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Friday, May 5, 2017 - 1:34pm
William Carey University is ranked as having the #1 most affordable online master’s in criminal justice program, according to SR Education Group. 
 
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice began its inaugural class spring 2016 with eight master’s candidates. The fully online program is taught by full-time and adjunct faculty members who are qualified practitioners in the field of criminal justice. 
 
“I am thrilled to hear that our program has been ranked as the #1 most affordable online master’s degree in criminal justice,” said Dr. Karla Pope, chair of the department of criminal justice. “We are a practitioner-based program serving working professionals in the field of criminal justice as well as others interested in pursuing a graduate degree. We are honored to offer an affordable, quality opportunity for higher learning in criminal justice.”
 
Pope said the master’s program, which is based at the Tradition campus, was initiated in response to student request and in response to requests in the criminal justice community along the Gulf Coast. 
The program has grown from eight students during the first term a year ago to 21 students during spring 2017 term. Of the initial eight students, four graduated in May while three are anticipated to graduate in August. One of the initial students had to temporarily stop the program due to a death in the immediate family; he will resume the program this summer. 
 
In order to be admitted to the program, students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and maintained a minimum of 2.5 GPA during their last 64 hours. The students must also submit competitive GRE scores and letters of recommendation to complete the admission process. 
 
Once admitted, students have a choice to pursue a master’s degree with the thesis option or master’s degree without the thesis option. Both tracks require 30 hours of criminal justice coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree with the program being designed to be completed in five trimesters.  The thesis-track students will complete 24 hours of required coursework plus six hours of thesis work while the non-thesis track students will complete 24 hours of required coursework plus six hours of electives and a comprehensive examination. 
 
For more information about the Master of Science Criminal Justice program, contact Dr. Karla Pope at (228) 702-1834 or email kpope@wmcarey.edu. Click here to view the full list of rankings. 
 
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 9:31am
William Carey University will award degrees during three commencement ceremonies May 12 and 13, 2017. All ceremonies will be held at Temple Baptist Church located at 5220 Old Highway 11 in Hattiesburg. The graduation services have been moved off-campus this year due to continuing repairs from the January tornado.
 
The schedule and guest speakers are as follows:
Friday, May 12 at 6 p.m. – Commencement for Hattiesburg campus master’s degree students, specialists, and doctoral candidates. Guest speaker will be Dr. Neal Gregg, orthopaedic surgeon at Southern Bone and Joint Specialists. Gregg is a Hattiesburg native, a 1994 graduate of Hattiesburg High School, and he earned a Bachelor of Science from Carey in 1998. While at Carey he was a member of the baseball team and was recognized as NAIA Baseball All-America Scholar Athlete. Following graduation, Gregg was drafted in the 21st round of the 1998 amateur baseball draft by the New York Yankees organization. His professional career included stents in Oneonta, New York; Tampa, Florida; Staten Island, New York, and Greensboro, North Carolina. At the conclusion of his playing career, he received the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2005, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, in 2010. His practice at Southern Bone and Joint Specialists includes caring for student athletes at Hattiesburg High School and William Carey University. He also currently serves as an adjunct clinical professor for the WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he performs as a preceptor for third- and fourth-year osteopathic medical students on clinical rotations. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have three daughters.
 
Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. – Commencement for the Hattiesburg campus undergraduate students. Guest speaker will be Charles (Chuck) Scianna, co-founder of Sim-Tex, L.P., a leading supplier of Oil Country Tubular Goods to the oil and gas industry. Scianna, a native of Bay St. Louis, is a 1971 graduate of Bay High School, a 1975 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He has served on the board of directors of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the USM Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Country. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Bellville Council Knights of Columbus, St. Peter Catholic Church and St. Paul Catholic Church. He is a life member of the USM Alumni Association and a member of the USM Alumni Hall of Fame and the USM Circle of Champions. He and his wife Rita made a significant gift to Carey to assist in the recovery from the January tornado. 
 
