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.
Graduate admission and readmission decisions are made by the Office of Graduate Studies based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to: academic records, scores on standardized tests, an analysis of the application for admission, prior enrollments, lapses in enrollment, relevant character or conduct records, and other criteria as may be relevant. Mississippi College seeks to admit students whose academic preparation and background, personal characteristics, behavior, conduct, and cooperative spirit indicate that they would profit from and contribute positively to the life of a Christian university community.
Mississippi College reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant without assigning reason and to reject any applicant, rescind admission, or discontinue a student’s continue enrollment if (i) between the date of an application and the start of classes there is a change in the condition or status of any information provided by the applicant that would have been a basis for denying the application when it was reviewed by the Admission Committee or (ii) any information provided by an applicant proves to be untrue at the time of its submission.
Mississippi College complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws, and does not engage in prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, genetic information, veteran status, or disability in admissions and employment. As a religiously affiliated university, Mississippi College is exempt from certain provisions of some nondiscrimination laws. Inquiries and complaints should be directed to the Vice President for Advancement and Legal Counsel to the President (MC Box 4005, Clinton, MS 39058).
Each applicant for admission must complete the following: (International Students see also following section.)
- Application for admission: http://www.mc.edu/application/
- A $35.00 application fee (non-refundable; must accompany application).
- 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.]
- For residential students a $100 non-refundable room reservation fee.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
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. 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.
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:
- The undergraduate grade point average is below 2.5 but above 2.25.
- The student lacks undergraduate prerequisites.
- The student lacks standardized test [GRE, NTE, or GMAT]. Grace period extends for one semester only.
- 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.
- 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: http://www.mc.edu/application/ . 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.
All requests for transcripts of Mississippi College credits must be made via the TranscriptsPlus icon on the Registrar Office page on the Mississippi College Web site. 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 www.mc.edu under Registrar’s Office, Transcripts. Emailed, faxed or written requests are not accepted. All requests must go through the TranscriptsPlus system as described above.
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: http://www.mc.edu/academics/graduate/readmission-process/, three weeks before registration. For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org). An application for readmission can be found on the web at https://www.mc.edu/application/.
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
If required, a standardized test score should be filed with your application. Consult the specific degree program information in the Graduate Catalog for details.
The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Exam) is required for all master’s degrees in business. In some cases, a GMAT waiver is available.
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 www.mba.com 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: http://www.mde.k12.ms.us.
*Praxis I Core CASE (Core Academic Skills for Educators): Reading (5712)- passing score 156; Writing (5722)- passing score 162; Mathematics(5732)- passing score150 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) 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.
International Student Graduate Admission Information
A prospective international student applying for admission to Mississippi College as a graduate must provide the following:
A fully completed Online International Admission Application form (http://www.mc.edu/application/)
$40.00 International Student Application Processing fee. The application fee will increase to $60 one month before the deadline.
Appropriate graduate entrance exam scores (determined by the department)
College transcripts showing graduation date
Original TOEFL or IELTS scores
A current bank statement and/or affidavit, certificate of deposit from parents or sponsor
3 letters of reference
A Statement of Purpose
- Mississippi College offers general admission to international graduate students. Students must apply for admission to an academic program and meet the English proficiency requirements using TOEFL (score of 79) or IELTS (score of 6.0). Original test scores must be sent directly to Mississippi College from the testing service.
- 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, transportation and insurance. Please contact the Office of Global Education to determine the current amount required.
- A $40.00 non-refundable Application fee is required. The application fee will increase to $60 one month before the deadline. This fee may be paid by bank draft, personal check, or money order, if the applicant is in the U.S. If the applicant is overseas he/she must pay by credit/debit card through Flywire (former Peer Transfer). A $250 safe deposit is required before any applicant’s I-20 is issued.
- Transcripts from all high school and college grades with literal translations into English are evaluated by the Office of Global Education. 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
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
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 (http://www.mc.edu/international/future-students/admissions/#graduate) 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). To ensure compliance with Mississippi State Department of Health regulations, Mississippi College will also require international students to submit proof of test screening for tuberculosis by chest x-ray and interferon gamma release assays (IGRA) performed in the United States after their arrival and prior to the start of classes. These test results must be submitted to the MC Office of Global Education before the start of classes. Costs for all TB testing will be paid by the student.
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.
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.