Learn how you can be a leader in your organization with SNU’s EdD in Administration and Leadership. This doctoral program with an embedded dissertation challenges students to become qualified leaders who contribute to their fields of study and inspire meaningful change. From the first class, you will be paired with a dissertation chair who will serve as your mentor throughout the program, which most students complete in less than 32 months.

Courses are designed so you can study alongside other professionals as you attend classes online or Wednesday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. These classes are taught by experts in each subject ensuring the instruction you receive will help propel your career and understanding of each topic to the next level. Apply today to begin your journey toward a terminal degree.


Questions? Contact Patti Milford at 405-491-6346 or pmilford@snu.edu.

What Makes This Program Unique?

  • The embedded dissertation allows you to perform research while completing coursework
  • Classes take place online or one evening a week, allowing busy adults to earn a doctorate without sacrificing the things that matter most
  • Focus on one course at a time before moving on to the next to ensure true mastery
  • A dissertation chair is paired with you from the beginning of the program to ensure your success as a student and researcher
  • Instructors with vast amounts of industry experience guide students through courses.
  • Textbooks can be delivered directly to your door at the beginning of each class with a textbook subscription service..

Career Outcomes
There are many reasons to earn a doctorate. Some include increased median pay compared to those who only have master’s or bachelor’s degree, more opportunities for growth within a current organization, the qualifications to become a professor or leader at an academic institution, and more. Many EdD graduates choose to pursue the careers listed below.

Our doctoral candidates are pursuing careers in business, healthcare, nonprofits, public service, and more. See some of the career paths you can choose below:

  • Academic Dean
  • Chief Academic Officer
  • Chief Learning Officer
  • Director of Government Relations
  • Director of Operations
  • Facilities Manager
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Nonprofit Administrator
  • Principal
  • Professor
  • Public Administration Consultant
  • Superintendent
  • Training and Development Manager
  • University President
  • University Provost

If a career in one of the above areas or a path of your own design is in your sights, contact us today to learn more about how our EdD program can help you reach your goals.

Contact Patti Milford at 405-491-6346 or pmilford@snu.edu.

Student Testimonials
“SNU has been instrumental in reminding me that it’s never too late,” said Twyler Earl, EdD student set to graduate in 2022. “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.”

“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,” said Mike Martin, Superintendent of Pauls Valley Public Schools. “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.”

Bethany, Tulsa, and Online

Engage in meaningful coursework that will propel you toward the completion of your dissertation and graduation with your doctoral degree. Upon finishing this degree program, you will be prepared to affect meaningful change as a leader wherever you go.

Credit hours: 3
This course will focus on Biblical and worldview perspectives in the area of leading shareholders, citizens, and the workplace of the student and in companionship with the SNU mission.  The practices, standards, and styles of leadership will be introduced and examined with a variety of teaching methods and experiences. Understanding the critical intersection of leadership and servanthood will help frame each student’s philosophy as a visionary leader.

Credit hours: 3
Concentrating on the understanding and development of one’s self and others, this course will build on the inter- and intrapersonal leadership skills previously accomplished by participants.  It will facilitate the discovery of a diverse range of human practices as they relate to personal and organizational relationships in a variety of areas.  Learners will analyze these relationships through research and philosophical positions and will examine connections in historical and contemporary contexts.

Credit hours: 3
This course explores advanced research strategies and the development of designs and methods supporting research in leadership. Exposure to rich research traditions in the field of leadership and both knowledge and skills to begin doctoral research will be introduced. Students will achieve the skills necessary to search for, retrieve and analyze information and data from a variety of sources. Students will also begin the development of the scholarly writing needed to successfully complete their dissertation research.

Credit hours: 3
The Literature Review course will develop strong research, critical thinking, and writing skills to better equip students in their completion of the literature review section of their dissertation. The course focuses on understanding the purpose of the literature review and the fundamental skills needed to complete it such as developing search strategies, synthesizing sources, and constructing paragraphs. Learners will be required to apply writing, research, and critical thinking skills in writing components of the literature review and will also have a working draft of the Literature Review of their dissertation when the course is complete.

Credit hours: 3
This course will focus on collaborative and team-building leadership skills.  The course emphasis will navigate areas such as constructing a team’s collective goals, creating role definitions within a team, managing conflict, team collaboration, and productive professional relations. Students will be exposed to knowledge of empowering leaders to create productive and effective decision-making skills in the workforce. This course will include a practicum to support the areas noted above. 

Credit hours: 3
This course will develop an understanding of how to inspire, motivate, and rally around a shared and corporate vision.  Students will explore innovative strategies and the implementation of those concepts with other colleagues in the workplace.  An emphasis will be placed on creating purposeful goals for the organization and visionary sustainability.

Credit hours: 3
This course introduces students to quantitative methodology. Students will learn about descriptive and inferential statistics through the exposure to parametric and non-parametric design models. Learners will obtain the skills to utilize their newly acquired methodology knowledge to critically analyze existing quantitative research.

Credit hours: 3
This course explores and analyzes the traditions, philosophies, and techniques of qualitative research. Students will experience participant observation, interviewing, and document analysis.  Students will practice qualitative techniques and engage in initial data analysis related to their dissertation research.

Credit hours: 3
This course will present the critical importance of strategic planning for the purpose of implementing the goals of the organization. Practical skills will be presented for building short and long term strategies based on current theories in strategic planning as well as best practices in multiple environments.

Credit hours: 3
This course will focus on assessing and recognizing the goals of an organization.  Strategic planning models will be introduced and discussed.  The students will develop skills and knowledge on how to prepare the workplace for phases of implementing strategies for effective and progressive change.

