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    Mississippi College
  Dec 01, 2022
GRADUATE CATALOG 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog]

General Requirements for Graduation

1. Standardized 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 of 146 or more and a quantitative score of 140 or more, or one of these scores 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 (5712)- 156; Writing (5722)-162; Mathematics(5732)-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 Graduate Office receives a copy of that score.

2. 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-and administered 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 Graduate Office.

3. Enrollment in Absentia

Enrollment in Absentia is an enrollment term for students who are not in residence at Mississippi College during the semester of their expected graduation. These students may have been given special permission by the Graduate Dean to finish final required credit hours at another university, or are finishing thesis writing requirements, or they may have a graduation requirement deficiency and plan to correct it during the current term. This enrollment status must be repeated if the student continues in deficiency for a successive or later term.

4. Transfer Credit

Graduate courses may be transferred from another regionally accredited college or university provided the student has maintained a B average, the courses are appropriate for the student’s program and are approved by the departmental advisor, school dean, and the Dean of the Graduate School. Graduate course work completed at institutions that are not regionally accredited will be considered for transfer credit upon submission of an official transcript and appropriate syllabi. Acceptance of such credit towards a degree is determined by the appropriate program director. The student should request credit for any transfer work at the time application is made for admission. Transfer credit must fall within the six-year time limit to be considered. More than 6 semester hours may be transferred for credit on degrees that require more than 30 hours for completion. Please refer to the description of each degree sought.

Students who have credits and or degrees granted by international institutions must have a detailed credential evaluation completed by the service listed in this catalog. No transfer credit will be considered without this documentation.

A student must complete a minimum of two-thirds of the requirements for a graduate degree from Mississippi College provided that no program will require less than 24 semester hours of graduate work completed at Mississippi College. Selected programs may require more than two thirds of its requirements be satisfied at Mississippi College. Any exceptions to this requirement must be authorized by department deans and recommended to the Graduate dean for approval.

No graduate credit is accepted for courses completed by correspondence. Mississippi College does accept credits approved and documented by A.C.E. (American Council on Education for the following program:

  • Certified Public Manager
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
  • Military Credit

Once a student has been admitted to the Graduate School at Mississippi College, he/she may not take graduate courses elsewhere without prior approval of the Dean or Department chair as recommended to the Dean of the Graduate School.

Only grades of B or higher will transfer. Transferred credit will not be used to pull up grades earned at Mississippi College-e.g., a transferred A will not be used to pull up a C earned at Mississippi College. Grading systems other than 4.0 scale must be reviewed by the Registrar, the school dean and the Dean of the Graduate School. The Dean of the Graduate School reserves the right to determine whether or not any graduate course from another institution will be accepted toward a degree at Mississippi College.

Second Master’s Degree

Upon recommendation of the student’s advisor, a candidate for a second Master’s degree may apply six semester hours of credit from the first 30-hour degree program. Twenty-four hours of non-repetitive course work will be required to earn a second master’s.

Nine to twelve hours of applicable credit from 36-60 hour degree programs may be used on a second Master’s degree. Twenty-seven and forty-eight hours of non-repetitive course work will be required to earn a second master’s degree respectively.

The Dean of the Graduate School reserves the right to determine whether or not any graduate course from another institution will be accepted toward a second master’s degree at Mississippi College.

5. Course Level Requirement

A minimum of 50 percent of one’s work for a Master’s degree must be in 6000-level courses*; these are courses exclusively for graduate students. The 5000-level courses listed in this catalog are approved for credit toward the Master’s degree.

A minimum of 12 semester hours of work for an Education Specialist degree must be 7000-level; No 5000-level courses will be acceptable for Ed.S. degree requirements.

Graduate credit will not be given for a 5000-level course if taken previously at the undergraduate 400-level and may not be repeated as a graduate-level course.

*The M.S. in Biology, Medical Sciences, degree program is an exception.

6. Time Limitation

All students pursuing the graduate degree must complete the program within six years from the time of the first graduate course taken at Mississippi College. Credit may not be allowed for any course taken prior to six years before graduation unless recommended by the department chair and approved for extenuating circumstances the Dean of the Graduate School. See transfer credit policy regarding time limitation.

7. Grade Requirement

In qualifying for a master’s degree the student must earn a grade average of B or better on courses taken to fulfill degree requirements.

In qualifying for an Education Specialist or Doctoral degree the student must earn a grade average of 3.25 or better on all courses taken to fulfill degree requirements.

An incomplete grade may be given to a student who failed to complete all requirements for a course within the required semester or term. A grade of I becomes an F if not removed by the end of the next semester or summer term.

Failure to report for the final examination results in a grade of F. (see section on Class Attendance )

8. Foreign Language Equivalency

The Master of Arts student must have 12 semester hours of course work in one modern foreign language (or the equivalent of the intermediate level). Another option available to satisfy the language requirement is submitting acceptable score-levels showing second year proficiency on the CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) in French, German or Spanish. Contact the Counseling and Testing Center for CLEP information and registration material.

