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    Mississippi College
  Oct 28, 2021
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2015-16 [Archived Catalog]

Graduate School

Dr. Debbie C. Norris, Vice President for Planning and Assessment and Graduate Dean
Jeannie Lane, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School
Debbie DePriest, Graduate Admissions Specialist
Elnora Lewis, Administrative Assistant to the VP for Planning & Assessment/Graduate Dean

For details write or call for a Graduate Catalog, available upon request.

Graduate School • Mississippi College
Box 4029 • Clinton, Mississippi 39058
Telephone: 601.925.3225; E-mail:

Graduate Degrees, Majors and Post Baccalaureate Certificate Programs Available 

For more information about graduate programs and specific requirements, please click here.

Master of Arts (M.A.)
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
  Dyslexia Therapy
Educational Leadership
Elementary Education
School Counseling
Business Education
Computer Science
Social Sciences (History)
Teaching Arts in Elementary, 4-8 and Secondary, 7-12 (Available in traditional and online formats)
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  Business Administration
Accounting Concentration
Finance Concentration
Master of Combined Sciences (M.C.S.)
  Applied Communication - General (available in traditional and online formats)  
  Applied Communication - Journalism Concentration  
  Public Relations and Corporate Communication  
  Professional Communication in Health Services Administration (available in traditional and online formats)  
  Professional Communication in Sports  
Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts (M.F.A.)
  Visual Arts
Graphic Design
Master of Health Services Administration (M.H.S.A.)
Master of Liberal Studies (M.L.S.)
Master of Music (M.M.)
  Music Education (M.M.Ed.)
Vocal Performance and Pedagogy
Performance: Conducting
Performance: Organ
Piano Pedagogy
Performance: Piano
Master of Science (M.S.)
Biology (Biological Sciences)
Biology (Medical Sciences)
Chemistry (Thesis & Non-Thesis Option)
Computer Science
Higher Education Administration (available in traditional and online formats)
Athletic Administration, Intercollegiate Concentration (available in traditional and online formats)
Athletic Administration, Interscholastic Concentration
Applied Exercise Physiology
Addiction Counseling
Marriage and Family Counseling
Mental Health Counseling
Master of Science in Medicine (M.S.M.)
  Physician Assistant  
Master of Social Sciences (M.S.S.)
  with majors in Administration of Justice, History, Political Science, and Loss Prevention/Security Management Concentration (Loss Prevention/Security Management available in traditional and online formats)  
Education Specialist (Ed.S.)  
Educational Leadership
Elementary Education (K-6) and (MTA Graduates)
Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.)  
  Educational Leadership
Educational Leadership with Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction
Doctorate of Professional Counseling (D.P.C.)  
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs  
  Paralegal Studies (available in traditional and online formats)
English Language Learning (ELL)
Graduate Certificate  
  Homeland Security (available in traditional and online formats)
Loss Prevention/Security Management (available in traditional and online formats)

History and Purpose

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 chair 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 the deans and select chairs of the departments and schools which offer undergraduate as well as graduate courses.

Mission Statement

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.


Accreditation is an important assurance to the university student. Mississippi College is accredited by The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s, master’s, 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. Accreditation by The American Chemical Society, The American Council on Teacher Education, The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, The National Association of Schools of Music, The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and The National League for Nursing testifies not only to the quality, but also to the variety of the University’s instructional program. The Mississippi College School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools.

The Graduate Faculty

Meeting Needs of Students

Members of the Mississippi College faculty hold graduate degrees from more than thirty different doctorate-granting institutions. Many have had practical experience in their areas of expertise and offer to classroom students both education and experience that provide maximum benefit to each enrollee.

Flexibility and accommodation represent hallmarks of the current graduate programs at Mississippi College. Our night classes enable a student to earn an entire degree by taking only night or summer courses. Our summer sessions are constantly adjusted to meet the needs of our student clients. Abbreviated courses of one to two weeks are offered in the summer, and several workshops are scheduled each summer session. We currently offer off-campus courses for students where student demand justifies such offerings. Curriculum review is constantly underway in order to meet the changing interests and requirements of our graduate students. A key commitment to the graduate school at Mississippi College is to make education “within your reach” from the standpoint of both price and course offerings.