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Behavioral Health

Choose from a variety of job opportunities in the mental health community or continue on to graduate work with a degree in Behavioral Health.

Business Administration

Expand your career with a degree in Business Administration in areas such as human resources, marketing, management, financial opportunities and more.

Christian Ministries

Lead with a solid biblical foundation and Christian worldview in any type of church or non-profit organization with a degree in Christian Ministry.

Education Programs

ACU now offers Elementary and Secondary Education degrees in the Degree Completion Program! Classes are designed for your busy lifestyle!


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Five Tips for Going Back to School

Five Tips for Going Back to School

Students returning to school after several years are often concerned about keeping up with academics. If you are an adult that has recently gone back to college to finish your degree or is contemplating going back to school, you are not alone! The Degree Completion Program at Arizona Christian University incorporates a course in the beginning of each of the degree programs to help adults sharpen their skills. No matter where you are in the process, however, these five tips will set you up for success and prepare you for becoming a college student as an adult learner: Develop a Support System. Pull together support from family and friends and ask them to pray you through each class and any times of struggle. Be patient with yourself. The more time you’ve spent away from school the more difficult it may be to feel comfortable. Adjust your schedule. Carve out an hour or two every day for reading and writing. Our favorite saying in the DCP office is “short-term sacrifice: long-term gain.” Make good use of on-line tools. Look for free resources on the internet that will help with study skills, grammar, and writing. Don’t be shy. The more you interact with others, the more comfortable you’ll feel and the more success you will have. This is your time. Own it. If I were to add a sixth tip it would be to reward yourself – and to reward yourself often. You are embarking on a good and noble adventure. Completing your degree as an adult is an incredible undertaking, be proud of what you’re doing, who you are, and...

A Veteran’s Testimony

  The Degree Completion Program is ideal for veterans. ACU is authorized to certify DCP students who qualify for Veterans’ Benefits. We are grateful for the service provided by the many men and women that have served our country and strive to serve them, not only with their educational needs, but their spiritual needs as well. This is what one of our Veteran students has to say about his experience with the DCP: “Arizona Christian University (ACU) has been a real blessing to me. I am in the DCP, and the Instructors are excellent! I have learned so much more than I imagined. I am getting a degree from the most caring, well rounded educators possible. They are not only wonderful instructors, and teachers, but they are caring brothers and sisters. I have learned much from them and my classmates. I am both excited, and blessed to be a student here. I am also an Iraq combat Vet, the teachers and campus is Veteran friendly. I drive 200 miles to come to campus and back and it is worth it. I have found that the DCP program is the best educational decision I have ever made. God bless this school and it’s program.” Don Stallings US ARMY retired We are very proud to have Don and all of our Veteran students participating in our program! If you are a Veteran, and you’d like to know more about how you can benefit from this educational opportunity and the Veterans’ Benefits we have available, please check out the Veterans’ Affairs page on the ACU website. IS THE DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAM RIGHT FOR YOU? Give...


One of the greatest advantages of a cohort education is the sense of community that develops between students. A cohort is a group of individuals who come together to complete a task, such as completing a degree, for a certain period of time – 20 months here at ACU. When our students come to the first night of class, they realize they are not alone! As they look around the classroom and hear the stories of their fellow students, you can see the tension leave them. What happens quickly is that their shared common goal of completing their degree helps build relationships quickly as students share their stories and dreams. Let me share a story about how community works. One of our new students, Danny, is unable to drive. A few weeks before he started his classes on Thursday nights, I asked one of the classes that meets on Tuesday nights if they would pray for someone to take Danny home to Mesa after class on Thursday. At the end of class, a student named David who lives near the 51 and Cactus came to me and said, “I’ll take Danny home.” I reminded David that his class met on Tuesday night, and it would mean a 45 minute drive, round trip, at 10 p.m. every Thursday night. David said he had talked with his wife, Bonnie, and she agreed that it would be an awesome privilege to serve another student. David and Danny have become good friends, and the DCP community has been strengthened. “Community” was contributed by Dr. James Ellis, Department Chair of the Professional and Adult...

Hear From Our Students

The Degree Completion Program at Arizona Christian University (ACU) has some amazing adults students. I love hearing their stories about how they came to our program to finish their degree or how this program is helping them accomplish a goal they started long ago. Their experience in the Christian community at ACU testifies to the quality of the education and the convenience of our evening classes for adult students. Marcus is in the Business Administration program. This is what he has to say about his classes: “As a 30 something husband with a full time job, there were not many opportunities for me to finish my degree AND stay focused on my family and work. ACU gave me that opportunity and I am blessed to be in their cohort program. In 19 short months, I will walk the aisle with my bachelors degree and I get to learn about some really interesting subjects along the way. I recommend this program to any working person who would like to better themselves with a quality, convenient, Christ-centered education.” — Marcus I can only imagine how proud Marcus’ family is going to be when he walks down that aisle at graduation. In fact, his wife just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.   IS THE DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAM RIGHT FOR YOU? Give us a call at 602-386-4183 to speak to Fernando Cota, DCP Admissions Counselor or e-mail him at and he’ll be glad to work with you on mapping out your individual academic...

Educational Opportunities for Adults

The Degree Completion Program is one of the exciting ways Arizona Christian University (ACU) works to meet the needs of the community. By offering Bachelor degrees in Behavioral Health, Business Administration, and Christian Ministries, we are able to serve working adults who are looking for more education to seek a promotion at work, retool for new employment, or to finish an unrealized goal. Christian Ministries and Business Administration courses begin September 15th and Behavioral Health courses begin in January. All of the Degree Completion Program classes are taught in biblically focused, Christ centered community where students learn from Christian instructors. You can be confident in attending classes and completing your degree at ACU where biblical worldview is the foundation of every course.     IS THE DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAM RIGHT FOR YOU? Give us a call at 602-386-4183 to speak to Fernando Cota, DCP Admissions Counselor or e-mail him at and he’ll be glad to work with you on mapping out your individual academic...
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