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    Mississippi College
  Dec 01, 2022
GRADUATE CATALOG 2015-2016 [Archived Catalog]


Applicants for admission to graduate study should hold bachelor's degrees from educational institutions accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agencies. Admission may be regular, provisional, certificate, or as non-degree student.

Even though one may be accepted as a graduate student, the applicant may be required to take additional undergraduate courses if lacking any of the undergraduate prerequisites. International students must meet additional requirements (please see that section). Satisfaction of the specified educational prerequisites does not guarantee an applicant’s admission to post baccalaureate study at Mississippi College. In evaluating applicants, the University will make an effort to consider all relevant aspects of the applicant’s record and suitability for graduate study at Mississippi College.

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. The University reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant or to forbid any student’s continued enrollment without assigning reason therefore. It also 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.

Application Procedure

Each applicant for admission must complete the following: (International Students see also following section.)

  1. Application for admission:
  2. A $35.00 application fee (non-refundable; must accompany application). 
  3. One copy of all the official transcript(s) from previous collegiate work (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate), and any transferable graduate credit. [Official transcripts are those mailed from the college or university directly to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, Box 4067, Clinton, MS 39058; those brought in by applicant, relative, etc. or marked “issued to student” are not considered official.]
  4. For residential students a $100 non-refundable room reservation fee.
  5. All applicants seeking the Class AA Standard Educator License must provide a photocopy of their Class A Standard Educator License issued from the State of Mississippi. Applications will not be processed without this documentation.
  6. A standardized test score should be filed with your application. Non-degree seeking graduate students are exempt from filing standardized test scores unless they are pursuing educator licensure.  (See below for more information on standardized test scores/optional examination.)
  7. Consult specific degree descriptions for additional admissions requirements.

Students Holding Undergraduate Degrees From Non-Regionally Accredited Institutions

For applicants graduating from non-regionally accredited institutions, the following stipulations apply: submission of an acceptable admissions test score and good academic standing after 12 hours of graduate work. For a definition of good academic standing, see End-of-Term Standings.

International Student Graduate Admission Information

A prospective international student applying for admission to Mississippi College as a graduate must provide the following:

1.  A fully completed Online International Admission Application form (

$40.00 International Student Application Processing fee
Appropriate graduate entrance exam scores
College transcripts showing graduation date
College diploma
Original TOEFL or IELTS scores (if seeking General Admission)
A current bank statement from my parents or sponsor
3 letters of reference
A Statement of Purpose

2.   Mississippi College offers three types of admission to international graduate students: general, conditional, and link programs.


  • General Admission: Students can apply for admission to an academic program and meet the English proficiency requirements using TOEFL or IELTS scores. If students can submit an original TOEFL IBT score of 79 or an original IETLTS score of 6.0, then the requirement to take the institution’s English proficiency exam will be waived.  Original scores must be sent directly to Mississippi College from the testing service in order to be considered for general admission.
  • Conditional Admission:  Students who want to apply for admission to an academic program without TOEFL or IELTS scores and meet the minimal requirements for academic admission will be ‘conditionally’ admitted based on the ability to demonstrate English proficiency upon arrival to the university.  The student can do this two ways: 1) make a passing score on the institution’s English proficiency exam upon arrival to the university, or 2) enroll and graduate from the institution’s Intensive English Program.  Once the student demonstrates English proficiency, he or she will be allowed to meet their academic advisor and enroll in their academic course of study.
  • Link Program:  This program is a transition between full-time language instruction in IEP and full-time academic classes.  International students who qualify for this program are those who have an advanced-high language proficiency level for IEP, but who have not met the general admissions English language proficiency requirement.  These students are permitted to take limited academic courses along with pre-selected English language assistance courses.  Students will be admitted into the Link program based on a specified standardized test score and/or successful completion of previous language instruction, which includes those taken from MC or other acceptable institutions.

 3.  All international graduate students admitted to MC graduate programs either without GRE score or below required GRE score are required to take GRE after completing six (6) graduate credit hours.  GRE test usually takes place at the end of the first academic semester. 

4.  A financial statement indicating ability to finance study for the duration of the first year at Mississippi College. The applicant must also provide evidence of sufficient financial support for personal living expenses such as room and board, educational supplies, and transportation.  There are approximately sixty days in the calendar year (vacations and semester breaks) for which on campus residential accommodations are not available.  Students must decide if they will be in residence halls during these periods.  Additional charges for residence halls during vacations and semester break periods will apply.  Please contact the Office of Global Education to determine the current amount required.

5.  A $40.00 non-refundable Application fee is required.  This fee may be paid by bank draft, personal check, or credit/debit card.

