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Can I get Financial Aid at Hallmark University?

Yes. Hallmark University is approved for federal financial aid, scholarships, and U.S. veterans benefits.

Are you accredited?

Yes, Hallmark is accredited through the ACCSC(Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges).

How long are your class semesters/terms?

Our terms are 8 weeks long. This allows us to have 6 terms a year so there is no need to wait to apply.

Is Hallmark a 2 year or 4 year University?

We offer associate, bachelor, and master level degrees. We are not a trade school and we offer degrees which are found at both 2 year and 4 year colleges/universities. The biggest difference is that our degrees can be completed in nearly half the time of traditional universities.

Become The LeaderYou Were Born To Be

Businesses across the globe are in need of leaders who can move them forward with vision and purpose. The Master of Science in Strategic Leadership produces effective leaders by developing interpersonal and influencing skills that span all leadership environments.

Champions of Change

Graduates from the MSL program will emerge with the skill set needed to help and develop others to reach their full potential. Our graduates exit the program with the tools they need to provide mentoring, direction, guidance, and vision within any organization in which they choose to work.

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boss meeting with associate in board roomStrategic Leadership Positions HAVE AN ESTIMATED JOB GROWTH OF 12% FROM 2016 TO 2026 AND A MEDIAN SALARY OF $115,700.

– Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Growth
Strategic Leadership positions are growing more than 50% faster than all occupations combined.

The outlook is promising for those entering the Strategic Leadership job market, as Operations Specialties Management job growth is projected at 12% for 2016-26, which is much greater than the 7% average of all occupations combined.

Data gathered from BLS.gov

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Salary Outlook
Salaries for Operations Specialties Managers are more than 3x the average of all occupations combined.

The BLS reports that Operations Specialties Managers median annual wages are $115,700 which is drastically better than the total of all occupations at $37,690. The highest 10% earned more than $163,480 highlighting the promising future these managers have.

Data gathered from BLS.gov

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CHANGING EDUCATION BY MAKING IT AFFORDABLE

Our commitment to changing education does not end at innovative programs and student experience. We are committed to making education affordable by offering programs at a competitive tuition cost with a unique value proposition – spend less time in school, and more time making money.

LESS TIME, MORE MONEY

Our fast-paced model allows students to go through our master level programs in just 14 months. This is almost two times faster than the  average for master’s degree completions in 24 months.

Tuition Costs

Cost Per Credit HourTotal Credit HoursTechnology Fee Per Term
$49536$150

*Tuition does not include any additional fees

Financial Assistance

Financial aid is available.

Hallmark University is approved for federal financial aid, scholarships, and U.S. veterans benefits.

Learn more about financial options at Hallmark University.

MSL Admissions Requirements

Hallmark University is a nationally accredited, co-educational facility with two campuses, both located in San Antonio, Texas. Both schools are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Texas Veterans Commission approves Hallmark University to train veterans. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approves Hallmark University, College of Aeronautics. Hallmark University does not deny admission to or participation in programs and activities or discriminate against students enrolled at the university on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, disability (including students who have Hepatitis B in medical, nursing, and any health-related programs), national origin, or religion.
Hallmark uses college-level placement exams containing reading, writing, and algebra skills to schedule students in the appropriate courses. The assessment can be completed at the student’s pace. All exams are computer-based and will be scored upon completion.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Graduate program applicants are required to provide an official transcript showing completion of a bachelor’s degree from an approved accredited institution.  All admissions documentation must be received by the University prior to the school’s acceptance of the student and execution of the enrollment agreement. The applicant must be 18 years of age or older, or if under the age of 18, a parent/guardian’s signature is required for entrance to Hallmark University.  Applicants will be considered for acceptance and presented to the Acceptance Committee for approval once they have completed the following:

