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About Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Located in the southeastern part of Oklahoma in Durant, SOSU's main campus is just 15 miles from the Oklahoma - Texas border. We strive to provide professional, academic and career-oriented educational programs to meet the changing needs of the workforce.

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History of Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Southeastern Oklahoma State University first opened its doors to students on June 14, 1909, as Southeastern State Normal School, to educate teachers for Oklahoma's public schools. The school's first sessions were held in temporary quarters until 1910 when the Normal School building, later called Morrison Hall, was constructed in a peach orchard. In 1921, the institution became a four-year college and was renamed Southeastern State Teachers College.


The purpose of the school expanded in 1939 to offer two newly authorized non-education degrees—Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science—and became Southeastern State College. When the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education designated Southeastern as an area community college in 1968, educational programs in business, technology, aviation and conservation were added to the curriculum.

The school changed names once more to Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1974 after becoming a member of the State System of Higher Education the year before.

Now, SOSU encompasses four academic schools: Arts and Sciences, Education and Behavioral Sciences, John Massey School of Business, and the school of Graduate Studies.

John Massey School of Business

John Massey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1960 and served as student body president at the university. He is the only student in SOSU's history to receive the Outstanding Student Award for three consecutive years. Since then, Massey has established nine endowed chairs and four professorships at his alma mater.

In 1984, Massey received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Southeastern, and in 2005, SOSU renamed their School of Business after him, entitling it the John Massey School of Business. As one of its most celebrated graduates, Massey also became the recipient of the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Alumni Association in 2015.

Massey was appointed by the governor to serve on the board of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. He is now in his third 9-year term, serving as Vice Chairman—unprecedented in Oklahoma for length of tenure.

In addition to its reputation for being a leader and innovator in business education, the John Massey School of Business is also known as the home to the Aviation Sciences Institute at SOSU. The far-reaching mission of the School is to prepare business and aviation students to meet global challenges in a competitive and evolving environment by emphasizing both academic and applied knowledge.


The John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Southeastern Oklahoma State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Accreditation can be verified by searching for the institution here. For questions regarding accreditation of this institution, you can call 800.621.7440 or

SOSU is #7 on the list for Best AACSB online MBA programs.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University serves as the state headquarters for Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers (OKSBDC). The network of OKSBDC is fully accredited by the National Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC). In 2011-2012 alone, OKSBDC assisted in the startup of 275 new Oklahoma businesses and assisted more than 4,000 small businesses in retaining an estimated 1,070 jobs.

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SOSU Says... Watch This!

MBA Videos on Marketing, Business Operations, and Entrepreneurship

Our SOSU marketing and entrepreneurship professors know how to succeed in business because they've really tried it. That real-world experience gives the SOSU online MBA programs an inside perspective into the success strategies and potential pitfalls of starting and sustaining a business. In these episodes of the "SOSU Says" video series, professors Martin Bressler, Lawrence Silver and Courtney Kernek provide an insider look at their classes and explain the true-life applications of their teachings.

Collaboration in online learning

You're not alone in SOSU online MBA programs. Working in groups, even when you're not in the same room, fosters a sense of community and forms professional networks. Our professors explain.

Technology's effect on marketing

Leveraging technology is one of the greatest challenges in the marketing world. This round-table discussion includes professors from SOSU online MBA programs sharing some advice for developing brand loyalty.

What being a small-business owner taught me

SOSU marketing professor Lawrence Silver hasn't spent his entire career in a classroom. He brings valuable experience, and lessons learned, as a former small-business owner who knows the keys to success.

Keys to success in my class

You'll learn plenty about starting a small business from SOSU marketing professor Lawrence Silver, but he wants you to teach him something, too. Get some advice for getting ahead in SOSU online MBA programs.

I tell students what we've tried

In SOSU online MBA programs, not everything is in the textbook. SOSU marketing professor Dr. Courtney Kernek shares the story of her husband's transition from football player to successful entrepreneur.

Your personal brand

How do you market yourself? Try thinking of your personal brand. Can you keep up with the Kardashians? SOSU marketing professor Dr. Courtney Kernek offers some tips on cultivating your career.

The business plan is the blueprint

Do your dreams include someday starting a business of your own? SOSU entrepreneurship professor Dr. Martin Bressler explains how SOSU online MBA programs can help turn those ideas into reality.

Understand your customers

How well do small-business owners know the buying habits of their customers? And how can they better use their marketing dollars? SOSU entrepreneurship professor Dr. Martin Bressler shares some tips.