2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
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2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paul Dickinson School of Business

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Oklahoma Baptist University, through the Paul Dickinson School of Business, is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs to offer the following business degrees:

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with concentrations in:

Computer Information Systems
International Business

Bachelor of Professional Accountancy (BPA)

Accounting (Interdisciplinary)

Bachelor of Science

Computer Science
Computer Science (Interdisciplinary Emphasis)


Business Administration
Business Information Systems and Strategies
Computer Science

The mission of the Paul Dickinson School of Business is to provide quality Christian-based business education that equips graduates for leadership positions in contemporary professional careers. It seeks to provide a foundation that will enable students to serve effectively in organizational positions and to assume higher levels of responsibility as they gain experience and demonstrate ability. The mission involves more than professional competence. The mission is to prepare innovative leaders with spiritual and moral values, purpose, imagination and vision for the 21st century.

To accomplish its mission, the School of Business maintains career-oriented goals to develop graduates who possess:

General knowledge and skills

Business knowledge and skills

Field-specific knowledge and skills

Dean of Business, Health Science, and Education

Larinee Dennis
Co-Interim Provost

B.S.E., Hannibal-LaGrange College, 2001
M.S.E., University of Missouri, 2003
Ph.D., New Mexico State University, 2013

Chair, Business

David C. Houghton
Lloyd G. and Betty E. Minter Chair of Business
Professor of Business
Director of MBA Program

B.A., University of Kansas, 1992
M.B.A., University of Cincinnati, 1994
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1997
Joined the OBU faculty in 2010.


Timothy Darr
Lawrence Peitz Chair of Business
Assistant Professor of Computer Information Science
B.S.E., The University of Michigan, 1988
M.S.E., The University of Michigan, 1992
Ph.D., The University of Michigan, 1997
Joined the OBU faculty in 2020.

Daryl D. Green
Dickinson Chair of Business
Associate Professor of Business

B.S., Southern University A&M, 1989
M.A., Tusculum College, 1997
D.B.A., Regent University, 2009
Joined the OBU faculty in 2016.

David Greenwell, CPA
Twyla Horne Assistant Professor of Accounting
B.S., Oklahoma City University, 1976
M.B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1984
Executive Certificate in Public Policy, Harvard University, 2020
Joined the OBU faculty in 2020.

Keith Harman
Ernest C. Wheeler Chair of Business
Professor of Business

B.S., University of Oklahoma, 1977
M.S., University of Oklahoma, 1979
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 1982
M.A., Webster University, 1996
Joined the OBU faculty in 2006.

Richard Rudebock
Robert L. and Sara Lou Cargill Chair of Business
Professor of Business

B.B.A., Kent State University, 1974
M.Ed., Texas Tech University, 1978
Ed.D., Oklahoma State University, 1999
Joined the OBU faculty in 2001.

Craig Walker
Wheeler Professor of Economics
B.B.A., Baylor University, 1983
M.B.A., Baylor University, 1984
M.A., Southern Methodist University, 1994
Ph.D., Southern Methodist University, 1996
Joined the OBU faculty in 2000.

Liying Xu, Assistant Professor of Finance
B.S., Zhejiang University
M.S., SINOPEC Research Institiute of Petroleum Processing (RIPP)
M.A., Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin.  
 Joined the OBU faculty in 2021.

Career Opportunities in Business

Accounting - Students completing degrees in accounting should have the skills to provide a broad variety of accounting and tax services to clients through public and private accounting firms. Additionally, they should be able to prepare personal and corporate tax returns, provide management advisory services for a variety of clients, and assist clients with a variety of personal financial planning activities.

Computer Science - The computer science major prepares students for careers in varied roles such as programmer, systems analyst, database developer, database administrator, software engineer, network manager, quality assurance tester, technical support staff, technical writer, technical service representative, and web developer/programmer.

Finance - The finance major prepares students for careers in a range of posts, including financial analyst, security analyst, brokerage services representative, financial planner, portfolio manager, mutual fund investment analyst, money manager, investment banker, financial manager, bank manager, commercial lender, insurance or real estate agent, and other commercial roles.

International Business - This degree is for careers that will interface with international markets. It is not just for those who will live and work abroad, but for those who will compete with foreign firms. It is also ideal for those seeking careers in business missions or missions leadership. It equips graduates in developing new markets for exported goods and services, for sourcing and importing goods and services from abroad, and for evaluating foreign competition. Job areas include entry level management positions in companies with exports or imports; specialty positions for firms with specific regional target markets; international finance; government (Department of Commerce, State Department, etc.); missions organizations and the Peace Corps; Students are also equipped for graduate study in international relations.

Management - This degree prepares students for careers in the commercial and industrial sectors, government, NGOs, and church and mission organizations. The major equips students with practical skills in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. It includes skills in marketing, accounting, and finance management. This is the most broad-based degree for those who seek positions of leadership. At OBU, this degree also has an intentional and strong biblical foundation and Christian worldview. It equips men and women who are seeking to serve the Kingdom through executive careers.

Marketing - The marketing major prepares students for careers in sales and sales management, logistics and distribution management, new product development, product line management, inventory purchasing, marketing research, sports marketing, advertising, and marketing consulting.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education is an experiential learning opportunity which enables students to receive credit for supervised work experience. The program helps students learn and practice skills necessary for professional success in the business environment. A student may receive up to 12 credit hours for cooperative education as part of his or her baccalaureate program at OBU.

Cooperative work experiences are available during summer, fall, January and spring semesters. A student must be approved by the Director of Cooperative Education to enroll in and receive credit for cooperative work experiences. At the end of the work experience a grade is awarded by the Director of Cooperative Education. Tuition charges and eligibility for financial aid follow established University policy.

Enrollment Guidelines

To enroll in a 3000- or 4000- level course offered by the School of Business, a student must meet all course prerequisites and must have earned at least 56 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above. Nontraditional students who are not pursuing a degree must secure the permission of the instructor and the Dean of the School of Business.

A student who is enrolled in a business program at OBU who stays out of school not more than two consecutive semesters or attends another college not more than two consecutive semesters may graduate by meeting the catalog requirements in effect at the time of his or her initial enrollment at OBU, provided degree requirements are completed within six calendar years of the date of initial enrollment at OBU.

The following degree programs are offered by the College of Business:


    Bachelor of Business AdministrationBachelor of Professional AccountancyBachelor of ScienceCertificateMaster of Business AdministrationMinor

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