6.  Transcripts from all high school and college grades with lateral translations into English.  Students attempting to transfer credits received in secondary degrees or courses completed at universities outside the United States must request a Course-by-Course Report from a credential evaluation service.  The services Mississippi College uses are:

North American Educational Group
International Educational Credentials
505 Paradise Road U#254
Swampscott, MA 01907
Phone: 888.539.2804

Education Evaluators International, Inc.
11 South Angell Street #348
Providence, RI 02906

World Education Service, Inc.
P. O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Offices (AACRAO)
One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20036

Joseph Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173

Global Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 2903
College Station, TX 77842
Phone: 800.707.0979
Fax: 979.690.6342

Note: The student must pay for the evaluation.  Transcripts from institutions located in the United States must be mailed from these institutions directly to the Office of Global Education at Mississippi College.

International students should visit the Office of Global Education’s website ( for details concerning admission requirements before contacting the Office of Global education.

Students will be required to purchase health insurance each year through the University.  The policy will provide medical, medical evacuation, and repatriation coverage with Mississippi College as the trustee beneficiary.

Before arrival at Mississippi College, the applicant must be tested for tuberculosis and immunized against measles/mumps/rubella (MMR).

An international student who holds an F-1 student visa is required to carry a full course of study in the fall and spring semesters.  A full-time graduate course load is nine (9) credit hours.

All tuition and fees are expected to be paid at the time of registration.  Installment payment privileges are not available.

Note: Graduate credit will not be granted to students who do not comply with the above requirements. Admission to graduate study does not imply admission to candidacy for the Master’s degree.

Regular Admission

For regular admission an applicant must present an undergraduate record that shows a grade point average of at least 2.50 of a possible 4.0 on all undergraduate work presented from the baccalaureate degree. (See program description for deviations from this general requirement.)

There are alternative admissions requirements for international students lacking the ability to satisfy normal criteria. International students will be expected to fulfill all admissions criteria; however, since international students do not have ready access to the Praxis, GRE, or GMAT, they will be allowed to satisfy the admissions test (Praxis, GRE, GMAT) before the student completes six academic graduate hours. International students are encouraged to take the admissions test in their first semester. When interviews, pre-admissions workshops, or additional prerequisites are required for admission into a graduate program, the international students will be allowed to fulfill this requirement at Mississippi College. Any international student who does not fulfill their requirements is subject to the suspension from his or her program.

Provisional Admission

A student may be granted provisional admission when recommended by the department chair, Dean of School and the Dean of the Graduate School. Provisional admission is granted if:

  1. The undergraduate grade point average is below 2.5 but above 2.25.
  2. The student lacks undergraduate prerequisites.
  3. The student lacks standardized test [GRE, NTE, or GMAT]. Grace period extends for one semester only.
  4. The undergraduate GPA is below 2.25 but the applicant has demonstrated success in an appropriate career for at least a decade since completing the undergraduate degree. This admission category will require references to document career success.
  5. For applicants graduating from non-regionally accredited institutions, the following stipulations apply: submission of an acceptable admissions test score and good academic standing after 12 hours of graduate work. For a definition of good academic standing, see End-of-Term Standing.

Provisional status based upon grade point deficiency and prerequisites must be removed before registration for work beyond 12 hours will be permitted. For advancement from provisional to regular admission, the student must have obtained a grade average of B or higher on the first 12 or more hours of graduate-level courses attempted in an approved program, and must clear any other deficiencies.

Be aware that financial aid awards are limited by provisions of admission. Failing to remove provisional admission requirements within one year will impact federal financial aid eligibility. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for current guidelines.

Admission as Post Baccalaureate, Non-degree Student

Students desiring graduate-level study for purposes other than an advanced degree may be admitted to a non-degree status.

Applications for non-degree admission are available at the following link: . Official transcripts are required. Students in non-degree status are not eligible for federal financial assistance.

Students entering under this classification are not admitted to the Graduate School. Should a student later apply for admission to the Graduate School, any graduate work taken under the non-degree classification may not be counted toward a graduate degree except by specific approval of the Dean of the Graduate School. Course work taken beyond 6 hours as a nondegree student may not count toward a graduate degree.

Undergraduates Receiving Graduate Credit

A Mississippi College undergraduate who needs no more than 9 hours in one semester to complete all of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree may be allowed to register for graduate work and credit provided all undergraduate work will have been completed during that semester and the total in that semester does not exceed 15 semester hours. The permission of the student’s advisor, department chair, school dean and Dean of the Graduate School must be obtained before registration. The admission to the graduate program is conditional until the student receives the undergraduate degree.

Academic Transcripts

All requests for transcripts of Mississippi College credits must be made in writing to the Office of the Registrar. For each transcript, a fee of $15 is charged and must be paid in advance. The certified original copy will be mailed directly to the designated recipient or transmitted electronically to approved receiving schools. Transcripts of credits will not be issued for those whose accounts have unpaid balances.

