Faulkner University opened in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1942, established as the Montgomery Bible College by Dr. Rex Turner, Dr. Leonard Johnson and Joe Greer. The mission of the new college on Ann Street was to prepare ministers for education and teaching with a curriculum based in the word of God. The name was changed to Alabama Christian College in 1953 and it moved to its present location on Atlanta Highway in 1964.
The college expanded in 1975, opening campuses in Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile. In 1983, the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law joined the school and the college gained university status in 1983. In honor of businessman and trustee, Dr. James Faulkner, the school was renamed Faulkner University. Dr. Faulkner served as Mayor of Bay Minette from 1941 to 1943, the youngest mayor in the United States at the time. He served as a state senator and twice ran for governor of Alabama. In 1947, he purchased the Monroe Journal with his partner, Bill Stewart, from A.C. Lee, the father of Harper Lee.
The school is affiliated with the Churches of Christ and has an enrollment today of 3,262. Students represent 36 states and 35 countries. The mission of the university is to glorify God through education by emphasizing integrity of character in an environment where each individual student matters. The university understands that the world is changing and this includes institutes of higher learning. However, the Faulkner University believes it is connected to things that cannot be changed. The core value of the school is that God is the beginning and end of all things, the creator and sustainer of the universe. Therefore, the university is committed to the centrality of Jesus Christ and the cross.
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Faulkner University Accreditation Details
Faulkner University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Regional accreditation indicates that the college not only meets criteria that demonstrate excellence in education, but also strive for improvement in any area identified by the accrediting agency. In addition to regional accreditation, the following agencies also accredit specific programs within the university:
- American Bar Association
- National Accreditation of Teacher Education
Faulkner University Application Requirements
In order to apply to Faulkner University, first time students must complete an application and pay the applicable fee. Students must also supply reference forms that can be found in the paper admissions packet or downloaded. Students must also provide official high school transcripts and transfer students must also supply transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Applicants must submit official ACT or SAT scores. Applicants must have scored at least 18 on the ACT or 1290 on the SAT for admission.
Graduate admission requirements vary among programs. All applicants must complete an admission application and supply official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. One transcript must display the conferring of a bachelor’s degree or higher. Students may be required to provide letters of recommendation, goal statement as well as GMAT or GRE scores. Some programs also have minimum GPA requirements.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Traditional undergraduate tuition at Faulkner University is $620 per semester hour unless the student is taking 20 or more hours, in which case tuition drops to $540 per semester hour. Graduate tuition is as follows:
- Master of Arts in Biblical Studies – $500 per semester hour
- Master of Arts in Christian Ministry – $500 per semester hour
- Master of Arts in Teaching – $430 per semester hour
- Master of Counseling- $550 per semester hour
- Master of Education – $430 per semester hour
- Master of Humanities – $430 per semester hour
- Master of Business Administration – $515 per semester hour
- Master of Science in Justice Administration – $500 per semester hour
- Master of Science in Management – $500 per semester hour
- PhD in Biblical Studies – $510 per semester hour
- PhD in Humanities – $600 per semester hour
Tuition for online programs is as follows:
- Associate of Arts or Sciences – $295 per semester hour
- Bachelor of Arts in Humanities – $295 per semester hour
- Bachelor of Science in Business – $315 per semester hour
- Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – $305 per semester hour
- Executive Master of Business Administration – $515 per semester hour
- Master of Arts in Biblical Studies or Christian Ministry – $500 per semester hour
- Master of Arts in Humanities – $430 per semester hour
- Master of Arts in Teaching English, Elementary Education or English Language Arts – $430 per semester hour
- Master of Justice Administration – $500 per semester hour
- Master of Science in Counseling – $550 per semester hour
- Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies – $510 per semester hour
- Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities – $600 per semester hour
Financial aid is available and 96 percent of students who attend Faulkner University receive financial aid. Aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study programs. In order to qualify, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Bachelor of Science in Sports Management
The Sport Management program at Faulkner University prepares students for careers in the administration, management and marketing of sports-related industry as well as graduate study in health and fitness. The program requires 66 to 72 hours of core requirements as well as 18 to 24 hours in Christian literacy. Students are also required to take courses in Cultural Heritage Literacy, Math and Science, Information and Communication as well as Personal and Social Literacy. Courses required include:
- Accounting I and II
- American Cultural Heritage
- Anatomy and Physiology I plus lab
- Book of Acts
- Christian Cultural Heritage
- Computer Applications
- Developing Fitness Programs
- English Composition I and II
- Exercise Physiology
- Finite Mathematics or higher
- First Aid
- Foundations of PE
- Freshman Experience
- Health and Nutrition
- Individual and Dual Sports
- Legal Environment of Business I and II
- Life of Christ
- Lifetime Fitness
- Marriage and Family
- Perspectives in Biology plus lab
- Prevention and Treatment
- Principles of Management
- Principles of Marketing
- Psychology of Coaching
- Speech Communication
- Sports Management Leadership
- Team and Recreational Sports
- Western Cultural Heritage I, II and III
Students must also successfully complete the Departmental Exit Examination and must complete six hours of elective courses.
Faulkner University offers many programs in online formats that allow students who have work, family and social obligations to complete their higher education goals. In addition, there are several campuses at Faulkner University designed specifically for adult learners who wish to move into a new career or advance in a current career.
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