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Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership 

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Program Overview

Companies need qualified leaders to articulate vision and implement strategies that will distinguish the organization and transform the workplace. SNU’s Organizational Leadership degree completion program trains true leaders by developing aptitudes and skills necessary to be successful in any organization. 

By attending class one night a week or completely online, you can earn a bachelor’s degree and learn professional communication, problem-solving, strategic thinking, team building, business decision-making, and project management from proven leaders in as few as 15 months.

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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.
  • You can earn up to 30 hours of college credit for what you already know.
  • Earn up to 9 hours of college credit from field-specific credentials, certifications, or other professional development
  • 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.


  • "I really enjoyed my time at SNU. I encourage anyone looking to further their education to look here. The Organizational Leadership program I participated in has set my career on a path I can be proud of."
    Chris Welch
    B.S.Organizational Leadership
  • "“I chose SNU for a few reasons, they offered something a lot of other colleges didn’t. They offered a place that I could go to school in the evening times after work and still be able to complete my degree in a reasonable amount of time. When I saw the VETS Center on the website, I immediately gave them a call."
    Stephen Sharp
    B.S. Organizational Leadership


    Studying Organizational Leadership at SNU leads to an understanding of organizational structure, communication, leadership methods, and more. The coursework, designed for adult students, both challenges and equips future leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful.


    Credit hours: 3

    This course examines interpersonal communication theory and the factors that influence its effectiveness for essential relationships and human engagement. The course is based on the premise that an increased understanding of communication and improved communication skills can enhance the quality of personal, social, and professional situations. The course approaches communication as a holistic, culture-laden experience that is non-verbal as well as verbal.



    Credit hours: 3

    This course examines adult life experiences as a foundation for experiential learning. By reflecting on the concepts of adult development theories and an individual's personal life experiences, the course will explore how those factors influence and help individuals to interpret life situations and circumstances in terms of relationships, personal decision making, and future applications.



    Credit hours: 3
    This course explores the role of leadership during strategic organizational change whether dealing with a planned initiative, volatile industry, or unexpected situations. It will focus on the concepts of change management and how to apply systems thinking as an approach to problem-solving. The course introduces drivers of change, the impact of organizational change on the workforce, and key activities for sustainable change.


    Credit hours: 3

    This course is designed to provide students with experience involving major forms of technical communication used in professional fields. During this course the student will be introduced to the rhetorical principles as well as documentation practices necessary for writing and producing effective and professional communications, such as letters, reports, instructions, proposals and websites.




    Credit hours: 3
    This course is designed to expand the understanding of leading a diverse workforce, to promote substantial benefits such as deeper levels of innovation and creativity. A focus will be to explore how organizational leaders must increase their overall cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity to examine managerial implications of increasing diversity and inclusion in the organization. The goal of the course will be to prepare leaders to effectively lead a diverse organization by applying Cultural Intelligence (CQ) principles.


    Credit hours: 3

    his course is designed to provide a survey and application of the basic methodology used in the process of evaluation and decision-making.  The course will study both descriptive and inferential statistical methods to enhance the ability to make sound and accurate business decisions.  Specific tools that have been developed in following systematic approaches to reduce error, to minimize personal biases, and to avoid incomplete analysis will be explored.



    Credit hours: 3

    This course provides an exploration of the research tools and background needed to analyze various issues in the organizational environment. Attention is given to conceptualization and clarification of an organizational problem, appropriate research methodologies for investigating the problem, and techniques for effectively communicating the results of the research conducted. Implications in how the research process impacts strategic decision-making for the organization are also discussed.  



    Credit hours: 3

    This course is a study of the theories and techniques of problem solving and decision making by means of group process. Emphasis is given to the application of relevant communication theory from the literature on small groups. A functional, group-centered approach to leadership is also emphasized.


    Credit hours: 3

    This course is committed to fostering increased awareness of the Bible which is foundational to understanding Western culture and history. The three major western faiths‐Judaism, Christianity, and Islam‐are rooted within the Holy Scriptures. The course content and format are not designated to intimidate, indoctrinate, or to evangelize. The course is designed to set the Bible in its historical and literary context. The Biblical heritage will then provide the student with rich resources to creatively understand his/her faith in the contemporary world.


    Credit hours: 3
    This course presents leadership and management theories and concepts that have emerged over the past several decades.  It focuses on how skills and abilities in leadership can be developed and applied by individuals in order to make a difference in organizations, communities, or societies. It provides students the opportunity to apply these theories through case analysis and to enhance personal skill development through self-assessment activities. The course will focus more specifically on developing a leadership orientation, understanding critical leadership issues and developing appropriate leadership skills.


    Credit hours: 3
    This course is designed to support the development of more effective managers and staff personnel. This is accomplished through the study of human resource administrative functions, including human resource planning, human resource strategy, performance management, performance appraisals, employee benefits, compensation, career planning, labor relations, discipline, equal employment opportunity, and employee health and safety.


    Credit hours: 3
    This course explores contemporary ethical dilemmas as it relates to leadership situations in organizations. It will focus on frameworks for ethical judgment and fundamental issues with the purpose of developing analytical skills and discernment in ethical decision making. Learners will also discuss the ways in which faith informs the motivation and structure of ethical decisions, with a focus on how to lead with integrity and accountability.

    Upcoming Start Dates

    Monday, September 16, 2024
    Wednesday, September 18, 2024
    Wednesday, January 8, 2025
    Wednesday, March 26, 2025
    Thursday, March 27, 2025

    Meet the Program Director

    Dr. Cathy Hutchings-Wedel

    Organizational Leadership

    Dr. Cathy Hutchings-Wedel has been an educator for over 40 years. She has served at SNU since 1989, working with adult learners to help them accomplish the dream of earning a college degree. Her responsibilities in the College of Professional and Graduate Studies include being Director of the Organizational Leadership (OL) program and Director of the Business Administration (BA) program. Alongside guiding adult students on their educational journey, Dr. Hutchings-Wedel has served on the Governing Board for Christian Adult Higher Education Association (CAHEA) and is a Zig Ziglar Certified Trainer.

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    Dr. Hutchings-Wedel also serves in ministry with her husband who is now a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene. One of her greatest joys is getting to be Meme to her granddaughter and three grandsons.

    She enjoys playing the piano, enthusiastic about OKC Thunder, has a big heart for animals, and loves reading investigative thrillers.

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    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, enhanced advanced standing, 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

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