Hardin-Simmons University Graduate Catalog
Hardin-Simmons University provides the opportunity for a quality education in a Christian
environment for all qualified men and women.
Hardin-Simmons, a doctoral (comprehensive university level V) with colleges of liberal arts
and business, schools of education, music, nursing, science, and theology, a seminary, and a
graduate school, is fully accredited and holds membership in good standing in the appropriate
agencies as listed in this catalog. Graduates have been singularly successful in being admitted
to graduate and professional schools and have been readily employed in business, education,
and professional fields.
Located in Abilene, Texas, Hardin-Simmons has contributed to the development of the West
and helped establish a city and area where cultural, educational, and spiritual values are highly
regarded. Two other church-related universities in the city share with Hardin-Simmons an
interchange of courses, library facilities, and extracurricular activities. A city civic center,
symphony orchestra, three museums, community theatre groups, a county coliseum, and
progressive leadership afford an active cultural environment in a metropolitan population of
Founded in 1891 as Abilene Baptist College, renamed Simmons College in honor of the
first major donor, Dr. James B. Simmons, a Baptist minister of New York City, and later
named Hardin-Simmons University in recognition of gifts by Mr. and Mrs. John G. Hardin
of Burkburnett, Texas, the university has become well established with a growing endowment
and modern facilities.
The compact and beautiful campus is known as the Forty Acres. The Rupert and Pauline
Richardson Library, the Frost Center for the Visual Arts, the Logsdon School of Theology
Building and Chapel, the Johnson Building for the Kelley College of Business, the Connally
Missions Center, the Lee Hemphill Music Building, the Elwin L. Skiles Social Sciences
Building, and the Holland Health Sciences Academy Building are among the latest additions
to the campus.
Originally founded by the Sweetwater Baptist Association, the university has been affiliated
with the Baptist General Convention of Texas since 1941.
Throughout its history, Hardin-Simmons University has emphasized religious training and
spiritual values; hundreds of preachers, missionaries, and directors of religious education and
music are among the alumni. The foundation agreement reads in part that the school’s purpose
shall be “To bring young men and women to Christ; to teach them of Christ; to train them
Graduate study at Hardin-Simmons University was established in 1926 by action of the Board
of Trustees. Graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Business
Administration, Master of Divinity, Master of Education, Doctor (Ed.D.) of Leadership,
Master of Music, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Master of Science are available. The policies
of the Graduate School are developed by the graduate faculty and administered by the dean of