Livingstone College is yet another HBCU that is seeking to transform from a college to a university through the leverage of offering master’s programs! Most recently, Edward Waters College was able to become Edward Waters University by following a similar path. Learn more in the breaking story from the Herbert L. White at The Charlotte Post below.

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Livingstone College is on the road to becoming a university.

The Salisbury school announced Wednesday it will offer a graduate program in business administration, paving the way to a transition to university status. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, which accredits postsecondary schools, approved Livingstone’s application to launch the MBA program starting Jan. 1, 2023.

“We are excited about the elevation of this institution to a Level III category,” Livingstone President Jimmy Jenkins said in a statement. “SACSCOC’s approval paves the way for Livingstone College to officially transition to Livingstone University. The new name would mark a significant milestone in the evolution of the 143-year-old institution’s history, reflecting the expansion of its purview of academic offerings.”

The graduate business degree is designed for students and working professionals who want to advance their careers as business executives or entrepreneurs. Jenkins, who is retiring as president, intends to notify SACSCOC of Livingstone’s name change and will work with campus stakeholders to make the shift to university status.

After implementation of the 36 credit-hour MBA program, Livingstone officials plan to submit a prospectus for a master’s degree in sport management and develops a School of Graduate Studies.

The new MBA program is enrolling students for in-person classes in evenings Monday through Thursday as well as Saturdays on the Salisbury campus. Interested students can apply and get more information by calling the Office of Admissions at (704) 216-6001.

To accommodate family responsibilities and employment, graduate students will have the flexibility to take classes during the evenings (Monday through Thursday) with some classes offered on Saturday. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average to graduate.