WPU, Meredith College Launch 5-Year Accelerated MBA Program

September 22, 2021

RALEIGH, N.C. — William Peace University (WPU) and Meredith College have partnered to create an accelerated program for students seeking both an undergraduate degree and an MBA in Raleigh.

With the new program, students could earn both degrees in five years. As they work to complete the undergraduate coursework in four years, students in this program will be able to add two Meredith graduate courses into the senior year – giving the student an advantage toward completion of his or her graduate degree in just one more year.

Students who enroll will complete classes at both institutions, though most of the general and undergraduate coursework will take place at WPU. Graduates from the program will leave with a WPU bachelor’s degree and a Meredith MBA.

The program will be individualized for each student, said Charles Duncan, WPU vice president for Academic Affairs.

“Students can do this with any major and a B.A. or a B.S.,” he said. “With Meredith College so close to WPU, it’s a perfect fit for those hoping to save both time and money to earn their MBA. We’re thrilled to offer this new option for Raleigh students.”

Both traditional students and adult learners can enroll in the program. While Meredith College is a women-only institution on the undergraduate level, its graduate programs are open to men and women.

“We are pleased to begin this partnership with WPU,” said Meredith College Senior Vice President and Provost Matthew Poslusny. “This accelerated program provides a pathway for WPU students to advance their education while earning a Meredith MBA in an expedited and cost-effective way.”

Students who are interested in the new program can contact WPU Admissions for more information. To learn more about the Meredith MBA Program, visit meredith.edu/mba.

About Meredith College

Established in 1891, Meredith College opened with just more than 200 women. Today, they’re nationally ranked and the student body has grown to include nearly 2,000 students, including men as part of their graduate programs. All learn to enhance their strengths, broaden their perspectives, and prepare for lives of impact and distinction. Meredith College, grounded in the liberal arts and committed to professional preparation, educates and inspires students to live with integrity and provide leadership for the needs, opportunities and challenges of society.

About William Peace University

Founded in 1857, William Peace University is a regionally ranked institution in Raleigh, NC – one of U.S News’ Best Places to Live – serving almost 1,000 co-ed students in 30+ undergraduate and 10 professional programs in criminal justice, education, business administration, and more. Nestled in the heart of Raleigh’s downtown area, our culture is as vibrant as the city that surrounds it; and our students benefit from all the connection and collaboration that our central location has to offer. With supportive professors, dedicated faculty advisors, and a friendly and active student body, William Peace University students enjoy the tight-knit community of a small school, and the opportunity of a growing, flourishing city.

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