The Best Online Degree Programs at HBCUs

Best Online Degree Programs at HBCUs in Mississippi

At Best Online HBCUs, we provide comprehensive, unbiased information of the best online undergraduate and graduate degree programs at HBCUs across the United States and HBCUs in Mississippi. Mississippi has 36 degree-granting institutions. The state is home to 8 public, 4-year institutions, 15 public, 2-year institutions, 9 private non-profit, 4-year institutions, 3 private for-profit, 2-year institutions, and 1 private for-profit, 4-year institutions. There were 149,453 undergraduate students enrolled in associate's and bachelor's degrees, and 19,907 students enrolled in master's and doctoral degrees in fall 2018.

Of the 36 institutions, 6 are HBCUs. These 6 institutions enrolled 16,670 students: 13,901 in undergraduate programs and 2,769 in graduate programs. All of the Mississippi HBCUs are listed below. Take your time to discover more about each institution and what they can offer for your career objectives. Since we are focused on distance education, we have provided more details about the best online degree programs at those institutions.

Alcorn State University

Online Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science in Child Development

Bachelor of Business Administration

Master of Science in Workforce Education Leadership

Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator

Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner

Master of Science in Biology

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Alcorn, one of six HBCUs in Mississippi, is the oldest public historically black land-grant institution in the United States and the second-oldest state-supported institution of higher learning in Mississippi. Alcorn University was founded in 1871 as a result of the people of Mississippi’s efforts to educate the descendants of formerly enslaved Africans. It was named in honor of the sitting governor of Mississippi, James L. Alcorn.

In 1878, Alcorn University became Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College. The college was exclusively for males at first, but eventually women were admitted. In 1974, Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College became Alcorn State University.

Public, 4-Year

Sector

3,173

 Undergraduate Enrollments

485

Graduate Enrollments

186

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

269

Online Graduate Enrollments

Coahoma Community College

Online Degree Programs

There are currently no online programs listed for Coahoma Community College

Coahoma County Agricultural High School was established in 1924 becoming the first agricultural high school in Mississippi for Negroes under the existing “separate but equal” doctrine. The junior college curriculum was added in 1949, and the name of the institution was changed to Coahoma Junior College and Agricultural High School.

In 1965, Coahoma Junior College opened its doors to all students regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, or disability.

Public, 2-Year

Sector

1,895

 Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Graduate Enrollments

443

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Graduate Enrollments

Jackson State University

Online Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Childcare and Family Education

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration

Bachelor of Science in Professional Interdisciplinary Studies

Bachelor of Science in Technology – Emergency Management Technology

Master of Business Administration

Master of Arts in History

Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary & Secondary Education

Master of Science and Mathematics in Teaching (Biology Concentration)

Master of Science in Early Childhood Education

Master of Science in Education Administration and Supervision

Master of Science in Physical Education

Master of Science in Reading

Master of Science in Special Education

Master of Science in Sport Science

Master of Social Work

Jackson State University has a distinguished history, rich in the tradition of educating young men and women for leadership, having undergone seven name changes as it grew and developed. Founded as Natchez Seminary in 1877 by the American Baptist Home mission Society, the school was established as Natchez, Mississippi “for the moral, religious and intellectual improvement of Christian leaders of the colored people of Mississippi and the neighboring states.” In November 1882, the school was moved to Jackson; in March 1899, the curriculum was expanded and the name was changed to Jackson College.

The state assumed support of the college in 1940, assigning to it the mission of training teachers. Subsequently, between 1953 and 1956, the curriculum was expanded to include a graduate program and bachelor’s programs in the arts and sciences; the name was then changed to Jackson State College in 1956. Further expansion of the curriculum and a notable building program preceded the elevation of Jackson State College to university status on March 15, 1974. In 1979, Jackson State was officially designated the Urban University of the State of Mississippi. Presently, Jackson State University, one of six HBCUs in Mississippi, is a public, coeducational institution, supported by legislative appropriations supplemented by student fees and federal and private grants.

Public, 4-Year

Sector

5,331

 Undergraduate Enrollments

1,919

Graduate Enrollments

738

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

656

Online Graduate Enrollments

Mississippi Valley State University

Online Degree Programs

There are currently no online programs listed for Mississippi Valley State University

Legislation authorizing the establishment of the institution under the name Mississippi Vocational College was enacted by the Mississippi Legislature in 1946. The express purpose for the new college was to train teachers for rural and elementary schools and to provide vocational training.

The name of the institution was changed to Mississippi Valley State College in 1964. The college was authorized to offer the liberal arts degree as well as the science and education degrees. In 1964, the name changed to Mississippi Valley State College, and in 1974, The Valley became Mississippi Valley State University. The name changes reflect the expanding mission and program offerings of the University.

Public, 4-Year

Sector

1,930

 Undergraduate Enrollments

355

Graduate Enrollments

87

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

148

Online Graduate Enrollments

Rust College

Online Degree Programs

There are currently no online programs listed for Rust College

Rust College was established in 1866 by the Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Its founders were missionaries from the North who opened a school in Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church, accepting adults of all ages, as well as children, for instruction in elementary subjects. A year later the first building on the present campus was erected.

Private Non-Profit, 4-Year

Sector

846

 Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Graduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Graduate Enrollments

Tougaloo College

Online Degree Programs

There are currently no online programs listed for Tougaloo College

In 1869, the American Missionary Association of New York purchased five hundred acres of land from John Boddie, owner of the Boddie Plantation to establish a school for the training of young people “irrespective of religious tenets and conducted on the most liberal principles for the benefit of our citizens in general”. The Mississippi State Legislature granted the institution a charter under the name of “Tougaloo University” in 1871. The Normal Department was recognized as a teacher training school until 1892, at which time the College ceased to receive aid from the state. Courses for college credit were first offered in 1897, and in 1901, the first Bachelor of Arts degree was awarded to Traverse S. Crawford. In 1916, the name of the institution was changed to Tougaloo College.

Private Non-Profit, 4-Year

Sector

726

 Undergraduate Enrollments

10

Graduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Graduate Enrollments

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