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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.

School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

The mission of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences is to provide an environment of academic excellence that enables students to reach their highest potential. By having personal access to exemplary teaching, challenging student-centered academic programs and extracurricular experiences, students will acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions that promote values for career preparation in education and the behavioral sciences, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning.

The SOSU School of Education and Behavioral Sciences offers a variety of online Master of Education programs. Many of our faculty members have more than 20 years of experience in multiple facets of education and are committed to providing our online students with the personalized attention and support they need to be successful.

School of Graduate and University Studies

Consistent with Southeastern Oklahoma State University's mission to nurture lifelong learning, the School of Graduate and University Studies is committed to providing quality graduate education at affordable prices. Our programs respect the needs of working adults attempting to grow intellectually and expand career opportunities. The 100 percent online Master of Science in Native American Leadership program exemplifies our commitment to supporting the native heritage and community of our students.


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.

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits the Teacher Education Programs at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement.

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.

Faculty Profiles


The Master of Business Administration programs online are designed to give you the business skills and professional knowledge you need to launch your career further. Our distinguished faculty, many with terminal degrees, are committed to helping you become a successful business leader.

Learn more about our online MBA faculty.


The Master of Education programs online offer working educators a wealth of opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills. Our experienced faculty are committed to providing you with personalized attention throughout your degree.

Learn more about our online Education faculty.

Native American Leadership

The Master of Science in Native American Leadership program online is designed to provide you with culturally relevant knowledge and skills for management. Our committed faculty is knowledgeable and passionate about giving you the tools and skills you need to work with tribal nations.

Learn more about our online Native American Leadership faculty.

Sports Administration

The Master of Science in Sports Administration online programs are ideal for those interested in working in management roles within the sports industry. Many of the faculty who teach these programs have experience in both teaching and coaching.

Learn more about our online Sports Administration faculty.

Student Testimonials

We measure our success by the success of our students, many of whom have shared their own personal stories with us. Read how real SOSU students and alumni describe where they started, how they're finding success and where they’re going. Be inspired by their stories and discover how our online programs can help open doors for you.


To learn more about our students and alumni in the Master of Business Administration programs online, view their testimonials.

Native American Leadership

To learn more about our students and alumni in the Master of Science in Native American Leadership program online, view their testimonials.

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, our professors provide an insider look at their classes and explain the practical 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.

Employing the Eisenhower Matrix

As an online student, you can use the Eisenhower Matrix to prioritize tasks by what's most important and most urgent. Having an organized plan of action can improve your productivity and reduce stress. Learn more about how to apply this time/task management method in your online studies!

Know your core values

When profit and purpose converge, understanding the core values of your business can be more complex than you think. MBA director Robert Howard describes how ethics can be shaped by entrepreneurial experiences.

Keeping an open mind

Online MBA classes aren't just listening to lectures. Collaboration among students and faculty can foster discussion about diverse viewpoints and changing perspectives, as MBA director Robert Howard explains.

How soft skills matter

Your interpersonal skills are a primary key to success in managerial roles. Dr. Clarence Von Bergen, professor of management, shares how your simple ability to deal with people can allow you to stand out among your peers.