Linda Nichols, 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 and part-time enrollment while maintaining the highest accreditation levels.
Vision and Mission
Our Vision: To be an internationally respected business college known for excellence in education and research.
Our Mission: Through creating and disseminating knowledge, we educate, mentor, and prepare students for successful careers as professionals and leaders.
Our Slogan: Empowering the next generation of business leaders.
The Collins College of Business is committed to the development of faculty, staff and students who exhibit a high level of professionalism and dedicated to:
- Providing an inclusive and accepting environment that will attract and support a diverse population of students, faculty and staff.
- Providing business students high quality business education opportunities that promote innovation.
- Providing students with opportunities for global educational experiences.
- Providing students, faculty and staff with an exposure to the social and environmental responsibilities of business leaders and opportunities to volunteer in the community.
- Promoting and facilitating student engagement with the business community.
- Providing support for internship and career opportunities for all graduates of the Collins College of Business.
- Demonstrating ethical actions and fairness.
Empower: Instill a desire for life-long learning and achievement.
Engage: Encourage meaningful interaction among all stakeholders.
Educate: Deliver challenging and relevant learning opportunities.
Explore: Foster intellectual curiosity among faculty and students.
The Collins College of Business pursues its goals by working collaboratively with its various stakeholders. This reflects the reality that the Collins College of Business influences, and is influenced by, both internal and external stakeholder groups, including
Students and their families
Staff and administration
Community (current and potential employers, for-profit and non-profit organizations, professional societies, and the academic business community)
These stakeholder groups are interdependent and each contributes to the success of the Collins College of Business through diversity of perspective and thought.
Human, Cultural and Gender Diversity
To support and emphasize the commitment of the Collins College of Business and The University of Tulsa to human, cultural and gender diversity as outlined in the university’s mission, the Collins College of Business requires students completing a B.S.B.A. degree to take one block or elective course that addresses human/cultural/gender diversity. Courses that are approved to meet this requirement may be found here .
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 business education. Fewer than 5% of the schools of business worldwide have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in business education.
The TU undergraduate and graduate energy management programs are accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL).
Degree and Program Objectives
The Collins College of Business offers one undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) .
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.)
Students completing the B.S.B.A. program will be:
- effective and professional communicators;
- knowledgeable of ethical, global, and social environmental factors and how they relate to business decisions; and
- knowledgeable of the functional areas of business.
More information on learning goals and objectives for the B.S.B.A. program may be found on the B.S.B.A. Learning Goals and Objectives page .
The College also offers 11 minor programs, six master’s degrees, and three accelerated programs. Admission to certain degree programs may be limited and have additional academic requirements or a separate program application.
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 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. Internships include working arrangements with Tulsa-area organizations as well as opportunities nationally and 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, room 215, in August 2008 to serve the students in the Collins College of Business. Academic advisors for undergraduate and graduate students work with the Business Career Center 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 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. degree, the student must satisfactorily complete an additional one-semester or summer term internship course. The internship will be secured by the student with the assistance of the Business Career Center and faculty and 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 Graduate School, in Lorton Hall, the Graduate Bulletin, and in room 215 of Helmerich Hall.
5000 Level Courses and Accelerated Degrees
Certain academic units have course offerings at the 5000 level, which are graduate courses available to exceptional students for undergraduate degree credit which may allow accelerated progress toward completion of graduate degrees. See individual academic units for availability and procedures governing enrollment.
Transfer policies for the Collins College of Business 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 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, FYE 1001 , BUS 2001 , CIS 1001 , BUS 4011 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 (such as 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. 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 1143 and MATH 1243 ; 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: FYE 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.
- 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 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.