Saturday, May 13 at 1 p.m. – Commencement for undergraduate and graduate students from the Tradition campus. Guest speaker will be Adam Breerwood, vice president for Pearl River Community College Poplarville Campus and Hancock Center. A native of Waveland, Breerwood is a Carey graduate and earned a history degree in 1997 and a Master’s in Education in 1999. He completed his Ph.D. in higher education administration from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2003. Breerwood has been employed at PRCC since 1997 when he was hired as assistant baseball coach. In 2002, he was named as PRCC’s assistant director of recruitment and orientation and was promoted to director in 2003. He served as dean of student services for eight years before being promoted to vice president of the main campus in 2011. In July 2017, Breerwood will become PRCC’s 11th president following the retirement of Dr. William Lewis. 
 
For more information about commencement, please call the registrar’s office at (601) 318-6195.
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 2:17pm
William Carey University’s School of Education continues to receive recognition for its elementary education master’s degree program offered online. Best Master’s Degrees ranked WCU as the #14 most affordable online master’s in elementary education program in the nation. 
 
“This ranking is another recognition of Carey’s efforts to provide quality educational programs at affordable prices,” said Carey President Tommy King. “The School of Education is commended for its efforts to serve the needs of area educators.”
 
To determine the rankings, Best Master’s Degrees reviewed 113 accredited colleges and universities that offered an online master’s in elementary education, early childhood education, or closely related program. The information used to determine the initial pool of schools was taken from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator. 
 
The pool was then narrowed to institutions with rankings from at least one major publication, such as Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review, or U.S. News and World Report. The 30 most affordable of these recognized institutions were ranked in order of affordability based on recent graduate tuition/fees, also listed by College Navigator. 
 
Earlier this year, Best College Values ranked WCU as number five on a national list of the most affordable online master’s degrees in elementary education. 
 
School of Education Dean Ben Burnett said Carey seeks to provide affordable online programs that meet the needs of educators.
 
“The classes are delivered in a fully online format that is perfect for the working student who wants to take their education to the next level,” said Burnett.
 
Master’s in Elementary Education Degree
The objective of the master’s degree in elementary education is to help teachers build their skills in order to create positive changes in their classrooms and school districts. 
The master’s degree in elementary education requires 30 hours of course work and may be completed in 15 months. Students may begin the program any term during the school year. The program engages students in the most current research, technology, and evidence-based best practices in working with children at all levels to reach their highest potential. Students will also have the opportunity to build a portfolio of materials to use in day-to-day instruction.
 
Students who complete a degree in elementary education can find work as elementary school teachers, curriculum directors, educational consultants, interventional specialists, educational researchers, community college instructors, and evaluation specialists. 
 
Click here to see more information about the online master’s degree in elementary education offered at William Carey University. You may also contact the School of Education at (601) 318-6600 or email Dr. Sue Whitcomb at swhitcomb@wmcarey.edu
 
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:05am
William Carey University will hold commencement ceremonies on Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8 in Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.
 
The Friday ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. for doctoral candidates from the School of Education and the Fail School of Nursing as well as Specialist in Education candidates from both the Hattiesburg and Tradition campuses. The speaker will be Dr. Chuck Benigno, superintendent of the Laurel School District.
 
Three ceremonies will be held on Saturday, beginning with the 9:30 a.m. ceremony for graduate students from the Hattiesburg campus. The speaker is Jermaine Brown, principal of Hattiesburg High School.
 
The second Saturday ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. for undergraduate students from the Hattiesburg campus. The speaker is Dr. Steven Bishop, president of Southwest Mississippi Community College in McComb.
 
The final Saturday ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. for graduate and undergraduate students from the Tradition campus. Dr. Argile Smith, pastor of Parkway Baptist Church in Biloxi and former interim president of Louisiana College, will be the speaker.
 
For more information on Carey’s commencement ceremonies, contact the registrar’s office at (601) 318-6051.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 5:06pm
As a result of strong growth in health-related programs, the William Carey University Board of Trustees recently approved the creation of the College of Health Sciences.
 
