About Messiah College

Messiah College is a nationally ranked, private Christian college with a student body of 3,305 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Messiah is just 12 miles from the state capital, Harrisburg. The College was founded in 1909 by the Brethren in Christ Church. Today, the College’s faith base is broadly evangelical and includes students and employees from a variety of denominations and Christian faith traditions.

Identity statement

Messiah College is a Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences. The College is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church.

Mission statement

Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership, and reconciliation in church and society.

Motivated by a common mission

The opening commitment of our mission statement―to develop students’ “maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith”―reflects the integration of our community’s shared faith into every aspect of the Messiah College experience. This holistic educational model was the bold vision of our founder S. R. Smith more than 100 years ago and remains a cornerstone of our identity.

The other core components of Messiah’s mission—service, leadership, and reconciliation—are also firmly rooted in the context of our Christian faith. We don’t just serve because it’s the “right thing to do”; we serve because God calls us to open our hearts to the poor and needy and to work for justice wherever injustice prevails. We learn to lead believing that Jesus is our ultimate example of leading with compassion, respect, and love. And, because of our faith, we are compelled to build bridges of understanding and peace to demonstrate the reconciling love of God to others.

Our campus

Located in suburban, south-central Pennsylvania, Messiah College is nestled on 471 scenic acres. Whether you’re taking a stroll along the picturesque Yellow Breeches creek that runs through campus, listening to a lecture in one of our state-of-the-art academic buildings, watching a soccer game at our outdoor sport complex, hanging out at a concert in our student union, or simply enjoying the beauty of the campus, you’ll be sure to feel at home.

Why will you feel at home?

Because at Messiah, it’s more than a beautiful campus. It’s about hospitality for the whole person. Visiting for your first time? Returning to campus for your senior year? Bringing your grandparents for Grandparent’s Day? No matter what the reason, you’re always greeted by friendly faces and genuinely helpful people who want the best for you.

Creating a passion for community

Our campus is made up of a diverse group of students, staff, and faculty. Though we may all come from different places and backgrounds, we make it a priority to encourage meaningful relationships across our campus community.

While the seven academic buildings, 12 residence halls/apartments, library and many other buildings dedicated to worship, learning and student life make up our physical campus, it is the more than 3,000 students who make Messiah’s campus thrive—with fulfilling friendships, passion for Christ and commitment to academic excellence.

Close to it all

Although you can’t tell by our scenic surroundings—Messiah’s campus is just a short driving distance from nearby metropolitan areas. The downtown restaurants, galleries museums and sports venues of the state capital of Harrisburg are just 15 minutes away. And the busy urban centers of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York City are all within a 2-3 hour drive. And when you’ve experienced the opportunities our nearby cities have to offer, we’ll be happy to welcome you back to the activity on our campus!

Scholarships

Messiah College offers several scholarships including the Provost’s and College Honors Programs Scholarships each with different academic requirements and deadlines. We must receive all application materials by January 15th for highest scholarship consideration.

International citizens may be awarded additional financial aid on a case-by-case basis using the information provided on the International Student Scholarship Application (ISSA). The link to the ISSA form is emailed to students along with their admissions decision letter. That means the sooner the admissions process is completed, the sooner students can apply for financial aid and receive a package.

After subtracting academic scholarship and financial aid monies, international students pay between US$20,000-$30,000 each year for four years. The U.S. Embassy will deny student visa requests if the student cannot show supporting financial documents to pay this amount for college expenses. This is a government rule, not college rule.

We can accept your application, official transcript and test score at any time during the year. You must select which term you would be entering. There are two intakes during each academic year - in late August for our Fall term and late January for our Spring term.

Programs taught in:
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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in communication at Messiah College helps you further your knowledge in the general field of communication with the flexibility to take ... [+]

Communication at Messiah College

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in communication at Messiah College helps you further your knowledge in the general field of communication with the flexibility to take courses in areas of communication that interest you most.

Learning to apply theories effectively and ethically in a wide range of communication specialties, you’ll graduate with the foundation needed to pursue communication-related jobs or further your education through graduate studies. You will learn the role of communication in history and explore theory, rhetoric, and interpersonal and cross-cultural communication, allowing you to master various forms of communication—including oral, written, visual and virtual. You will also gain an understanding of communication processes among individuals, as well as within varying cultures and societies.... [-]

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Kick your creative energy and storytelling talents into high gear by pursuing a digital media degree at Messiah College, one of the top private Christian colleges in the ... [+]

Digital Media at Messiah College

Kick your creative energy and storytelling talents into high gear by pursuing a digital media degree at Messiah College, one of the top private Christian colleges in the U.S.

