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Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Introduction

The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University prepares our students in an environment where personal connections are paramount, and academic excellence is strengthened by interpersonal prowess. Our graduate programs in business are consistently recognized for their excellence in the classroom, producing a job-placement rate of more than 97 percent for MBA graduates. The school’s online MBA program is regularly ranked as one of the nation’s best in top media rankings. Our Hospitality and Tourism Management program is well known for its quality and excellent placement rates, ranking as a top 25 program in the world.

Empowering students

to follow their own dreams

The Spears School of Business prepares students for success by empowering them to live and learn in an environment where personal connections are paramount and academic excellence is strengthened by interpersonal prowess.

This is why students choose us, why employers choose our graduates and why we make business personal.

With an emphasis on people

we ensure our students are just as real as they are ready.

Every student can make a significant contribution to society. To help students reach their full potential, Spears Business houses a variety of centers, institutes and other resources to engage students in impactful research and community engagement initiatives that provide them with opportunities to work closely with faculty and gain hands-on experience.

Our mission

Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business exists to prepare people to make a difference in the world by teaching essential interpersonal skills alongside a high-quality business education backed by impactful research and outreach.

We live in a world where business is personal.

Companies rise and fall based on the strength and success of the relationships they forge.

The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University prepares our students in an environment where personal connections are paramount, and academic excellence is strengthened by interpersonal prowess.

We take business seriously.

We take soft skills seriously. We study business collaboratively. We use technology to include and never to exclude.

Community isn’t just a byproduct of what we do. At Spears, we empower students to follow their own dreams, not the dream we have for them. Because the purpose of business isn’t just individual gain but a gain for every individual.

With an emphasis on people and community, we ensure our students are just as real as they are ready. In a rapidly changing world, the only constant is people. This is why students choose Spears, why employers choose our graduates and why we make business personal.

Our values

Openness

We are always open to new people and new ideas. We know the value of different people and points of view—in fact, these are essential to business today. We welcome all and encourage diverse discussions and points of view.

Sincerity

We value honesty and candor as an organization. We know the importance of relationships and interpersonal connections. We understand the value of candor, integrity and the ability to stand by what we say. To us, business and the business of education is personal.

Collaboration

We depend on each other to succeed. We share best practices, no matter where we live and work. From Tulsa to Stillwater and even online, collaboration is the only way to learn and grow as one organization. As the place where business is personal, our relationships with faculty, alumni and students strive to build deep, long-lasting connections.

Foresight

We always anticipate what comes next. At Spears, we know what it means to be a young person in business today. We pride ourselves on being future-focused and prepare our students for the road ahead. Our sensitivity to people and their needs ensures that we remain relevant and effective far into the future. After all, in business, people are the only constant.

At Spears Business

we ensure our students are as real as they are ready.

In a rapidly changing world, the only constant is people. This is why students choose Spears Business, why employers choose our graduates and why we make business personal.

Embrace diversity

Celebrating differences in people and their perspectives is an important value Spears School of Business embraces. We strive to create an inclusive environment that allows us to provide the tools for our students need to prepare themselves for the business world.

Campus Features

In the fall of 2016, the north wing of Human Sciences was opened, moving the school into offices on the third floor and opening new facilities for our students. These new facilities provide students with a multitude of opportunities and hands-on learning experiences including:

  • Dick Autry and Jim Anderson Culinary Skills Lab
  • Marriott Teaching Kitchen
  • Jimmy’s Egg, Braum’s, Johnnies Charcoal Broiler and EB Emerging Brands Inc
  • Hal Smith Restaurants Demonstration Classroom
  • Pappas Restaurants Reception Room
  • Directors Conference Room
  • Keith and Rebecca Ashburn Student Study Room
  • Wayne Hirst Center for Beverage Education
  • Taylor’s Restaurant
  • Planet Orange
  • Bob and Sylvia Slater Administrative Suite

    Alumni Statistics

    Rankings

    Top 5% of the world’s schools offering business degrees.

    Spears Business is among the top five percent of the world’s schools offering business degrees. Since 1958, all academic programs in Spears Business have been accredited by AACSB International, considered the highest standard for quality in business education. More than 835 business institutions in more than 55 countries and territories have earned AACSB accreditation, but only 189 institutions – including Spears Business – hold the additional, specialized AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs.

    • Spears Business undergraduate programs ranked 73rd out of more than 500 programs in the 2022-23 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.
    • No. 5 ranking of the 10 Best Online Bachelor’s in Business (OnlineSchoolsGuide.net)
    • No. 16 ranking of the Best Online Undergraduate Business Programs 2022 (CollegeConsensus.com)
    • No. 1 ranking of the Best Online MBA in Sustainability Programs (BestColleges.com)
    • No. 12 ranking of the 50 Best Online Business Schools (SuccessfulStudent.org)
    • Ranked fifth among the 20 Best Business Schools for Avoiding Massive MBA Debt (StudentLoanHero.com)

    Accreditations

    AACSB Accredited

    Locations

    • Stillwater

      284 Business Building Oklahoma State University, 74078, Stillwater

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