Southeastern News

Southeastern’s MBA adds seven new online areas of emphasis

Offerings in Marketing, Finance, HR, Strategic Communications, Aerospace Logistics and Hospitality Marketing support working adults who want to advance their career

DURANT, Okla. – The John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University has expanded its range of fully online Master of Business Administration (MBA) offerings with the addition of a general MBA as well as six new areas of emphasis.

In addition to the new online general MBA, the University now offers areas of emphasis in Marketing, Hospitality Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Strategic Communications, and Aerospace Logistics. The new options join the university’s other online MBA areas of emphasis in Management, Entrepreneurship, Health Information Systems, Safety, and Native American Leadership.

“Managerial and professional occupations are key drivers for economic growth, and demand for MBAs in Oklahoma is at its highest level in the past decade,” said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “Our online MBA, with its diverse areas of emphasis, is a response to this critical need, and it reflects our commitment to a high-quality and affordable education. For the first time, an MBA is truly accessible to many residents of this region and nationwide.”

Southeastern’s  broad portfolio of specialized offerings addresses the state’s growing need for business leaders with advanced education.

Almost 350,000 master-degreed professionals will be needed across Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas by 2020, according to research from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Southeastern’s  MBA program is fully accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The program requires no GMAT for admission, no travel to campus, and can be completed in as little as 12 months. For more information or to apply, please visit

Southeastern  selected Academic Partnerships (AP), a leading global provider of online services for higher education, to support the launch and marketing of the online MBA programs.

Academic Partnerships is a leading online service provider for higher education globally. The company assists universities in converting their on-campus degree programs into an online format, recruits qualified students for those programs, and supports enrolled students through graduation.

Serving public and private not-for-profit universities in the United States and top international institutions, AP is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through technology-aided learning make higher education more accessible and achievable. The company was founded by a social entrepreneur, Randy Best, who has spent nearly 20 years developing innovative learning solutions to improve education. For more information, please visit

Southeastern’s online MBA program recognized among “best’’ by U.S. News & World Report rankings

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s online MBA in the John Massey School of Business is ranked among the top programs in the nation, according to “U.S. News & World Report.’’

In the category of “Best Online MBA Programs,’’ Southeastern is in a tie for 103rd. Only 195 schools from across the nation were ranked in the “best’’ category.

The best online master’s degree programs in business administration are

based on five general categories: Student engagement, Admissions selectivity, Peer reputation, Faculty credentials and training, and Student services and technology.

The rankings evaluate schools based solely on data related to their distance education MBA programs.

“This (ranking) certainly helps put us on the radar nationally,’’ said Dr. Lawrence Silver, MBA program director and John Massey Endowed Chair and Professor of Marketing. “Convenience, quality, and affordability are three of the components that set our program apart from others.’’

According to, Southeastern offers the second most affordable AACSB online MBA program in the nation. As for quality, the John Massey School of Business is accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The John Massey School of Business is the only AACSB- accredited business school in a public regional university in Oklahoma and one of only five institutions in the entire state to hold this distinction.

“Our target for the online MBA is working professionals,’’ Silver said. “The convenience that the online delivery offers and the potential of career advancement are just two reasons that the program is so appealing. Anyone who is starting a business or wanting to advance into senior leadership in an organization will really benefit from the MBA. The degree is also a great asset for those individuals with aspirations of advancing in their military careers.’’

Management, Native American Leadership, Healthcare Information Systems, Safety, and Entrepreneurship are the areas of concentration that are offered.

The online MBA program at Southeastern has “ballooned’’ over the past two years, and at the same time, the quality of students has risen, according to Silver.

For more information about the online MBA at Southeastern, contact Robert Howard, MBA program coordinator, at 580-745-2042.

Southeastern to offer unique master’s degree in Native American leadership

DURANT, Okla. – Beginning this January, Southeastern Oklahoma State University will offer a unique new master’s degree in Native American leadership.

The “Master of Science in Native American Leadership (MSNAL)’’ recently received final approval from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The MSNAL, to be delivered online, is unique due to the fact that it offers a combination of Native American history and organizational leadership in one degree.

Co-directors of the project are Dr. Bryon Clark, associate vice president for academic affairs and graduate dean, and Chris Wesberry, director of the Native American Center for Student Success.

“Southeastern is recognized around the country as a leader in providing higher education opportunities and services to its Native American students,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “This innovative new master’s degree certainly enhances the programs we have in place at the University. We believe that the MSNAL will generate a great deal of interest to students.’’

Wesberry agreed, noting that several students inquired about the new program at the recent National Indian Education Association annual convention and trade show, to which Southeastern sent representatives.

“The MSNAL is a result of University faculty and staff working with tribal partners to develop a graduate degree that includes Native American topics and leadership concepts,’’ Wesberry said.  “Specifically combining the two areas into one degree was of utmost importance as we were developing the courses.  With this degree, students are able to take courses such as ‘Effective Communication Through Presentation,’ while also taking ‘Geography and Treaties.’  The combination of historical and culturally relevant courses with courses focused on leadership skills is very unique. ‘’

For more information about the new degree program, contact Chris Wesberry at 580-745-2376.

In addition to the MSNAL, the State Regents also approved a new option for Southeastern’s MBA program in Native American Leadership. Students can now take targeted courses from the MSNAL program as part of this new MBA option.

For more information, contact Dr. Lawrence Silver at 580-745-3190 or Robert Howard at 580-745-2042 in the John Massey School of Business.

According to “Diverse Issues In Higher Education,’’ Southeastern ranks sixth in the nation in producing Native American graduates (all disciplines combined) in the Baccalaureate degree category. This is the second year in a row that Southeastern has held this distinction.

Also in the Baccalaureate category and for the fourth consecutive year, Southeastern ranks first in the nation in producing Native American graduates in Engineering Technologies and Engineering — Related Fields (Occupational Safety & Health). The University also ranks number two nationally in graduates in Physical Sciences and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs (Native American).

In the master’s degree rankings, Southeastern is number one for the fifth consecutive year in Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields (Occupational Safety & Health – Native American).

In addition, Southeastern recently received a $1.1 million (four-year) grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education. This Native American

Excellence In Education (NAEIE) Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Grant

will partner with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Chickasaw Nation. It will serve 12 Native American Education majors pursuing degrees in Early Childhood and/or Special Education.