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Central State University Partners with Missouri State University to Create a Pathway to Graduate School

Central State University Partners with Missouri State University to Create a Pathway to Graduate School
Posted By: Kennedy Williams on June 22, 2021

A new partnership between Central State University and Missouri State University will enable more undergraduate students to pursue master's degrees.

The universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cement the path forward for this new partnership between the universities. Outstanding undergraduate students from Central State will have an opportunity to enroll in an accelerated master's degree at Missouri State.

Central State students will be able to start taking graduate course work in their program of choice during their junior or senior year.



The accelerated master's program will be open to all students coming from 33 diverse areas of study.

The MOU is the latest in a series of agreements between Central State University and other institutions of higher learning that aims to build stronger relationships and promote the university's offerings.

Key points of the understanding between both universities:

Missouri State University has developed an Accelerated Masters option for a number of the master's degree programs it offers;

Accelerated Master's options provide a transition that enables outstanding undergraduate students to be admitted into graduate programs and to enroll for a limited amount of graduate course work in their junior or senior year;

The Accelerated Master's program allows students greater efficiency in their pursuit of educational goals that extend into graduate degrees; and

Undergraduate students at Central State University have the opportunity to participate in the Missouri State University Accelerated Master's programs, where there are no competing Master's programs offered at Central State University.

"It's an honor for Central State University to partner with MSU, a university that aligns with our values and mission, which is focused on empowering students and campus community members to become global citizens who influence society for the better," said Dr. Jack Thomas, Central State University President. "It certainly warms our hearts to partner with them as we develop the next generation of innovative leaders."

"With this partnership, CSU students can complete their bachelor's degree, while at the same time jump-start the process of earning a top-quality master's degree from MSU," said MSU President Clif Smart. "This will save them time and money and support their future academic and career success."

The targeted date for the first group of CSU students to enter MSU's accelerated options is fall 2021.

SOURCE: Central State University
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