Mercer University’s Board of Trustees adopted Friday a $181.3 million operating budget and approved several new undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Next year’s budget reflects a $9.4 million, or 5.5 percent increase over the current budget. It includes an undergraduate tuition increase of 2.9 percent — the smallest tuition increase in at least 15 years, according to a news release. That brings undergraduate tuition to $29,540.
Tuition increases in graduate and professional programs vary, with the highest increase being 6.9 percent.
According to a news release, trustees approved the following new degree programs:
Ÿ An undergraduate major in human resources administration and development in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies for students in Mercer’s Regional Academic Centers;
Ÿ A Master of Science in Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering;
Ÿ A Master of Science in Environmental Systems in the School of Engineering; and
Ÿ A Master of Arts in Christian Ministry in the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology.
New certificate programs also were established, including career development in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, and minority health and health disparities, as well as rural health in the School of Medicine.