A. Gale Sullenberger, Dean
The Collins College of Business educates skilled and inspired business professionals. Our emphasis on practical application and professional depth has helped our graduates become leaders in their professions, organizations, and communities. Today, as business evolves under the forces of globalization and technology, we are keeping pace with a variety of degree programs that prepare students for success. We emphasize academic rigor, practical problem-solving, hands-on experience, and teamwork. We have tailored degree programs to support full-time enrollment while maintaining the highest accreditation levels.
Since 2011, Bloomberg Businessweek has ranked the Collins College of Business as a Top 100 Business College in America. The Collins College of Business has also been ranked among the top six business colleges in the Southwest and top 40 private colleges. The accounting and computer information systems programs have been ranked in the top 10 nationally based on student satisfaction. The magazine has given A’s to the Collins College of Business in teaching quality, facilities, and service. Bloomberg Businessweek based the national rankings on nine measures including student satisfaction, postgraduate outcomes, and academic quality
Vision and Mission
Our vision is to be an internationally respected business school known for excellence in education and scholarship that prepares students for successful careers in a global economy.
Our mission, through creating and disseminating knowledge, is to educate, mentor and transform business students for professional and leadership roles in all forms of organizations.
The Collins College of Business faculty, employees and students will exhibit a high level of professionalism and be committed to:
- Having integrity and being ethical and fair in all they do.
- Being forward thinkers who are innovative, ambitious and committed to lifelong learning.
- Being accessible, responsive, compassionate and willing to mentor others.
- Being socially and environmentally responsible.
- Having high social responsibility and cultural sensitivity.
- Being critical thinkers.
The Collins College of Business is accredited at both the graduate and undergraduate levels by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education. Fewer than 5% of the schools of business worldwide have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education.
Degrees and Program Objectives
Academic programs available through the Collins College of Business include two undergraduate degrees:
Students completing the B.S.B.A. program will develop:
- understanding of the business functions of organizations;
- understanding of the political, legal, and regulatory environment;
- critical and analytical thinking skills;
- effective communication skills;
- skills for effective employment of technology; and
- a global perspective.
Students completing the B.S.I.B.L. programs will develop:
- proficiency in a target language (Chinese, French, German, Russian, or Spanish);
- understanding of the effects of multiple national economies, political and legal systems, and regulatory bodies on firm management and performance; and
- cultural awareness and sensitivity in general and specific awareness of the culture where the student’s target language is the dominant language.
The College also offers 13 minor programs, six master’s degrees, six certificate programs, and two accelerated programs. Admission to certain degree programs may be limited and have additional academic requirements or a separate program application.
Accelerated M.B.A. Program
The Collins College of Business allows students to complete a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Business Administration degree in four and a half years. Admission is competitive and a maximum of 20 students will be accepted per year. Requirements to be considered for admission to the accelerated program as a freshman are as follows:
- Minimum ACT score of 28
- Top 10% of high school class (or equivalent)
Students in the Accelerated M.B.A. program may elect any undergraduate business major.
Students may be admitted to the M.B.A. program after formal application has been made in their junior year. For full details about undergraduate admission and admission to the M.B.A. program, please contact the Office of Admission or the advising office in the Williams Student Services Center in Helmerich Hall.
Accelerated Business and Law Program
The Collins College of Business and The University of Tulsa College of Law allow students to complete a bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctor degree in six years. Admission is competitive and a maximum of 15 students will be accepted per year. Requirements to be considered for admission are as follows:
- Take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) by October of the junior year and score at the 25th percentile or higher of the most recent entering class in the College of Law.
- Have earned a 3.5 undergraduate cumulative GPA at the time of review of the application.
- Follow other admission requirements as set by the College of Law.
Students in this program will fulfill the requirements for the B.S.B.A. program except for changes shown on the business and law major page. For more information, please contact the Office of Admission, the undergraduate advising office in the Williams Student Services Center in Helmerich Hall, or the College of Law admission office.
