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    Mississippi College
  Mar 02, 2021
GRADUATE CATALOG 2013-2014 [Archived Catalog]

About the University

General Catalog Information

Mississippi College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelors, masters, education specialists degrees, the education doctorate and the first professional degree in law. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Mississippi College. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support the university’s significant noncompliance with a requirement or standard.

Visit the Mississippi College Home Page on the World Wide Web.

Students entering Mississippi College for the 2013-2014 session (effective May 2013) must meet major and minor requirements as set forth in this edition as well as the general degree requirements for graduation contained herein.

A student readmitted after an interruption of more than two years in the course of study at Mississippi College may, at the discretion of the University, be required to fulfill the graduation requirements in the catalog in force at the time of readmission. Students who change degree programs assume responsibility for meeting all prerequisites and requirements for the degree to which they are changing as established by the Graduate Catalog in use at the time the change is requested.

This Catalog does not constitute a contract between the University and its students. The University reserves the right to change any of its regulations, charges, rules, and courses without notice and to make such changes applicable thenceforth, not only to new students but also to students already registered.

Mississippi College offers curricula in various professional fields, as well as general or liberal arts education. In the professional fields, curricula generally include both academic and practical or clinical requirements. In some professional fields (such as counseling, teacher education, and others) it is necessary to pass an examination or other requirements of the professional organization in order to be admitted to the profession. Curricula at Mississippi College are designed to expose students to the skills and knowledge essential to the relevant profession, and the student must successfully complete the requirements of the appropriate curriculum in order to receive a degree. However, Mississippi College cannot guarantee that any student admitted to a given program of study will complete that program successfully. Neither can Mississippi College guarantee that one who completes the degree program will pass the external examination of the professional organization or secure employment in the profession. These factors are not within the control of Mississippi College.

All students enrolled at the University are subject to all rules and regulations as specified in the Mississippi College Student Handbook. A copy of the Mississippi College Student Handbook, “The Tomahawk” may be accessed on the Mississippi College web site at Failure to read the Mississippi College Student Handbook does not excuse students from the requirements and regulations contained therein.

No commercial solicitation is allowed on Mississippi College property or of Mississippi College students.

It is the goal of Mississippi College to assist in the development of good health and clean air. All buildings including areas near entrances and exits on the Mississippi College campus — Academic, Administrative, Athletic, Residential, and the Student Center — are declared to be “smoke free” and all persons associated with the university are expected to adhere to the policy of “No Smoking.”

Written Student Complaints. Students who have complaints that they want to have addressed about any aspect of the collegiate experience should submit the complaints in writing to the Dean of the Graduate School, Nelson Hall Room 202 or send to Mississippi College, Box 4029, Clinton, MS 39058, or to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mississippi College, Box 4002, Clinton, MS 39058.


Mississippi College, governed by a Board of Trustees elected by the Mississippi Baptist Convention, is a private, co-educational, comprehensive university of liberal arts and sciences and professional studies dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence. Founded in 1826, Mississippi College is the oldest institution of higher learning and the largest private university in the state of Mississippi. As a Christian institution, Mississippi College values the integration of faith and learning throughout the educational process.

Consistent with its Baptist heritage and relationship to the Convention, Mississippi College provides a quality Christian education for its student population. Students select the University because of the quality of its academic programs, Christian environment, and location. The University strives to recruit students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, leadership, and church/community involvement. The majority of students come from Mississippi and other southeastern states.

Mississippi College stimulates the intellectual development of its students through the liberal arts and sciences and concentrated study in specialized fields, including preprofessional and professional programs. Furthermore, the university environment promotes the spiritual, social, emotional, and physical development of its students and encourages them to utilize their skills, talents, and abilities as they pursue meaningful careers, life-long learning, and service to God and others. The University emphasizes those undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs which offer opportunities for service. Additionally, the University reflects its responsibility of service to the community through a variety of learning opportunities and numerous cultural enrichment experiences.

Mississippi College is committed to excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. The University seeks to employ and retain faculty who are dedicated to teaching/learning and advising students, who support and engage in scholarship and creative activities that advance knowledge, and who seek to continue their own professional development. The University also seeks to employ and retain staff and administrators who are equally dedicated to supporting these efforts. Furthermore, the University selects employees who reflect Christian values and a commitment to service. Mississippi College is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with Title VII and applicable exemptions.

Official mission statement as adopted by the Board of Trustees 1998


Mississippi College seeks to be known as a university recognized for academic excellence and commitment to the cause of Christ.