Digital media is an emerging field, and the multimedia communication skills you’ll develop through our core courses for this major will prepare you to meet the growing demand for digital media specialists in a wide variety of fields.

Digital media major distinctives

As a Digital Media major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:

Focus on a particular area of digital media that is of interest to you. Take plenty of interesting electives or additional digital media courses. Take part in a collaborative digital media project in your senior year. Prepare for a career as a Web, graphic, sound or game designer; video editor; mobile application or game programmer; or minister of worship. Study in one of the 40 study abroad locations offered by Messiah College. Sharpen your skills in our studios dedicated to digital art, digital video and digital audio, and work in the new Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts which has state-of-the-art digital equipment as well as two iMac labs dedicated to theater and music technology. Practice your skills in our new studio space which includes a green room, foley studio and fully equipped control room. Career options for digital media majors ... [-]
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From classroom to clapboard, the film and media arts Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program will immerse you in both the technical and creative aspects of the growing fie ... [+]

Film and Media Arts at Messiah College

From classroom to clapboard, the film and media arts Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program will immerse you in both the technical and creative aspects of the growing field of film and media arts.

Messiah’s well-regarded film and media arts program provides significant opportunities for internships at all levels of media production, and prepares you for a career in production, screenwriting, directing, editing or cinematography.

Film and media arts major distinctives

As a film and media arts major at Messiah College, you'll be able to:

Acquire training in digital production and editing, 16 mm film production, cinematography, basic directing, screenwriting, and advanced filmmaking techniques such as lighting and sound. Explore documentary making, basic special effects and topics in new and digital media. Our coursework is constantly updated to reflect new advancements in the film industry. Create your own films during your time as a student with the potential to screen it at the College's annual Humanities Symposium; at "Splice," the annual juried student film festival; or even submit to local and national festivals for consideration. Utilize our new 1,740 square-foot media lab facility in Hostetter Chapel, which features and endless floor green screen (as well as several portable green screens); a control room; a Foley sound studio which includes a sound booth, Foley pits (for putting various materials inside and creating sounds), a large monitor, microphones, and a computer station with Pro-tools and audio mixing equipment; and new equipment - including HD cameras... [-]
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Politics and International Relations at Messiah College

Calling all independent thinkers who have an interest in public life and a concern for social justice.

As a politics and international relations major at Messiah College, a top-ranked Pennsylvania Christian college, you’ll immerse yourself among students and faculty who are energized by some of the same things that energize you: political campaigns, elections, diplomacy, international affairs, public health, immigration, the environment and race relations.

The politics and international relations major offers a strong academic program that will make you competitive in the job or grad school market. While you might typically think of political science as preparation for a career in public office, we see it as a discipline that thoroughly prepares you to enter a wide variety of fields including government, business, education, communication, law and many others.... [-]

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Accounting at Messiah College

Prepare to become a Certified Public Accountant; enter the financial, corporate, personal or tax accounting field; or pursue auditing–all within a Christian perspective.

As a Messiah College accounting graduate, you will be in high demand by public accounting firms and national corporations, as well as small businesses. In fact, like more than 70 percent of our graduates, you may even find yourself accepting a job offer early in your senior year.

Why study accounting?

As an accounting major, you will develop competencies essential to maintaining, auditing and inspecting the financial records of individuals and businesses. You will also learn the skills necessary for preparing financial and tax reports. Just open your favorite job search board and you'll find a long list of job opportunities for accountants. Nationwide, large corporations and public accounting firms, as well as small businesses and individuals, reflect this demand for trained accountants.... [-]

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Do you have a desire to apply your mathematical skills to business applications? As an actuarial science major at Messiah College, you’ll prepare for work in the actuaria ... [+]

Actuarial Science at Messiah College

Do you have a desire to apply your mathematical skills to business applications? As an actuarial science major at Messiah College, you’ll prepare for work in the actuarial science field while connecting faith and disciplinary expertise in unique and challenging ways.

The actuarial science Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program at Messiah College, one of the top private Christian schools in the U.S., prepares mathematically talented students who have an interest in business applications for work in the actuarial science field. Find ways to manage risk with a combination of strong analytical skills, business knowledge, and understanding of human behavior.Students will demonstrate the ability to pass two professional exams in areas covered by coursework and receive the three possible VEE credits (Verification by Educational Experience). This program challenges students to think about how their work can serve the Kingdom as they enter the actuarial field.... [-]

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Put your mind, heart and hands to work as a biology major at Messiah College. Through the biology degree program, you’ll not only study creation, but also the creator, in ... [+]

Biology at Messiah College

Put your mind, heart and hands to work as a biology major at Messiah College. Through the biology degree program, you’ll not only study creation, but also the creator, integrating your knowledge of biology with your Christian faith.

