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College of Professional Studies

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Industry-aligned education for Tulsa's professional workforce

The OSU College of Professional Studies, housed at OSU-Tulsa, offers flexible bachelor's degree programs to help working adults complete a bachelor’s degree that adds value to their current career. Degree programs have flexible course schedules and real-world application to students’ current employment.

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A recent Market Street report showed the Tulsa metropolitan area 7.5 percentage points behind the rest of the nation in 25 to 44-year-olds with bachelor’s degrees. An estimated 90,000 Tulsans have some college credit, but no four-year degree – a major barrier to career advancement and attracting companies to the city. Many studies, including one by the Brookings Institute, tell us that the earnings profiles of bachelor’s degree graduates outperforms those of associate and high school degree graduates.

Many working adults have some college credit, but life has paused their education. The College of Professional Studies seeks to remove barriers to obtaining bachelor’s degrees by providing flexible, focused degrees that maximize credit for prior learning, transfer credit and military credits.  

From an employer’s perspective, these degree programs are a new form of workforce development, providing a clear pathway to overcome the college degree barrier and enable employees to advance within their organization. Curricula are designed to meet the needs of students and the companies who employ them. Tulsa-area employers who have partnered with OSU-Tulsa on these degree programs include the Tulsa Police Department and TTCU Federal Credit Union.

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Organizational Leadership

The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership is about taking your education – and your career – to the next level. The bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs in management are projected to increase by 6 percent over the next four years. The knowledge and skills students will gain in this program will give them a real-world advantage, helping them advance in their workplace.

Courses May Include:

  • Fundamentals of Management
  • Management and Ethical Leadership
  • Organization Communication
  • Cultural Diversity in Professional Life
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Creative Processes
  • Finance
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Technical Writing
  • Business and Professional Communication

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Public Safety

The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Public Safety is a practical, comprehensive degree option for public safety professionals. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to take on a variety of roles in the public safety sector. 

Courses May Include:

  • Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • Social Stratification
  • Cultural Diversity in Professional Life
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Business and Professional Communication
  • Mental Health in Schools and the Community
  • Criminology
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • Health Issues in Diverse Populations
  • Policy, Law and Advocacy
  • The Family: A World Perspective
  • Negotiation Essentials

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About OSU-Tulsa

As a metropolitan, urban-serving research university located in Tulsa's Greenwood District, OSU-Tulsa offers Oklahoma State University’s world-class programs in a downtown setting. OSU-Tulsa students graduate with the same OSU degree that students in Stillwater receive. 

Students generally transfer to OSU-Tulsa with an associate degree or at least 45 credit hours from another institution. The majority of our students take their first two years at Tulsa Community College or another local two- or four-year school, but students have transferred to OSU-Tulsa from colleges and universities across the country.

OSU-Tulsa’s location adds to the value of that degree by giving our students access to the internship and volunteer opportunities, cultural attractions and social scene that come with an urban campus.

Since many of OSU-Tulsa's students are working adults, we offer class schedules, course formats and amenities to support their success. We also offer the convenience of Tulsa-based student services including:

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