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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.

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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