In 1919, the School of Business at Baylor University was created, but due to the Business Depression, it didn’t officially begin until 1923. It became the Hankamer School of Business in 1960 after a board member, Earl Hankamer, gave a generous donation to build the new Business Building. The values of leadership, learning, innovation, teamwork, impact, integrity, excellence, exploration, service, and transformation are held in high regard throughout the entire educational experience. The School of Business holds an AACSB accreditation and has around 4,100 students enrolled.
They offer a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with 16 different majors to choose from including Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship & Corporate Innovation, International Business, Professional Selling, Finance, Management, Marketing, Sports Strategy & Sales, and Supply Chain Management. Graduate students can study for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with specializations in Healthcare Administration, Business Analytics, and Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation. There are also Masters programs in Information Systems (MSIS), Accountancy, Taxation, Economics, an Executive MBA and a joint degree MBA/MSIS. The Doctoral programs available are in Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, and Health Services.
For financial assistance, the school offers two types of scholarships based on merit and based on financial need. There are also several departments that offer degree-specific scholarships.
Hankamer students benefit from all different types of clubs, organizations, programs, events, training, and centers that provide opportunities for networking, hands-on experience, peer relationships, mentoring, and anything that fully enhances their education. Some of the clubs are the Association for Information Technology Professionals, Baylor Women in Business, Graduate Business Association, National Association of Black Accountants, and Net Impact. Business internships are available in companies like the Dwyer Group, Nikko Hotels International, Lockheed Martin, and GuideStone Financial Resources for students to gain on-the-job experience. They can also acquire international influence and learning by studying abroad in places such as Shanghai; Europe; Africa; Costa Rica; Great Britain; Maastricht, Netherlands, and even a mission trip to Zambia to work with Zambian students and business leaders.
Students interested in entrepreneurial ventures can live together and learn from each other through the Business and Innovation Living-Learning Center. Career preparation happens through development classes, the Baylor Business Career Fair, the Career Management LinkedIn Group, and the company and contact database called CareerShift. More centers to enhance the educational experience and to serve the community, include the Center for Business & Economic Research, John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise, Institute for Family Business, and Hodges Financial Markets Center. They also have the Robbins Institute for Health Policy & Leadership, McBride Center for International Business, Center for Nonprofit Leadership & Social Enterprise, and the Center for Professional Selling, the Keller Center for Research.
For people who need to obtain their masters while working and cannot attend classes in person, there is an online MBA option. Available concentrations include Cyber Security, Executive Communication, and Marketing.