Let SNU equip you with the knowledge and experience needed to build and lead successful teams. SNU’s unique Master of Leadership can prepare you to reach your loftiest goals and excel as a visionary, with coursework in servant leadership, intercultural and global perspectives, conflict resolution and more. You’ll be ready to face successes and challenges as you work toward your goals along with your organization’s.

With this unique program, you can earn your master’s degree and the Zig Ziglar Legacy Certificate by taking classes completely online with other driven adult students. Your courses will be taught by true leaders in the field who understand what it takes to be a success in today’s fast-paced and demanding workplace. Upon graduation, you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need to step into a variety of careers or create a business of your own. Apply today using our fast application. It only takes five minutes!

What Makes This Program Unique?
Earning a degree while working full time or raising a family has never been more possible. Here’s why adult students are thriving and reaching their goals at SNU:

  • Classes take place entirely online so you can study on your schedule.
  • Students focus on one class at a time
  • Students study alongside other adults in similar stages of life.
  • Instructors with vast amounts of industry experience guide students through courses.
  • Textbooks are  delivered directly to your door at the beginning of each class.
  • A dedicated student success advisor guides students through the duration of your studies.

Career Outcomes
Earning a Master of Leadership can prepare you for a variety of leadership roles across industries. As a graduate from this program, you’ll have in-demand skills like conflict resolution, team building, intercultural awareness and more.

Some common career paths are:

  • Manager
  • Church Leaders
  • Leadership Roles in Law Enforcement
  • Leadership Roles in the Military
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Team Leader
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Director of Talent Development
  • Higher Education Leaders
  • Business Professionals
  • Non-Profit Leaders

If these careers or other paths that require leadership skills are of interest to you, consider applying for our Master of Leadership program today!


The Master of Leadership program is designed to instill leadership skills in students that will enable them to build effective, diverse teams across industries. In this program, you will learn foundational leadership principles, communication strategies, conflict resolution, and more.

Credit hours: 3
This course examines the foundation of leadership based on three guiding principles: Character, Culture and Christ.  Using these principles, learners are challenged to continually refine personal character, charged with creating inclusive and engaging cultures, all while modeling Christian principles of servant leadership. Learners will begin to develop a personal philosophy of leadership and understand how personal preferences influence leadership skills.  Additionally, the course explores fundamental leadership theory helping to frame a personal philosophy of leadership.

Credit hours: 3
It is critical that emerging leaders continually develop leadership skills with   global and cross cultural perspectives. This course continues to challenge learners to engage with the Taxonomy of Cultural Responsiveness, which is a perspective woven throughout the Masters program helping leaders engage intercultural learning. Using the Christian principle of Imago Dei, learners will synthesize how the notion that all people are made in the image of the Divine Creator impacts leadership perspectives and philosophy.  All people matter in the Kingdom, and it is imperative that culturally competent leaders integrate these principles into personal leadership ideology and decision making practices.

Credit hours: 3
This course examines the intersection of leadership and servanthood as it relates to changing circumstances, motivating individuals, and actualizing a vision within an organization.  Theoretical and experiential aspects of servant leadership are presented so that learners can understand how to apply these principles in everyday life, the work environment, and the community.

Credit hours: 3
This course examines leadership and culture and how they influence the functioning of groups within institutions.  Continuing to build with the Taxonomy of Cultural Responsiveness, the goal is to cultivate insight and respect for diversity and inclusion through the exploration of various cultures quite different from the learner’s own experience as well as develop frameworks for leading across those cultural dimensions.  Strategies for effective leadership that include diversity and cultural sensitivity are emphasized. 

Credit hours: 3
Strategic and focused planning efforts are a critical skill for leaders.  Learners are guided through the development of a strategic plan, which is necessary for effective organizations.  Learners will explore the processes needed for strategic planning, which include evaluation of previous planning models, organizational structure, needs assessment, SWOT analysis, development of objectives, allocation of resources, and an approach for administering the plan. 

Credit hours: 3
This course analyzes a variety of practices essential to group dynamics in order to understand the principles, structures, and values of building and leading effective teams, involving managing different personalities, cultures, conflicting political agendas, and varying skill levels of members. Additionally, learners will explore the importance of securing resources and managing the expectations of senior executives or other stakeholders internal or external to the organization seeking collaborative relationships throughout organizations.

Credit hours: 3
Learners are presented the relationship between leadership and ethics and challenged to evaluate a leader’s role in fostering ethical behavior within the organization.  Beyond examination of ethical systems and ethical issues, this course attempts to understand the ways in which ethics is central to the very act and process of leadership through an exploration of current case studies and relevant world events.

Credit hours: 3
This course examines the elements of leadership incorporating caring for others throughout the conflict resolution process.  Foundational theories on conflict resolution as well as basic counseling and listening skills will be explored. Examination of how the application of these theories and skills can be utilized to resolve disputes both interpersonally and organizationally are a focus within the course. Case studies, reading materials, and simulations are utilized to create dynamic learner focused experiences. 

Credit hours: 3
This course focuses on planning and implementing change within organizations and provides frameworks and tools necessary to implement that change.  Examination of both personal and organizational approaches to change are utilized to analyze case studies, complete exercises, and engage in dynamic group discussions. Learners are encouraged to recognize opportunities for change in organizations and understand how to manage change when it is presented. 

Credit hours: 3
People within an organization are arguably the most valuable resource, therefore, knowing how to find, lead, and motivate people is critical to the success of the leader and ultimately the organization.  This course introduces techniques and skills helping leaders train, support, evaluate, and properly resource divisions or areas within organizations.  Case studies are used to help the learner identify issues and opportunities for leadership to impact members of organizations.  Learners will encounter challenges with budgets, personalities, and political environments within organizations and apply leadership theory and practice with the intention to improve the quality of the employees experience within the system. 

Credit hours: 3
The capstone course is designed to generate and promote reflection, critical thought, intercultural responsiveness, and application of leadership knowledge and skills.  Learners will develop an initiative for a real-life project related to personal, work, or community leadership that will provide the opportunity for application of effective leadership practices that balances theoretical and practical awareness of leadership principles.  Discussions are utilized to engage learners and promote a more comprehensive understanding and connection of leadership skills, theories and practice to learner’s leadership settings.

*Curriculum subject to change based on program review.

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 bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, take the following steps:

Step 1. Apply online at degrees.snu.edu/apply

Step 2. Complete your FAFSA at fafsa.gov using school code 003149

Step 3. Send official transcripts to SNU at pgsadmissions@snu.edu or ATTN: SNU PGS Admissions, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008.

You will be contacted regarding any supporting materials we may need. Upon acceptance, your student success advisor will help you enroll and prepare for success as an adult student at SNU.

Don’t wait to make your dreams happen. Begin working toward your 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 3, 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. 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: 33 Credit Hours

Tuition: $475/credit hour*

Fees: N/A

Textbooks: Students are automatically opted into a program that will deliver books to their home address before each course. 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 master’s 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.

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We want to help you make the decision that will lead you to your goals. Learn how a Master of Organizational Leadership from the right university can position you for success in an ever changing economy.

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Selecting the Right Format
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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Many adults have thrived at SNU at all of our locations, including online. See some of these resources to learn how they have done it and prepare yourself to do the same!

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Succeeding as a Military Student
You’ve served your country, and that gives you a unique view of the world and approach education. It also affects 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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