Accelerated Master of Accountancy Program
The accelerated master’s degree program allows TU undergraduate accounting majors to complete their undergraduate degree and a Master in Accountancy (M.Acc.) in a total of five years.
Students in this program will double-count three hours as undergraduate and graduate credit and take six hours of coursework in the summer. Undergraduate students who have taken the GMAT and have been admitted to the graduate program may take up to nine hours of graduate courses in their senior year of undergraduate work. Students may take ACCT 5333 Advanced Financial Reporting and Analysis as an elective which also satisfies the requirement for the Master in Accountancy.
The official statement of the American Association of Law Schools emphasizes the preference of law schools for students who are well-rounded in their educational backgrounds, capable of critical and creative thinking, and able to express themselves clearly. No specific undergraduate major is required or recommended.
The Collins College of Business invites graduating high school seniors with exceptional academic records and a spirit of intellectual curiosity to consider the University’s Honors Program . The core courses in the Honors Program are credited to the student’s general curriculum requirement. Students may choose to do independent research as part of their Honors Plan. In that case, a student’s directed research is applied either as elective or as major required hours. Students admitted to the Honors Program receive an academic scholarship and may choose to major in any academic discipline offered by The University of Tulsa.
Student internships are working programs jointly planned and administered by faculty of the Collins College of Business and participating public or private organizations. Internships provide the opportunity to reinforce knowledge of principles and concepts introduced in the classroom through application in actual professional situations. The program includes working arrangements with Tulsa-area organizations as well as internship opportunities in international locations.
For the best internship opportunities and information concerning career development, students should consult the Business Career Center during their freshman year and their faculty advisors at the start of their junior year. Career Services will also assist with opportunities for internships.
Williams Student Services Center and Business Career Center
The Williams Student Services Center opened in Helmerich Hall in August 2008 to better serve the students in the Collins College of Business. Academic advisors for undergraduate and graduate students work alongside the Assistant Dean for Business Career Services to provide academic and career advising to our students. The mission of the Williams Student Services Center is to guide men and women of diverse backgrounds and cultures on their educational journeys by providing academic recruiting, academic and career advising, and professional skill development to help them prepare for leadership in 21st Century global organizations.
The Business Career Center is located inside the Williams Student Services Center. The Center is equipped to provide many resources for undergraduate and graduate business students, including resume review, cover letter review, job search strategies, interview strategies, internship information, listings of available positions, and employer information. Workshops and networking events are also provided throughout the academic year to meet the needs of students as they pursue careers in the business world.
A student who selects the “Applied Option” in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program or the Bachelor of Science in International Business and Language program will apply business principles in an actual business environment through a formal Collins College of Business internship. In addition to completing all the requirements for the B.S.B.A. or B.S.I.B.L. degree, the student must satisfactorily complete an additional one-semester or summer term internship course. The internship will be secured by the student but must be approved by the faculty member guiding the internship and by the associate dean.
Graduate Business Programs
Details regarding graduate programs may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Business Programs and the Graduate Bulletin.
Transfer policies for the Collins College of Business for the B.S.B.A. and B.S.I.B.L. are as follows:
- At least 50% of the business credit hours (other than economics) required for the business degree must be completed at The University of Tulsa.
- Credits earned at an AACSB-accredited program, while a student is not enrolled at The University of Tulsa for one or more non-summer semesters, may be transferred provided the credits are consistent with other transfer policies of the College and University.
- No transfer credit will be accepted toward the business core or major required courses subsequent to enrollment at The University of Tulsa, with the following exception: a maximum of six hours taken during a summer term may be transferred from an AACSB-accredited program.
- Acceptance of prior coursework: course content varies over time and among institutions. Students who are transferring from other schools or who have had a break in their degree program at The University of Tulsa must have their transcripts reviewed by the Collins College of Business to determine which prior courses fulfill requirements toward a degree in the College.
- Final/official transfer evaluations will be based on specific program requirements current at the time of a student’s first enrollment and will not necessarily apply to another curriculum if the student changes majors.
- After completing a total of 60 hours of college work, the Collins College of Business will not accept transfer credit from community colleges or other two-year colleges.
