Abilene Christian University

Category: Private offering Doctorate | State: TX

About Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University, a private, comprehensive university for the education of Christ-centered, global leaders. Affiliated with Churches of Christ, founded in 1906 in Abilene, Texas. ACU educates about 5,000 students annually from 50 states/territories, and 46 nations. ACU offers 77 baccalaureate majors in more than 135 areas of study, 30 master's degree programs and three doctoral programs. It includes Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Biblical Studies, Business Administration, Education and Human Services, Honors, Graduate and Professional Studies, and School of Nursing. ACU Dallas, a branch campus in Addison, Texas, is the home of the university's online graduate and professional programs.

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Why attend Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University is just a 20-minute drive from Dyess Air Force Base. It is a Yellow Ribbon School with an established record of welcoming and serving members of the military. Its academic offerings, 77 baccalaureate majors with 135 areas of study, 30 master's degree and three doctoral programs, are available to all students who qualify for them through the Post 9/11 GI Bill program. ACU has a discounted rate for active-duty military stationed at Dyess who seek an undergraduate degree. ACU evaluates military training and follows American Council on Education guidelines on its degree programs and transfer student policy.


Top Degrees


A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.


Business Administration & Management, General

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.


Educational/Instructional Technology

A program that focuses on integrating technology into educational curricula. Includes instruction in foundations of educational technology, computer applications, utilizing technology for assessment, multimedia instruction, web-based instruction, distance education, and designing and producing educational software and materials.


Engineering (general)


Exercise Science

A scientific program that focuses on the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and biophysics of human movement, and applications to exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation.


Health Professions & Related Programs


Nursing Practice / Registered Nurse

A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.



A general program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and collective behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders. Includes instruction in the principles of the various subfields of psychology, research methods, and psychological assessment and testing methods.

Undergraduate Graduate
In State Out of State In State Out of State
Tuition $34,800 $34,800 $21,492 $21,492
Fees $50 $50 N/A N/A
Room $5,030 $5,030 $5,030 $5,030
Board $5,320 $5,320 $5,320 $5,320
Books $1,250 $1,250 $750 $750
Other Expenses $3,372 $3,372 $3,350 $3,350
Totals $49,822 $49,822 $35,942 $35,942
  • Approved for Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Network
  • ACT or SAT test scores required for admission
  • Awards college credit for passing scores on CLEP exam
  • Award college credit for military training and experience according to the ACE recommendation guidelines
  • Tuition discounts specifically for military students
  • Compliant with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 ("Choice Act")
  • Active duty or reserve military student returns without penalty after deployment
  • Offers accelerated courses (i.e., 6-8 weeks course completion time)
  • Explicit commitment to serving the military and veteran community
  • Formal policy in place regarding business conduct and compliance when admitting, educating, advising, and placing military and/or veteran students
  • Full-time veteran counselors or advisors on staff