The institution that is now William Carey University had its earliest origins in Poplarville, Mississippi, when the noted educator W. I. Thames opened Pearl River Boarding School in 1892. After being destroyed by a fire, the property was acquired by W. S. F. Tatum in 1911 in order to start a Baptist school for women. Operating for decades as Mississippi Woman's College, the institution was renamed in honor of the founder of modern missions in 1954 when the school became coeducational. The school became William Carey University in 2006 to reflect its expansive programming.
William Carey University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the following colleges and schools:
- Ralph and Naomi Noonkester School of Arts and Letters
- School of Business
- School of Education
- Donald and Frances Winters School of Music and Ministry Studies
- College of Health Sciences
- School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
- College of Osteopathic Medicine
- School of Graduate Studies
Carey Online offers fully online and hybrid degree programs in education, nursing, and music.