Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business at East Central University is recognized as Oklahoma’s premier business school. Stonecipher SoB is divided into two academic departments: Accounting and Business Administration. Both of these departments are housed in the $14 million state-of-the-art Chickasaw Business and Conference Center. Chickasaw opened in 2013 and features a finance lab, moot courtroom, theatre, computer lab, conference center, and FEMA certified safe room. More than 50 business scholarships are awarded annually, making this ACBSP-accredited program an affordable investment in your future. The SoB produces successful alumni, such as Kevin Turner, who has been the VP for Walmart, CFO of Sam’s Club, and COO of Microsoft.
Students can pursue a BS in Accounting or Business Administration. The Business Administration majors allow students to customize their degree with six in-demand concentrations: Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Business, Management, Management Information Systems, or Marketing. Certificates are also available in Banking and Finance, Entrepreneurship, Global Business, Human Resources Management, Management Information Systems, Managerial Accounting, Personal Finance Planning, Project Management, Promotions Management, and Treasury Management. Students who are not only bright, but also intensely focused on their studies, can apply for the Honors Program. This group of students is a tight-knit community on campus, who have the option of living together in the Honors Wing of Knight Hall. Honors students will work one-on-one with a professor to complete a research project or thesis, and Honors seminar courses are capped at 15 students. Students can also travel with their honors peers to Boston, New York City, and San Francisco.
The MS in Accounting and Master of Management degrees are available for graduate students interested in attaining a management position within their company. The curriculum for the accounting program entails a CPA Prep course, an internship, and seminars in accounting and business. The Management program prepares students to assume leadership roles in both small and large businesses in the public and private sectors. Courses include Accounting, Economics, and Finance for Managers, Managing in the Global Economy, and Strategic Management.
Students can meet new business contacts through participating in the American Marketing Association, Business Leaders Association, ECU Entrepreneurs, Society for Human Resource Management, and Student Center for the Public Trust. Stonecipher’s top 20% of students are invited to join the prestigious Delta Mu Delta business honor society. Students have access to top-notch speaking events, including the annual conference on ethical standards in business held at the Parker Ethics Center.
The study abroad program helps students discover parts of the world they’ve never seen before, such as China, France, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. Business students who participate in international exchange programs for a full semester are eligible to earn the Global Business Certificate. Global Education Scholarships make these trips possible.
The ECU Career Expo takes place each fall and spring on-campus and helps students find internships and employment opportunities. Students can also search for jobs through the Handshake or Vault platform, and gain insight into careers that they’d be well-suited for through Focus 2 inventory assessments.