Oaks School of Leadership

Based out of Oaks Church in Dallas, Texas, the Oaks School of Leadership (OSL) exists to position students for effective leadership in a variety of capacities, including ministry, business and non-profit leadership, by providing them with hands-on leadership training combined with an accredited degree. 



The Oaks School of Leadership is accredited through our university partner, Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU).  SAGU is a private, non-profit university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associates, baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees.  

For an in-depth look at how our internships work, click here

Program Options

The value-added benefit of this program is the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in leadership that complements the student's learning in the classroom.  In completing the program, the student will have completed 4 years of leadership experience in a healthy, vibrant and growing church in addition to the accredited degree.  

This hands-on leadership experience is obtained through a variety of program elements including, but not limited to, staff mentorship, project management, volunteerism training, access to pastoral staff and weekly staff meetings, schedule flexibility and accountability, among others.  

ACADEMIC degrees

The degrees that the majority of students in OSL major in are the following: 

  • BA in Church Leadership
  • BA in Business Career Paths
  • BS in Human Services

However, students pursuing other degrees at either the undergraduate or graduate level can apply to participate in the OSL Program and be eligible for OSL and/or Oaks-related scholarship opportunities. 

For a list of available degrees at SAGU, please click HERE.  


The requirement for each degree is 120 credit hours (or approximately 40 courses).  8 of the courses are leadership intensive (LDR), internship-based courses that rely upon a mix of leadership instruction, mentorship and involvement at the Oaks Church.  Each student will enroll in one of these LDR courses per semester, up to 8 total.  

8-12 of the remaining courses will be taken in face-to-face settings at the Oaks Church campus.  

The remaining courses (approximately 20 - 24 courses) will be completed at SAGU's main campus.  

If you'd like to receive further information on the Oaks School of Leadership, Oaks Church and/or SAGU, please fill out our REQUEST  INFO form below and a team member will contact you within two business days.  


Name *