Academic policies for the Collins College of Business for the B.S.B.A. and B.S.I.B.L. are as follows:
- Electives: Students in the Collins College of Business may apply up to 18 semester hours of Pass/D-F coursework in general education electives or free electives toward a degree. Transfer hours, BUS 1001 , BUS 2001 , CIS 1001 , CIS 3001 , and major discipline internships are not considered part of the 18 semester hours. No more than four semester hours of Pass/D-F coursework may be taken in one semester. A maximum of three semester hours of activity courses (ATRG 1021 and MUS 0XXX) may be used as a low-level free elective in the Collins College of Business. Credit by examination, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and proficiency examinations consistent with University policy, will be acceptable toward the degree. CLEP credits are not accepted.
- No student in the Collins College of Business may attempt any course in which a grade of F has been received in any two previous attempts, unless permission is obtained. Students who have failed a course may not subsequently take a proficiency exam as a replacement. Students who have attempted a course at The University of Tulsa may not receive credit for that course from another university.
- Readmittance to the Collins College of Business degree programs: Students who expect to break their progress in a Collins College of Business degree program for up to one year may apply for a leave of absence, ensuring their right to remain in the degree program of their current enrollment. Students who do not complete any courses at The University of Tulsa for more than one calendar year must reapply for admission to the Collins College of Business and, if readmitted, will be under the degree program in effect at the time of their readmission.
- A maximum of 30 hours of course credits in one discipline may be applied toward B.S.B.A. degree requirements. All B.S.B.A. and B.S.I.B.L. students must complete 48 hours of credit from 3000- and 4000-level courses in order to qualify for graduation.
- Business students enrolled in junior- and senior-level (3000- and 4000-level) business and major required courses are expected to have achieved junior standing and must have completed the following business core classes with grades of C or higher: ENGL 1033 ; ACCT 2113 and ACCT 2123 ; ECON 2013 and ECON 2023 ; MATH 1093 and MATH 1103 ; BL 2013 ; and QM 2013 and QM 2023 .
- Business students enrolled in junior- and senior-level (3000- and 4000-level) business and major required courses must have completed the following business core classes with grades of P: BUS 1001 , BUS 2001 , and CIS 1001 .
- A minimum grade point average of 2.0 must be maintained in the major for a student to be eligible to graduate.
- A minimum of 50% (62 hours) of coursework must be completed outside the Collins College of Business. Up to six hours of statistics and nine hours of economics may be included in the hours outside of business to meet the 50% requirement.
- Failure to successfully complete one or more of the core business courses in sequence may necessitate summer enrollment in order to progress full-time on a four-year graduation pace.
- Students wishing to enroll in courses that have prerequisites must satisfactorily complete those prerequisites before enrolling in the more advanced class, unless granted written permission by the Undergraduate Programs staff prior to that enrollment.
- Non-business students pursuing a marketing minor, arts management major, or organizational studies major must have junior standing and complete the following prerequisites with a grade of C or higher before enrolling in MKTG 3003 : ACCT 2113 , ECON 2023 , and QM 2013 .
Students on probation in the Collins College of Business must follow all University regulations concerning probation. In addition, College probation policies for the B.S.B.A. and B.S.I.B.L. are as follows:
- Students will be limited to a maximum of 13 semester hours during a fall or spring semester and six hours during the entire summer session.
- Students must follow other guidelines required by the dean.
- Freshmen and sophomores on probation, and all students with a grade point average lower than 2.0 at the end of their sophomore year, must repeat certain courses for which a D grade is recorded during their next academic term in residence, provided the courses are in the official schedule of courses for that term. Courses to be repeated are specified by the student’s advisor. This will usually include business core classes normally taken during the freshman and sophomore year.
- A grade of F in any business core class requires repetition at the next opportunity while the student is in residence. The advisor may require repetition of any core course that is a prerequisite to the courses failed.
5000 Level Courses
Students may take graduate courses at the 5000 level for undergraduate credit with permission from the department chair and instructor.