Message from the Head of Campus

Head of Campus, Dr. Terry Dale shakes hands with Master of Business Administration graduate, Paul White. The year is off to a great start at MSU-Meridian! 

Fall enrollment increased 12% as more students discovered an opportunity to stay local, pay less, and earn more. Our Partnership Pathways initiative with local community colleges makes the transition to MSU-Meridian more convenient than ever and truly takes the guess work out of the transfer process. This is all backed with the assurance that MSU is the state’s leading return on educational investment.

The university will launch a new Bachelor of Applied Science degree in January 2020. This program allows students to transfer up to 45 hours of technical and military credit for application to a bachelors degree. This vastly expands educational opportunity for students who previously didn't have a clear pathway to a bachelors degree, and I am pleased to say the program is administered through our Meridian Campus. Students may take classes in Meridian, Starkville, or online.

Our emerging Master of Physician Assistant Studies program is developing well. The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) will visit our Riley Campus in March 2020 to review the proposed program. Our new application will open in April 2020, interviews will be during the fall, and if approved, seat our first class in January 2021.

The Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts announced an exciting lineup in addition to our Education and Family Series. Meanwhile, our work with Meridian Public Schools on the prestigious Kennedy Center Any Given Child Grant continues.

As the state’s leading research University, we also are uniquely positioned to serve a wide range of people in east Mississippi and west Alabama where residents in Choctaw, Clarke, Greene, Hale, Marengo and Sumter are eligible for in-state tuition costs at MSU-Meridian.

There has never been a better time to join our community!

Hail State!

Terry Dale Cruse, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President and Head of Campus