Hannah Van Dyke
Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions
Recruitment, Application, & Campus Visits
Hannah serves as the Graduate Business Programs Admissions Counselor for the Hankamer School of Business. She earned her BBA in Marketing and Risk Management & Insurance from Baylor University in 2008. After graduation, she worked as a commercial lines underwriter at Travelers Insurance in Dallas, TX. Hannah returned to Baylor University in 2010 to work as an Admissions Counselor for undergraduate admissions before moving to graduate admissions.
Hannah is your point of contact for application questions, campus visits, and general inquiries for the Baylor MBA program. You can meet with her on campus in Waco, visit her at her various recruitment trips to Dallas, Houston, and Austin, or attend one of her information webinars.
Hannah's Admission Tips
- The application process is similar with all MBA programs, but read instructions carefully to make sure you understand what a specific school requests.
- Essays personalize your application. This is your opportunity to tell us why you applied to the program, what you can offer as a student in the program, and what you expect from an MBA program.
While essay questions can appear to be the same from school to school, each school is looking for something specific with individual essays. Answer the questions directly. Use specific examples from professional experience or community activities.
We are looking for potential leaders. Essays bring your resume to life. They should reflect who you are.
Check for spelling and grammar. Keep the essay within stated guidelines. Do not write more than the limit.
- Your resume should be professional and succinct – just as you would present to a potential employer. Be prepared to discuss any part of your resume during your admissions interview.
- Schools require between 2 and 3 letters of recommendation from each applicant. We suggest you ask people who will write positive things about you. Someone who knows you and can provide examples that show you are a good employee, colleague or student. If it has been a while since you talked with your recommender, take him or her to lunch as a courtesy to bring them up to speed on your career.
Do not ask the president of a company to write a recommendation if he or she does not know you. Without specific knowledge of your career, abilities or potential, the recommender cannot provide examples and cannot write a detailed recommendation. This will hurt more than it will help.
Do not provide numerous letters of recommendation beyond the number that the school asks for. We will wonder why is this applicant sending 5, 6 or 7 letters of recommendation? Is there something wrong with the rest of their application?
- Treat an interview for your MBA program as you would a job interview. Dress appropriately. This is the time to show your business etiquette. We are looking for potential leaders, so if you interview well for your MBA program, we expect you will interview well for your post-MBA job.
Be prepared to provide examples of your leadership potential, to inform the interviewer about your successes, to give reasons for your choice in applying to the MBA program at XYZ University, and to ask questions of the program/school.
Interviews may be required or strongly recommended by schools. Check your list of schools to see about interviewing policies. If the school states interviews are optional, we strongly encourage you to go to the campus for an interview. Not only will you see the campus and program, you will give the school a face and personality to go with your application.
While interviews are typically scheduled, remember that every time you call the admissions office you are being interviewed – whether you speak with a student, administrative assistant or admissions director. Notes are usually made in prospective student files.
Deanna is the Office Manager for Graduate Business Programs. She joined the Baylor MBA team in early 2014. Deanna earned her Bachelor's in Office Administration from Eastern Kentucky University in 1999. After graduation, Deanna worked as an office assistant, including 9 years as an Executive Assistant and Data Reporting Representative for a worker's compensation insurance company in Kentucky. Prior to joining Baylor, Deanna served as the Bookkeeper for Waco Habitat for Humanity.
Deanna is available to answer general inquiries regarding the Baylor MBA program.
Deanna's List of FAQs
- More information: Application Deadlines
- There is not a minimum requirement. The average GMAT score for MBAs entering in 2013 was 623.
- Yes, we accept either the GMAT or GRE for applications to the MBA program.
- No, but work experience is strongly recommended. You will benefit from your experience when working with your MBA classmates and when competing for your MBA internship and post-MBA job.
- All approved applications for the MBA program are considered for financial awards. Work experience is the primary criteria for financial awards. The criteria is not need-based. More Information: Financial Awards
- Check the status of your application online, using the user name and password you created for your online graduate application. More Information: GoBaylor Grad
- If you received an undergraduate degree in business, you can apply to enter in either the fall or spring semester. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in business, you will begin the MBA program taking courses in our Integrated Management Seminar, so you should apply to enter in either the summer or fall semester. More Information: Admissions
Director, Graduate Business Programs
Laurie brings more than 15 years of admissions and recruiting experience to the Business School. She oversees the admissions and students services teams and leads the marketing efforts for Baylor’s MBA program. Prior to joining the Business School Laurie worked two and half years in the Baylor Public Relations Office, and before her tenure at Baylor, she worked for nine years with the Central Intelligence Agency, living and serving primarily in Africa.
Laurie earned both her BBA and MBA degrees from Baylor.