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Master of Business Administration: Healthcare 

SNU’s MBA in Healthcare Administration trains leaders to master the intersection of health and business.

Program Overview

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to be a leader within the healthcare industry with an MBA. This MBA degree with a healthcare administration specialty applies advanced concepts in business to the practical reality of the healthcare world to ensure you are trained for strategic planning, skillful execution, and critical analysis in your current and future career. Healthcare is undoubtedly the fastest growing industry within the U.S., and graduates of this program have the opportunity to make their mark as professionals skilled in business, human resources, and leadership.

This degree designed for adult students will allow you to invest in your career without sacrificing your existing lifestyle. Many adults have graduated from SNU with an MBA with the healthcare administration specialty while balancing full-time jobs, families, and other obligations. With the tutelage of experts in the field, classes taking place completely online, and the ability to study one subject at a time, you will find yourself reaching your goals faster than you ever expected. We are here to help you on your journey. 

Textbooks: For this program, students are automatically opted into a program through Slingshot called Cengage Unlimited. This subscription based service will last through your entire program and will give you access to WebAssign courseware as well as any other digital Cengage Learning titles. Nearly all SNU MBA courses use digital textbooks available through Cengage. If desired, students can choose a different plan offered through Slingshot, or opt out of these benefits. 

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How it Works

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.
  • Students focus on one class at a time to ensure true mastery and prevent overwhelm.
  • 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.


This 34 credit hour graduate program will prepare you to be a leader in the world of business. Students in this program take one class at a time so they can master one subject before moving onto the next. You will learn to clearly communicate as a professional, analyze information, critically think about the economic environment, and more. Continue reading for a full course list with descriptions.


Credit hours: 4 This course provides a foundation in professional business concepts related to accounting, economics, finance, global business, marketing, management, and business law and ethics.


Credit hours: 3 This course explores the managerial skills necessary for strategy development.  Emphasis will be placed upon generating value and sustaining competitive advantage within the marketplace. 


Credit hours: 3 This course examines law, regulation, and ethics within business. Emphasis will be placed on the laws that regulate business relationships and attention will be given to the importance of ethical practices upon the employee, firm, consumer, and society.  Case studies are incorporated to assist the student in understanding ethical practices and the laws governing today’s business environment as well as social responsibility and ethical leadership.


Credit hours: 3 This course incorporates the techniques necessary for formulating domestic and global marketing strategies for the 21st century. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of marketing opportunities, analysis of marketing mix activities, and assessment of corporate marketing strategy implementation.


Credit hours: 3 This course enhances the ability to lead organizations and their members. Emphasis will be placed upon organizational behavior theory, effective communication practices, motivational theory, and organizational culture analysis.


Credit hours: 3 This course emphasizes the usage of quantitative techniques to support strategic managerial decision-making.  Focus will be on the analysis of data and application of findings rather than mathematical developments, with the goal to solve practical business problems. 


Credit hours: 3

This course focuses on the planning and management aspects of operations. Emphasis will be placed on resource allocation, capacity planning, management of patient flows and scheduling. 


Credit hours: 3

This course examines policy, law, ethics, and the government’s role within the healthcare industry. Emphasis will be placed on the laws and policies that regulate business relationships and attention will be given to the importance of ethical practices upon the employee, firm, consumer, and society. 


Credit hours: 3

This course examines social issues, current trends and the impact on healthcare administration and strategy. Emphasis will be placed on controversies, healthcare reform, artificial intelligence and the impact these trends  have on healthcare administration.


Credit hours: 3

This course covers a range of accounting topics and financial principles needed for effective decision-making within healthcare organizations. Focus will be a practitioner’s approach of applying information provided in accounting statements and conducting financial analysis in order to make strategic business decisions. 


Credit hours: 3

This course explores leadership strategies necessary to effectively lead in the healthcare industry. Students will be given the opportunity to develop leadership skills needed by top-level healthcare managers. Emphasis is placed on organizational strategy, formulation of policies, strategic planning, and leading through change.

Upcoming Start Dates


Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Meet our SNU Faculty

Dr. Tamara Dawson

Program Director

 Dr. Tamara Dawson has served at SNU since 2011. Dr. Dawson guides SNU students to their future careers in both the College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Professional and Graduate Studies.

