Master of Science in Management and Entrepreneurship
The Houston Baptist University Master of Science in Management and Entrepreneurship program* joins business theories with modern strategies for developing, designing, and carrying out new ventures. It assists with the incubation of products, services, businesses, and ministries through educating and assisting potential entrepreneurs with discerning their purpose and passion. This degree combines the prestigious Archie W. Dunham College of Business with the innovative HBU McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise. Students study all facets of business, ranging from startup to stewardship, in the one-year program. The degree is specifically designed for those that did not major in business at the undergraduate level; consequently, no business leveling courses are required.
*This program is pending SACSCOC approval.
- Potential entrepreneurs who want to own their own business.
- Individuals interested in developing their intrapreneurship skills.
- Innovators who want to work for a startup that aligns with their purpose.
- Busy people who want a master’s program that fits into their work schedule.
- Leaders who want to incorporate design thinking and attitude into their current role.
- Those who did not major in business as undergrads or received their degree long ago.
- Practitioners ready to launch ideas to the market – nurses, artists, engineers, scientists to name a few.
- Learn more about the MSME, and apply for the degree program, on our admissions requirements page.
“My parents were big on education, but they passed away when I was a teenager. I completed my education, being the first one in my family to do so, but didn’t have access to down-to-earth, practical advice. I wanted to start a college readiness program to help kids like me. The McNair Entrepreneurship Center has nurtured my aspirations from day one. The MSME degree at HBU is an invaluable resource to learn the skills needed to launch your own venture.”
– Festus Amoye, HBU ‘10, Laddering Your Success Founder
An entrepreneur is simply someone who takes ownership of his or her work and is ready to bring innovative ideas to market. Whether developing one’s own venture or working for a large corporation, the entrepreneurial mindset is a valuable framework for action. In HBU’s program, students learn from accomplished professors in the field. Bold ventures are developed through purpose and passion with leading strategies from theory and practice. Like the rest of the University, the HBU MSME program espouses the importance of Christian ethics and strong moral leadership.
The MSME is offered lockstep over the course of one calendar year. New student cohorts begin in the fall. A total of 33 credit hours are taken across 11 courses spread over Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. The program allows for the work week; classes meet in-person 23 weekends over the year on Fridays and Saturdays.
The HBU Archie W. Dunham College of Business provides an intimate and supportive learning environment. One of the most rewarding aspects of participation for students is the relationships they form in their cohort. The program is designed to be experiential and to focus much like a startup incubator with a focus on new ventures that contribute to a flourishing society. Students may come in with, or purposefully discover, an idea for a product, service, business, nonprofit, or ministry. They then develop and follow their passion, often with the help of strategic business partnerships in the Houston area and beyond.
2 Friday Classes
3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
2 Saturday Classes
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
A light dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday are provided between classes.
There are 23 in-person weekends on the HBU campus, the remainder online.
The MSME program spans one calendar year. The 2018-2019 cohort includes an orientation day on Friday, August 24, 2018 with the following class weekends on the HBU campus:
- August 31 & September 1
- September 7 & 8
- September 21 & 22
- October 5 & 6
- October 12 & 13
- October 26 & 27
- November 2 & 3
- November 16 & 17
- November 30 & December 1
- January 18 & 19
- January 25 & 26
- February 8 & 9
- February 22 & 23
- March 1 & 2
- March 22 & 23
- March 29 & 30
- April 12 & 13
- April 26 & 27
- June 7 & 8
- June 14 & 15
- June 28 & 29
- July 12 & 13
- July 26 & 27
- August 11
Jeffrey Frey is the founding academic director and associate professor for the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at HBU. He has more than 20 years of experience in business innovation and entrepreneurial activities. His research interest revolves around the wellbeing of leaders and its impact on business outcomes. Frey has an MBA from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in Houston, an MS/BS in Computer Science from Kent State University, Ohio, and is completing a Doctor of Philosophy from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Business, Ohio.
