Kelley College of Business and Professional Studies

The Kelley College of Business and Professional Studies supplies a noticeably Christian environment in which students learn how to build a life of meaning within the context of a business or educational career, acquiring the skills necessary to find a job, to run a successful business or be a successful educator, and to accumulate wealth. Students are equipped to:

  • Understand the function of private industry in the national and world economies.
  • Understand the various business functions, how they interact, and how they contribute to organizational objectives.
  • Integrate legal, ethical, and personal considerations into business decision-making.
  • Work effectively as a team-member and as a team-leader for projects, functional divisions of the company, and the entire organization.
  • Understand how data is collected, reported, and analyzed to manage organizations and make better business decisions.
  • Communicate analysis, results, decisions, and recommendations.
  • Identify business opportunities, and learn how to raise and manage the capital to finance them.
  • Market themselves as well as their organization, its mission, and its products or services.
  • Build a satisfying career and grow toward financial independence.

The Kelley College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Irvin School of Education

The Irvin School of Education is part of the Kelley College of Business and Professional Studies. Irvin School of Education provides life-long learning opportunities through innovative and reflective scholarly experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. Through thoughtful engagement discovering new ideas or solutions, students develop a passion for seeking personal and professional transformation through physical and mental health, education, technology, science, service, leadership, and community.  Irvin supports excellence in scholarly pursuits that explore complex issues related to education and leadership among individuals, families, educational institutions, and our global society.

Our mission is to prepare transformative leaders, educators, global citizens, and excellence in research, education, and science. We are dedicated to building a community and providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) Office of Accountability has awarded Hardin-Simmons University Teacher Education Program a rating of “Accredited” under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation authorized by Texas Education Code 21.045 every year since the rating of teacher preparation entities has been awarded.

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Business is Growing - and Paying Well

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 773,800 new jobs. Globalization, a growing economy, and a complex tax and regulatory environment are expected to continue to lead to strong demand for accountants and auditors. In addition, increasing usage of data and market research to understand customers and product demand, and to evaluate marketing strategies, will lead to growing demand for market research analysts. This median annual wage for business and financial occupations was $66,530 in May 2016, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,040.

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Irvin School of Education

Irvin School of Education provides life-long learning opportunities through innovative and reflective scholarly experiences for undergraduate and graduate students.

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Master of Arts in Management

The fully-online Master of Arts in Management program provides our students with the managerial and technical business skills to enhance the lives of the people and organizations they influence. No GMAT or GRE is required. Prepare for a job in:
• Human Resources
• Management Consulting
• Finance Management
• Business Development
• Production/Operations Management
• Marketing/Sales Management

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Our Business Faculty

Our faculty includes CPAs, lawyers, PH.D.s ... who also happen to be novelists, programmers, team ropers, and former city councilmen. Not only are they highly educated, but they've put their educations to work in the real world as real people tend to do. They'll teach you and nurture inside and outside the classroom.

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