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Southern Nazarene University can make your dream of a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree a reality. Our in-person and online degree programs for adults are comprehensive and convenient, helping further your education around your busy schedule. Whether you are going back to school to finish your degree or to chart a new career path, SNU has a program for you.

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Programs and Degrees

SNU’s adult education program offers a variety of online and in-person undergraduate and advanced degrees, allowing you to pursue your educational goals on your schedule.


Associate of Arts in General Studies

With 60 total credit hours, the associate degree in general studies offers a survey of the humanities, training you to write, communicate, think and research well. You can also choose from 10 electives, allowing you to concentrate on the topics that most interest you.

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Associate of Science in Information Systems & Technology 

The curriculum provides the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to develop, implement, support, and maintain industry-standard information systems and technology platforms essential for any size of organization.

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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration focuses on finance, accounting, marketing, human resources, personal development and the many challenges of running a business. You’ll gain interpersonal and communication skills that help you excel in a wide range of business roles.

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Bachelor of Science in
Healthcare Administration:

This degree completion program is designed to prepare individuals to work in the healthcare industry, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, and beyond. You'll learn how to apply applicable systems in care management systems, finances, legal issues, leadership and ethical decision-making, and information technology.

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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Our online criminal justice degree focuses on understanding the criminal justice system, theories of justice, and law enforcement practices such as interrogation, investigation and presenting evidence at trial. You’ll master the basics of criminal justice and gain a better understanding of our legal system.

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Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

This online degree program offers training in a wide range of skills, from network administration and security to penetration testing. We also train you for the practical realities of seeking a job in cybersecurity, with classes on professional and personal development and ethics.

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Bachelor of Science in Family Studies & Gerontology

Learn about family communication, human development, adulthood and aging, and theories of how families work. You’ll also learn about data collection, analysis and research methods so you can synthesize information and develop credible research on family life.

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Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

Learn the skills and aptitudes needed to become a leader across any organization or industry. Your classes will focus on communication methods, research. decision-making strategies and leadership theories, preparing you to solve the myriad challenges leaders face.

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Accelerated General Education

The accelerated general education courses offer a vast array of subjects, including composition, history, arts, literature, special topics like J.R.R. Tolkien, anthropology, world religions, psychology and so much more.

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Master of Arts in Administration of Special Education

The course load focuses on building knowledgeable educational leaders, with classes on leadership, education administration, research, theories of special education, behavior support and much more.

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Master of Arts in
Counseling Psychology

Engage in meaningful coursework that will propel you towards becoming a counselor, licensed in the state of Oklahoma. Give the gift of hope and transformation through a career in counseling. 

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Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

Our courses shape your understanding of education while supporting you to become a strong leader. Learn about theories of leadership, education research, human resource management and the legal, financial and administrative challenges of running a school.

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Master of Arts in Sports Management & Administration

The world of athletics is complex, and our program helps you untangle these complexities with courses on communication, ethics, management, social issues in sports, marketing, finance and more.

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Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree prepares you not only for the practical duties associated with teaching - this takes you to a new level in your teaching career.

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Master of Business Administration

Our Master of Business Administration offers expert-level training in finance, management, accounting, marketing, human resource management, theories of leadership and more. You’ll leave prepared to be a transformative and innovative leader no matter where you land.

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Master of Business Administration: Healthcare

Healthcare administration requires a slate of diverse skills. You’ll learn about leadership and management, as well as the unique challenges of running healthcare organizations, with classes on ethics, law, marketing, healthcare operations, healthcare policy and more.

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Master of Leadership

Tomorrow’s leaders face a wide variety of challenges. We prepare you for whatever the future holds with classes on global and personal leadership, ethics, organizational behavior, collaboration, planning, communication, conflict negotiation and more.

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Master of Science in Exercise Science

Our science-minded coursework focuses on exercise theories, health, wellness management, legal issues, epidemiology, grant writing and more. Choose between two tracks: health and human performance or health promotion and wellness.

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Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology

With a strong focus on project management, our courses span from technology to human performance and achievement, learning design and evaluation, and design concepts. You'll complete a capstone project before graduation.

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Master of Science in Management

Firmly grounded in theory, our classes focus on theories of management, law and ethics, contemporary business issues like global business, analytics, management systems and project management.

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Alternative Certification

Our alternative certification meets Oklahoma’s unique teaching certificate requirements, with classes on technology, educational theories, classroom leadership, reading assessment and instruction and much more.

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Troops to Teachers

Our Troops to Teachers program offers a path to become a teacher after the military without obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Courses focus on practical leadership and classroom management, including secondary teaching methods, reading assessment and instruction, and classroom leadership.

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Special Education Bootcamp

Our courses train you to understand various disabilities with classes on collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches, different types of disabilities, transition planning and inclusive educational practices.

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Doctor of Education in Administration and Leadership

This program will teach you how to become a servant leader, encouraging students to give back to their communities. Courses span the entirety of leadership, including management topics, qualitative and quantitative research, interpersonal and collaborative leadership, strategic planning and change, legal, financial and human resources issues, and much more.

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What Makes SNU’s Degree Programs Special?


Complete flexibility

Whether you want to take classes online or in person at one of our three campuses, SNU offers flexible options to fit your schedule. And with our multiple start dates, you can enroll whenever it’s most convenient for you.

