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Robert M. Zinke Energy Management Program

Energy Management students pose with Wall Street bull

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

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 60 years strong.

Taylor Stoute

Latest School News

Energy Management and Finance double major Taylor Stoute has been awarded the 2020 American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) Outstanding Graduate. AAPL recognizes one student each year from among the graduates of its accredited college or university programs who is pursuing a career as a landman and has demonstrated great leadership in their work, extracurricular activities and their student landmen’s association. Stoute is the 15th OU recipient from the Robert M. Zinke Energy Management Program.

In the Media

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. 


Key Course Offerings for Energy Management Majors

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6 Reasons to Consider an Energy Management Major

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Cheap, 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Field Trips and Events

Bud Goza speaks to Energy Management students at the annual NAPE gathering
Energy Management students have fun at ax throwing event
Energy Management students visit Federal Hall
Energy Management students visit US Capital
Robert Bryce
Energy Management students at their booth at NAPE 2022
Energy Management students visit Wall Street
Energy Management students at Nape 2019 in Houston, Tx.

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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