Baylor University’s Executive MBA Program Has New Home in Dallas

Baylor University’s Executive MBA program in Dallas will soon by housed in the newly renovated Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) Academic Building. Students will begin meeting there in January.
Oct. 9, 2018

Move to new School of Nursing building allows EMBA students cost-saving location, convenient 24/7 access

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 9, 2018) – Hankamer School of Business students in Baylor University’s Executive MBA program in Dallas will have a new headquarters, classroom and meeting space beginning in January 2019.

During the remaining months of 2018, EMBA faculty and staff will move from the Cooper Aerobic Center, which has housed the program for 25 years, to the newly renovated Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) Academic Building at 333 N. Washington Ave., in a growth area just north of downtown Dallas.

The LHSON Academic Building is the result of a successful $28 million fundraising effort spearheaded by a lead gift from Louise Herrington Ornelas and another leading contribution from Drayton and Elizabeth McLane. Features of the renovated campus include a central atrium for students to congregate and collaborate, active learning classrooms that foster more dynamic group interaction and allow for innovative teaching, an auditorium, chapel for quiet spiritual reflection and a Learning Resource Center.

“Moving the EMBA program to a Baylor campus allows us to maintain a competitively priced tuition, which equals a maximum return on investment for our students. They will have 24/7 access to study spaces, advanced technology, as well as conference rooms for group projects and networking,” said Sharon Mawet, director of the Dallas EMBA program. “That is a win-win for all involved.”

Mawet said students will have easy access to the campus (near Baylor University Medical Center) as well as free underground parking.

For 25 years, the program was housed in the Cooper Aerobic Center. President and CEO of the Cooper Aerobic Center, Dr. Tyler Cooper, graduated from Baylor with a B.B.A. in marketing in 1994.

“We want to thank the Cooper Family for hosting our program and providing such a wonderful facility for the past 25 years,” Mawet said.

The move to the new campus aligns strategically with Baylor’s mission to grow graduate and professional programs, as well as the EMBA healthcare specialization, said Tim Kayworth, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate business programs in the Hankamer School of Business.

“This is a great step forward for our Dallas EMBA program,” Kayworth said. “Holding classes at the School of Nursing campus will help foster a stronger Baylor connection with EMBA students and provide a technologically-advanced learning environment our students deserve.”

The 2017 Financial Times rankings of global EMBA programs ranks Baylor’s Executive MBA program at No. 89 among the top 100 U.S. and international programs. The Baylor EMBA program’s 64 percent increase in salary ranked No. 1 in Texas and in the top 20 internationally. The program also is No. 2 in Texas for women participating in the program and in the top 15 for U.S.-based programs.

In fall 2018, the Dallas EMBA program debuted a new format to allow high-achieving working professionals to attend class one weekend per month and earn an Executive MBA in just 21 months. Students attend classes from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays to better accommodate the needs of mid-career executives, who will be able to balance the demands of working full-time while completing an MBA. It also optimizes the time students spend in the classroom by ensuring that the classroom experience is impactful and interactive.

In addition to its rigorous and relevant curriculum, the Baylor EMBA - Dallas program features three experiences to supplement the classroom experience: a weeklong residency at Baylor in Waco, a week in Washington, D.C. to study public policy and international business, and an international trip to study global strategies.

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