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Online Classes at Mississippi College Achieving National Prominence

Interim Provost Debbie Norris
Interim Provost Debbie Norris

Evaluating Christian character, program quality and academic prestige, Mississippi College’s online programs are receiving excellent national rankings.

In fact, higher education reviewers say MC’s online courses rate the very best among the USA’s Christian colleges.

This summer’s newest rankings come from evaluators. They examined MC offerings in business administration, paralegal studies, communication, loss prevention, Homeland Security and nursing.

“The online programs at MC provide students with flexible options for completing their degrees,” reviewers stated. The classes enable adults to continue working to upgrade their education, they said.

Mississippi College leaders began offering online degrees in 2007. The list includes six bachelor’s degrees, numerous certificate programs and more than 20 graduate degrees.

“Even though MC is the oldest university in Mississippi, it continues to be responsive to students’ needs,” said Debbie Norris, the Christian university’s interim provost.

All three factors the reviewers considered remain key components of the university’s mission. “We are pleased to be recognized for these items in the review,” says Norris, the MC Graduate School dean.

The survey released in June rated other outstanding Christian colleges and their online classes. 

The report listed Calvary University of Kansas City, Missouri in second-place. Third-place honors went to Clarks Summit University in South Abington Township, Pennsylvania. Others listed are No. 7, North Greenville University of Tigerville, South Carolina, No. 8 Dallas Baptist University of Texas, No. 9 Geneva College of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and No. 10 Azusa Pacific University in California.

Seeing MC lauded as America’s premier online Christian college was welcome news to Communication Department Chair Cliff Fortenberry.

The department’s faculty and staff, he said, “worked hard every day to offer the finest online learning experience.”

It’s resulted in students achieving success through career advancements and graduate studies, Fortenberry said. “We are extremely proud of them and I know they must be excited to learn they are a part of the best online program in Christian universities nationwide.”

Mississippi College was first accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1922. Founded in 1826, MC remains the USA’s second oldest Baptist college.

School of Business Dean Marcelo Eduardo was elated about MC’s accolades as a national online leader in Christian higher education. “I think this is reflective of the commitment and the resources that we have placed in our online programs,” he said. “Our objective is to always make them equally as strong as our traditional programs.”

MC graduate degrees online include health services administration, educational leadership, and communication. Its doctor of professional counseling program attracts online students from as far away as Laredo, Texas near the Mexican border. Reviewers with praised MC’s master’s in Homeland Security as one of the USA’s programs of distinction.

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