Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies at Hardin-Simmons University were established by the Board of Trustees in 1926. Graduate programs include the following:

Master of Arts

Clinical Counseling & Marriage and Family
Human Development

Master of Athletic Training

Master of Business Administration

Sport Business


Master of Education

Counseling and Human Development
Higher Education and Student Affairs
Special Education with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis*


Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Master of Science

Criminal Justice
Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation
Speech-Language Pathology*

Master of Science in Nursing

Nursing Education

Family Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Post Master’s Certificate

Doctor of Education in Leadership

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Certificate in Clinical Anatomy

Postbaccalaureate program

*Pending SACSCOC approval

Undergraduates Registering for Graduate Courses

Under limited circumstances, seniors may register for a limited number of graduate-level courses either to count toward the completion of the undergraduate degree plan, or to count above and beyond the required number of hours for the undergraduate degree requirements. Only six hours of graduate credit may be taken to count toward completion of undergraduate degree requirements. Graduate credits taken above and beyond the requirements of the undergraduate degree plan are eligible to count toward future graduate degree work.

In both cases, the student must have the necessary prerequisite course work and the written permissions of the undergraduate advisor, the course instructor, and the program director of the graduate program. The program director’s permission will be based on review of the undergraduate academic record and evidence of the student’s ability to succeed in graduate level course work.

The form for permission to register in graduate courses may be obtained in the Office of Graduate Studies. Undergraduate registration in graduate courses may only be completed in the Registrar’s Office. Students will be required to submit the permission form with all required signatures along with the registration form.

For further information about Graduate study contact:

Office of Graduate Studies
Hardin-Simmons University
Sandefer Memorial
Box 16210
Abilene, Texas 79698
Phone: 325-670-1833

For degree requirements, course descriptions, and admissions procedures, see the Graduate Catalog.