Official vision statement as adopted by the Board of Trustees 2004

History of Mississippi College

Mississippi College is an accredited comprehensive university affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention. Its academic programs of liberal arts and sciences and professional studies are dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence. The Board of Trustees is elected by the Convention for three-year terms, and its members serve on a rotating basis. The University receives support from the Mississippi Baptist Cooperative Program; from gifts by alumni and friends of the University; from corporations; from endowment income; and from student fees.

Mississippi College, chartered by the legislature in 1826, is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of Mississippi. Originally called Hampstead Academy and later Mississippi Academy, the College was named Mississippi College in 1830 and authorized “to confer … such degrees in the arts, sciences, and languages as are usually conferred in the most respectable colleges in the United States …”

A private institution, the College was for several years coeducational and in 1831 was the first such college in the United States to grant a degree to a woman. In 1842 the institution was given to the Presbyterian Church which, upon encountering financial difficulties, returned the College to the original owners in 1850. Later that same year, the Mississippi Baptist Convention obtained the College and began operation through a Board of Trustees.

In 1850 the Female Department was discontinued; and in 1853 a Central Female Institute, later renamed Hillman College, was established in Clinton. In 1942 Mississippi College purchased and absorbed Hillman College, and the institution was again coeducational.

Mississippi College suffered grievously during the Civil War. Its endowment was destroyed, its student body disbanded, and its physical plant allowed to deteriorate. The post Civil War period was one of heart-breaking effort on the part of Baptists and educational leaders to restore the College to its former position of leadership. Enrollments were low; the income of the College was limited. The group of dedicated faculty members who appreciated the value of Christian education labored steadily and courageously to overcome the handicaps.

Under the leadership of Dr. Warren S. Webb (1873-1891), the College was restored to a position of stability. During the administration of Dr. W. T. Lowrey, a substantial beginning was made in the accumulation of an endowment fund and the development of physical plant. Dr. J. W. Provine’s administration was an unusually fruitful period. The former Provine Hall (now destroyed), Lowrey Hall (the former library, now renovated as the education building), Alumni Hall, Farr-Hall Hospital, Jennings Hall, Ratliff Hall, and Chrestman Hall were constructed. The endowment was increased to more than $500,000, and the enrollment reached 400 during his presidency. During the 25-year period of Dr. D. M. Nelson’s administration, the College withstood the ravages of the great depression and emerged a stronger institution. The admission of women and the end of World War II brought about a rapid increase in enrollment and forced expansion of the physical plant. Nelson Hall — the administration, auditorium, and classroom building — was erected; Lowrey Hall was enlarged; Hederman- Gunter and Mary Nelson residence halls for women were erected; and Ratliff Hall, men’s residence hall, was improved by the addition of two wings.

The College continued to grow under the administration of Dr. R. A. McLemore. Enrollments grew and plant additions during his eleven-year administration included the Leland Speed Library, Aven Fine Arts Building, the B. C. Rogers Student Center, Hederman Science Building, Latimer-Webb Residence Hall, Whittington Residence Hall, Self Hall, and Hendrick House (President’s home). The old cafeteria was converted into a women’s gym; the Old Chapel (now Provine Chapel) was restored; Ratliff and Chrestman Residence Halls were renovated; and a program of campus improvement was begun.

Dr. Lewis Nobles’ administration, which began in July 1968, saw continued growth in the areas of enrollment and quantity and quality of faculty, resulting in improvement of instruction, curriculum expansion, library accessions, and plant improvements. In the spring of 1975 students began use of the addition to the library and the electronic media center. Constructed from funds raised during the 1972-75 Commitment Campaign, this was the first of three proposed facilities. Other construction included the Cockroft Hall for the School of Nursing and Department of Home Economics and the A. E. Wood Coliseum, a multipurpose building. The Law School building in downtown Jackson was remodeled and was occupied by the School of Law in January of 1981. The James Moody Adams Field House was dedicated in October of 1983. Latimer House, a Victorian home steeped in Mississippi College history, was dedicated in October of 1991.

With the resignation of Dr. Nobles on August 3, 1993, Dr. Rory Lee, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, was named Acting President. In July of 1994, Dr. Howell W. Todd came as the new President of Mississippi College.