Transcript request information is found at under Registrar’s Office Transcripts. E-mail requests and requests received through the Mississippi College website cannot be accepted because no signature appears on the request.

Please note that transcripts from other colleges or universities sent to the Graduate Office for use as permanent records cannot be copied for student use. Additional copies of these documents for personal use must be obtained directly from institutions previously attended.

Note: A 400-level course taken for undergraduate credit cannot subsequently be changed to graduate credit nor repeated for graduate credit.


Graduate students who plan to re-enter (after missing a semester or longer length of time) should access information to reapply at the following website:, three weeks before registration.  For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (  An application for readmission can be found on the web at

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 prerequisite and degree requirements for the degree to which they are changing as established by the Graduate Catalog in use at the time the change is requested.

Students placed on academic suspension must first file a written appeal to the Dean of Graduate Studies for reinstatement and then complete the application form for readmission.

Standardized Test Scores/Optional Examination


Every graduate student at Mississippi College is required to take either the Graduate Record Examination, the Graduate Management Admissions Test, or the Academic Skills Assessments of the Praxis Series (formerly NTE) dependent upon the program of studies.

The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) General Test is required for all non-business, noneducator licensure degrees. The examination is to be taken at the first time it is administered after the student enrolls in the Graduate School.  A verbal score beginning in the range of 146-150 or greater (equivalent to 400-450) and a quantitative score beginning in the range of 140-141or greater (equivalent to 400-450), or a score within these ranges on either section and a score of 2.5 on the writing assessment of the GRE General Examination, is required for most graduate programs. The verbal and quantitative scores will not be combined. Please see the particular program or departmental section for specific requirements.  Departments may exercise discretion for students who score below the ranges.

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Exam) is required for all master’s degrees in business

GMAT Waiver

Students with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 who earn a bachelor’s of business administration from Mississippi College or any other program accredited by AACSB or ACBSP may have the GMAT requirement waived.

Individuals with 5 or more years of applicable work experience or who hold a current CPA or CFA certification may apply for a waiver of the GMAT requirement for the MBA program.

Students who have not taken the GMAT must have an appropriate score by the first semester (maximum of 9 hours) in which graduate classes are taken. A student without a GMAT score after their first semester of graduate work will not be allowed to enroll in any subsequent graduate courses. The test is administered by appointment at the Pearson Professional Center. Call 1.800.717.4628 for scheduling GMAT appointment. Visit for information and preparation materials.

The Praxis Series is required for all master’s degrees in education and teacher licensure programs. Minimum Praxis Series scores are set by the state of Mississippi and found at the MDE website:

*Praxis I Core CASE (Core Academic Skills for Educators): Reading- 156; Writing-162; Mathematics-150 and PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching): K-6 (153);  PLT 7-12 (157).

*Praxis I PPST ended December 31, 2013.  The Praxis I Core CASE test  replaced the Praxis I PPST.  The educator cannot combine parts of the PPST and parts of the CASE to meet certification requirements.  Beginning January 1, 2014, educators must take and pass CASE in order to meet certification requirements.

ACT equivalent scores (composite 21 and no subscores below 18 on one test) can be used in lieu of passing Praxis I score requirements for entrance to the Alternate Route teaching program (Masters of Teaching Arts.)

Students pursuing Alternate Route Educator Licensure must consult with the School of Education to determine the Praxis Series Examinations scores to present for entrance into the M.Ed. in Teaching Arts.

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required of international students in addition to one of the standardized tests listed above. International students must present a TOEFL score of 500 or better on the paper/pencil version or 173 on the computer-based version, as well as an acceptable score on the English test administered by the IEP staff at Mississippi College. See appropriate section on international students for details.

If a standardized test was taken while at another institution, it is the student’s responsibility to see that the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies receives a copy of that score.

Optional Examination

Occasionally a student whose undergraduate and graduate records reveal strong evidence of the ability to do an acceptable quality of graduate work encounters unusual difficulties with standardized tests for whatever reasons. Because of this, in the interest of fairness, after two unsuccessful efforts to earn an acceptable score on the required test (GRE or Praxis Series), the student may petition the school dean or department chair for a locally-prepared-andadministered written comprehensive examination covering all phases of the degree program. Factors to be considered by the school dean or department chair, the student’s advisor, and Dean of the Graduate School in authorizing the substitute test will include the standardized test scores and the over-all grade point average. If the test is completed successfully, it will serve in lieu of the required standardized test. A fee of $20.00 will be charged for the test administered through the appropriate school or department. Pay fee in the Bursar’s Office.

Note: All degree-seeking students must take the required test(s) the first time it is offered after enrolling. No course work beyond six hours will be credited toward a degree until the requisite test has been taken. The student is responsible for requesting that test scores be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies.