DALLAS – The growing demand for faith-based online graduate programs has prompted Abilene Christian University, a national leader in Christian higher education, to bring a campus and expanded degree offerings to North Texas. The new location will provide a broad group of adult, non-traditional students and the university's sizable alumni base in DFW with convenient access to high-quality graduate degrees such as a new doctorate (Ed.D.) in organizational leadership and an MBA.
The new location in Addison – south of President George Bush Turnpike and north of Interstate 635 – is alongside the Dallas North Tollway and centrally located for students throughout the Metroplex. ACU Dallas will be the first and only university in Addison and will utilize 25,000 square feet of office and classroom space.
“We are excited to be expanding our presence in the Metroplex and so appreciative of the enthusiasm we already are receiving from students in the region," said ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert. “By offering ACU's distinctive brand of Christian higher education, we will fill an important need in the marketplace and become a real asset to the community.”
The new campus will provide a home base for an expanded selection of online degrees but also allow for evening, weekend and short courses to be taught on site. Leaders of the ACU Dallas campus will be vice president for academic affairs Dr. Stephen Johnson and executive vice president Jay Goin.
Online classes have already started for several graduate degree programs and the ACU Dallas location will open this fall. These key programs are launching in partnership with ACU Dallas:
• Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership – Online (Summer 2015)
• Master of Business Administration – Online (Fall 2015), pending SACSCOC approval
• Master of Marriage and Family Therapy – Online (Summer 2015)
• Certificate in Medical Family Therapy – Online (Summer 2015)
• Master of Arts in Christian Ministry – Online with residencies
• Master of Arts in Global Service – Online with residencies
• Master of Divinity – Online with residencies (Fall 2015)
• Master of Science in Organizational Development – Online
• Master of Education in Higher Education – Online with residency
• Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation – Online with residency
• Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution – Online with residency
• Dietetic Internship Program/Certificate – Dallas
Since 2013, Abilene Christian has had a presence in the Metroplex through an award-winning partnership with nonprofit CitySquare. ACU at CitySquare on North Akard Street in downtown Dallas will continue to offer unique opportunities for undergraduate students who study and serve alongside CitySquare staff to help fight poverty in an urban setting.
For more information, go to acu.edu/grad.