  • Interview with Admission Representative
  • Completed a Hybrid Readiness Evaluation (Main Campus Only)
  • Completed the Risk Assessment Questionnaire
  • Met the qualifying assessment/entrance score on all applicable entrance examinations and/or assessments
  • Paid the required application fee
  • Submitted a signed Enrollment Agreement
  • All admissions documentation must be received by the University prior to enrollment and final acceptance of the applicant.
  • A certificate of release or discharge from active military duty (DD Form 214) indicating high school graduation or equivalent
  • A certificate of Record of Military Processing, U.S. DD Form 1966/1 indicating high school graduation or equivalent
  • An official college transcript that indicates the applicant has graduated from high school

The applicant is notified of acceptance once he/she has and has been approved by the Acceptance Committee. Applicants denied entrance by the Acceptance Committee, will have all application fees paid refunded.

  • Transfer credits

    Hallmark is a place where you can bring previously earned credits and apply your drive to succeed as an individual. Previous credits earned at an accredited institution recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE) and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) that are compatible with the student’s degree plan are considered for transfer. All transfer evaluations are accepted and approved by the Office of the Registrar during the enrollment process and/or within the first grading period of active attendance at Hallmark University.

    Hallmark University requires all college-level work subject to transfer credit consideration, be submitted on an officially approved transcript from the originating institution. An officially approved transcript is one sent directly from the originating institution and/or received by the Office of the Registrar at Hallmark University in an envelope sealed by the originating institution. All Veteran’s Educational funding students to submit copies of their military and all academic transcripts for evaluation of credit.

    TRANSFER CONDITIONS

    Transfer credits may be applied under the following conditions:

    • The institution where previous credits were earned, must be accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Post-Secondary Education.
    • Aviation credits must be from an FAA certified school.
    • Subjects or courses to be transferred must be comparable in scope and content to Hallmark University’s Units of Instruction as described in the current catalog.
    • Grades earned must be equivalent to or greater than a “C” for consideration. Hallmark University credit earned with a “D” may transfer from one Hallmark University program to another with the exception of Nursing.
    • Only credit for technical courses completed within the last five (5) years will be considered.

    Final approval of transfer credits will be made only after an official transcript is received from the granting institution. Higher level coursework may be awarded as credit for a lower level course. Amount of approvable transfer credits are subject to residency requirements. Where credit is granted, program length and cost will be adjusted as appropriate. If the student receives transfer credit, the student’s scheduling track may be affected. A Unit of Instruction comprehensive test and practical projects may be deemed necessary to ascertain proficiency for credit purposes.

    EVALUATION OF FOREIGN CREDENTIALS

    An official evaluation of foreign credentials must be completed before transfer credits can be granted. All foreign credentials submitted to Hallmark University must be the originals of a certified English translation. Applicants are responsible for arranging for credential evaluation and must pay all costs associated with obtaining the translation and submitting the documentation for approval by the appropriate Office of the Registrar and/or Dean of Academics.
    Hallmark University will accept an evaluation from the following evaluators:
    SpanTran Educational Services, Website: www.spantran.com
    Foreign Credentials Service of America, Website: www.foreigncredentials.org

  • MSL Requirements

    In addition to the general admission requirements, to be considered for admission to the MBA or MS program, an applicant must meet all of following entrance requirements:

    1. Verification of completion of a Bachelor degree program on an official transcript from an accredited college or university with an undergraduate GPA of 2.50 or higher.
      • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 – 2.99 are required to submit Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score with a minimum score of 500, or take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and score a combined 300 on the exam (minimum of 150 for Verbal and 150 for Quantitative).
      • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher are exempt from submitting GMAT or GRE scores.
    2. Verification of completion of one course in one of the following areas: Quantitative Methods or Statistics with a grade of C or better. The applicant may complete course requirement at Hallmark University before acceptance into the MBA or MS program.
    3. Submit professional resume and personal statement.
    4. Submit two letters of recommendation from previous professors, employers, or community leaders.
    5. Submit two 200 word typed essays responding to two of the three following questions:
      • Reflect on a time when you turned down an opportunity. What was the thought process behind your decision? Would you make the same decision today?
      • Discuss a time when you faced a challenging interpersonal experience. How did you navigate the situation and what did you learn from it?
      • Discuss a time when you have been a leader in your personal or professional life keeping the following quotation in mind: “Leadership is central to our culture at Hallmark University. It is a mentality that must encompass every aspect of the School – whether faculty research, teaching or alumni outreach.” – Joe Fisher, Chancellor

