Mountain State University (MSU) is an independent, not-for-profit university founded in 1933. It began as a junior college known as Beckley College with classrooms rented from a local church. It provides its programs through its main campus located at 609 S Kanawha Street, Beckley, West Virginia as well as its other branch campuses comprised of the Martinsburg Campus, the Center Township Campus, the Orlando Campus and the Hickory location.

Total annual enrollment is estimated at 8,777. The faculty is composed of 104 full-time and 348 part-time members. Ninety three percent of classes have fewer than 30 students.

Programs offered by MSU lead to associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degrees. Choices for majors in undergraduate studies range from Accounting to Wildlife Management. The various academic offerings are provided by the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Technology, the Patsy H. Haslam School of Health Sciences and Nursing, School of Leadership and Professional Development, and School of Graduate Studies. Distance Learning Programs provide the venue for online learning. Graduate Studies include MA or MS in Interdisciplinary Studies, Master of Criminal Justice Administration, Master of Health Science, MS in Nursing, MS in Physician Assistant, MS in Strategic Leadership, Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies and Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration.

Undergraduate tuition costs vary depending on chosen course and ranges from $ 290.00 to $ 350.00 per credit hour. Graduate tuition and fees cost $ 335.00 per credit hour. The Executive Leadership Doctoral Program costs $ 650.00 per credit hour. All on-campus resident students are required to purchase a meal plan. A 15-meal per week plan costs $ 1,444.00 per semester. Housing facilities cost $ 1,500.00 per semester for double occupancy.