Messiah College’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in biology offers you a strong foundation of core biology courses and the opportunity to focus in a particular area of interest through the biomedical, cellular, ecological, general and organismal biology concentrations.

Biology major distinctives

As a biology major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:

Gain firsthand experience using a scanning electron microscope, mammalian tissue culture facilities and molecular biology techniques including polymerase chain reaction (PCR), along with other sophisticated equipment to analyze cultures and manipulate molecules. Earn a teaching certification in biology with minimal additional coursework. Take courses in the biomedical concentration that will prepare you for medical school. Participate in travel courses or directed research. Attend public events on science and faith. Conduct malaria/AIDS research at Macha Mission Hospital in Zambia in collaboration with Johns Hopkins. Career options for biology majors ... [-]
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Business Administration at Messiah College

Design a customized program of study from four different concentrations in business administration—entrepreneurship, human resource management, leadership and technology and operation management.

As a business administration major at Messiah College, you’ll design a customized program of study that accents the where, why, and how you choose to put your mind and faith to use. We offer many different tracks to prepare you for various occupational roles and in all kinds of interesting locations around the world.

Business administration major distinctives

As a business administration major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:

Study in a program named the #1 Best Business Degree Program for 2017 by Christian Universities Online. Travel to Europe and Russia with the International Business Institute. Join the Business Club, where students can participate in an ethics course study competition. Participate in Messiah's own Impact Venture Challenge-- a business plan competition dedicated to exploring innovative solutions to critical impact areas facing society. Learn how to invest and earn profit through the Investment Club, a hands-on laboratory experience that creates an income stream providing funding for student organizations. Participate in internships, which turn work experiences into learning opportunities and make connections between classroom theory and the "real world." Choose one of several special interests in the finance track such as financial analysis, personal financial planning, taxation, investments, financial controls, and financial economy. Study servant leadership, gender and cultural differences, and leadership teams in the leadership track. Career options for business administration majors ... [-]
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Computer and Information Science at Messiah College

If thinking creatively and critically to solve complex problems excites you, and you enjoy just working with technology, then Messiah College’s computer and information science major might be right for you.

The demand for quantitative, technical thinkers who have a computer and information science degree is strong and will continue to grow. In the Bachelor of Science in computer and information science major, you take classes in areas such as computer programming, databases, systems analysis and design applications to develop the technical skills you need to secure a job in the computer and information science industry.

After taking those core courses, you can choose concentrations in business information systems, computer science, software development or web development.... [-]

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Finance Major at Messiah College

Are you seeking a career in financial planning or asset management, equity research, treasury, investment banking or corporate financial planning? Then finance major may be the perfect fit for you!

The finance Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program at Messiah College, one of the top private Christian schools in the U.S., focuses on practical application of financial theory using distinctive, state-of-the-art techniques. These techniques will uniquely prepare and equip you to be an effective leader in the field of finance and to impact the world for Christ. Centered around the Ralph S. Larsen Finance Lab (coming August 2017!), the program includes numerous opportunities for hands-on corporate finance and investment management experience, including participation in the Student Investment Club that actively buys and sells securities in its management of a portfolio valued at more than $275,000.... [-]

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The international business major is designed to prepare you to be a global business professional. Today, organizations of all sorts are becoming increasingly connected ac ... [+]

International Business at Messiah College

The international business major is designed to prepare you to be a global business professional.Today, organizations of all sorts are becoming increasingly connected across the globe.International business is a term used to describe any organizational activity (e.g., buying, selling, partnering, influencing, etc.) that takes place across international borders.With application across a broad spectrum of industries you’ll develop an array of specialized skills which you can use and take with you just about anywhere.

International business major distinctives

Messiah College is a recognized leader in higher education when it comes to developing a global mindset among college graduates. Our International Business major offers an unparalleled opportunity for students to prepare themselves for success in this field. As an international business major you will be able to:... [-]

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Marketing at Messiah College

At Messiah, you get to “do” marketing through our flexible curriculum by writing real marketing plans, providing research services for businesses, and even participating in the sales component of marketing.

As a marketing major at Messiah College, you'll develop the ability to use your critical thinking skills and creativity to prepare marketing communication plans and develop advertising campaigns and provide research services for local nonprofit organizations. Campus organizations may even ask you to use your developing marketing skills to gather information and to promote their activities. You'll learn how to identify ethical issues related to marketing and to articulate personal responses that reflect your commitment to Christian principles.... [-]

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A degree in biochemistry from Messiah College prepares you for a variety of exciting careers such as medicine, pharmacy fields, allied health fields, forensic science, la ... [+]

Biochemistry at Messiah College

A degree in biochemistry from Messiah College prepares you for a variety of exciting careers such as medicine, pharmacy fields, allied health fields, forensic science, laboratory work, research and more. If you’re interested in a career in one of these areas, then Messiah College’s biochemistry major is a good fit for your college experience.