Dr. Todd’s administration was committed to preparing Mississippi College for the 21st century. As part of that mission, Dr. Todd targeted a number of physical improvements to maintain and replicate the architectural character of the Mississippi College campus. Renovations and remodeling of Latimer-Webb, Mary Nelson, and Whittington residence halls were completed. Nelson Hall and Alumni Hall were renovated. Self, Farr, and Aven halls also received renovations. In addition to renovations, the Foreign Language Learning Center, a multi-media language lab, was added to Jennings Hall, and state-of-the-art soundproof music practice rooms were installed in Aven Hall. New construction included men’s and women’s residence halls, a 106,000 square foot health facility, and a math, computer science and chemistry complex. A campus-wide computer network, MCNET, was installed to offer access to the Internet and act as a communication link for all administration, faculty, staff and students. In 2002, MC successfully completed a $100 million capital campaign entitled “New Dawn” launched in 1996, the largest campaign in the school’s history. Through these physical, financial and technological advances, Mississippi College continued its legacy of academic excellence and Christian witness while offering the best of the total university experience.

In June 2001, Dr. Howell Todd retired as president of the university after serving seven years. The Board of Trustees named Dr. Lloyd Roberts, Vice President for Business Affairs and Professor of Management, to serve as Interim President from July 2001 until June 30, 2002. Dr. Lee G. Royce became the 19th president of Mississippi College on July 1, 2002.

During Dr. Royce’s presidency, the university has greatly expanded the program for international students, established the Mississippi College Foundation Board, and instituted a successful accelerated degree program for working adults. Mississippi College enrollment has climbed steadily, growing from 3,227 students when Dr. Royce arrived as the school’s leader eight years ago to 4,887 students last fall to the current 5,000-plus. MC’s enrollment now includes working adults, international students from 30 countries, and the highest number of graduate students in the college’s history. Enrollment by freshmen and transfer students has also increased, and enrollment in the Mississippi College School of Law is at an all-time high. Mississippi College received a high ranking in the U.S. News & World Report 2011 survey of the nation’s colleges. MC was ranked ninth among Southern regional universities in the “Best Colleges, Best Values” category.

Dr. Royce is leading Mississippi College’s “Growing the Vision” campaign that is raising funds to support scholarships, academic programs, the university’s endowment, and capital enhancements to the MC campus. The five-year $80 million campaign will conclude in fall of 2011. 

Projects completed through “Growing the Vision” include the construction of the spacious Samuel Marshall Gore Galleries, renovations and additions to MC’s Hannah Food Court, Watson cross country complex, Williams Recital Hall, Lundy Moot Court Room, Cross Boardroom, and Dowdle Reception Room, and enhanced campus landscaping. The campaign provided a renovated auditorium, modernized classrooms, and state-of-the art equipment for Self Hall, the home of the MC School of Business, as well as a makeover for the Leland Speed Library that included upgraded seating areas, small group study rooms, and a new coffee shop. “Growing the Vision” provided enhancements to Cockroft Hall, home of the School of Nursing and Department of Kinesiology, and contributed to facilities under construction for MC’s new Physician Assistant program, the only one of its kind in Mississippi. The university expanded its boundaries with the purchase of the old Clinton Junior High School property, now known as the East Campus, fronting Clinton Parkway and College Street in downtown Clinton. Facilities at the Mississippi College School of Law have also been expanded and renovated with a new classroom building, student center, and library. Primarily serving adults in metro Jackson, the Flowood Center opened in August 2010.

Mississippi College continues to enjoy steady enrollment growth, is seeing the revitalization of its facilities and receiving strong financial support during the administration of President Lee G. Royce.

Presidents of the College

Under Municipal Control  
Rev. F. G. Hopkins, Principal 1826 to 1828
Rev. Daniel Comfort, Principal 1828 to 1834
I. N. Shepherd, Principal 1835 to 1836
E. N. Elliott, President 1836 to 1837
Rev. Daniel Comfort 1837 to 1841
Rev. Alexander Campbell, D.D Jan. to April 1842
Presbyterian Affiliation  
Rev. Alexander Campbell, D.D 1842 to 1844
Rev. Robert McLain (Pro Tem) 1844 to 1845
Rev. Daniel Comfort 1845 to 1846
Rev. Simeon Colton, D.D 1846 to 1848
Rev. Consider Parish 1848 to 1850
Baptist Affiliation  
Isaac Newton Urner, LL.D 1850 to 1867
Rev. Walter Hillman, LL.D 1867 to 1873
Rev. Warren Sheldon Webb, D.D 1873 to 1891
Rev. Robert Abram Venable, D.D 1891 to 1895
John William Provine, Ph.D., LL.D.,
Chmn. Faculty
1895 to 1897
John William Provine, Ph.D., LL.D 1897 to 1898
Rev. William Tyndale Lowrey, LL.D 1898 to 1911
John William Provine, Ph.D., LL.D. 1911 to 1932
Dotson McGinnis Nelson, Ph.D., LL.D 1932 to 1957
Richard Aubrey McLemore, Ph.D. 1957 to 1968
Lewis Nobles, Ph.D. 1968 to 1993
Rory Lee, Ed.D., Acting 1993 to 1994
Howell W. Todd, Ph.D. 1994 to 2001
Lloyd Roberts, Ph.D., Interim 2001 to 2002
Lee G. Royce, Ed.D 2002 to ____