Dr. Ellen Clardy worked as a consultant in the oil and gas industry prior to becoming faculty, focusing on the wholesale trading of natural gas and power. Her research projects focus on the pedagogy of economics to improve student learning and how antitrust laws impact the market system because a functioning free market system is vital to our economy. Clardy has a PhD and an MA in Economics from Rice University in Houston, and a BA in Economics from Trinity University in San Antonio.
Dr. Bettye Rogers Desselle, CPA, has more than 25 years of experience working with small and medium-sized businesses. Before starting her academic career, she owned a CPA firm where she served as a consultant to businesses for general accounting/information systems, tax and audit matters. As a faculty member, her research interests include the studies of nonprofit and small businesses, auditing, and accounting information systems. Dr. Desselle earned a PhD, an MBA and a BS in Accounting from the University of Houston, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Louisiana State University, respectively.
Dr. Michael Chuang specializes in management, strategy, innovation, and technology; he focuses on experiential learning and on practical application. He has consulted with technology and businesses, helping develop strategic plans and outreach opportunities. Dr. Chuang’s research interests range from communication technology to risk management. He earned a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his professional experiences include transportation, engineering and technology management.
Dr. Luo has more than 15 years of professional experience in international business, stock, future and foreign exchange trading. His research interests focus on corporate finance, global financial markets and institutions, and emerging markets finance. Luo has a PhD in Business Administration/Finance from The University of Texas-Pan American, an MS in Management from the University of Science and Technology of China, and a BS in International Business from Chongqing University, China.
Dr. Timothy Ewest has consulted with organizations on matters pertaining to leadership development, strategies, ethics, diversity practices and fundraising. His research interests include issues surrounding faith and work, leadership and pro-social behavior, and leadership in social entrepreneurship. Ewest earned a DMgmt and an MBA from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, a DipCS from Regent College in Vancouver, B.C., an MA in Philosophy from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and a BA in Theology from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota.
Tuition, Scholarships and Financial Aid
Tuition for the entire 11-course MSME program is $31,350. This tuition is based upon the HBU College of Business graduate degree program fee of $2,850 per three-credit-hour course.
Scholarships are available. For consideration, applicants must fill out an online form and submit a 600-word original essay describing your current or future entrepreneurial plans for starting a new venture and how your business activities will contribute to the creation of a flourishing society.
HBU alumni scholarships and discounts may be applied as well.
Financial Aid may also be available.
Please contact HBU Graduate Admissions for more information.
Uniquely created for the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at HBU, the Lighthouse Lab, a maker space, provides an ideal collaboration environment for idea advancement. Students in the MSME program will use the space to meet with mentors, collaborate on ideas, make prototypes for their solutions, and practice their pitches.
The best success stories have supporting characters. HBU is blessed to have business partners in Houston and beyond. Connections with individuals, associations, and organizations enhance the learning and business venture process. The following businesses and individuals will assist MSME students along their journeys in business development and degree program work by acting as clients, subject matter experts, mentors and coaches.
HBU and our Home City of Houston
- HBU has more than 20,000 graduates
- The student-to-faculty ratio is about 16:1
- All classes are taught by faculty members rather than teaching assistants
- HBU’s student population was ranked 5th in the “Campus Ethnic Diversity”*
- The school is a member of the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest healthcare hub
- Houston is home to the most Fortune 500 companies outside of New York City
- With a diverse cultural scene, Houston is an ideal setting to launch a new business
*2018 U.S. News & World Report Regional Universities West
For more than 50 years, Houston Baptist University has served the Houston area and beyond by offering a world-class education through many academic programs. We are a Houston classic, growing in the heart of the city we call home. Thousands of people have achieved their career and personal goals by obtaining a degree from Houston Baptist University.
This HBU Archie W. Dunham College of Business degree program is generously supported by the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at HBU. Learn more about the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation.