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Mountain State University

Overview

Mountain State University is located in Beckley, West Virginia, and is a private, not-for-profit university. Its mission is to promote lifelong learning and the power of knowledge by providing accessible, innovative undergraduate and graduate programs that lead to opportunities for personal and professional success. With five campuses, Mountain State offers traditional educational options as well as independent and distance learning programs to its annual 7,000+ students.

History

Mountain State University was founded in 1933 as a response to the community’s desire to offer young people a chance to learn during the Great Depression. The junior college, which was called Beckley College, offered accessibility during a time the economy, terrain, and poor road system made it difficult to attend any of the neighboring colleges. Through the years, the institution experienced slow but steady growth, and in 2001 when new administration brought with them a global vision for the school, it was renamed Mountain State University.

Academics

Undergraduate studies at Mountain State University include Accounting, Applied Science, Aviation, Biology, Business Administration, Computer Networking, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Elementary Teacher Preparation, Emergency Medical Services, Environmental Studies, Fire Science, Forensic Investigation, General Engineering, Gerontology, Health Science Education, Health Studies, Human Resources Management, Information Technology, Justice Studies, Legal Studies Liberal Studies, Mining/Environmental Engineering, Medical Assisting, Medical Coding and Billing, Medical Transcription, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Office Administration, Organizational Leadership, Phlebotomy, Physical Therapist Assistant, Psychology, Psychology of Early Childhood Development, Radiologic Technology, Religious Studies, Respiratory Care, Secondary Teacher Preparation, Social Work, and Wildlife Management.

Graduate programs include:
Master of Arts or Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
Master of Criminal Justice Administration
Master of Health Science
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Science in Physician Assistant
Master of Science in Strategic Leadership
Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies
Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration

Distance Learning

Mountain State University offer distance learning to its students through Independent Study, Online Programs, Cohort Learning, Degree Completion Programs, and Spectrum.
Independent Study - This type of study is designed for self-directed individuals who want to work at their own pace. These courses are either paper-based (assignments are emailed or mailed) or web-enhanced (complete assignments online). Independent Study is especially appealing to students who are unable to attend a traditional classroom setting due to logistical constraints.
Online Programs - Mountain State University offers some courses and degrees online via Blackboard CE and WebCT CE4 learning management systems.
Cohort Learning - This distance learning method is attractive to working professionals because it allows students to form cohorts in various locations with the groups meeting once a week to complete a sequence of courses that lead to a degree.
Degree Completion Programs - Mountain State’s degree completion programs allow adult students to earn an undergraduate degree through accelerated learning.
Spectrum - This program works to educate adults through accelerated learning by sending high-caliber instructors with real world experience to over 90 locations in West Virginia.

Accreditation

Mountain State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, part of the North Central Association. It also holds the following memberships and accreditations:
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education/APTA
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in cooperation with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
American Association of Medical Assistants’ Endowment Department of Accreditation
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education
Programs in cooperation with the Joint Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in cooperation with the Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education
Council on Social Work Education
National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission
The WV Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
American Culinary Foundation’s Accrediting Commission
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

Financial Assistance

Mountain State University’s Financial Aid Office provides a Virtual Financial Aid Office to assist students in applying for federal student aid. The web site offers many articles about financial aid as well as an informative slide presentation called the Financial Aid Helper.

Tuition and Fees

If you would like to learn more about tuition and fees, please fill out the following form and you will be provided with detailed information about the costs and fees associated with attending Mountain State University.
Tuition and Fees
If you would like to learn more about tuition and fees, please fill out the following form and you will be provided with detailed information about the costs and fees associated with attending Mountain State University.