At its February meeting, the Baylor University Board of Regents approved two new master's degree programs: a master of arts in Christian ministry at George W. Truett Theological Seminary to assist primarily second-career students as they pursue church ministry, and a joint master's of social work/master's of business administration degree program through the Baylor School of Social Work and Hankamer School of Business.
Board members also authorized $2.9 million in maintenance and capital projects, including an information technology infrastructure project funded in part by a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to provide high-speed Internet connectivity from the Baylor campus to the under-construction Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC).
The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is recognized by the Association of Theological Schools as a degree that provides a basic foundation of study in biblical and theological disciplines, while also preparing students for ministry within and alongside the church.
The joint MSW/MBA degree program through the Baylor School of Social Work and Hankamer School of Business will prepare graduates to assume higher positions of authority and responsibility within their respective organizations by incorporating social work values of faith and practice with ethical business practices.
Regents also approved the next phase of work on an IT infrastructure project that connects the Baylor campus to the BRIC. It will provide full access for BRIC researchers to technology resources available on campus.
Board members also heard a number of reports, including an update on the university's strategic planning process, which is nearing completion. The university published an online draft of the plan and invited Baylor alumni, students, faculty/staff, parents and friends of the university, to review the draft plan and provide feedback through the March 31 deadline.