Master of Business Administration

The MBA is a 30- to 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.

Why get the MBA at Hardin Simmons University?

  • Of HSU’s MBA students who most recently took the ETS Major Field Achievement Test in Business, 57% scored in the 92nd percentile or higher nationwide. One of our students scored in the 99th percentile and a second in the 98th percentile!
  • Campus hybrid and fully online program options
  • Fast track, 12-month option available
  • 8-week semesters with few exceptions
  • $595 per credit hour
  • EAGL option for HSU undergraduates
  • 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 Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Why earn a Master's in Business Administration 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 businesses. Students are also encouraged to pursue graduate internships which further prepare students for an advanced business career.

HSU Public Administration students in lecture hall

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 MBA in one year post undergraduate work. Contact the Program Director for further information.

Economics Program students at HSU job fair

Career Prospects

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. 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

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

This MBA 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
  • Financial Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Marketing Strategy

Do I need leveling courses?

For a student with an undergraduate degree in business, nine hours of coursework from the 45-hour program 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.

Can I transfer graduate courses from another institution?

A maximum of 18 semester-hours of approved graduate work may be transferred into the MBA 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 MBA 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. A bachelors degree from an accredited institution, with a GPA of at least 3.0.
  2. Official transcripts from all schools attended.
  3. An essay which demonstrates the ability to write at the graduate level.
  4. A detailed resume.
  5. An interview (in person, online, or telephone) with the MBA Director.

International Students

International students who wish to participate in the MBA program can take it fully online from their home country or on the HSU campus. Please complete the application that corresponds to your program delivery preference.

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 MBA within five years from the semester of first admission.

What will I learn from the MBA program?

  • The big picture of understanding a business
  • Functional area skills required to excel as a business executive
  • Large data analysis and application
  • How to develop smart solutions to business problems.

What opportunities are available to graduates holding an MBA?

  • Corporate Officer positions
  • Business Owner / Operator
  • Business Development
  • Production / Operations Manager
  • Marketing / Sales Executive

Students who have graduated from HSU with an MBA have gained employment with the following companies:

  • Funeral Director’s Life
  • AbiMar Foods, Inc.
  • Condley & Company
  • 3M
  • Eide Bailly
  • First Bank & Trust of Texas
  • Bank of America
  • Hendrick Health System

Jennifer Plantier-Director of Graduate Programs

“Our MBA 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 general MBA.”

Dr. Jennifer Hobbs Plantier, Professor of Business & Marketing, is the Hardin Simmons University MBA 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.