FAQs - Academics
Messiah University provides extensive academic and career options for students by awarding Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in more than 80 majors. Learn more about your program of interest by visiting our academic program finder where you can search all majors, minors, concentrations, teaching certifications and pre-professional programs. Or, if you're unsure of which major is your best option, you can search by less specific keywords that match your interests like 'art', 'science' or 'math'.
The top five majors typically are engineering, nursing, business, education and biology/applied health sciences.
Yes. The Honors Program at Messiah University is designed for students who demonstrate high scholarly ability early in their academic career and meet the program’s criteria. The program provides a series of interdisciplinary honors courses, which satisfies selected general education requirements. In addition, various campus activities are designed each semester exclusively for participants in The Honors Program. Participation in the program culminates in the preparation and public presentation of an interdisciplinary research project in the senior year. Admission to the program is highly competitive and at this time requires the submissions of standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, CLT). The Honors Program is open to first-year students that are selected to receive the Trustees', President's or Faculty Scholarships.
Yes, Messiah does offer students the opportunity to achieve their goals ahead of schedule by earning a bachelor's degree in either three or 3.5 years. Opportunities vary based on a student's major and numerous other factors. To learn more visit "Three Ways to Three Years."
Many of our Messiah alumni are working in various professional fields. For the past several years, at least 95% of the graduating class reports being employed or being enrolled in a graduate or professional program within 6-9 months after graduation. Check out our Career and Professional Development Center page for more information.
At Messiah, the classes are designed to be smaller—our student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1—so that students have more personalized relationships with their professors. A Messiah education is carefully mentored by faculty, and it’s not uncommon for students and faculty in their field of study to do research together, to co-present at conferences, to perform together in vocal, dance and theatre ensembles and to develop a rapport that last beyond the students’ time at Messiah.
The professors at Messiah teach a wide range of classes. Since we do not have graduate students teaching ANY of Messiah's courses, students will have professors teaching even entry-level courses.