FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about MSM or MBA graduate programs


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, and the MS, Management degree with an emphasis in Human Resources Management.

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

  A: MBA - Four semesters, focus is management, business, accounting, economics, finance.  
MBA-HC - same degree as MBA but courses are structured around the Health Care environment.
MSM - Three semesters, focus is HR, management of people and projects, two courses/six hours of HR.

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 is 18 months on campus, covering 3 semesters.  The MBA and MBA-Health Care is 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  online (MBA and MBA-Health Care only).

Q: Where are graduate classes held?

 A: Our graduate classes are held on the main campus in Bethany, at our off-site classroom in Del City and at our satellite campus in Tulsa. The MBA and MBA-Health Care program are also offered online.

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

A: Our master’s programs start several times throughout 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: September
 On-Campus - Tulsa
MBA, MBA-Health Care & MSM: April, September
 MBA & MBA-Health Care: February, May, September

Q: What is a cohort?
 A: A cohort, defined within its 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.


Q: What are the requirements for admission to your programs?

  • Once you have applied online, you will receive a Welcome Email that has instructions on how to get started with Financial Aid, contact information and a list of the required items for admission: Resume, Transcripts from ALL previous Universities attended and a registration fee of $185.  Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, form to be downloaded online. International students may utilize Certificates of Completion. A Current Resume will be uploaded online, Financial Arrangements that include FAFSA. 

  • International students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL score must complete additional English training. 

Note: A maximum of six Graduate credit hours earned from other institutions may be substituted for program coursework at the Program Director's discretion. 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: What is the deadline for application?

 A: The deadline to apply is three weeks before the start date.

Q: How much are the program costs for the MSM, MBA, and MBA-Health Care?A: Program Cost is inclusive of ALL charges: tuition, books, laptop computer, 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 have no impact on current students.

View program costs for master’s programs. 

Q: Is financial aid available for SNU graduate programs?

 A: Yes. Financial aid is available to most graduate students. Please contact Graduate Financial Aid for more details.

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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 work the next day.  Although we explore and apply theory, our ultimate goal is to help you use what you learn to benefit your employer and to advance your career.   

Q: Are professors primarily academic faculty or practicing professionals?

SNU’s faculty are extensively credentialed in their fields, and most faculty also 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 each week?

A: This varies based on student familiarity with material and other considerations, but our students report an average of between 12 and 15 hours per week, in addition to class time.

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 greatly to fit the subject matter.  

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 or telephone contact.

Q: What happens if I have to miss a class?

A: In addition to the regular assignment, there will be a make-up assignment that is designed to capture as much as possible of what you missed in class.

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Got another question for us? Send us an e-mail at GSMenrollment@snu.edu.