A student may attempt the CLEP twice; and if after two testings, a satisfactory score has not been made, a locally-administered test may be arranged. If a satisfactory score has not been made after the locally-administered exam, the foreign language requirement must be met by passing the intermediate-level language course(s). Cost of the departmentally administered exam is $30.00.

The language requirement must be met before a student accumulates twelve semester hours of graduate course work toward the Master of Arts degree.

9. Thesis

A thesis is required of all candidates for the Master of Arts degree in English or History. A thesis is also required of all candidates for the Master of Fine Arts degree.

The thesis is optional for programs leading to the Master of Education degree, the Master of Combined Sciences degree, the Master of Arts in Art degree, The Master of Science and the Master of Social Science degree.

Each department schedules thesis enrollment in two three-semester-hour courses: 6563 and 6564. A grade of PR may be recorded for 6563 and/or 6564. 6563 is eligible for a grade of PR only until 6564 is completed; the permanent grade for 6563 and 6564 will both be assigned when the thesis is approved. For more information, see Number 10 below.

10. Thesis Enrollment Maintenance Fee

Graduate students who write a thesis typically take more than two years to complete their work. During the first semester of thesis work, students sign up for three hours. During the second semester of thesis work, students sign up for an additional three hours. These six hours are the number of credits they receive for thesis work. For those students who do not complete their thesis in the first year, there will be a $100 Thesis Enrollment Maintenance Fee each semester. This will provide these students continued access to the library and continued recognition in the Banner system. Graduate students are expected to complete the thesis within a three-year time limit or request an extension.

11. Comprehensive Examination

Depending upon the graduate program, comprehensive exams (oral or written or both) may or may not be required by the department as part of the degree requirement. See departmental descriptions for specific comprehensive exam requirements. Departments are authorized to schedule comprehensive exams up until one week prior to final exams.

Candidates for M.A. and M.Ed. in English must take a written comprehensive exam in their last semester of enrollment based upon both coursework and a departmental reading list. If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the written and/or oral examination may be re-taken once in the following semester or summer term.

Failing any part of the comprehensive exam will result in one opportunity for re-scheduling during the next semester or summer term. The department has the authority to require additional coursework in the event the student’s performance merits it.

12. Application for Degree

See calendar for specific application deadlines.

To submit an application for degree, students should log into the MyMCportal on the MC website. The application can be found under the QuickLaunch navigation column in the Graduation Folder. Clicking on  “Apply to Graduate” opens the online form. When the application is completed, the student can submit the application digitally.

Applying by the PRIORITY deadline gives the Registrar’s Office time to check degree requirements and to notify students who do not meet those requirements early in the graduation semester when changes can be made to address the deficiencies.

Students who apply after the PARTICIPATION deadline (approximately six weeks before graduation) will not be eligible to participate in the graduation ceremonies, their names may not appear in the commencement program, and they cannot use the online application. They must complete a paper form available in the Registrar’s Office to apply for their degrees.

Candidates for degrees are charged a graduation fee at the time their application is processed. An additional late fee will be charged for applicants received after the published participation deadline. These fees together with all balances of any nature must be paid in full at least three days before the date of graduation in order for the student to be eligible to pick up a cap and gown, receive their diploma, or be issued a transcript.

In most cases the graduate student must have a 3.0 (masters); 3.25 (Education Specialist or doctoral) average or higher on Mississippi College graduate work at the time the student applies for graduation. Ordinarily this would be the semester or summer term before the anticipated date of graduation.

13. Attendance at Graduation

Students who meet graduation requirements are expected to march at commencement. If for good reason the student cannot march, they should notify the Registrar’s Office.

Career Services

The primary mission of Career Services is to help students and alumni identify meaningful opportunities that match their skills, talents and interests. We accomplish this mission, within a Christian setting, by providing the most current resources, employment information and support. Students are encouraged to begin using Career Services early in their academic experience at Mississippi College. Alumni may continue to receive assistance from Career Services for up to four years after their graduation date.

Career Services collaborates with faculty and staff as well as employers to offer a variety of events and programming designed to help students and alumni make informed career decisions. Career planning, resume writing, and interview coaching can be scheduled. An online job board, campus interviews and annual Career Day provide opportunities for MC students and alumni to connect with local and national employers. Through the online job board, students have access to both on-campus and off-campus jobs. On-campus jobs are posted to the website and students can apply through the system. Career Services manages the job board so that it can be a centralized location for students to find a job on-campus.

Career Services professionals are dedicated to providing the necessary programs, resources and support needed to guide students and alumni in their chosen path in ministry or the workforce.

For more information, visit us on the web at or call 601-925-3901.