    Previously completed coursework will be evaluated for eligibility to transfer credit. See Transfer Credit for Previous Education and Residency Requirement. The Vice President of Academic Affairs has the authorization to make exceptions to the MBA or MS requirements on a provisional case by case basis.

Program Outline

The students will develop effective interpersonal and influencing skills that cross all leadership environments. Graduates exit the leadership program as champions of change who inspire others to reach their full potential.

Initially the student will spend a pre-term week developing critical thinking ability, communication skills, and training on APA 6th Edition formatting for professional papers. The Master of Science in Strategic Leadership is structured to provide a high degree of excellence in education to its students.

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Courses
  • Master of Science Strategic Leadership
    Core Courses
    Course #Course Title
    OML 5337

    Leadership Development and Coaching

    This course prepares students to integrate generally accepted business and interpersonal coaching principles focused on nurturing individual team member strengths with non-manipulative motivational techniques to enhance individual engagement and team productivity. Students will propose improvements to diagnostic or developmental tools or remediation approaches that will tend to enhance their suitability for their industry’s macroenvironment. Students will participate in virtual ‘hands-on’ exercises with coaching design, centered on improving talent management, job satisfaction, and enhanced service to the value proposition for their organization’s customers, clients, partners, and key stakeholders. The character traits of service and stewardship are essential to this study.

    OML 5336

    Social and Anthropological Foundations

    Several societal values will be compared domestically and internationally, such as transparency in reporting, avoidance of conflict of interest, expectations of personal integrity, appreciation for the rule of law, adherence to accountability standards, and how privacy is variously perceived in business environments. Students will become knowledgeable about central assumptions that can underlie different cultural worldviews and explore how trust might be developed among groups and teams across cultural divides. The character traits of integrity and stewardship are essential to this study.

    OML 5333

    Multinational Commerce and Corporations

    This course focuses on decision-making processes involved in offering products for sale for the first time across national borders, including via e-commerce platforms. Management factors are examined related to corporate operations, product marketing, and personnel selection and training. Students develop preliminary strategies for e-commerce sales. The course provides a comprehensive survey of entry-level multinational commerce so that students can develop a commercial strategy and articulate its adoption by senior corporate executives. The character traits of integrity and agility are essential to this study.

    MGT 5335

    Problem Solving and Decision Making

    Students will examine essential steps leading a group to consider relevant factors in an unbiased manner, as well as techniques to begin to seek, sort, and interpret pertinent data. They will also examine indicators to identify and dismiss destructive factors in problem-solving, including decision traps, unconscious bias, personal-opinion assessments, discarding the likely impact of risk elements, and addressing overt demands for urgency and the addition of non-essential expectations. Students will examine the role and application of data analytics and qualitative research as means and methods to employ in responsible decision-making. Course content will include contemporary issues. The character traits of agility and integrity are essential to this study.

    MGT 5334

    Ethics, Integrity, and Social Responsibility

    This course examines social and corporate responsibility as a strategy to improve products, profits, and brand equity. This course provides a short historical review examining why laws, regulations and other rules were set into place to address less-than-responsible organizational behavior. The character traits of stewardship and dependability are essential to this study. The content of the course will challenge students to think preventively and discard assumptions that might lead to avoidable organizational vulnerabilities, as well as to research options and propose opportunities that build up corporate social responsibility. The character traits of integrity and dependability are essential to this study.