History and Purpose of the Graduate School

Mississippi College was authorized to offer work leading to a graduate degree in 1950, and courses were offered on a systematized basis for the first time in the summer of 1950. Enrollment growth in this area, as well as increased enrollments in the undergraduate areas, led to a reorganization of the academic structure in which departments were assigned to divisions with a chairman for each division. At that time (1961) the Division of Graduate Studies came into being.

In 1975 the Division was elevated to the Graduate School. The School is administered by the Dean of Graduate Studies who serves as Chairman of the Graduate Council, the decision-making body concerning programs, courses, faculty, and matters related to graduate work. The Council consists of select faculty and students and deans of the different schools which offer undergraduate as well as graduate courses.


The mission of the Graduate School is to promote and support quality graduate education within academic departments. The Graduate School in cooperation with the Graduate Council establishes policies and procedures which support quality research, scholarly activities, and advanced learning techniques among departments which offer graduate degrees. The Graduate School shares mutual responsibilities with departments to prepare students to conduct research, to produce creative work, to develop analytical skills and to perform successfully in their chosen professions.

The Graduate Faculty

The burden of achieving quality education rests largely upon the teaching staff. Mississippi College’s faculty is dedicated to teaching. A high percentage of faculty hold earned doctorates. Mississippi College professors are competent, serious about their work and interested in their students. Although many are engaged in research and other types of professional work outside the classroom, they consider teaching to be their highest priority. A listing of graduate faculty can be found at the end of this edition.


Mississippi College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelors, masters, education specialists degrees, the education doctorate and the first professional degree in law. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Mississippi College. The Commission is to be contacted if there is evidence that appears to support the university’s significant noncompliance with a requirement or standard.   

Accreditation and other Professional Affiliation

Mississippi College is accredited by, approved by, or holds membership in the following disciplinary bodies:

Name Address Phone Number
American Association of Colleges
for Teacher Education (AACTE)
1307 New York Avenue, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20005-4701
American Chemical
Society (ACS)
1155 16th Street NW
Washington DC 20036
Council for Accreditation
of Counseling and Related
Education Programs (CACREP)
5999 Stevenson Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
ext. 301
Council on Social Work
Education (CSWE)
1600 Duke Street, Suite 300
Alexandria VA 22314-3421
National Association of
Schools of Music (NASM)
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston VA 22090
Association of Collegiate Business
Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
7007 College Blvd., Suite 420
Overland Park, KS 66211
National Council for
Accreditation of Teacher
Education (NCATE)
2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036.1023
National Council for
Accreditation of Teacher
Education (NCATE)
Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036.1023
Commission on Collegiate
Nursing Education
One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036-1120
Board of Trustees of State
Institutions of Higher Learning
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211-6453
American Bar Association 321 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654-7598
Association of American
Law Schools
1201 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036-2717
International Association
of Law Schools
1201 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036-2717
The Association of Independent
Liberal Arts Colleges for
Teacher Education
1077 192nd Avenue
New Richmond, WI 54017
The International Multisensory
Structured Language
Education Council (IMSLEC)
15720 Hillcrest Road
Dallas, TX 75248
ext. 227
Accreditation Review
Commission For Physician
Assistant Education (ARC-PA)
12000 Findley Rd., Suite #150
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Physician Assistant Education
Association (PAEA)
300 N. Washington St., Suite 505
Alexandria, VA 22314-2544

Council for Interior Design     Accreditation (CIDA)

206 Grandville Ave., Suite 350
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Graduate Degrees, Majors, Post Baccalaureate, and Certificate Programs

Graduate Degree Programs


Mississippi College

College of Arts and Sciences

School of Christian Studies and the Arts

School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Master of Arts

Master of Education

History and Political Science, Paralegal Studies and Administration of Justice, Sociology and Social Work