The new academic unit will include several existing programs at the university, including the School of Nursing, the Department of Physical Therapy, the health information management program and the health education and administration program. Dr. Janet Williams, dean of Carey's nursing school, will serve as dean of the new college.
 
The establishment of the new college comes on the heels of strong enrollment growth in the nursing school and the establishment of the doctoral program in physical therapy in 2014. The School of Nursing has seen an enrollment increase of 18 percent since 2010 on the Mississippi campuses, located in Hattiesburg and Biloxi, with a continued increase expected for fall 2015. A satellite location in Slidell, La., is also seeing positive enrollment numbers.
 
In 2012, the nursing school introduced the administration and education doctoral program following the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Medicine's recommendation that universities double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020. Two years later, Carey graduated 21 doctoral nursing students, a number more than triple the six doctoral nursing graduates throughout Mississippi in the previous year.
 
There are currently 72 students enrolled in the doctoral program, with 27 anticipated to graduate this year and another 40 in 2016. The health information management program, which started in 2014 and offers a bachelor's degree, will also graduate its first class of 26 students in 2015. Another new program started in 2014, the Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in nursing dual degree, is also seeing growth.
 
Carey is also readying the physical therapy doctoral program for its first students. The program was established by the Carey Board of Trustees in 2014 and is seeking accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Fundraising is currently underway to provide for startup costs, including renovation of the program's classrooms in Thomas Business Building. A total of $1 million has been raised out of a projected need of $1.5 million.
 
Students will be eligible to begin pre-physical therapy studies in the fall. The first doctoral class consisting of 30 students is expected to be admitted in fall 2016. The physical therapy program will be the second of its kind in the state at a time when the need for physical therapists is growing at a rapid rate. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently predicted the job growth in the near future in physical therapy to be 36 percent compared to a predicted increase of 20 percent for other medical fields.
 
Carey's new programs are designed to meet needs around the state, said Dr. Williams.
 
"We are interested in providing for students educationally sound and innovative methods to increase the educational level of health care workers in our state, which will subsequently have a positive effect on health care available to the citizens of our state," she said.
 
Carey has a rich history of providing for medical needs in Mississippi and neighboring states. In 1969, Carey acquired the Mather School of Nursing in New Orleans and was approved to offer the bachelor's degree in nursing for the first time at the Hattiesburg campus. The degree soon expanded to Carey's then-Gulf Coast campus in Gulfport, which was relocated to the Tradition Planned Community near Biloxi following Hurricane Katrina. The master's degree in nursing was added in 2003. In 2007, the Carey Board of Trustees authorized construction of a College of Osteopathic Medicine, the second medical school in the state. The medical college opened in 2010 and graduated its first class of students in 2014.
 
With consistent growth and the founding of the College of Health Sciences, the future seems bright for Carey's health-related programs, especially as another new program looms on the horizon. Carey administrators and the Office for Advancement are currently working to raise funds for a school of pharmacy at the Tradition campus. The proposed pharmacy school would be the second of its kind in the state and would help combat a critical shortage of pharmacists in Mississippi. Administrators anticipate a need for $4 million in startup costs along with an additional $12-15 million in construction funds for facilities for the school.
 
The largest gift in Carey history, $1.1 million, was given to the institution by Joe F. Sanderson Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Sanderson Farms, and his wife Kathy, with $1 million of the gift benefitting the pharmacy school and $100,000 applied to the physical therapy program. Additional gifts, including a $125,000 gift from the Leo W. Seal Family Foundation, have also been received for the pharmacy school.
 
A master's degree is also being planned for the health administration and education program, which helps health care workers who are licensed, registered or certified increase their educational level for teaching or becoming administrators.
 
"As a university, Carey is dedicated to meet the needs of those around us," said Dr. Williams. "We are very fortunate because we have a visionary president who encourages us to be innovative and meet those needs."
 
For more information about Carey's health-related programs, visit www.wmcarey.edu or call (601) 318-6478. To contribute to fundraising efforts for the pharmacy and physical therapy programs, visit www.wmcarey.edu/advancement or call (601) 318-6542.