Amberton University is a private, non-profit university which first opened in 1971 as part of Abilene Christian University, under the name Amber University. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1974, the campus moved to a new building in Garland, Texas. In 1981, after receiving accreditation, the school separated from the Abilene Christian University. In 2001 the name was changed to Amberton to include the “ton” which refers to its community feeling. Classes are offered both on campus and online, through their distance learning programs.
The university offers two bachelor’s degrees; Bachelor of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science. Within Bachelor of Business Administration, degrees are offered in General Business, Management, and Management Accounting. Within Bachelor of Science, degrees are offered in Applied Studies and Human Relations and Business. All degrees are offered completely online with the exception of Management Accounting and Applied Studies.
Three graduate degree programs are offered; Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Science. Within Master of Arts, you can earn your degree in Professional Counseling, Professional Development, or School Counseling. Within Master of Business Administration, you can earn your degree in General Business, Management, or Strategic Leadership. Within Master of Science, you can earn your degree in Family Studies, Human Relations and Business, Human Resources Training & Development, or Managerial Science. All except for Professional Counseling and School counseling can be earned completely online.
Amberton also offers certification programs for those not seeking a full degree.
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Certification Programs for adults in the workforce allow students to strengthen professional skills without interrupt their careers. Undergraduate certifications include Business Management Essentials, Executive Communication Skills, or Project Management. Graduate certification programs include Adult Training Development, Change Management, Conflict Management and Resolution, Diversity Awareness, Executive Communication Skills, Executive Leadership, Human Resource Management, and Project Management.
Admissions are highly discriminating to ensure that only students who best fit the University’s lifestyle will be attending. The University is only for students who have already had some college experience, so standardized tests are not important, but good work skills and academic ability are. Since the school does not have the traditional social atmosphere found on many campuses, independence both in an out of the classroom is crucial.
To qualify, an applicant must be at least 21 years old, an English speaking US citizen or permanent resident, and have successfully completed time at a college or university in the US. Graduate program applicants must also hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university in the US.
For applicants who meet these prerequisites, the first step in the admissions process is filling out the application and submitting it by mail, fax, or in person. You will receive the school’s decision within one week. The second step is to complete the Request for Enrollment Form with the classes you want to take. The third step is to have your previous transcripts sent in for review and to help prepare the proper courses for your degree.
Amberton University does not offer any federal or state loans to their students. They purposely set their tuition costs low and offer a flexible payment system in order to avoid students from going into debt. A student has the option of paying as one goes, or one can also apply for their payment deferral program.
Amberton has always been meant for students who are continuing their education, such as working adults or transfer students. As a result the campus lacks many of the standard amenities, such as cafeterias, dormitories, and gyms. Despite this and the fact that a lot of classes are offered online, there is still a community feel among the student body.
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