Meredith Formalizes Agreement to Offer Accelerated MBA for William Peace Students

Meredith College and William Peace University (WPU) have formalized an agreement that provides a new, accelerated degree option in Raleigh. Through this program, WPU students will complete a bachelor’s degree and a Meredith MBA in five years.

Meredith College President Jo Allen and WPU President Brian Ralph signed the agreement on November 19, 2021, in Main Parlor on the WPU campus. 

As they work to complete the undergraduate coursework in four years, WPU 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. 

“I am pleased that our relationship with WPU is another example of the ways higher education partnerships promote access for students and pathways to success while minimizing replicative costs,” said Allen. “This kind of collaboration helps keep the cost of higher education in check and opens doors for students in empowering ways.”

WPU President Brian Ralph agreed. 

“In the changing landscape of higher education, we want to make it easier for students to achieve their goals,” Ralph said. “We are thrilled to present this opportunity for those who want to pursue an advanced degree in business.” 

Individualized Program Helps Ensure Student Success
The program will be individualized for each student. 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. 

Learn more about the Meredith MBA Program at


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