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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.

Spears Business is composed of seven academic departments with more than 100 tenure and tenure-track faculty. The student body is made up of nearly 4,700 undergraduate students pursuing 9 majors and approximately 940 graduate students pursuing 8 master’s degrees and 8 PhD concentrations.

Spears Business offers undergraduate majors in accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, general business, international business, management, marketing, and management information systems.

The school’s MBA is recognized as one of the top values in the United States. Spears Business also offers specialized master’s programs in accounting, business analytics, economics, entrepreneurship, information assurance, management information systems, and quantitative financial economics.

In addition to on-campus programs, several undergraduate majors and graduate degree programs are offered online.

Spears Business offers doctoral programs in economics and in business administration with concentrations in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing, and management information systems. In addition, Spears offers a Ph.D. program with an executive research option for full-time business leaders.

All academic programs in Spears Business are accredited by the AACSB International (exceptions are the master’s and PhD programs in economics, which do not come under our scope of accreditation).


Four values that guide our behavior
OpennessWe are always open to new people and new ideas. At Spears, we know the value of different people and points of view—in fact, these are essential components of business today. As the place where business is personal, we aim to always be welcoming to all and encourage diverse discussion and points of view. SincerityWe value honesty and candor as an organization. At Spears, we know the importance of deep-seeded relationships and interpersonal connections. To this end, we value candor, integrity and the ability to stand by what we say. To us, business and especially the business of education is personal. ColaborationWe 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. ForesightWe are always anticipating 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 will remain relevant and effective far into the future. After all, in business, people are the only constant.


Three attributes that guide how we interact
ConfidentWe stand for a critical business truth. As thought leaders who represent the importance of a ‘personal’ approach to business, we know that when we speak, others will listen. This requires that we always share our opinions in a direct, poised and self-assured manner. EngagingWe push everyone to participate and contribute. As the place where business is personal, we strive to be personable in how we communicate—to be clear and spur action among those we reach. At Spears, we know that it is important for us to interact, to share, and to build and learn together. HumanWe aim to speak in an approachable and accessible manner. At Spears we know the importance of personal interactions and the role they play in business today. We strive to communicate in a welcoming, warm and inviting manner—and aim to never come across as cold or mechanical.


To Students: At Spears Business, we offer a tightknit, community where business is personal. Our unique point of view adds another layer to the education and experience our students receive. We strive to provide students with the best combination of real world technical and personal skills possible, equipping them with the abilities and tools they’ll need to accomplish their own individual goals — in business and in life.

To Faculty and Staff: Spears Business is an environment that encourages faculty to tackle unique research topics while giving them the chance to get involved in the personal formation of tomorrow’s businesspeople. We strongly value our scholarly accomplishments and intellectual muscle, which are essential to who we are. These strengths are supported by a focus on personal skills and experiences, allowing faculty to connect with each other and the student base. In this way, our students graduate great at accounting and as great accountants, great at marketing and great marketers, great at the science of leadership and just as good at the practice of it.

To Alumni and Donors: Spears Business serves an increasingly engaged alumni network that is fueling exciting growth at the school. This growth is not unfocused, but rather is responding to the educational challenges of today through a business education that’s personal. As the place where business is personal, we strive to provide our alumni network with opportunities to express their own personal experiences in both life and business—and aim to equip them with a tightknit network that emphasizes interpersonal relationships and lifelong professional interaction.