As a program approved by the American Chemical Society, the department offers a rigorous education across all sub-disciplines of chemistry and biochemistry, providing you with the intellectual, experimental and communication skills necessary for preparation as a scientific professional.

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Messiah’s state-of-the-art teaching laboratories and research-quality technology and equipment attract some of the nation’s brightest young men and women. ... [+]

Chemistry at Messiah College

Messiah’s state-of-the-art teaching laboratories and research-quality technology and equipment attract some of the nation’s brightest young men and women.

Investigate the world around you while also learning more about yourself and your Creator. The chemistry major at Messiah College, one of the top private Christian colleges in the U.S., places special emphasis on the integration of the knowledge and methods of science with what Christian faith teaches us about people and their role in the universe. Often called the “central science,” chemistry relies heavily on theory from mathematics and physics, and then informs such diverse fields as ecology, agriculture, medicine, molecular biology, genetics, geology and food science.... [-]

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Become a technically competent, effective analytical thinker who creates real-world engineering solutions through our top-ranked, ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in e ... [+]

Engineering at Messiah College

Become a technically competent, effective analytical thinker who creates real-world engineering solutions through our top-ranked, ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in engineering degree (BSE) program.

Messiah is the only private Christian college in the country with an ABET-accredited undergraduate program that offers our unique mix of six types of engineering degree concentrations. You can choose to concentrate in biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering or mechanical engineering. And, for the past five years, Messiah College has been ranked as a “Best Undergraduate Engineering Program” in the U.S., by U.S. News and World Report. According to the 2017 rankings, Messiah was #55 out of 200 programs nationally.... [-]

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If playing or singing music for an audience is your career goal, then a music performance degree from Messiah College’s renowned music program is definitely a step in the ... [+]

Music Performance at Messiah College

Are you ready to become a successful musical performer?

If playing or singing music for an audience is your career goal, then a music performance degree from Messiah College’s renowned music program is definitely a step in the right direction. At Messiah, you'll develop the technical proficiency to excel in your preferred area of musical performance—instrumental or vocal—and acquire practical, personal and entrepreneurial skills necessary for a successful music career in the 21st century.

Music performance major distinctives

As a music performance major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:

Complete coursework which includes increased hours for private study on a chosen instrument. Receive instrument-specific instruction in pedagogy and literature. Perform two full recitals, building a strong base of repertoire and gaining important on-stage experience. Perform in various College musical ensembles including wind ensemble, concert choir, symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble, symphonic winds, opera workshop and chamber ensembles. Career options for music performance majors ... [-]
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With a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in psychology from Messiah College, a top private Christian college in the U.S., you'll be well prepar ... [+]

Psychology at Messiah College

With a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in psychology from Messiah College, a top private Christian college in the U.S., you'll be well prepared for careers in psychology or to work towards a master’s degree. While earning your bachelor degree in psychology, you can also choose a minor, pursue a double major, study abroad or complete multiple internships.

As a psychology major, you’ll choose from a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science psychology degree program. The B.A. prepares you for entry-level psychology positions and grad school. You can also choose to add the clinical concentration to your B.A. degree to prepare you to become a counselor or practice counseling psychology. The B.S. degree might be the right choice for you if you’re interested in working in an area of psychology that has a stronger emphasis on science and math.... [-]

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Studio Art (B.A. or BFA) at Messiah College

Develop your creative skills as you prepare for an exciting career as an artist in our accredited program!

The Bachelor of Art (B.A.) is intended for students who wish to experience a broad liberal arts education with an emphasis in the study of visual art. The Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) is designed for students wishing to maximize their studio immersion, particularly for those considering the pursuit of a graduate degree (MFA). While it retains much of the liberal arts breadth of the B.A., its focus is upon studio practice and theory.

Studio art major distinctives

As a Studio Art major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:

Learn from noted artists through our visiting artists and lecturers each semester. Study with faculty who are practicing artists and have had their work featured in shows and publications across the country and throughout the world, and with an art historian who has worked in major museums and published extensively. Display your creative works regionally. Show your work at our yearly juried student art exhibition. Be well-prepared for graduate school (BFA program). Have the opportunity to participate in a practicum. Participate in the departmental honors program and/or independent study. opportunities for in-depth research and study. Build a solid body of creative work in preparation for your capstone senior art exhibition. As a senior have a dedicated studio space in the Frey Hall senior studios. Take our annual field trip to a major U.S. city... [-]
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A falcon's eye view of Messiah College

2017 Move-In Day at Messiah College