Established in 1890, Oklahoma State University (OSU) proudly serves 35,000 students from 120 countries and all 50 US states. As a major public university, opportunities for student research, internships, and study abroad enable students to gain critical skills from undergraduate to graduate studies at OSU.
In addition to strong academic programs and the school’s robust industry connections, students appreciate the welcoming atmosphere and affordable cost of living in Oklahoma. “Students have the opportunity to get high-quality education at a very economical rate in a friendly and safe environment from a highly ranked university,” stated Vice Dean for Graduate Programs and Research, Dr. Ramesh Sharda.
Students at OSU’s Spears School of Business take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities and will soon enjoy state-of-the-art facilities as a new $74 million building for the business school will open in early 2018. Strong industry ties with companies such as ConocoPhillips, Cerner, ExxonMobil, Teradata, and SAS make experiential learning a core component of business curricula at Spears.
“Students earning their master’s in business analytics or master’s in information systems with data science specialization work closely with big companies and analyze their data sets. It’s not just theoretical studies—students are gaining real experience in analyzing and using these tools, so when they get a job they have practical experience they can leverage,” explained Spears School of Business Dean, Dr. Ken Eastman.
In addition to traditional graduate programs, Spears offers certificate programs and online master’s degrees. The MBA program has a dual degree program with Mexico’s Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) which allows students to receive two master’s degrees in two years. The MBA program has also partnered with Sun Yat-Sen University in China, pairing OSU students with Sun Yat-Sen students on a current global business strategy case study.
There is also a strong Entrepreneurship School within SSB that is highly ranked and has worked with organizations in Nicaragua and many other countries. The Spears School of Business is committed to international partnerships, and maintains a designated center—The Center for Advanced Global Leadership and Engagement (CAGLE)—for all international business activities such as faculty-led study abroad trips.
The Spears School of Business hopes to see an increase in partnerships with Latin American students, faculty, and institutions in the near future. “Latin America is growing in importance to the world economy and to Oklahoma as well. The region has great promise and we’ll be honored to have students from Latin America join us, and likewise build relationships so we can send more of our faculty and students to Latin America,” concluded Dr. Eastman.