Anderson University South Carolina

Introduction

Anderson University is a selective comprehensive Christian university offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees on campus and online.  Anderson has received numerous national recognitions, including:

  • The Top Tier (#21) of U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 
  • One of "49 Up & Coming Universities to Watch in America" (U.S. News & World Report)
  • The Princeton Review's 136 Best Southeastern Colleges 
  • The #2 Regional College in the South for "Excellence in Teaching" (U.S. News & World Report) 
  • One of "Americas 100 Best College Buys" 

OUR HISTORY

Anderson University traces its origin to one of the first institutions of higher learning for women in the United States. The Johnson Female Seminary opened in the city of Anderson in 1848. The founder was the Reverend William B. Johnson.

The school the Reverend Mr. Johnson founded was forced to close during the Civil War and did not reopen; but in time a new generation carried on what had been begun at that institution. A group of public-spirited citizens, desirous of having an institution of higher learning in Anderson, offered 32 acres of land and $100,000 to the South Carolina Baptist Convention at their meeting in 1910. The convention nominated a group of trustees, and Anderson College was granted a charter in 1911 by the South Carolina General Assembly. In 1912, the College opened its doors and operated as a four-year college for women until 1930. In 1929, the Anderson transitioned to a junior college, the first in the state. The College became a coeducational two-year institution in 1930.

In December, 1989, the Board of Trustees voted to return the College to its status as a four-year institution, beginning with the fall semester of 1991. This decision was subsequently affirmed by a unanimous vote of the General Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The first four-year class since 1930 graduated in May, 1993.

In the spring of 2005, Anderson's Board of Trustees voted for a change to university status for the institution to reflect the new addition of graduate programs and a reorganization of the academic divisions into colleges. On January 1, 2006, Anderson College became Anderson University.

The community of Anderson, having given birth to the University, has nurtured and supported the institution throughout the University's history. In turn, the University has provided intellectual, cultural, and recreational opportunities for the citizens of the Anderson area, and has made a significant contribution to the economy of the community.

Anderson University has experienced rapid growth under the leadership of President, Dr. Evans Whitaker.  Anderson University now enrolls approximately 3,000 students from 38 states and 15 foreign countries.  Grounded in a Christian perspective, Anderson offers more than 50 bachelor's, masters and doctoral programs of study.  

OUR ACCREDITATION

Anderson University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master's and doctoral degrees.  Professional accreditation includes the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).  

OUR FACULTY

Guided by a commitment to teaching excellence, Anderson's faculty invest their lives into your personal and intellectual success. Our faculty distinguish themselves by creating unique opportunites for student engagement and helpful support, especially for AU Online students. Eighty-two percent of AU faculty hold the highest degree in their field.   

OUR AFFORDABILITY

Anderson University has been recognized as one of the most affordable universities in the South.  Recently, U.S. News & World Report, ranked AU among the top 11 universities in the South (public and private) for students accumulating the least educational debt.  

OUR MISSION

Anderson University is an academic community, providing a challenging education grounded in the liberal arts, enhanced by professional and graduate programs and a co-curricular focus on the development of character, servant leadership, and cultural engagement. This is a diverse community that is Christ-centered, people-focused, student-oriented, quality-driven, and future-directed.

OUR VISION

Anderson University exists to be a premier teaching university where liberal arts and professional studies thrive within a distinctively Christian community of faculty, staff and students dedicated to learning and service.

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Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time September 2017 USA Anderson

The M.Ed. is for teachers looking to increase the effectiveness of their teaching on student learning and career advancement. [+]

Master of Education

 

The College of Education offers three programs leading to graduate degrees in education. For teachers who are looking to increase the effectiveness of their pedagogy and impact on student learning, this Master of Education degree program offers practical application of current research-based best practices. Courses are delivered in both on-line and seated formats, and the 33-hour program can be completed in 12 months. The Master of Education degree does not lead to certification, and incoming students must already be certified to teach.

Coursework Details

This course is designed for classroom teachers and administrators as an introduction to research. Its purposes are to help teachers and administrators understand, apply, analyze, utilize and assess a variety of research strategies for current and future needs that are relevant to school issues such as accountability, single gender classroom, school violence, etc. Components of study will include the study and development of: 1) current research strategies, 2) an abstract, 3) a research question or hypothesis of an area of interest, 4) a literature review related to the research question or hypothesis, 5) the role of reliability and validity, and 6) data collect/analysis strategies.... [-]


Master of Ministry (M.Min.)

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time September 2017 USA Anderson

The M.Min. equips graduates with the theology and practical ministry skills for church or pararchurch ministry leadership. [+]

Master of Ministry

 

The Master of Ministry will equip the student with a solid biblical-theological foundation and with practical knowledge and skills for service in the church or other ministry organizations. The unique element of the program is its emphasis on leadership training – far more than a typical seminary program would include.

 

Why Study Ministry?


The Master of Ministry degree is an alternative model of ministry education that aims to prepare effective leaders for 21st century churches. Students will be equiped for a higher level of service in church leadership. This program can also be a "jump start" to seminary training.... [-]


Master of Music in Music Education (M.Mus.Ed)

Online Full time Part time September 2017 Colombia Ibague Tolima

The MMUSEd can be completed fully online, with optional on-campus workshops and courses addressing specialized interests. [+]

Master of Music in Music Education

 

The Master of Music in Music Education can be completed entirely online, with optional on-campus workshops and courses offered to address specialized interests of our students.

The program is designed so students can achieve their academic and career goals on their schedule. The online degree courses mimic the on-campus atmosphere by providing students with a learning environment in which they can collaborate and interact with the professor and their peers.

    Coursework Details

The 30-hour Master of Music in Music Education is designed to enhance effectiveness of music teaching and learning by addressing current best practices in music, contemporary issues, modes of inquiry, and advanced competencies in musicianship. Master of Music in Music Education classes are structured in a convenient 8-week format for working adults, and the entire program can be completed in only 24 months.... [-]


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Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ)

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time August 2017 USA Anderson

The Command College MCJ is an executive degree for criminal justice professionals with an emphasis on executive leadership. [+]

Master of Criminal Justice

Are you a criminal justice professional looking for career advancement? Are you interested in a master's degree program that is extensive yet convenient? Then the Command College of South Carolina is for you! Anderson University now offers a new way to take the next step in your criminal justice career. The program's flexible design provides working professionals the convenience of online instruction, with the direct interaction advantages of campus courses.

 

The 36-hour program, which is specifically designed for professionals in management positions in the criminal justice field, may be completed in less than two years.  The program’s unique design provides the convenience of online instruction with the networking and personal contact advantages of on campus courses.  Courses are taught by experienced criminal justice professionals from throughout the Southeast, who have not only exceptional educational backgrounds, but also the practical experiences necessary to relate to today’s criminal justice professionals.... [-]