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Robert M. Zinke Energy Management Program

Mike McConnell and a group of Energy Management students attend NAPE conference in Texas.

"We are in the great energy expansion. Energy management is ready"
- Mike McConnell, Director

Join us at the 2024 NAPE Summit from Feb 7-9 in Houston, TX.

Register by January 26th  to save on your NAPE badge or exhibit booth:

NAPE has served the upstream oil & gas industry for 30+ years by connecting thousands of oil & gas professionals and providing a marketplace for companies to buy, trade or sell prospects and energy-producing properties. You’ll also find companies in capital markets, technology, law, and artificial intelligence to help close deals and provide innovative solutions.  Why should you be at NAPE Summit? 

  • Summit profits are directly distributed to support membership initiatives and law advocacy of non-profit partners such as The American Association of Professional Landmen and Independent Petroleum Producers of America
  • Expand your professional network with upwards of 10,000 energy professionals from 4,000 companies
  • Crucial market insights from c-suite and executive oil and gas leaders to help your business thrive in 2024
  • Governors Forum featuring Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt
  • Exhibit to find investments for your oil and gas opportunities or market oil and gas services
  • Oil and gas prospects, education and law updates
  • Specialized education & business opportunities in the Renewable Energy, Bitcoin Mining and Minerals and NonOperating Hubs to complement NAPE’s oil and gas offerings

Learn more about registering or exhibiting for NAPE Summit 2024

In a new article by MSN about the top 100 “college majors that earn the most money,” our Energy Management program is mentioned among the major’s ranking of #94

College majors that earn the most money: #94. Energy management
MSN, June 22, 2021

AAPL Accredited Programs Educate and Equip Next-Gen Landmen
Landman Magazine, July/August 2021 (500K PDF)


Recorded from the NAPE Summit 2019, Episode 5 of the Oklahoma Energy Podcast features Steve Long and Mike McConnell of the Robert M. Zinke Energy Management Program in the Michael F. Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma. 


Scott Stone, CPL OU Energy Management Director Mike McConnell and Spartan Resources Land Manager Lars Noble, CPL

Noble Family Establishes Scott L. Stone Endowed Scholarship at OU

In celebration of Scott’s Stones 42-year career with Spartan Resources and other Noble family entities, the Noble family has created the Scott L. Stone Endowed Scholarship that will benefit future generations of energy management students at the University of Oklahoma. Scott, a 1977 OU graduate has been an active supporter of the Energy Management Program at OU for many years. 

Read More about the Scholarship

Our Mission

The Robert M. Zinke Energy Management Program is committed to producing a business graduate with a strong and diversified understanding of both the domestic and global energy industries.

Our graduates will have a strong foundation in the scientfic, legal, financial, and commercial skills to make a difference in the energy industry. We strive to create energy leaders who can thrive in any sector of the industry. We are THE energy major in the Price College of Business at THE energy university known as OU.

OUr students will continue the legacy of the first petroleum land management major in the United States, which is over 65 years strong.

Key Course Offerings for Energy Management Majors

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7 Reasons to Consider an Energy Management Major

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Affordable and reliant energy is critical to the success of a global economy. Established in 1958 as the first Petroleum Land Management program in the world, the program changed its name and expanded its focus to Energy Management in 1999.

The Curriculum draws from three of OU's core energy colleges

Michael F. Price College of Business

Core courses in accounting, management, marketing, economics and MIS are now combined with upper division level finance courses in areas such as derivatives and securities, energy risk management, investments and financial markets. Energy management courses include practical issues, production and markets, and commodity markets and trading.

Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy

Energy Management students take fundamental technical classes in petroleum engineering and geology.

College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences

The students receive a basic understanding of the influence of weather on the global natural gas market as well as the implications of the industry on the environment. Classes are also offered in Arc GIS - Computer Mapping and Alternative Energies.

College of Law

World renowned in the field of oil & gas law the College of Law collaborates with the Price College of Business in the legal areas of commercial transactions, real property, oil and gas, and environmental law.

What is Energy Management?

OU energy managment students visit a rig site as part of the program

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 and electricity

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Long History

Meet the Director

Mike McConnell

Mike McConnell
Director of the Robert M. Zinke Energy Management Program
(405) 325-0758
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