Master of Arts

Master of Education

Master of Social Sciences

Post Baccalaureate Certificate

Graduate Certificate

Modern Languages


School of Sciences and Mathematics

Biological Sciences

Master of Combined Sciences

Master of Education

Master of Science

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Master of Combined Sciences

Master of Science

Computer Science and Physics

Master of Education

Master of Science


Master of Education

Master of Science

Physician Assistant Program

Master of Science in Medicine

Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Studies

Master of Liberal Studies

Health Services Administration

Master of Health Services Administration

School of Business

Master of Business Administration

Doctor of Jurisprudence/ Master of Business Administration

Master of Education

Post Baccalaureate Certificate

School of Education

Statements of Compliance

In compliance with federal law, including provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Mississippi College does not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, or military service in admissions, in the administration of its education policies, programs, and activities or in employment. Under federal law, the University may exercise religious preferences in employment in order to fulfill its mission and purpose.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Students have specific, protected rights regarding the release of such records or information contained therein. Mississippi College will release confidential or personally identifiable information only with the student’s written consent and will release information defined as “Directory Information” only in the best interest of the student. A student’s parent(s) who claim that student as a dependent on their federal income tax return may request information other than directory information or the student may file a consent form in the Office of the Registrar giving permission for such information to be released to their parent(s). If an undergraduate student does not wish to have any information released for any reason, he/she may file a written request to that effect in the Office of the Registrar. A confidential notice will be placed on the student’s record and this confidential status will remain on their record permanently until a signed release by the student is filed with the registrar. Graduate students may file a request for confidentiality with the Dean of the Graduate School.

Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Mississippi College does not discriminate on the basis of handicap in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. If students need special accommodations due to learning, physical, psychological, or other disabilities, they should direct their inquiries to Director of the Counseling and Testing Center, Mississippi College, Lowrey, Room 118, Telephone: 601.925.3354. For more information, see the Mississippi College Student Handbook, Students with Disabilities section.

Title IX

Mississippi College has completed the self evaluation study required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for men and women and, as such, does not discriminate on the basis of sex in employment or admissions except in those instances which are claimed and exempted under Section 86.12 of the guidelines based on conflict with the religious tenets of the Mississippi Baptist Convention. Official Grievance Procedures have been established and copies may be obtained from and complaints filed with the Office of the President, Box 4001, Telephone: 601.925.3200 or the Vice President for Planning and Assessment, Box 4029, Telephone: 601.925.3225.

Academic Facilities

Academic facilities at Mississippi College are designed primarily for use in the education of Mississippi College students; other uses, although quite worthy in themselves, should not be allowed to interfere with that primary purpose.

Drugfree Environment

The use, possession, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students at Mississippi College is expressly forbidden and the same shall not be tolerated on any property owned or controlled by Mississippi College, nor shall the same be tolerated at or as a part of any activity undertaken at or under the direction or supervision of Mississippi College. In addition to possible legal sanctions, disciplinary action for violation of this regulation may include expulsion or other severe penalty. For details, see the Commitment to Drug Free Environment section of the Mississippi College Student Handbook.

Policies Governing Conduct: Student Rights and Responsibilities

It is assumed that every student enrolling in Mississippi College agrees to conduct themselves in a manner conducive to the highest sort of mental and moral development in keeping with the ideals and traditions of the College. Personal misconduct either on or off the campus by anyone connected with Mississippi College detracts from the Christian witness Mississippi College strives to present to the world and hinders full accomplishment of the mission of the University.

As an institution pledged to the Christian principle of concern for others, the University enunciates a definite position on certain matters. Students who elect to attend the University, realizing its position on such matters, are expected to respect and abide by that position. Students who evidence an unwillingness or inability to conduct themselves in accord with University standards and any other rules and regulations of the University, either on or off the campus, shall be subject to disciplinary action.

In attempting to uphold the stated purpose and objectives of the University, the trustees and administration have felt it necessary to take a definite stand on conduct and to make the position of the University known to students.

Gambling is forbidden. No intoxicants will be held in possession, served, distributed, sold, used, or consumed, the same applies to prescription-legend drugs or other dangerous drugs or similar substances except as prescribed by a physician.

Students enrolled at Mississippi College who evidence an unwillingness or inability to conduct themselves, either on or off campus, in accordance with these standards and any other rules and regulations of the University not specifically listed here, will be subject to disciplinary action and may be asked to withdraw from the University. Any student whose conduct or habits are found to be inconsistent with or in violation of the regulations, traditions, and ideals of the institution is subject to the action stated above.

