Baylor University, Hankamer School of Business

Hankamer School of Business
1311 S. 5th Street
Waco, Texas, 76706
Admissions: (254) 710-4163
Email: Laurie_Wilson@baylor.edu
Website: http://www.baylor.edu/business/mba/
Apply: http://www.baylor.edu/business/mba/index.php?id=82205

Baylor’s curriculum is a full-time, 16 or 21-month commitment, specifically designed so students may attain their MBA degree at an accelerated pace. The program involves an integrated curriculum incorporating general management theory, multidisciplinary applications, personal development, and practical management skills. Students who are new to business education start Baylor’s MBA program by taking an Integrated Management Seminar to prepare them for graduate-level business courses.

The school emphasizes experiential learning. This is evidenced in the MBA Focus Firm project, which partners students with a high-profile companies, such as Nike, Dell, Fossil and Coca-Cola. Investment-oriented MBA candidates can also gain hands-on experience through the Practicum in Portfolio Management, a class that manages a portfolio valued at $5 million.

The degree consists of 35 credit hours of core, 15 credit hours of electives and 3 credit hours for an internship. The three-semester core curriculum focuses on “Define, Discover and Deliver” – each semester is designed around one of these key themes. 

Students can specialize in entrepreneurship or healthcare administration. Baylor also offers joint degrees in law, divinity, engineering, information systems, social work, or healthcare administration.

Latest Up-to-Date MBA Rankings:

Poets&Quants (2013): 86
BusinessWeek (2012): NR
U.S. News & World Report (2015): 65
Forbes (2013): NR
Financial Times (2014): NR
The Economist (2013): NR

Rankings Analysis: The Hankamer School of Business fell two places in the 2013 Poets&Quants ranking of the best U.S. MBA programs to 86th from 84th a year earlier.

Only one of the five most influential MBA rankings puts the school on its list: U.S. News & World Report. The publication ranked Hankamer 65th in 2015.

Tuition & Fees (full-time): $32,574 per year

Average GMAT: 623
GMAT Range (10th-90th percentile): 575-685)
Average GPA: 3.30
Acceptance Rate: 37.8%
Mean Age: 26

Full-Time Enrollment (full-time): 83
International: 7.2%
Female: 30.1%
Minority: 19.3%

Class of 2013 Employment Information:

Average Base Salary: $69,864
Average Signing Bonus: $6,588
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 58.5%
Percentage of MBAs With Job Offers Three Months Later: 

From Baylor: 

Baylor – A Partner On Your Journey

Where you choose to earn your MBA is an important decision.  Baylor can be a valuable partner on your journey to achieve your highest personal and professional potential. We invest in the intangible assets of developing leaders who can communicate professionally, work in teams and approach business situations with integrity.

Baylor offers a 16-month accelerated track and a standard 21-month track. You can concentrate your MBA degree in a particular business discipline or seek a specialization in Healthcare Administration or Entrepreneurship.  You also have the option to enter the program at a time right for you – summer, fall, or spring – depending upon your undergraduate degree.

Solve Problems for Real Companies

Each semester, Baylor MBA faculty members choose a national or multi-national company to serve as a Baylor Focus Firm. Working directly with company executives, students prepare research, critically assess and recommend viable solutions to an identified dilemma.

Manage Real Money

MBA students can engage in real-dollar portfolio management and securities research in the Southwest Securities Financial Markets Center, a state-of-the-art classroom that simulates the environment of an investment firm and has access to the latest tools and data used by finance practitioners around the world. The Philip M. Dorr Alumni & Friends Endowed Investment Fund is one of the largest student managed portfolios in the nation with a market value exceeding $5 million.

Assess Real Business Plans

Venture Capital Associates is a unique internship program that provides MBA students hands-on experience working at the Austin, Texas-based venture capital firm, G-51. Students interact with G-51 and are immersed in evaluating new business plans for potential investment, conducting market research and making recommendations to G-51 managers.

Gain Real Healthcare Experience for Healthcare MBA

Baylor’s Robbins MBA Healthcare Program is unique among others in the nation for its required Executive Residency and its accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).  It also connects MBA students with senior healthcare executives who serve on our Healthcare Advisory Council and come to campus weekly to meet specifically with students.

Compete in the New Venture Business Plan Competition

The Baylor New Venture Competition is a business plan and speed pitch competition promoting entrepreneurship and small business development. Underwritten by an anonymous gift to the Business School, it provides students with expert feedback and the opportunity to win prizes to help fund their ventures.

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Career Development

As a valuable partner in your career journey, Baylor provides tools, resources, personnel and corporate alliances to help make sure your MBA will take you where you want to go.

Baylor’s MBA Career Management helps match graduates with the ideal internship and job opportunity. Each MBA student meets regularly with the Career Management team to determine a personalized plan of action based on the student’s unique qualifications, talent, experience and vocational interests. Working with the Career Management directors, you will develop a powerful resume and elevator speech; practice behavioral interviewing techniques; and learn the art of negotiating a job offer.  The Career Management team also coordinates networking and recruiting events, connecting MBA students to a wide range of companies.

MBA Leadership Summit

The MBA Leadership Summit takes place for a week in New York City in conjunction with the Career Development courses. During the week, students visit a variety of financial services companies, meet with executive recruiters, interact with entrepreneurs, and prepare a case study for a consulting or investment firm. Students also have an opportunity to give back to the community by volunteering to give feedback on business plan ideas for interns at Defy Ventures, a non-profit organization that works with people with criminal histories.

