Master of Arts in Management

The Master of Art 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, to prepare them for an eventual leadership role. The degree may be of particular interest to Hardin Simmons University students who have acquired a major in business administration or one of the university’s liberal arts degrees.

The MA in Management is a 36-hour fully online program to provide students with 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. Contact the program director for additional information.

Why HSU?

  • Fully online
  • Fast track program: completion in as few as 12 months
  • 8-week terms
  • $495 per credit hour – affordable, high-quality education
  • Financial aid available
  • Connect to faculty, peers, and course work
  • No work experience required
  • Faculty and staff walk alongside you in developing a deeper relationship with God

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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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Easier Entry

No GMAT or GRE required!

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Fully Online

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). This degree is offered in a fully online format.

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Great Careers

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.

Program Details

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

Residency Requirements

A maximum of 12 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.

Admission Criteria

To be eligible for the MA in Management program, a candidate must hold a bachelor’s 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.

Requirements for Full Admission

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

  1. Official transcripts from all schools
  2. A detailed resume
  3. A writing sample
  4. An interview (in person, online, or telephone) with the Program Director.

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

Time Limit

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

The following opportunities are available to graduates holding an MA in Management degree:

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

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 MBA Courses are hands on, so students can apply what they are learning to what they will actually do on the job. We work on projects that are like real-world work – marketing plans, and financial documents. We even have groups of students who help non-profits with projects. We can customize a program for individual students, with specific development through electives within the general MBA.”

Jennifer Plantier Dr. Jennifer Hobbs Plantier, associate professor of marketing, is the HSU M.B.A. program director. Jennifer received a B.S. 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 M.S. in marketing at Tech, then shifted her focus to consumer behavior and continued her education at Texas Tech.

She earned a Ph.D. in consumer economics. During the completion of this degree, Plantier served as a Visiting Professor at Towson University in Towson, Maryland, where she taught marketing and economics courses.