2013 Orientation Recap

Last week was Baylor MBA 2013 Orientation for new students. What a great week!

All MBA students entering in the fall semester start by attending Orientation, which is the week prior to the first day of class. MBA students enrolled in IMS for the summer are also required to attend Orientation in August.

During Orientation, student leaders started to emerge as they worked through the various activities. Discussions were held about why people emerge as leaders and how the leaders are perceived. This sets the stage for students’ awareness of the value Baylor places on leadership development.

Program Advising

Faculty led a discussion on the Honor Code for Graduate Business Programs. Academic advisers led a briefing about degree plans, elective offerings, grading system, and probation rules.

Case Competition

Students participated in a one-day Case Competition, opening the door immediately to the experiential learning process in the MBA program. Students worked in teams to develop a recommendation to a problem identified by a company from the Central Texas area. Companies that partnered with Baylor in fall 2013 include:

  • Allergan
  • Extraco Banks
  • Dwyer Group
  • M & M Mars
  • Hillcrest Medical Center
  • Providence Healthcare Network
  • FirstCity Financial Corp.

Academic Sessions

  • Technology Overview
  • Introduction to Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
  • Focus on Ethics
  • Review of articles in Wall Street Journal

Team Building Activities

Students got to know their classmates throughout the week, with a final team building initiative held at Baylor’s outdoor challenge course.

Here are some pictures from our week!

Here’s to a great year!

Sic ‘Em Bears,


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Congratulations Summer 2013 IMS!

Congratulations to our Summer 2013 IMS class! They completed finals today and can now move on to their core MBA classes. Way to go!

So, what is IMS?

New to business education?

If you do not have an undergraduate degree in business, you start Baylor’s MBA program by taking a specific set of courses called the Integrated Management Seminar (IMS). The seminar covers the following topics:

  • financial analysis and accounting information
  • macroeconomic concepts
  • statistical data analysis
  • mathematical models

Students take IMS in their first semester, earning 12 hours of academic credit. Subjects in IMS include Accounting, Math for Decision Making, Macroeconomics, Finance and Business Law. This coursework prepares students who are not familiar with the business concepts described above to be successful in the core curriculum.

IMS is offered in the summer and fall semesters, so you can choose to enter Baylor’s MBA program in either June or August. Healthcare students must take IMS in the summer.

Already Have a Business Degree?

You are not required to take IMS. Start your MBA degree by taking the core curriculum in either the fall or spring semesters. Healthcare students must start in the fall.

No time will be spent in the core courses on reviewing business foundational concepts. Some MBA candidates with business undergraduate degrees choose to take IMS in order to facilitate a smooth transition into the core curriculum.

Impact of IMS on the Degree Plan

MBA students who take IMS will complete the MBA degree in 21 months, which is a traditional two-year, full-time MBA program. Healthcare students complete their degree in 24 months, while joint degree students finish in 12 months.

If you do not take IMS, your program is one semester shorter – 16 months for the traditional MBA program, or 21 months for the healthcare or 10 months for joint degree programs.

Sic ’em Bears,

Hannah Van Dyke

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Single Choice Early Action

New for Summer/Fall 2014 entrance:

*November 1 is our Single Choice Early Action deadline. The Single Choice Early Action (SCEA) deadline is for students who want to complete the admissions process early and also let Baylor know that Baylor is currently their first choice institution. By applying SCEA, students agree to not apply to any other school until they have heard their admissions decision from Baylor. We will review SCEA applications first and competitive applicants could receive up to 100% tuition remission.

So what are you waiting for?!

Apply today! https://www1.baylor.edu/graduate/GraduateApplication/NewAccount.aspx

Sic ’em Bears,


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Admissions Institute for New Professionals

Last week, I attended the 2013 Admissions Institute for New Professionals (AINP) in Chicago. AINP is designed to help newly hired (six to 18 months) admissions, marketing, and recruitment professionals develop the skills necessary to succeed in their careers. I am about to hit my year mark with the Baylor MBA program and was a perfect candidate to attend this conference.

There were over 50 schools represented at the conference from all over the nation, Canada, Europe, and Asia. It was exciting to meet my counterparts at other universities and talk about what we love to talk about most: prospective MBA students!

There are so many incredible schools out there, but the conference gave me an even deeper confidence in Baylor University and what we offer here at the Hankamer School of Business.

Here is the picture from my 2013 AINP class!

Thinking about getting your MBA? We are now accepting Fall 2014 applications. Apply today!


Sic ‘Em Bears,

Hannah Van Dyke (Hannah_Vandyke@baylor.edu)


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Full-tuition awards still available for 2013!

The time is now. The time to equip yourself with the tools necessary to achieve your chosen career. Where you choose to earn your MBA is an important decision. Any reputable business program can enhance your career prospects; Baylor, however, can be a valuable partner on your journey to achieve your highest personal and professional potential.

Baylor’s Full-time MBA Program is still accepting Fall 2013 applications until July 30th for domestic candidates. Full-tuition financial awards that cover 100% of tuition are available for strong, competitive candidates.

Simply email me (Hannah_Vandyke@baylor.edu) after submitting your application by July 30th and I will waive your app fee. As the admissions representative for Baylor MBA, I am here to walk you through the application process.

Please let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to reviewing your application!

Start an application: http://www.baylor.edu/business/mba/index.php?id=82205


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Welcome to the Baylor MBA Admissions Blog!

Welcome to the Baylor MBA Admissions Blog!  The Baylor MBA admissions team is excited for you to explore this site to learn more about the Baylor MBA experience.  I will update this blog with program information, admissions tips, Baylor MBA news, and many other things.

First, I would like to introduce myself and the MBA program staff. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions as you prepare your application or after you apply.

My name is Hannah Van Dyke and I joined the Admissions team in August of 2012 as the Assistant Director of Admissions. I aid prospective students as they seek information about the Baylor MBA program and guide them through the application process. I also organize campus visit day events and attend recruitment events around Texas.

I am from Waco, TX and earned my BBA in Marketing and Risk Management in 2008 from Baylor. After graduation, I worked as an underwriter for Travelers Insurance in Dallas before returning to Waco to work at Baylor University. I have a passion for Baylor and for prospective students. Hannah_Vandyke@baylor.edu

 Gary Carini, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

 Laurie Wilson, Director of Graduate Business Degree Programs

 Ken Buckley, Director of Career Management

 Michael Estepp, Assistant Director of Career Management

 Mary Reinhardt, Assistant Director of Career Services

 Scott Garner, Healthcare Administration Director

 Tom Haines, Healthcare Administration Preceptor Coordinator

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