Executive Education and Professional Advancement

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Take your vocation and organization further, faster. Whether you’re an experienced executive or just looking for a career jumpstart, ACU’s Executive Education and Professional Advancement programs can help. Specializing in custom programs that focus on immediate achievement and long-term sustained success, our goal is to increase the worth of you and your organization by equipping you with the strengths of service and leadership. 

Quickly learn a new way of thinking, or transform your entire organization over time; contact one of our partnership specialists now to get started.

Our Programs

ACU’s Executive Education and Professional Advancement initiative is proud to offer four distinct programs focused on developing, matching, and advancing professionals in their careers by providing an innovative and quality education. Focused on a professional’s well-being, servanthood, and vocational formation, each program is uniquely designed to accelerate the holistic growth of each participating individual and organization.

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Employee Candidate Program

Geared at closing the skills gap between professionals and organizations, the Employee Candidate Program partners with employers to design custom curriculum pathways for their potential new employees. By recruiting and training high-quality candidates, organizations can begin to build a secure new employee pipeline while work-seeking individuals can start to possess the skills to enter the workforce at little to no cost quickly. 



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Executive Education

Designed to increase your professional development and productivity, the Executive Education program blends academic research and real-world experiences to tailor the learning to your career and organization. As the pace of business accelerates, the need for confident and multifaceted trained employees continues to grow. As such, our program focuses on four critical aspects of building the next generation of highly skilled professionals, including leadership, entrepreneurship, technology, and communication. 

Professional Advancement

Standing alongside businesses and individuals to meet today’s workforce demands is essential to achieve tomorrow’s vision. Through the Professional Advancement program, companies can have the opportunity to request customizable, relevant programs and packages focused on enhancing their employees’ leadership or technology skills that are relevant to their type of work. Geared to instilling a lifelong learning mindset, businesses and working individuals can start to build applicable skills and long-term knowledge. 

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Corporate Partnerships

ACU Dallas prides itself on advocating for business-to-business partnerships across the state of Texas and beyond. Continuing relationships with leading medical companies, hospitals, sports teams, school districts, and community colleges, ACU Dallas aims to grow its network by offering online degree programs to educators, professional athletes, and business leaders at an exclusive discount.

Featured Partnerships


An Online Learning Community Created Just For Texas Rangers Players

A partnership of the Texas Rangers and Abilene Christian University, RangersU provides an accessible and advanced approach to online learning created for professional baseball players determined to pursue their education toward an accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree. 


Progressing Precision Medicine with Caris Life Sciences

ACU Online has partnered with Caris Life Sciences, a pioneer Texas-based biotechnology company and leading innovator in precision medicine, to further educate the workforce through three custom academic programs — the Master of Science in Precision Medicine and graduate certificates in precision medicine and precision medicine administration. Together, ACU and Caris are tackling one of our science’s most critical challenges: advancing cancer research.

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Serving Central Texas Teachers and Students with ESC Region 13

ACU Online has joined forces with Education Service Center Region 13 to provide various educational programs for teachers and students in 57 Central Texas school districts. Offerings will span from high school students to classroom teachers to administrators.


Frequently Asked Questions

Abilene Christian University is proud to partner with industry-leading businesses and organizations to continue its legacy of educating students about Christian service and leadership worldwide. When you partner with ACU, you will receive great benefits, including the opportunity to receive a 10% tuition discount on all online degrees with waived application fees, engage in strong brand-building opportunities with ACU; and join the growing and collaborative Wildcat network. Learn more about our partnership opportunities today. 

Through the Executive Education and Professional Advancement initiative, partners will have the opportunity to partake in any of our four distinct programs, including the Employee Candidate, Executive Education, Professional Advancement, and Corporate Partners programs. Partners can also select any of our standard ACU degree programs or courses by enrolling as ACU Online students.

The Employee Candidate program matches people seeking jobs with employers seeking employees by providing training and mentoring to accelerate the holistic growth of both individuals and organizations for streamlined productivity.

Individuals seeking new employment could benefit from the Employee Candidate program and the Professional Advancement program. Each of these programs provides workers with new marketable skils and connects them with potential employers.

Organizations actively seeking new employees could benefit from the Employee Candidate program and the Professional Advancement program. Each of these programs allows organizations to train future or current employees to maximize their productivity and knowledge.  

Yes, we do! With more than 40 online undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, you can start or advance your career by speaking with one of our ACU advisors. 

Yes! You can request more information by speaking with one of our advisors today!

The mission of Abilene Christian University is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. 

We achieve our mission through exemplary teaching, offered by an innovative and caring community of Christian scholars, that inspires a commitment to lifelong learning; significant research, grounded in the university’s disciplinary strengths, that informs and impacts issues of global importance to the academy, church, and society; and meaningful service as a divine calling that enriches our global society, academic disciplines, the university, and the church to God’s glory.

About ACU

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Degrees to fit your career goals. Online to fit your life.

Through ACU’s more than 40 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs, you’ll receive a powerful learning experience that combines Christian values, real-world skills and career-boosting connections. Our accredited degree programs are designed with busy working adults in mind. That means you can further your education at a nationally recognized university without the need to relocate – all while balancing the demands of work, life, and community.

Newsweek 2023

One of America’s Best Colleges

This year, Abilene Christian University has been named one of America’s Top Online Colleges by Newsweek. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report awarded ACU in the top 10 of three categories – the only Texas university to do so – and was ranked in six out of eight highlighted categories, more than any other Texas college or university. Combine this educational excellence with the flexibility of an online format, and it’s easy to understand why earning your degree from ACU Online makes sense.


ACU partners with Texas Rangers to offer RangersU courses to players

On Thursday, at a joint press conference at Globe Life Field, Abilene Christian University and the Texas Rangers officially announced “Rangers U Powered by ACU” — a program that allows players and coaches to earn academic credit by taking online courses taught by ACU faculty and staff in both English and Spanish. “It really started … Continued

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ACU, Texas Education Service Center Region 13 partner to address teacher shortage

Abilene Christian University is partnering with the Texas Education Service Center Region 13 to offer a unique set of fully-online degree programs and professional development pathways to both aspiring educators and working teaching professionals in Central Texas.  In an effort to help solve the teacher shortage across the state, ACU and ESC Region 13 are … Continued

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ACU Names New Vice President of Innovation and Business Development

Dr. Jeff Frey has been named vice president of innovation and business development at the Dallas campus of Abilene Christian University. As vice president, Frey will be responsible for developing a new business unit that forms innovative partnerships with businesses creating direct employment pathways for ACU students. This initiative will accurately match people with professions … Continued

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