In 1971, Abilene Christian University established a second campus in Mesquite, Texas that ultimately fulfilled the demands of an adult education program. The campus relocated to Garland, Texas in 1974, and gained accreditation by 1981, becoming the independent Amber University. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the University adopted a new official name, Amberton University.
Today, Amberton University maintains the five-acre main campus as well as an extended campus in Frisco. Both campuses continue to target the needs of adult learners, fostering both traditional and online learning environments.
The private, not-for-profit Christian University enrolls approximately 1,500 students, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 20:1. Amberton University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has recognition by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the U.S. Department of Education.
Amberton University awards Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, along with graduate and undergraduate certifications. Students can pursue Bachelor’s degrees in Professional Development, Business Administration with concentrations in General Business, Management, Management Accounting, and Project Management, in addition to degrees in Applied Studies, and Human Relations and Business.
Graduate programs include Master’s degrees in Christian Counseling, Professional Counseling, Professional Development, School Counseling, Business Administration, Family Studies, Human Relations and Business, Human Resource Training and Development, and Managerial Science. Students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration degree can choose to concentrate in General Business, Management, Project Management, or Strategic Leadership.
In addition, students can enroll in three different undergraduate certificates in Business Management Essentials, Executive Communication Skills, and Project Management. Eight different graduate certificates range in topic from Adult Training Development to Diversity Awareness.
Students can earn degrees online at Amberton University. Online coursework reflects the same standards and is taught by the same faculty that provide on-campus instruction. Students have access to resources including Remote Research Services and technical assistance. Classes engage students through discussion boards, chats, and email. Online degree programs include:
- Bachelor of Arts in Professional Development
- Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business
- Bachelor of Business Administration in Management
- Bachelor of Business Administration in Project Management
- Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences
- Bachelor of Science in Human Relations and Business
- Master of Arts in Christian Counseling
- Master of Arts in Professional Development
- Master of Business Administration in General Business
- Master of Business Administration in Management
- Master of Business Administration in Project Management
- Master of Business Administration in Strategic Leadership
- Master of Science in Family Studies
- Master of Science in Human Relations and Business
- Master of Science in Human Resources Training & Development
- Master of Science in Managerial Science
Amberton University specializes programs to fit the needs of adult students that often have busy schedules and do not qualify for federal financial aid. Courses are formatted in 10-week sessions, offered four times per year. Students can attend on-campus evening or weekend classes, or enroll in online programs. Students can also choose blended formats, combining online and on-campus learning. Furthermore, individual classes rotate between on-campus and online formats, to provide greater flexibility.
Amberton University strives to keep costs low and encourages students to “pay as they go.” For that reason, the University does not participate in federal aid programs. However, Amberton does participate in the Veterans’ Educational Benefits program for eligible students. Tuition is $705 per three-hour course.
Prerequisites for undergraduate admissions are selective and it is preferred that students be English-speaking U.S. citizens, be twenty-one years of age or older, and have successfully completed academic work at an accredited institution of higher learning. Graduate students must meet the same criteria, and must also present proof of a Bachelor’s degree earned at a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
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