Delta State University
Hwy 8 West
Cleveland, MS 38733
(662) 846-4700
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Founded in 1925, Delta State University was originally a school for teachers and was known as Delta State Teacher’s College. Though the first class consisted of only 13 students, enrollment today averages more than 4,600 students. In the 2013 edition of Best Colleges, U.S. News & World Report ranked Delta State University No. 80 among Regional Universities (South). Delta State University was also ranked No. 37 in Top Public Schools and No. 16 in Student Engagement and Accreditation for Top Online MBA Programs by U.S. News. Delta State University offers nine accredited online degree programs for distance learners at the master’s level.

Programs Offered

The master’s degrees and certificates offered at Delta State University are available in a variety of study areas, such as education, information technology, community development, social justice, business administration, nursing, and commercial aviation. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, every online student is guaranteed individualized attention and support for the duration of their time with Delta State University. Though there is no residency requirement for class meetings, instructors may require face-to-face interactions on an arranged basis and for proctored tests, depending on the program. Classes are conducted asynchronously, which means students do not have to be online at the same time as their classmates or professors. Because the schedule of online classes is highly flexible, students are able to balance their time effectively between work, family, and school.


Delta State University has received full accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a degree-granting institution and has received specialized accreditation for specific programs by five other accrediting agencies.


Students entering the online master’s degree or certificate programs must meet minimum requirement standards to be considered for admission to Delta State University. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, must meet the requirements specific to the selected program, be eligible to re-enter in good standing the last college or university attended, and satisfy the prerequisite course work applicable to desired degree program prior to applying. A formal application must be completed and sent to the college along with a $30 application fee. All official transcripts from previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly to the admissions office. The staff will notify applicants of their admission status after they have received and evaluated all required information.

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