Alongside serving as professor and chair for the SNU School of Business, Dr. Dawson serves as a Higher Learning Commission Peer Reviewer, ACBSP Evaluator, Zig Ziglar Certified Trainer, and Certified Online Instructor.

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Hobbies and fun fact: Spending time with family, traveling, and shopping for antiques. I was the first-generation in my family to earn a college degree.


B.S., 1992, Southern Nazarene University

M.S.M., 1999, Southern Nazarene University

Ed.D., 2016, Northcentral University

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J. Rendall Garrett


Professor Garrett has served at SNU since 1976. He currently serves SNU students in both the College of Professional and Graduate Studies, and the College of Undergraduate Studies.

Alongside serving the students of SNU Rendall is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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M.S.A., 1978, Oklahoma City University

B.S., 1973, Bethany Nazarene College

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Dr. David Shankle


Dr. Shankle joined the SNU faculty in 2020. While he teaches numerous disciplines in business, he truly enjoys international business and economics. Prior to following God's call into higher education, Dr. Shankle was in business to business sales as an account executive. David is a member of the Christian Business Faculty Association, and has a passion for helping students understand that business can be a wonderful ministry. When he is not in the classroom, David loves spending time with his family, serving in the local church, and following college football.

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Hobbies or Fun Fact: Spending time with family, anything outdoors, watching college football


Ph.D., 2011 Dallas Baptist University

M.A., 2003 Wayland Baptist University

B.B.A., 1996 Baylor University

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Dr. Keith Toles


Dr. Keith Toles Jr. is an Assistant Professor at Southern Nazarene University in the College of Professional and Graduate Studies. His areas of speciality are strategy, entrepreneurship, and business administration. He is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Prior to joining the SNU faculty, he operated his businesses full-time, and worked in the financial services and information technology industries. Dr. Toles is always looking for his next business venture and has founded businesses in the sports apparel, marketing, transportation, online retail, and lawn & landscape industries. He also consults for small startup companies in the Oklahoma City metro area.

Dr. Toles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Master of Ministry degree, both from Mid-America Christian University, and completed a Doctor of Business Administration degree in Strategy & Innovation from Capella University.

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Rev. Dr. Keith Toles Jr. is a licensed and ordained Baptist minister. He serves as the Youth & Young-Adult Pastor at Greater Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church. Dr. Toles also serves as a member of One Church, One Child’s Board of Directors. He resides in Newcastle, Oklahoma with his wife, La’Keesha, who also teaches at SNU.

Dr. Toles played collegiate basketball and still loves playing to this day. In his spare time he likes spending time with family, watching Law & Order: SVU, and rooting for the Los Angeles Lakers.

He has a great zeal for teaching business courses and helping students become one step closer to completing their degree. His purpose in teaching at SNU is to help students develop a deeper understanding of business. Business helps construct ways to understand and analyze the world. Dr. Toles believes the SNU environment not only helps to achieve academic goals, but develop Christian business leaders.

Hobbies or fun fact: Hobbies: playing basketball, watching Law & Order: SVU, and rooting on the Los Angeles Lakers/ Fun Fact: I have a Pomeranian dog named Kobe who is an Instagram influencer.

DBA, 2020 Capella University

MMIN 2015, Mid-America Christian University

B.S., 2013, Mid-America Christian University

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"SNU provided me the opportunity to not only start school but finish it, coupled with multiple deployments. They did everything they could to support me."
Jeffrey M.
MBA Graduate

Admission Steps 

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. Plus, our generous transfer policy and prior learning assessment can shorten your path to graduation. Once you are ready, take the following steps:

Step 1. Apply online at

Step 2. Complete your FAFSA at using school code 003149

Step 3. Send official transcripts from any colleges you have attended to SNU at
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.



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Bethany Campus

6729 NW 39th Expressway,
Bethany, Oklahoma 73008

Del City Satellite 

3903 SE 29th Street
Del City, OK 73115

Tulsa Campus

8210 E. Regal Ct.
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
Phone: +1 (918) 664-4100

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Program Accreditations

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

ACBSP's accreditation focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP’s student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want.

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