Professional Development

Accredited University Programs

AAPL provides curriculum guidance and program support for undergraduate and graduate level energy management and petroleum land management programs at the following accredited universities in the United States and Canada. We work with these programs to encourage the infusion of new talent to the profession by, among other benefits, offering free AAPL student membership to students enrolled in these programs. 

The LST awards over $250,000 in student scholarships annually to students enrolled in these programs.

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AAPL Accredited Undergraduate Programs

Colorado Mesa University

Colorado Mesa University
Energy Management/Landman Program
1100 North Ave., Dominguez Hall 301H
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Steven Soychak – Director
Office: 970-248-1246
Cell: 970-216-0922

Marietta College

Marietta College
Department of Business & Economics, Petroleum Engineering & Geology
Land and Energy Management Program
215 5th Street
Thomas Hall 118
Marietta, OH 45750
Tina Thomas – Assistant Professor

Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University
Rawls College of Business Administration
Area of Energy, Economics and Law
Energy Commerce Program
703 Flint Ave
Lubbock, TX  79409
Kellie Estes – Director

The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin
McCombs School of Business
Energy Finance, Law and Science
2110 Speedway, B6600
Austin, TX 78705
John C. Butler – Clinical Associate Professor

The University of Texas Permian Basin

The University of Texas Permian Basin
College of Business
Energy Land Management Program
4901 East University
Odessa, Texas 79762
Stuart MacDonald — Director

The University of Tulsa

The University of Tulsa
Collins College of Business
School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce
Undergraduate Energy Management Program
Helmerich Hall, Room 201
800 South Tucker Drive
Tulsa, OK  74104
Tom Seng – Asst. Director
Office: 918-631-2589

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
College of Business Administration
Professional Land & Resource Management Program
PO Box 43570
Lafayette, LA 70504
Oliver J. “Buster” LeBlanc III, JD – Director

University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma
Price College of Business Robert M. ZInke Energy Management Program
307 W Brooks Adams Hall Rm 105-K
Norman, OK 73019
Mike McConnell – Director

University of Wyoming

University of Wyoming
School of Energy Resources
Professional Land Management Program
1000 E University Ave, Dept. 3012 Room 117
Laramie, WY 82071
Kristopher Koski – Director

West Virginia University

West Virginia University
Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
School of Natural Resources
Energy Land Management Program
4100 Agricultural Sciences Bldg 317C 
Percival Hall
Morgantown, WV  26506
Shawn T. Grushecky, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor

Western Colorado University

Western Colorado University
School of Business
Energy Management/Landman Program
1 Western Way
Borick Business Building 229
Gunnison, CO  81231
Jessica Laramie, J.D. – Director

AAPL Accredited Graduate Degree Programs

Oklahoma City University Meinders School of Business

Oklahoma City University
Meinders School of Business
Master of Science in Energy Management
2501 North Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Meredith A. Wegener, J.D., LL.M. – Director


Texas Christian University
Energy Master of Business Administration
Neeley School of Business
Neeley 330
2900 Lubbock 
Fort Worth, Texas 76109 
Ann Bluntzer, PhD, Associate Professor of Professional Practice

Texas Tech University Graduate School

Texas Tech University 
Graduate School
Interdisciplinary Master of Science - Energy
2500 Broadway
Lubbock, TX 79409
Kim Cappillino - Program Director
(806) 834-3374

The University of Tulsa Master of Energy Business Program

The University of Tulsa
Master of Energy Business Program
Collins College of Business
School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce
Helmerich Hall, Room 215-F
800 South Tucker Drive
Tulsa, OK  74104Tom Seng – Asst. Director
Office (918) 631-2589

University of Oklahoma College of Law

University of Oklahoma
College of Law
Master of Legal Studies in Energy and Natural Resources Law
Andrew M. Coats Hall
300 Timberdell Road
Norman, OK 73019-5081
Gail Mullins, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

Accreditation Committee

The mission of the Accreditation Committee is to evaluate existing degree programs, both undergraduate and graduate, offered by universities associated with landwork or complimentary to land professionals, that request and work through the current AAPL accreditation process.

The AAPL Accreditation Committee as we know it today started from the Education and Publicity Committee in 1955. 

The AC includes AAPL members who are required to communicate regularly with each Accredited Program, attend on-site visits for accreditation visits and review curriculum to ensure each Accredited Program aligns with the AAPL Policy Manual.

The Landman Scholarship Trust requires accreditation in order to grant students of the program financial aid.

Learn more about the accreditation process and apply today!

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AAPL Accredited Program Director of the Year Award

Awarded annually by the AAPL Accreditation Committee, the AAPL Accredited Program Director of the Year Award was created in 2022 to recognize and celebrate a program director from one of AAPL's Accredited Programs. Specifically, the selected program director will be a supporting and enthusiastic leader for their accredited program. 

Award Criteria:

  • The recipient is an exceptional program director who is highly respected and admired among AAPL’s accredited programs. 
  • The recipient is an Active Member of AAPL and embodies the standards set forth in AAPL's Code of Ethics.
  • The recipient strategically and consistently responds to fundamental challenges and opportunities to benefit the students’ education across the energy spectrum.
  • Elevated appraisal by the committee will be credited to nominees who demonstrate commitment, effort and progress towards broadening the role and bandwidth of land professionals and their development within the industry.

Nomination Process:

  1. Complete the AAPL Accredited Program Director of the Year Nomination Form listed below by Jan. 10.
  2. Include any relevant supporting materials in the following formats: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, PDF and JPG.

Selection Process:

  1. The selection of award winners will be accomplished by a vote of the Selection Committee, which shall consist of the current voting members of the Accreditation Committee.  
  2. The winning nominee will be decided by a simple majority vote of a quorum of the Selection Committee present at a meeting scheduled by the Accreditation Committee chair. The meeting to determine the award winner may be conducted in person or by telephone.

Additional Notes:

  • The award is a nonmonetary award.
  • Program directors may win multiple awards; previous winners are not excluded from being selected in the future.
  • Undergraduate and graduate degree program directors are eligible.
Please include a statement of how the nominee meets or exceeds the award criteria for the AAPL Accredited Program Director of the Year Award.
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