Master of Arts in Management

The Master of Arts in Management (MAM) is the next step for aspiring graduates or leaders with an interest in pursuing management careers or for mid-career professionals looking to take on management responsibilities. This program draws on all the disciplines of business and management, allowing students to develop their understanding of business operations and organizational behavior from multiple perspectives. Ultimately, the goal is for students to graduate with a solid foundation in effective management practice in their chosen industry that prepares them for an eventual leadership role.

The MA in Management degree may be of particular interest to Hardin Simmons University students who have acquired a major in business administration or any one of the university’s liberal arts degrees. Regardless of undergraduate degree field, the MA in Management offers the benefit of obtaining a business management education while softening the quantitative requirements typically found in the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

The MA in Management is a 30 to 36-hour, fully online program that provides students with the needed flexibility in completing course work. Classes are offered in 8-week formats with few exceptions. The calendar of course offerings allows select students the possibility of completing their MAM in as few as 12 months.

Why get the MAM at Hardin Simmons University?

  • Fully online program
  • Fast track, 12-month option available
  • 8-week semesters with few exceptions
  • $595 per credit hour
  • EAGL option for HSU undergraduates
  • No GRE or GMAT requirement
  • No prior industry work required
  • Fall, Spring, and Summer entry points
  • Connect to faculty and peer through coursework
  • Faculty and staff walk along-side you in developing a deeper relationship with God

Program Contact

Jennifer Plantier-Director of Graduate Programs

Dr. Jennifer Hobbs Plantier

Professor of Business and Marketing, Coordinator of Marketing Programs, Director of Graduate Programs for Kelley College of Business

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  • Master of Arts, Management (M.A.)

Why earn a Master of Arts in Management at HSU?

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Real World Experience

The curriculum extends outside the classroom to engage students in real-world, hands-on projects for local businesses. Students are also encouraged to pursue graduate internships which further prepare students for an advanced business career.

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Early Graduate Degree Opportunities

Seniors in any HSU bachelor degree are eligible to enter the Early Admission to Graduate Learning (EAGL) program, allowing 6 hours of graduate work to count toward both the undergraduate and graduate business degrees. This allows students to complete the MAM in one year post undergraduate work. Contact the Program Director for further information.

Economics Program students at HSU job fair

Essential to Business

More master’s degrees are awarded in business than in any other field. And among all occupations, business, financial, and sales occupations have some of the highest wage premiums for workers with a master’s degree.

Management strategy is essential to maintain and expand an organization’s market share. Marketing managers will be needed to plan, recruit, and coordinate financial and human resources within an organization.

Program Details

All courses and course descriptions for the Master of Arts in Management can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Got a degree in Art and someday want to own or manage an art gallery? The MA in Management degree is designed with the nonbusiness undergraduate in mind. This program provides a holistic approach to business and management that will allow you to take your undergraduate degree to the next level and provide greater opportunities for career advancement. You will gain knowledge in:

  • Management Strategy
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resource Management
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Marketing Strategy

Can I transfer graduate courses from another institution?

A maximum of 18 semester-hours of approved graduate work may be transferred into the MAM program provided the student did not complete the previous degree. A maximum of six semester hours may be transferred from a previously completed degree. These courses must have been taken within 10 years prior to the first enrolled semester at HSU.

How do I get started?

To be eligible for the MA in Management program, a candidate must hold a bachelor degree from an accredited institution, with a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work. Seniors currently pursuing a bachelor degree from Hardin Simmons are allowed to enter the EAGL program allowing 6 hours of graduate work to count toward both degrees.

To receive full admission to the program, students must provide:

  1. Official transcripts from all schools
  2. A detailed resume
  3. A writing sample, such as a previously written paper or statement of faith
  4. An interview (in person, online, or by telephone) with the Program Director.
  5. No GMAT or GRE is required

International Students

International students who wish to participate in the MA in Management program can take it fully online from their home country.

A student whose native language is not English must provide an official TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based exam, a 213 on the computer-based exam or a 75 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT). TOEFL scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. HSU school codes: TOEFL- 6268

International students should consult the university’s Graduate Studies Catalog for additional requirements.

Time Limit

The student must complete the Master of Arts in Management within five years from the semester of first admission.

What will I learn from the MAM program?

  • How to recruit and manage employees.
  • How to deal with the wide range of policy, strategic, and implementation issues companies face.
  • How to implement customer service programs, tackle marketing issues, and utilize market growth strategies.
  • How to handle contracts and legal issues.

What opportunities are available to graduates holding an MA in Management degree?

  • Human Resources
  • Management Consulting
  • Finance / Business Manager
  • Business Development
  • Production / Operations Manager
  • Marketing / Sales Manager

Students who have graduated from HSU with an MA in Management have gained employment with the following companies:

  • IBM
  • Peterbilt Motors
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Funeral Directors Life
  • Various Entrepreneurial Companies

Undergraduate business students who are approaching the senior year of undergraduate work at Hardin Simmons University are encouraged to apply to the EAGL program. Admission requirements are the same as those for full admission to the MA in Management program, except that the cumulative GPA for all HSU coursework to date can substitute for the overall undergraduate GPA.

Admitted students may take up to six hours of MA coursework in their senior year to apply toward their MAM degree. By completing the remaining MAM core curriculum, electives, and all other requirements of the MAM, the student may receive the master’s degree upon the completion of 36 hours of graduate hour work that includes up to 6 hours taken as an undergraduate. The undergraduate degree will be awarded upon completion of all requirements for that degree program.

Undergraduates in Graduate Courses

In accordance with the standards of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), courses in the MAM program must be normally reserved for graduate students admitted to the MAM Program. Exceptions will be made only under the following circumstances:

  1. The undergraduate has been admitted into the EAGL
  2. The undergraduate is a senior with a cumulative GPA of at 3.2.
  3. There is some extenuating circumstance which justifies allowing the undergraduate to take a graduate

Enrollment in the graduate course must be explicitly approved on a case-by-case basis either by the program director or by the dean of the Kelley College of Business.

Jennifer Plantier-Director of Graduate Programs“Our MAM courses are hands on, so students can apply what they are learning in the classroom to what they will actually do on the job. We coordinate with local businesses on projects that are real-world work – marketing plans, research, business plans, nonprofit promotions and grant writing, and internships. We can customize a program for individual students with development through specific electives within the MAM.”

Dr. Jennifer Hobbs Plantier, Professor of Business & Marketing, is the Hardin Simmons University MAM program director. Dr, Plantier received a BS in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Hawaii Pacific University. Her work carried her beyond retail into commercial trafficking and sales while working for two radio stations in Connecticut and Texas.

Dr. Plantier furthered her education while working as the marketing director and station programmer in student affairs at Texas Tech University. She completed her MS in marketing at Tech, then shifted her focus to consumer behavior and continued her education at Texas Tech earning a PhD in consumer economics. During the completion of this degree, Dr. Plantier served as a Visiting Professor at Towson University in Towson, Maryland, where she taught marketing and economics courses.