The University reserves the right to make any and all necessary investigations — including, but not limited to, an on-premises investigation and inspection of any residence or living quarters on University property in addressing an alleged violation of regulations or conduct deemed inconsistent with the ideals and standards of the institution.

Disciplinary expulsion, suspension and probation may become a part of the permanent record. A more comprehensive statement concerning University regulations may be found in the Mississippi College Student Handbook.

Graduate students must comply with institutional policies governing academic and nonacademic conduct is outlined in the current issue of the Mississippi College Student Handbook. A copy of the handbook may be requested from the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Clinton, MS 39058, 601.925.3809. The Mississippi College Student Handbook is also available on the web at Among the more significant policies are those that forbid weapons on campus, smoking in campus buildings, and other comparable substantive policies.

Academic Conduct


Mississippi College students are expected to be scrupulously honest. Dishonesty, such as cheating or plagiarism, or furnishing false information, including forgery, alteration or misuse of University documents, records or identification, will be regarded as a serious offense subject to severe penalty, including, but not limited to, loss of credit and possible dismissal. See the Mississippi College Student Handbook or Policy 2.19 for specific information regarding penalties associated with dishonest behavior at Mississippi College. A copy of the Mississippi College Student Handbook is available on the Mississippi College website at

Academic Schedule

Night Classes

Courses leading to graduate degrees are offered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Evening classes are listed in the online registration schedule.

Summer Classes and Workshops

An attractive program of graduate-level courses is offered each summer. Even though the pace of campus life is somewhat slackened from the regular session, the summer school provides an excellent opportunity for graduate students to earn as many as 12 to 14 hours of credit toward a degree.

The summer session is divided into two five-week terms. Students may take a maximum of seven academic hours during each term. In addition, three graduate hours may be earned in a May term.

Summer school schedules are available before pre-registration dates from the Office of the Registrar.

A number of workshops carrying graduate credit are offered during each summer session. These have been particularly attractive to teachers as the credit may be used for renewal of educator licenses. Each student should confer with graduate school advisor about using credit toward degree requirements. All workshop participants must be officially admitted to Mississippi College prior to the registration date.

Edward L. McMillan Program of International Study

Mississippi College offers numerous opportunities for study abroad. One such program is the MC London Semester program, which allows a limited number of students to spend the spring semester studying in Europe (currently in London). The University sponsors a spring break program to England or Europe, a School of Nursing mission trip to Mexico, an Israel study tour between semesters, the Salzburg College program, a French summer program, a semester to Hong Kong Baptist University, a semester program at the University of Alicante, Spain, and exchange programs in Brazil, Germany, and France. For more details of any or all of these programs, please contact the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Telephone: 601.925.3203. Inquiries will be referred to the directors and/or coordinators of the specific program.

Facts About Mississippi College

Location: Clinton, Mississippi (Population 25,216)
Campus Population: over 6,000
Campus Size: 474 acres
Type: four-year, co-educational
Average ACT for freshmen: 24
Affiliation: Mississippi Baptist Convention
Accreditation: see above
Cost: $504 per graduate hour
Library: 247,916 volumes
Honors programs: open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors and administered by Honors Council
Student-faculty ratio: 14:1
Preferred time for campus visit: early in fall semester by appointment
Summer School: two-week mini term; one ten-week term; two five-week terms, one eight-week term (ADP)
Minimum time required for baccalaureate graduation: two & one-half calendar years
For additional information call: 601.925.3225 or 601.925.7367


(First Semester, 2012)  
Total Headcount Enrollment 5,070
Number of Male Students 2,006
Number of Female Students 3,064
Number of Resident Students 1,520

Geographic Representation*

79 of 82 Mississippi Counties
41 of 50 States
21 Foreign Countries

*Includes undergraduate, graduate, and law enrollment

Size and Location

Although Mississippi College is the largest private university in the state, it is still small enough to retain a friendly atmosphere. Located in the community of Clinton in the center of the state, the University is ten minutes away from Jackson, the state capital and largest metropolitan area in Mississippi. A variety of activities are available to university students living in such a setting.

Mississippi College profits from its ideal location and, in turn, the University contributes to the community. The educational needs of a metropolitan area are changing, and Mississippi College responds to those needs by expanding its instructional programs. The undergraduate program includes a flourishing Business Administration program. About 3,042 students are enrolled for undergraduate studies. Approximately 1,486 students are enrolled in the Graduate School which offers work leading to 16 graduate degrees. In response to the need for legal education in the area of the state capital, Mississippi College has a School of Law with about 542 students seeking J.D. and L.L.M degrees.