Cohort model

SNU’s online degree programs follow a cohort approach in which you progress through classes with the same group of students. This unique model promotes a sense of community, belonging, and support within the adult education tracks.


SNU’s college programs for adults follow an accelerated format, meaning you can earn a degree more quickly. And if you learn from home, we’ll even deliver textbooks right to your door.

Unmatched support

Dedicated support staffers—including enrollment counselors, academic advisors, financial aid counselors, and program directors—help you every step of the way in your journey toward a degree.

Prior learning

At SNU, we offer undergraduate students up to 30 hours of college credit for their real-life experiences—from past careers to volunteer work to serving our country—so you can graduate sooner and pay less for college.

VETS Center

Whether you’re looking to move up in the ranks or start a second career, our Veterans Educational Transition Success (VETS) Center is here to serve you. We can help you adjust to academic life, provide career counseling, and connect you to community support.

A commitment to diversity

SNU recognizes that the diverse intersections of identity are crucial to creating a community of belonging. SNU’s goal is to work toward promoting diversity, equity, and justice as a means of embodying God’s inclusive love.

Fast application process

You’re busy, and the college application process shouldn't add another arduous task to your already long to-do list. Our simple application process is hassle-free, completely online, and takes less than four minutes to complete.
financial aid office works with you to assess your needs

Financial Aid Available to Help You Reach Your Goals

At SNU, we believe your financial situation shouldn’t stand in the way of a degree. Our financial aid office works with you to assess your needs, recommend available grants and scholarships, and compile the necessary paperwork to get assistance that can help you pay for school.

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Proud to Welcome and Proud to Serve Military Personnel and Veterans

SNU is dedicated to helping veterans and active military earn undergraduate and advanced degrees through our college programs for adults. Established in 2015, our VETS Center is one of just 13 nationwide recognized by the Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success. With veterans on staff who know what you’re going through, you’ll have the support and advice you’ll need to assimilate to civilian life and thrive in your studies.

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Intercultural Learning and Engagement

As an institution affiliated with the Church of Nazarene, diversity at SNU is something we both practice and preach. We welcome students from a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives while encouraging critical thinking among our educators and peers. As a result, our graduates are more prepared to be creative, thoughtful, and engaged in the world.

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  • “The adult studies program, and its emphasis on creating an adult learning environment, was designed so brilliantly. It offered us an opportunity to fit higher education into our already busy lives, giving us flexibility and manageable tasks.”
    Cheryl Hanson
    B.S. Business Administration graduate
  • "I decided in 2017 to make my dream of finishing my degree a reality. I was super nervous to jump back into school after being out of the college scene for several years. SNU was just what I needed. I am so thankful for their adult studies program. The classes were awesome, and the advisors and professors were so encouraging! It wasn’t always easy, but it has been worth it. In the two years I studied at SNU, I was able to feed my faith and build confidence in myself that I could do hard things! I would not be where I am today without the Adult Studies program at SNU."
    Larri Golleher
    B.S. Business Administration student
  • "The MBA program at SNU not only challenged me as a student, but prepared me for a wonderful career as a business owner. The grace of God coupled with the knowledge given to me in this program has allowed me to run a successful business in a highly lucrative industry. The professors are not only knowledgeable but care about student success long term. One of the best MBA programs out there!"
    Keileigh Neugebauer
    MBA graduate
  • “SNU has been instrumental in reminding me that it’s never too late. Our class has a group chat going with daily affirmations and support for each other. We share in celebrating the birth of children, grandchildren, and weddings, as well as mourn losses. It’s amazing.”
    Twyler Earl
    Ed.D. in Administration and Leadership
  • “After careful consideration of both in-state and out-of-state doctoral programs, the SNU program was the first curriculum that addressed the areas of my education I am wanting to advance. With my busy schedule as a superintendent and rural location, the online format, along with the dissertation advisor to guide me through the process, will be a positive support system. I look forward to working with the faculty there to accomplish my personal and professional goals."
    Mike Martin
    Ed.D. in Administration and Leadership
  • “The model of prayer and having devotionals and having teachers that are available, a chaplain that is available at your leisure and is there to help you with your own self-care as an adult definitely helped sway my decision toward SNU."
    Dorsey Ramsey
    B.S. in Family Studies and Gerontology graduate, M.S. in Counseling Psychology graduate, and current MBA student
  • “The program has deepened my knowledge of special education and the many facets beyond what I knew as a speech-language pathologist. The instructors are amazing. They are currently working in the field and current on issues, plus they are very understanding when it comes to our lives as working adult students.”
    Ashley Talburt
    M.A. in Administration of Special Education student
  • “The possibilities [with a Sport Management and Administration degree] are limitless. My favorite part was the professional connections trip. We flew to Toronto and met with sports teams. The highlight of the trip was getting to know that there’s more than just coaching.”
    Brittany Hall
    M.A. Sport Management and Administration graduate
  • “This program will prepare me to further my career as a coach and move into an administrative role as well. I think there are a lot of strengths from the day-to-day contact you can have with professors and also the way the courses are spread out. I love this design of online learning.”
    Brian Walker
    M.A. Sport Management and Administration graduate

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