Herman Meinders donated funding for the new School of Business in 2004. This large, 80,000 square-foot building facilitates high-caliber education through its learning center, resource center, study rooms, high-tech classrooms, a 230-seat auditorium, lounge, and is also home to the Busey Institute for Enterprise and Leadership.
AACSB accredited Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University takes pride in preparing students for success through incorporating a broad perspective of business and management throughout the curriculum. Students get to interact with local government, businesses, and community leaders as well as Meinders expert faculty. Students gain relevant real-world experience from a business curriculum with global perspectives and practical applications focused on leadership, critical thinking, entrepreneurship, and ethics.
This School of Business offers Bachelor of Business degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, and Marketing. For graduate students, they offer Master of Science degrees in Accounting, Energy Management, and Energy Legal Studies; a Leadership MBA; and an MBA in Healthcare Administration. Students can also obtain two Masters certificates in Financial Fraud & Forensic Accounting and Health Care Practice Management.
OCU has a world-class alumni network, including Herman Meinders. He began the American Floral Services, Inc. in 1970, which grew into one of the largest international businesses of its kind. The Meinders School of Business provides incredible resources to assist students in receiving the best educational experience possible. There are financial scholarships available for qualifying students such as The Meinders Business Leadership Fellows Program for freshman, the Business Excellence Award, the McLaughlin Scholarship for Finance and Accounting majors, and the Native American Business Academy awards five full-ride scholarships to Chickasaw students.
Also, there are opportunities to participate in business and ethics competitions, internships, study abroad programs, investment events, and industry visits. The Executive & Professional Education Center has professional development workshops, programs, conferences, training, and career coaching. To get an idea of what business careers and real executives are like, the School of Business holds the Meinders Business Academy three-day summer camp for high school students. Also housed in the Meinders School of Business is the Oklahoma Commerce and Industry Hall of Fame. This Hall highlights specific community business leaders who have made an essential impact in Oklahoma and the surrounding region. As students walk the Hall, they are reminded of, encouraged, and inspired by the inductees’ contributions.
For energy professionals, the school created the Meinders Energy Association to help assist future energy managers and executives through education, networking, social events, and hands-on experience in the Energy industry. There are also specific clubs for business students to give them more connections, learning opportunities, networking, and community. Available clubs include including the Student Accounting Club, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Deca Collegiate Chapter, Investment club, Marketing Honor Society, and Toastmasters.
Working professionals can complete their education online in the Master of Science in both Energy Management and Energy Legal Studies, as well as both MBA programs: Healthcare Administration and Leadership.