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    Mississippi College
  Mar 07, 2021
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2016-2017 [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
Karen Rogers, Graduate Studies Assistant
Elnora Lewis, Administrative Assistant to the VP for Planning & Assessment/Graduate Dean

For details, please contact:

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 (Licensure and Non-Licensure Tracks)
Elementary Education
School Counseling
Business Education
Computer Science
Social Sciences (History)
Teaching Arts in Elementary, 4-8 and Secondary, 7-12 (traditional and online formats)
Special Education
STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math)
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  Business Administration (online and traditional)
Accounting Concentration (online and traditional)
Finance Concentration (online and traditional)
Master of Combined Sciences (M.C.S.)
Master of Science in Communication  
  Integrated Communication (traditional and online formats)
Integrated Communication - Journalism Concentration
Public Relations and Corporate Communication
Professional Communication in Health Services Administration (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.) (traditional and online formats)
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) (Thesis & Non-Thesis options)
Biology (Medical Sciences)
Chemistry (Thesis & Non-Thesis Option)
Computer Science
Graphic Design
Health Informatics (available online)
Higher Education Administration (traditional and online formats)
Athletic Administration, Intercollegiate Concentration (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.)
  Administration of Justice
Homeland Security
Political Science
Loss Prevention/Security Management Concentration (traditional and online formats)
Education Specialist (Ed.S.)  
Educational Leadership
Elementary Education (K-6) and (MTA Graduates)
Counseling Specialist (Coun.S.)  
Specializations in:  Spirituality & Faith Based Counseling, Play Therapy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Addictions Counseling, Integrated Healthcare, Trauma Treatment, Mental Health Counseling  
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)
Post-MSW in Trauma-Informed Practice
Graduate Certificate  
  Health Informatics
Higher Education Administration
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.