• Master in Business Administration

    The Kelley College of Business at Hardin-Simmons University offers the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree. The MBA degree program is designed to meet the needs of today's working professionals and tomorrow's organizational leaders.

    The objective of the MBA program is to prepare managers and leaders to manage successfully in a dynamic business environment. More specifically, the program provides intense study in all functional areas of business: accounting, computer science, economics, finance, marketing, and management. In addition, the program is designed to help students further develop and refine such important broad skills and abilities as analytical thinking, problem-solving, computer applications, communication, and teamwork.

    Classes When You Need Them
    Whether you are a career professional or a traditional student, HSU offers the flexibility that meets your needs.

    • fall, spring, or summer admission
    • 15 required courses (three may be waived for those with undergraduate business degrees)
    • a convenient evening class schedule (5:30 to 8:15 p.m. weekly)
    • evening classes in the summer in an accelerated format

    The Curriculum

    The MBA program consists of 36 semester hours for students with a Bachelor of Business Administration or 45 hours for those without an undergraduate background in business. The curriculum covers various elements of business in depth and gives students a firm understanding of the domestic and global environments of business, including social, political, legal, environmental, and technological.

    Foundational Courses

    Five foundational courses cover the spectrum of business disciplines.

    • Business Reporting and Finance
    • Issues in Management and Marketing
    • Legal and Ethical Issues in Business
    • Decision Systems
    • Economic Analysis

    Three foundational courses may be waived for students who have satisfactorily completed similar courses previously.

    The MBA Core

    The core courses of the MBA build on the foundation above.

    • Managerial Accounting
    • Economics
    • Financial Management
    • Marketing Strategy
    • Quantitative Research Methods
    • Management Strategy OR Entrepreneurial Strategy


    Elective courses are available in finance, marketing, management, and organizational behavior. A thesis can be completed in lieu of two electives.

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