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Dean’s Message

Those seeking a business degree from Howard Payne University could not be joining HPU’s School of Business at a more exciting time. In January 2012, we launched our Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program. One year later, we graduated our first group of MBA students. The program has grown significantly with each subsequent semester. As a result of this success, the HPU MBA was extended to a new location in New Braunfels with courses offered for the first time in January 2013. Another recent development for the School of Business is the offering of a fully online bachelor’s degree with a major in business beginning in the fall 2013 term.

Led by a world-class group of faculty, our undergraduate and graduate students continuously excel at the tasks set before them. Each year, several senior business majors rank in the top 1-2% worldwide as determined by their achievement in the GLO-BUS business strategy competition. As an external assessment measure, this competition allows our students to compare their performance in managing a mock company for ten years against thousands of other senior business majors and MBA students from hundreds of universities worldwide. Also, HPU business graduates have achieved a high success rate on the CPA and the state teacher certification exams. Several recent accounting graduates have passed all parts of the CPA exam on their first attempt. Approximately 25% of graduates from the School of Business pursue graduate study.

As you explore the opportunities awaiting you at HPU, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. I look forward to helping you learn how you can achieve your goals through HPU’s School of Business.

Sincerely,

Dr. Les Plagens, Dean
School of Business
Howard Payne University
(325) 649-8704
lplagens@hputx.edu