done with their Energy Management degrees and who hires them?

  • Our students are hired by many top tier domestic and international companies, including: Apache, Ascent, Chesapeake Energy, Chevron, Concho, Chisolm, ConocoPhillips, BP, Bank of Oklahoma, Encana, ExxonMobil, Federal Reserve, Marathon, Noble Energy, Southwestern Energy, ONEOK, Opportune, OXY, Phillips 66, WPX, XTO and many others.
  • In the last two years, our graduates have taken full-time positions in the following areas: land, corporate land, business development, lease brokerage, land analyst/administration, land technology, gas marketing, financial analysis, supply chain management and consultancy.

There are many energy executives and business leaders who are graduates of the program, and many have started and manage their own companies.


  • Our students have excellent opportunities to gain work experience via internships with energy companies, including 61 students in 12 different cities in 2019 alone, and nearly 140 internships accepted in just the past two years. Over the last 3 years, more than 230 summer internships placed with our students.


  • Supporting our Energy Management students is a priority. EM students received over $4,000,000 in scholarships over the last 10 years, including $322,000 in 2019 alone.

How much will I make?

Graduates from this program can make the highest salaries in the business school. The first wave of our fall 2019 recruiting has completed and the average starting salary for May graduates was almost $90,000.

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Program Accreditation

The Michael F. Price College of Business has been accredited since 1926 by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

In September, the College announced a historic jump in rankings for its undergraduate programs by U.S. News and World Report. In its 2020 Best Colleges Rankings, the College’s undergraduate business program is ranked 50th in the nation, up 12 spots from last year. This ranking is the highest that Price College’s undergraduate program has received in its history – a ranking that represents 31st among all public business schools.

The Energy Management Program is one of 12 programs in this area and is accredited by the American Association of Petroleum Landmen.