Credit hours: 3

This course will develop an intercultural understanding for the effective leader, by examining the different cultural aspects and diverse influences on leadership and ethics.  This course will examine the interaction of internal/external diverse intersections of identities and cultures on the leader and explores the ways in which a leader’s identity and cultural experiences and values inform ethical decision-making and how different ethical and cultural systems address and define moral issues that arise in organizations.  Ethical issues and practices will be analyzed as they relate to the decisions and styles of the leader and the growth of a leader is becoming culturally responsive

Credit hours: 3
This course will provide an analysis of State and Federal regulations, guidelines and court decisions related to education, business, and public service organizations.  Students will examine the impact of these processes and policies and project trends and applications for governance and policy-making based on theory and observation.

Credit hours: 3
The focus of this course is multi-faceted. Learners will analyze, critique, discuss, and develop learner-centered, curriculum-based instruction that utilizes technology in authentic and meaningful ways for those in leadership roles. Students will complete in-depth investigations of specific learning tools and present their findings concerning the uses of the tool. Scholars will explore the latest research into how technology can most effectively facilitate their leadership.  Learners will also investigate technology-related issues such as integration models, safety and health, copyright, evaluation of web resources, assessment, and assistive technologies.

Credit hours: 3
More than ever in the past, the ability to lead effectively, respectfully, and sensitively across cultures has become crucial. This course offers its learners opportunities to examine global systems and traditions along with comparing and contrasting cross-cultural communications, famous international leaders’ models, and proven global leadership methods.  Additionally, the learners in this course will develop and assess innovative and effective leadership approaches that foster global awareness and education.

Credit hours: 3
This course will present the relationship of theory and implementation to leadership practices.  Based on research, students will develop vision and mission statements that relate to the structure and functions of organizations. Learners will complete a project developing mission and vision statements for an approved organization, including the collaboration of stakeholders and documentation and reflection of the process.

Credit hours: 12
Doctoral students will be enrolled in dissertation credits each term. These will be determined by program mapping courses starting with the first term of the program. The dissertation is embedded within each term. Students must maintain a minimum of 2 dissertation hours each term until their dissertation is successfully defended. The Dissertation Proposal Meeting will occur between Term One and Term Two. The result will be a program of study agreed upon by both the learner and the learner’s Dissertation Committee members.

Enrolling at SNU is a simple process. With rolling start dates, there’s no need to wait months at a time to begin your educational journey. Once you have earned your master’s degree or 33 graduate hours in an equivalent program from an accredited university, take the following steps.

Step 1. Ensure you meet program requirements as follows.

  • Completion of a master’s degree or 33 graduate credit hours in an equivalent program from an accredited university.
  • Two years of professional work experience.
  • For non-native English speakers, either an overall band score of a 7.0 or higher on the IELTS, or minimum sub-scores for each element of the TOEFL iBT are:
  • Speaking: 22
  • Reading: 20
  • Listening: 15
  • Writing: 20

Step 2. Completed Graduate Application  

Step 3. Gather the following application materials, 

  • Position or vision statement reflecting the student’s purpose for application, including initial plans for research (dissertation topic)
  • Two to three writing samples demonstrating a satisfactory writing ability, i.e. presentations or papers from previous coursework
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from former places of study

Step 4. Submit application materials by email to the SNU School of education by email (jrickner@snu.edu) or mail ATTN: Julie Rickner, SNU School of Education, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008.

Step 5. Upon request, you may need to interview with the program director and two advisory council members who determine the purposeful intent and commitment of the applicant.


Don’t wait to make your dreams happen. Begin working toward your doctoral degree as soon as possible with start dates occurring throughout the year! Once accepted, you will be able to set your start for the soonest start date, as space allows, or plan for future enrollment.

February 11, 2021- Bethany
February 11, 2021- Online


We strive to deliver valuable programs to you at an affordable price, with help from financial aid options such as grants, scholarships, tuition assistance, loans, and more. As a candidate in this program, you may be eligible to receive Title IV federal unsubsidized loan money, depending on your loan history.

All tuition and fees are listed below so you can feel confident in your decision to enroll at SNU without unexpected expenses. To learn about resources available to you, visit our financial aid page and connect with a representative to discuss your unique needs.

Program Length: 57 Credit Hours

Tuition: $699 per Credit Hour*

Fees: N/A

Textbooks: Students are automatically opted into a program that will deliver books to their home address before each course. The cost of each book or rental is applied to your student account.  If desired, students have the option to choose a different plan offered through Tree of Life or opt out of all Tree of Life textbook plans and order books elsewhere.

*Effective June 1, 2020- July 1, 2021

Going back to school for your doctoral degree is a huge investment in your future. Be sure you have all the tools you need to ensure you’re making the right decision and that you will be successful on your educational journey.

Choosing the Right Program
We want to help you make the decision that will lead you to your goals. Learn how a doctoral of education from the right university can position you for success in a variety of industries.

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Choosing the right learning format is an important aspect of setting yourself up for success as an adult student. These resources can help you choose between online and in-person options, understand the value of accelerated courses, and more.

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Getting Started and Enrolling
Going back to school doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Understand what you need to know when entering the world of academia, like how to finance your degree, how to gather transcripts, and applying for college.

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Succeeding as a Military Student
You’ve served your country, and that gives you a unique view of the world, approach education and the benefits you receive as an adult student. Our VETS Center is fully-staffed and here to assist students as they return to school, and we also share veteran-specific information on our blog. See some of the resources below or contact our VETS Center directly if you would like further support.

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Looking for more ways to make the most of your educational investment? Get free ebooks on topics important to adult students, information-rich infographics, and regular tips on succeeding as an adult student on our blog.

Contact Information
Have questions about earning your doctoral degree at SNU? Contact us today to learn more.

Patti Milford
Graduate Education Program Advisor
SNU College of Professional and Graduate Studies


Patti Milford
School of Education