The Hankamer School of Business MBA: What You Need To Know
Since 1965, Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business has been offering an exceptional MBA program. As is the case with many MBA programs, Hankamer seeks to apply to their students not just an array of case studies and simulations, but also an opportunity to solve problems in the real world of business. A main feature of Baylor’s identity is an ethical focus, which aims to teach students the possible ethical consequences of various business decisions.
“The Ethical Focus is ingrained in who we are. We don’t have a class on ethics, but we really do look at each discipline and intentionally bring up ethical dilemmas that might arise in that given discipline. Our ethical focus is not a response to anything in current events – it’s always been who we are!” says Director of Graduate Business Program Laurie Wilson.
Baylor is perhaps most well-known for its Robbins MBA Healthcare Program. “It’s a very narrow industry and not many programs offer the specialization. It’s a dynamic industry that occupies a rather large portion of our national GDP. I think we are making an impact in this particular area as a result of the education students get here and the specialized coursework students take here,” Wilson says.
Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business curriculum is a full-time, 17 months for the general MBA and 21 months for the MBA in Healthcare Administration. The programs involve an integrated curriculum incorporating general management theory, multidisciplinary applications, personal development, and practical management skills. The majority of Baylor MBA students complete an internship or healthcare administration residency.
The general MBA consists of 53 credit hours, and students complete 58 in the MBA Healthcare Administration. To apply, prospective students must submit GMAT or GRE scores, one essay, an interview, and one professional letter of recommendation. Baylor places value on academic record, work experience, and leadership experience. Wilson says she looks for applicants with self-awareness and an idea as to where they are heading in their careers.
“We look for passionate and motivated students who are very intentional about what they want to study and how the MBA program will benefit them and move them forward in their careers,” Wilson says. “The best applicant will come in with a plan and know why the MBA is going to benefit them, how Baylor will help them with their career goals – it’s all about demonstrating in the interview that they understand their own path well.”
Baylor offers students an array of opportunities to get involved aside from degree requirements such as participating in student-lead clubs, getting involved with Baylor Business network where students connect with alumni, and competing in national MBA Case Competitions where students travel to either New York City or Chicago to meet with executives and work with companies on real-world issues.