Originally founded in 1933 as Beckley College, Mountain State University is a private, not-for-profit university located in Beckley, West Virginia. Mountain State University was originally founded as a junior college to meet higher education demands in southern West Virginia. Since its creation, Mountain State University has been committed to providing students with an accessible and affordable private education. In-line with its mission, Mountain State University has expanded to serve students through advances in distance learning. Students who desire to earn a distance learning degree from Mountain State University will find that there are many options between the subjects that they can study as well as the distance learning medium with which they can earn their degree.
Regardless of the method, distance learning approaches education with the attitude of “The university comes to the student,” vs. “The student comes to the university.” Satellite campuses are one distance learning approach that allow students to attend on-campus classes at either traditional or non-traditional times. Mountain State University employs this form of distance learning through 8 campuses in 4 states and Washington D.C.
Thanks to advances in distance learning technology, Mountain State University also offers degrees online. Online learning allows students from all over the world to earn their degree regardless of location, time constrictions, family commitments, or transportation needs. Furthermore, a degree from Mountain State University is a quality degree, as evidenced by its accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission and membership in the North Central Association.
There are many distance learning degree options available to Mountain State University students. Degrees are offered in a variety of subjects and educational levels. Associate’s degrees include Accounting, Aviation, Airline Transport Professional and Pilot Operations, Computer Science, Information Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Fire Science, Legal Studies, Paralegal Studies, Medical Assisting, Occupational Health and Safety, Psychology of Early Childhood Development, and Business Administration.
Bachelor’s degrees include Accounting, Aviation, Airlines Transport Professional and Pilot Operations, Computer Science, Information Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Legal Studies, Organizational Leadership, Criminal Justice Administration, Hospitality Leadership, Psychology, and Business Administration. Business Administration concentrations include Finance, Health Care Management, Human Resources, Management, and Marketing. All associate’s and bachelor’s degrees include a liberal arts core with professional coursework, ensuring a well-rounded education to enhance communication and critical thinking skills.
Graduate degrees and certificates are also available online at Mountain State University. Graduate degrees are available at the master’s and doctoral levels. Master’s degrees include Strategic Leadership (MSSL), and Psychology (MA). A Doctorate in Executive Leadership (DEL) is available at the doctoral level. Certificate programs include Medical Billing and Coding and a Graduate Certificate in Psychology.
Tuition and fees are in-line with Mountain State University’s missions to keep private education affordable. Tuition and costs vary with the degree type and education level. Undergraduate degrees are between $340-$470/credit hour, master’s degrees are approximately $375/credit hour, and doctoral degrees are $700/credit hour. Tuition for military students is discounted to $250/credit hour. Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of grants, and student loans.