GSM Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What degree programs are available in the Graduate Studies in Management (GSM) department at SNU?

 A: We currently have three areas of study – MBA, MBA in Health Care (MBA-HC), and the Master of Science, Management (MSM) degree with two different areas of concentration: Human Resources and Leadership.

Q: What is the difference between MBA, MSM, and MBA-HC?

A: MBA – Four semesters, focus is management, business, accounting, economics, finance.
MBA-HealthCare – same degree as MBA, but courses are structured around the Health Care environment.

MSM – 3 semesters, two concentration options. Human Resources: focus on HR’s operations and purpose. 5 courses/15 hours of HR. Leadership: focus on leadership in every level of management or employment. 4 courses/12 hours of Leadership.

Q: How long are the programs?

A: The MBA and MBA-Health Care programs on campus are 22 months, covering 4 semesters.  The MSM program, in either concentration, lasts 18 months, covering 3 semesters.  The MBA and MBA-Health Care are also offered online and is 22 months, covering 4 semesters. All students are considered to be full-time graduate students.

Q: Can I earn my degree while working full-time?

A: Yes. Our master’s programs are designed for working adults, with classes held on-site one night a week (Mon., Tues., or Thurs.) or entirely online.

Q: Where are graduate classes held?

A: Graduate classes are held on the main campus in Bethany, at an off-site classroom in Del City or at our satellite campus in Tulsa. All programs are also offered online.

Q: When do the MBA, MBA-Health Care, or MSM programs start?

A: Master’s programs have several start times during the calendar year.

On-Campus – Bethany (Oklahoma City Metro)

MBA & MSM: February, May, August, November

MBA-Health Care: February, May, August

On-Campus – Del City

MBA & MSM-Leadership: September

On-Campus – Tulsa

MBA, MBA-Health Care & MSM: April, September


Online MBA & MBA-Health Care: February, May, September
Online MSM: February, May, August, November

Q: What is a cohort?

A: A cohort, defined within its academic context, is a group of classmates starting and continuing a particular degree program together, taking courses in their designed sequential order through completion.

Q: How many students may I expect in a class?

A: Classes are small to provide students with individual attention from the SNU Faculty and to allow optimal opportunities for interaction with classmates. Maximum class size is 22 students.

Admission and application

Q: What are the application prerequisites and program requirements for admission?

A: Prerequisite: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university.

Once you have applied online, you will receive a Welcome Email and a phone call within 24 hours. Comprehensive instructions regarding enrollment are provided for you at this time.

First, transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted. International students may use Certificates of Completion.

Second, a current resume must be submitted.

Financial Arrangements, including FAFSA submission, are the responsibility of the applicant/student. You may contact the Professional Studies Financial Aid Office at (405) 491-6685. Note: The enrollment process and acceptance letter are finalized before required payment of Registration Fee.

For international students born outside the U.S., other than Canada, the U.K., Australia, or New Zealand, a TOEFL score of 213 on the computer-based exam, 79-80 on the Internet-based exam, or 550 on the paper-based exam is required for admission, or an IELTS bandwidth score of 7.0. The TOEFL exam is waived if the applicant has a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.

For more information on requirements for international student admissions, contact Krista Cowan, SNU Registrars Office at or call (405) 491-6450.

Prerequisites and admission requirements are subject to change without notice.

Q: Do I need to take the GMAT?

A: The GMAT is not required for admission.

Q: Is there an application fee?

A: No

Q: What is the deadline for application?

A: The deadline to apply is four weeks before desired group start date.

Q: Program Cost: How much is it and what is included?

 A:Program Costs:

On-Campus MBA: $29,000

On-Campus MBA-HealthCare: $29,000

On-Campus MSM: $22,475

Online MBA: $29,000

Online MBA-HealthCare: $29,000

Online MSM: $22,475

Program Cost is inclusive of ALL charges: tuition, purchased textbooks, laptop/tablet, student ID fees, parking fees, graduation fees, and graduation regalia (cap, gown, hood, and tassel). The program cost is locked in at the program start – annual tuition increases do not affect the current students.

Q: Is financial aid available for SNU graduate programs?

A: Yes. Financial aid is available to most graduate students. Please call 405-491-6685 for more information.

Q: Do any other fees apply?

A: There is a one-time Registration Fee of $185. This fee is due before program begins.


Q: Is the focus of the programs primarily academic or pragmatic?

A: We believe very strongly that you should be able to apply what you are learning in the classroom at your place of work the following day. Although we explore and apply theory, helping you use what you learn to benefit your employer and advance your career is the ultimate goal.

Q: Are professors primarily academic faculty or practicing professionals?

SNU’s faculty are extensively credentialed in their fields, and most faculty have significant professional experience in their field of expertise. We believe in and support the value of learned theories, as well as practical application / experience.

Q: How much time do I need to plan to study outside of class per week?

A: The time spent will vary based on student familiarity with course material and other considerations. However, our students report an average of between 7 and 12 hours per week for on-campus courses, in addition to class time; students enrolled in online courses can expect to spend an average of between 12 and 15 hours per week.

Q: What types of assignments can I expect?

A: Short written assignments (3-7 pages) relating your professional experience to the material you are covering in class, problem sets and case studies for quantitative courses, quizzes / exams and presentations. The assignments vary based on the nature of the course material.

Q: Am I expected to do group work and meet outside of class times?

A: There are some group projects and assignments, but students are not expected to meet outside of the normal class schedule to complete the group work. Most group assignments can be accomplished through email, telephone contact, or other electronic tools.

Q: How do I choose between MBA and MSM?

A: If you see yourself using financial statements and working in upper management positions, the MBA program is strongly suggested. If you are primarily interested in managing people and not in using financial information, the MSM program may be the perfect fit. The decision should be made on the basis of which program will best prepare you for the management role to which you aspire, not program length, cost, or number of credit hours.

Q: How do I choose between MBA and MBA-HC?

A: There is no wrong choice. If you choose MBA and decide to pursue opportunities in the health care industry, you can use previous experience (where in health care or not) and the MBA to emphasize what you can contribute to the organization. If you pursue MBA-HealthCare and decide to pursue opportunities outside the industry, you can de-emphasize the Health Care specialty. Either way, you have an MBA!

Q: Can I get MBA and MSM or both MBA degrees?

A: Unfortunately, no. Once a degree is granted the State Regents for Higher Education do not allow altering that degree. In order to earn a second master’s degree, 27 unique hours are required. MBA-HC has 19 unique hours, but still falls short of the 27 required. SNU does offer the Health Care Administration Certificate, which is a 13 credit hour program that is available for both SNU and non-SNU graduate’s of master’s degree programs in business, health care and related fields.

Q: What happens if I miss a class?

A: If a student misses one night of class, he/she will have significant make-up work in addition to the regular weekly assignments. If a student does not complete make-up work, he/she receives one letter grade reduction. If student needs to miss second class, he/she needs the professor and Program Director’s permission to continue in the class. One cannot miss a third class period. A student may take a course out of sequence, but this may impact financial aid.

Q: Do I need to maintain a certain Grade Point Average?

A: Yes. An overall GPA of 3.0 is required throughout duration of the program. Higher is better of course! If your GPA falls below 3.0, you will be put on academic probation and allowed three modules to raise the GPA to or above 3.0. The lowest grade considered passing is a C. Anything lower requires a repeat of the course. A maximum of two C grades is allowed during one’s program.

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