Master of Business Administration

The MBA is a 45-hour program open to qualified students with bachelor’s degrees, regardless of major. The objective of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is to prepare Christian leaders to manage successfully in a dynamic business environment. More specifically, the program provides advanced study in all functional areas of business: accounting, management information systems, economics, finance, marketing, and management.

The program is designed to help students further develop and refine such important broad skills and abilities as analytical thinking, problem solving, computer applications, communications, and teamwork. Through lectures, papers, simulations, seminars, and case studies, the graduate student will enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills while solving real world managerial problems.

The MBA program is offered fully online to accommodate the scheduling needs of the student.

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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 325-671-2166


  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Why earn a Master's in Business Administration at HSU?

HSU student applying for graduate program

One Year

The “Fast-Track” program allows certain students to complete the program in as few as 12 months.

HSU Public Administration students in lecture hall

Dual Credits

The MBA can be customized to allow for concentration in a functional area of business. Seniors currently pursuing a bachelor degree at Hardin-Simmons University are allowed to enter the Early Admission to Graduate Learning (EAGL) program, allowing 6 hours of graduate work to count toward both degrees.

Economics Program students at HSU job fair

Career Prospects

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers can benefit from earning an MBA even if advanced education isn’t required for a particular business occupation. The credential improves prospects and helps to qualify for higher paying jobs.

Program Details

Foundational Courses

  • BSAD 6310 Issues in Management and Marketing (waived for students with BBA)*
  • BSAD 6311 Business Reporting & Finance
  • ISCI 6320 Advanced Business Analytics
  • BSAD 6330 Legal and Ethical Issues in Business (waived for students with BBA)*
  • ECON 6330 Economic Analysis (waived for students with BBA)*

Core Courses

  • ACCT 6311 Managerial Accounting
  • BSAD 6322 Quantitative Research Methods
  • ECON 6331 Managerial Economics
  • FINA 6341 Financial Management
  • MKTG 6364 Marketing Strategy
  • MGMT 6357 Management Strategy OR BSAD 6355 Entrepreneurial Strategy
  • 12 Hours of electives

*For a student with an undergraduate degree in business, nine hours of coursework may be waived: ECON 6330, BSAD 6330, and BSAD 6310. Some students without an undergraduate degree in business may have completed some business course work or have extensive experience in various areas of business. The program director may waive one or more foundational courses or substitute electives as deemed appropriate.

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

  1. An official score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) which, combined with a student’s undergraduate record, indicates the likelihood of success in the program. To be admitted to the program, the GMAT score plus 200 times the overall undergraduate GPA must equal or exceed 1,000. Note: All MBA applicants must submit an official GMAT score to the Office of Graduate Studies as part of the admission process. The GMAT must have been taken within the last five years prior to application. Students with undergraduate business degrees from a 4-year institution, and have a graduating GPA of 3.2 or better can discuss the possibility of having the GMAT waived.
  2. Official transcripts from all schools attended.
  3. An essay which demonstrates the ability to write at the graduate level or a score of 4 or better on the essay portion of the GMAT.
  4. A detailed resume.
  5. An interview (in person, online, or telephone) with the MBA Director.

International students wishing to take the program online from their home country should consult the university’s Graduate Studies Catalog for additional requirements.

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. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents had the biggest wage premium of any of these occupations: workers who had a master’s degree earned a wage that was nearly 90 percent higher than that for workers with a bachelor’s degree. The master’s degree acquired by many of these sales agents was the master’s degree in business administration (MBA).