Hardin-Simmons University Kelley College of Business

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Hardin-Simmons University is a private, Baptist University, established in 1891. HSU offers a family-like vibe, with a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The small class sizes allow more discussions, and professors know students by name. The experienced faculty comprised of an author, lawyer, and former government elected officials. In 2016, the Princeton Review named HSU among Best Western Colleges, and U.S. News and World Report recognized Hardin-Simmons as 33rd among Regional Universities in the West. Kelley College of Business is ACBSP accredited. About 97% of students receive financial aid each year.


The impressive breadth of undergraduate degrees offered includes Accounting, Economics, Management, Banking and Financial Services, Finance, Marketing, Business Administration, Human-Computer Interaction, Nonprofit Management, Computer Science, Information Systems, and Public Administration. Business Administration students have the option to select a minor from a business field, such as Marketing or Management, or from any discipline, such as Spanish, Psychology, or Criminal Justice. Business electives and general electives are also embedded in the curriculum. Popular electives include classes related to healthcare, real estate, banking, international business, and business analytics. Students interested in pursuing Accounting can save time by earning a joint BBA/MBA. This program meets the state licensing requirements to sit for the CPA exam. Marketing students are able to apply for the Early Admission to Graduate Learning program during their senior year. They have six-credit hours count towards both their undergraduate and graduate degree.

Student Life

The Leadership Studies program is a 21-credit hour minor that can accompany any major. This unique program focuses on developing leadership skills through experiential learning classes. Students can earn college credit for attending the University of Florida Crisis Simulation Conference, Organization Builders travel course to New York City, Mexico to Canada Bike Ride, or Outdoor Leadership. The Julius Olsen Honors program awards all accepted students an annual $21,000 scholarship. The unique features of this program include social events, community service opportunities, and travel opportunities. Previous honors trips have been to New Orleans, New York, Greece, Spain, and Italy. Students can also get involved on campus through the Student Activities Leadership team or Student Government Association. Career services ensure students are prepared for life beyond college by the time they graduate. A five-part Adulting 101 seminar is offered, along with etiquette dinners, and resumes and lattes. These events are designed to make navigating adulthood more fun.

Online Programs

Online graduate programs offered include a Master of Arts in Management, Master of Business Administration, and an MBA in Sport Business. All classes are offered in a condensed eight-week format. The M.A. in Management and general MBA can be completed in just one year, helping students rapidly advance within their organization. The Sports Business MBA takes approximately 16-24 months to finish. This program consists of the same core MBA curriculum, but the elective hours will consist of a sports business core. HSU is a member of the Online Learning Consortium and Quality Matters program, so students can rest assured they are receiving the same high-quality education as their on-campus counterparts.

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