Baylor Business Network :

Baylor’s mission of cultivating skilled, highly educated and ethical business leaders is clearly evident in the success of our 25,000-plus alumni of the Business School. The Baylor Business Network is an accessible, ongoing source of support and assistance that will be there for you not only as a student, but throughout your professional journey. The Baylor Business Networks of Dallas, Houston, Austin, Fort Worth, San Antonio and New York City offer opportunities for business professionals to hear exciting presentations by business leaders, while building personal and professional networks.

Real Skills for Success

The Baylor MBA curriculum is formulated to increase your knowledge, refine your leadership and decision making skills, and speak the language of business in today’s global culture.

The core curriculum consists of three semesters, each focusing on a distinct learning perspective, and is the foundation of the MBA program.  Within each semester, students take the sameset of integrated core courses– Accounting, Economics, Finance, Operations, Statistics – that are delivered in five week segments.  This format causes students to move through program as a unit, creating a team approach to learning and camaraderie among class members.  In addition, students take several semester-long, requiredcourses in either your first, second or third semester.

The standard MBA degree plan consists of:

35 credit hours of required classes

15 credit hours of electives

3 credit hour internship (usually taken in the summer semester)

Integrated Management Seminar

Baylor’s Integrated Management Seminar (IMS) is a unique semester designed specifically for students holding a non-business undergraduate degree. Students take IMS in either the summer or fall semester, prior to taking the core MBA courses. Students who take IMS pursue a traditional two-year MBA degree plan, completing Baylor’s MBA program in 21 months.

Robbins MBA Healthcare Program

Healthcare administrators are integral to the management of medical organizations ranging from hospitals, nursing homes, and hospice facilities to medical insurance companies, provider networks and government policy organizations. Today’s healthcare administrators—those occupying the “C-suite” of CEOs, CFOs and COOs—must be able to examine business from multiple perspectives, including healthcare, yet be broadly informed from the MBA context.

Baylor’s Robbins MBA Healthcare Program is unique among others in the nation for its required, seven-month paid Executive Residency with leading, progressive health organizations—Baylor offers 100 percent placement for the residencies. Residents undertake high-level administrative tasks within the organization and then return to campus for a capstone semester where real-life experience and final coursework converge to deliver a significant level of integrated learning.


Baylor is the perfect partner for an entrepreneurial MBA student. With this specialized MBA degree, you will learn how to gain access to needed resources, launch, grow and exit a venture.

Ranked 13th best graduate Entrepreneurship program by U.S. News & World Report

Top 25 Entrepreneurship program by Fortune Small Business

The New Venture Creation sequence of entrepreneurship courses is designed to prepare students to start, develop, finance, manage and harvest new ventures with high growth potential.

The Corporate Entrepreneurship sequence includes four courses that culminate in an experiential course in technology entrepreneurship that can be taken on campus or in combination with a summer internship in Shanghai, China.

A Global Perspective

In a business world that has gone global, Baylor provides local and international opportunities for gaining insights into today’s marketplace.

i5 China Program

This is a flagship program for technology commercialization. Students taking this summer course reside in China, becoming immersed in the culture. MBA students build teams across cultures and develop plans for operating companies, driving growth through technology-based innovation. Cross-cultural, cross-discipline teams offer unique solutions, and corporate sponsors are a source for potential job offers.

Business/Mission Experience in Zambia
The Baylor Business Africa Mission initiative calls for the Baylor community to get involved and to make the most of their God-given talents.  Zambia is exploding with opportunity as the economy continues to grow each year.  While disease, poverty, and corruption still exist, Baylor students Students spend several weeks of the summer in Zambia, partnering with highly motivated African entrepreneurs/business executives to be a part of the solution.

Financing Your MBA Degree

Baylor offers numerous scholarships and graduate assistantships that can make your business school education a reality. Scholarships and graduate assistantships are awarded to qualified students each semester on a competitive basis.

Baylor Business welcomes military personnel who are interested in pursuing an MBA degree. Most military officers in Baylor’s MBA program are part of the Army’s Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) program, which allows them to pursue an MBA at Baylor within the requirements set forth in the ACS program. Baylor waives the application fee for military officers who apply.

Think Baylor might be the right partner for your career?

Visit the campus and be “Done in a Day,” an accelerated admissions process that is held in conjunction with a Campus Visit Day. You will interact with MBA faculty and students, and if your application has been submitted at least one week before the event, we can include an admissions interview in conjunction with your visit. If you interview, you will receive an admissions decision within 24 hours.

Building The Future

Thanks to the generosity of the Baylor family, led by Paul L. Foster, BBA ’79, and his historic $35 million gift, the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation will become the new home of Hankamer School of Business.

The 275,000-square-foot business facility will expand the size and reach of Hankamer School of Business by nearly 40 percent and will expand opportunities for student and faculty collaboration across areas of business, science and technology. A variety of classroom learning spaces will fully incorporate the latest classroom technology while providing flexibility to adapt as technology advances. A 350-seat auditorium will accommodate a wide range of guest lectures and events while an adjacent Conference Center will host seminars, symposia and conferences for business professionals of all kinds.

Construction is underway and classes are expected to begin in the facility in fall 2015.

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