    ITS 5331

    Emerging Technologies

    Examines science-based innovations with the potential to either create or transform a constellation: emerging technologies may involve either a single discovery or a bundle of innovations that converge to create a new technological system. This course focuses on the emergence of technology from basic research to implementation that includes the proliferation of cloud use by organizations of all sizes and industries. Seminar format, case-study preparation, presentation, and cooperative learning are defining characteristics of this course.

    OML 5332

    Creating and Leading Effective Team

    Leaders must exhibit the behaviors and productivity they expect and exercise skills that cultivate trust, optimize individual talents and knowledge, and motivate productivity among team members. Balancing the capacities and constraints of team members, external third-party vendors and contractors, and available time, resources and the organization’s purpose is a continuous effort. Students will examine factors to nurture non-toxic collaborative environments, even while under time and resource stressors to deliver outputs and outcomes that executives and clients continuously assign and change. The character traits of dependability and stewardship are essential in this course.

    OML 5334

    Leading Teams in the 4th Industrial Revolution

    This course explores a period of technological and social change called the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in which we live today. Students will examine and evaluate trends in the replacement of human labor with machines, robots, automation, AI, and emerging new autonomous capabilities. They will be challenged to explore direct societal, economic, and lifestyle consequences, both positive and adverse. The course outcome for students is a more comprehensive understanding of the Fourth Industrial Revolution so that they can begin to anticipate changes they need to make, advocate, and act upon. The character traits of integrity and dependability are essential to this study.

    BUS 5334

    Network Interpretation and Design

    In this course students will examine several building blocks of human networks such as message system types, dynamics of social cognition, elements of persuasive communications, steps in group attitude formation and change, the valence of face-to-face interactions and small group situations, strategies of attributional and communicative interpretation, representative mass communication effects, and the social influence of networks. The aim of this course is to introduce human networks and a relational way of analysis. Students will gain an introductory competency to read, catalog information, and propose network-based research to interpret concepts that might be examined through reliable measurements; and propose network designs through the lens of substantive research questions. The character traits of communication and dependability are essential to this study.

    OML 5335

    Effective Business Communications

    In this course students will examine foundational elements of the communications process internal to an organization’s individuals and groups. They will develop and exercise essential listening skills, understanding conflict resolution, power dynamics, leadership styles, and cultural competencies. Students will rehearse messaging that respects diverse worldviews through careful observance of cultural norms. The overall objective in this course is to improve student knowledge about and to develop basic skills in communicating persuasively, internally and external to an organization. The character traits of communication and service are essential to this study.

    Graduation Requirement
    Course #Course Title
    OML 6340

    Research Analysis

    This course provides students with faculty guidance in the preparation of material to completely satisfy the requirements to earn a graduate degree. Through this course, students will develop abilities to undertake independent research using the concepts and tools learned throughout the program. The principal assignment to be worked on is the research needed to undertake a publishable thesis or comparable project. Students must substantiate analysis and conclusions with appropriate data and other evidence. Research completed should be substantial enough to include professional recommendations that might inform the body of knowledge or be adopted by industry.

    OML 6350

    Thesis Capstone

    Students will be guided through examination of well-written thesis and projects; essential stylistic techniques in thesis composition; validating their analysis and arguments for logical consistency and clarity, and; mapping their work against a writing and presentation timeline. The course requires the student to complete a directed research project, produce a thesis paper or comparable project, and orally present the findings. The final paper or project will be substantial enough to include professional recommendations or findings that might inform the body of knowledge or be adopted by industry.

Can I get Financial Aid at Hallmark University?

Yes. Hallmark University is approved for federal financial aid, scholarships, and U.S. veterans benefits.

Are you accredited?

Yes, Hallmark is accredited through the ACCSC(Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges).

How long are your class semesters/terms?

Our terms are 8 weeks long. This allows us to have 6 terms a year so there is no need to wait to apply.

Is Hallmark a 2 year or 4 year University?

We offer associate, bachelor, and master level degrees. We are not a trade school and we offer degrees which are found at both 2 year and 4 year colleges/universities. The biggest difference is that our degrees can be completed in nearly half the time of traditional universities.