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Sciences and the School of Business were activated in 1969 and the School of Education and School of Graduate Studies were implemented in 1970. A School of Nursing was authorized in 1977 and began operation in 1978. On March 15, 1974, the institution was officially designated Delta State University to reflect its continued growth and expanded scope.

When created in 1925, Delta State was authorized to offer only the Bachelor of Science degree in Education. The first such degrees were conferred in June 1928. Undergraduate degrees are now offered in the arts, sciences, humanities, busi- ness, nursing, commercial aviation and education.

In 1965, the University initiated a graduate program and the first Master of Education degrees were conferred in May, 1966. Delta State University now offers Master’s degrees in the areas of business, commercial aviation, education, natural and social sciences, and nursing, as well as the Educational Specialist degree and Doctor of Education in professional studies.

From a small teacher-training institution in the 1920’s, Delta State has grown into a multi-purpose university which focuses strongly on quality classroom instruc- tion. Enrollment has increased to more than 4,000 students, and corresponding growth has occurred in physical facilities. The growth and success of the University are tributes to the dedication of the faculty and staff, the hard work of the students, and the strong support of the Delta community and state legislature.


Delta State University, a regional university in Cleveland, Mississippi, serves as an educational and cultural center of the Mississippi Delta. The University offers broad undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs of study leading to degrees at the baccalaureate through doctoral levels. Emphasis is placed on excellence in instruction, followed by service and research, in the cre- ation of a community of scholars. With special attention to small classes, a friendly environment, and a broad liberal arts foundation, the University encour- ages significant student-faculty interactions. Delta State provides programs and services which promote intellectual, cultural, ethical, physical, and social devel- opment. Students from a broad range of cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds have the opportunity to develop the ability to respect and evaluate the thoughts of others; to develop, assess, and express their own thoughts effec- tively; and to use the techniques of research and performance associated with their disciplines.

Approved by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, February 19, 1998.

UNIVERSITY GOALS Delta State University strives to fulfill the following goals: Instruction


Review and update undergraduate and graduate programs to adequately address basic skills, knowledge, and competencies necessary for students to be properly prepared in their chosen fields, to complete licensure require- ments, enter the work force, and/or continue advanced study in graduate or professional school.


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