The MBA is a 45-hour fully online 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 “Fast-Track” program allows certain students to complete the program in as few as 12 months.
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.
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.
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All courses and course descriptions for the Master of Business Administration can be found in the Graduate Catalog.
*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:
International students wishing to take the MBA program in our online campus from their home country or they may enter the MBA cohort located on the Hardin Simmons University campus in Abilene, Texas. 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 score must be sent directly from the testing agency. HSU school codes: TOEFL – 6268. Please 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).
“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.
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