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Master of Science in Management

Grounds future leaders in theories of management, finance, human resources, and communications—preparing them to tackle whatever challenges the corporations, nonprofits, and governments of tomorrow face.

Program Overview

Leadership is about more than numbers. The people you work with and those you lead are the most valuable assets to any organization. If you understand the people you work with are more than a cog in a machine and are ready to create a great work environment as a leader, the M.S. in Management degree could be the right fit for you.

Learn about tried and true management techniques as well as foundational knowledge on economics, human resources, communication, and more. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Prepare yourself for a fulfilling managerial career by applying for the M.S. Management program today and earn your degree in only eighteen months by attending class* one night a week or completely online.

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 M.S. Management 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 one night a week or 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 explores business operations necessary to compete in the global marketplace. Attention is focused on business models and barriers to global expansion such as cultural, political, or economic aspects.


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 management practices related to implementing a quality management system. Emphasis will be placed on the customer, product quality, process approach and improvement, evidence-based decision making, and technology.


Credit hours: 3 This course focuses on leadership practices that address issues in the global environment. Emphasis will be placed on culture, motivation, organizational behavior, and team performance.


Credit hours: 3 This course focuses on developing an organized approach to managing a project. Emphasis will be placed on planning, scheduling, controlling, resource allocation, and performance measurement.


Credit hours: 3 This course focuses on the framework for helping organizational leaders/hr leaders/leaders develop a superior workforce. Emphasis is placed on performance management, coaching, mentoring, and succession planning.

Upcoming Start Dates


Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
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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"[This program] was perfect because I could work and finish my degree in a reasonable amount of time … SNU is a small university, and they care. You are not just a student. You are not just a number. The instructors cared, and you took classes with a group of people that really became family."
Stan C.
MSM 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, OK 73008
Phone: +1 (405) 491-6332

Tulsa Campus

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

Del City Satellite 

3903 SE 29th Street
Del City, OK 73115

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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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