Master of Arts in Management

Do you want to pursue a career in management? Perhaps you’re a mid-career professional looking to climb the ladder to become an executive at your current organization. Whatever your background, earning a Master of Arts in Management online from Hardin-Simmons University will prepare you to take on management responsibilities and become an inspiring leader.

Maybe you have a degree in art and someday want to own or manage an art gallery. Our M.A.M. degree is designed with the nonbusiness undergraduate in mind. The M.A.M. program provides a holistic approach to business and management so you can take your undergraduate degree to the next level and enjoy greater opportunities for career advancement.

Whether you’re a working professional or you live outside Texas but still want an exceptional educational experience, our management degree was created for you. Our 30- to 36-hour, fully online M.A.M. degree will let you earn your degree without sacrificing work or time with your family.

Early M.A.M. Degree Opportunities

Seniors in any of HSU’s bachelor’s degree programs are eligible to enter the Early Admission to Graduate Learning (EAGL) program. Apply six credit hours toward both your undergraduate and M.A.M. degrees. Earn your Master of Arts in Management in just one year of post-undergraduate work — saving you time and money.

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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Why Earn Your Master of Arts in Management at Hardin-Simmons?

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Real World Experience

You’ll be ready to take on top executive responsibilities even before graduation, thanks to our M.A.M. program’s internship opportunities and hands-on projects with local businesses. Grow your resume while making valuable professional connections.

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Experienced Faculty

Our distinguished and industry-connected faculty mentors design engaging courses informed by their years of experience in management and teaching. Learn professionalism and leadership traits from highly respected business leaders.

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Our Master of Arts in Management online program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). This means that you’ll graduate with a management degree that is nationally recognized for its excellence, opening up more career opportunities for you.

What Can You Do With a Master of Arts in Management?

Whether your undergraduate degree is in business or theatre, earning an M.A.M. degree from HSU will give you the confidence and expertise to manage an organization, start your own business, or rise in your current position.

Many of our M.A.M. program graduates are employed in fields as diverse as human resources, consulting, marketing, and sales. They work in prestigious organizations including IBM, Peterbilt Motors, International Rescue Committee, and various entrepreneurial companies around the nation.

Jobs for M.A.M. Degree Graduates

  • Business manager
  • Operations manager
  • Sales manager
  • Data analyst
  • Leadership trainer
  • Marketer manager

Salary for M.A.M. Degree Graduates

The median annual salary for management occupations was $102,450 in 2021 — the highest wage of all major occupational groups — according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Details

M.A.M. Program Requirements

To be eligible for the Master of Arts in Management online 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’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University can enter the EAGL program — allowing six 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 Master of Arts 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.

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.

If you’re considering earning a Master of Arts in Management online from Hardin-Simmons University, you may also be interested in learning more about these similar programs:

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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.