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MSU introducing first-ever three-year programs

STARKVILLE — College students wanting a faster alternative to traditional four-year undergraduate programs will have the option of earning a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University in just three years beginning in fall 2013.

MSU president Mark E. Keenum said, “This three-year program offers our students the prospect of cost savings without sacrificing the world-class level of instruction they will receive in pursuit of their degrees. I am pleased that Mississippi State University is taking a leadership role in offering this new opportunity in our state.”

Jerry Gilbert, MSU provost and executive vice president, said the university is developing the special programs to allow students the opportunity to complete a degree a full year ahead of traditional course curriculums by attending two summer semesters in addition to six fall and spring semesters, depending on the program.

Students who have scholarships should be able to apply them to courses taken over the summer, Gilbert added.

Among the 23 programs being offered, three are in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; three within the College of Arts and Sciences; three within the College of Business; and 14 within the College of Education.

Gilbert said excellent candidates for enrollment in a three-year degree program are students who enter college with credit earned by Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment, International Baccalaureate (IB) or the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).

High school students may contact three-year degree program advisors for help in planning high school courses that will complement their intended college major.

For more information about MSU’s three-year degree programs, visit www.threeyeardegree.msstate.edu.

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