General Catalog Information
Mississippi College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelors, masters, education specialist degrees, and doctoral degrees. 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.
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Students entering Mississippi College for the 2017-2018 session (effective May 2017) must meet major and minor requirements as set forth in this edition as well as the general degree requirements for graduation contained herein.
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 prerequisites and requirements for the degree to which they are changing as established by the Graduate Catalog in use at the time the change is requested.
This Catalog does not constitute a contract between the University and its students. The University 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.
Mississippi College offers curricula in various professional fields, as well as general or liberal arts education. In the professional fields, curricula generally include both academic and practical or clinical requirements. In some professional fields (such as counseling, teacher education, and others) it is necessary to pass an examination or other requirements of the professional organization in order to be admitted to the profession. Curricula at Mississippi College are designed to expose students to the skills and knowledge essential to the relevant profession, and the student must successfully complete the requirements of the appropriate curriculum in order to receive a degree. However, Mississippi College cannot guarantee that any student admitted to a given program of study will complete that program successfully. Neither can Mississippi College guarantee that one who completes the degree program will pass the external examination of the professional organization or secure employment in the profession. These factors are not within the control of Mississippi College.
All students enrolled at the University are subject to all rules and regulations as specified in the Mississippi College Student Handbook. A copy of the Mississippi College Student Handbook, "The Tomahawk" may be accessed on the Mississippi College web site at www.mc.edu/student-life/student-handbook/. Failure to read the Mississippi College Student Handbook does not excuse students from the requirements and regulations contained therein.
No commercial solicitation is allowed on Mississippi College property or of Mississippi College students.
It is the goal of Mississippi College to assist in the development of good health and clean air. All buildings including areas near entrances and exits on the Mississippi College campus - Academic, Administrative, Athletic, Residential, and the Student Center - are declared to be "smoke free" and all persons associated with the university are expected to adhere to the policy of "No Smoking."
|Written Student Complaints. Students who have complaints that they want to have addressed about any aspect of the collegiate experience should submit the complaints in writing to the Dean of the Graduate School, Nelson Hall Room 202 or send to Mississippi College, Box 4029, Clinton, MS 39058, or to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mississippi College, Box 4002, Clinton, MS 39058.
Mississippi College, governed by a Board of Trustees elected by the Mississippi Baptist Convention, is a private, co-educational, comprehensive university of liberal arts and sciences and professional studies dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence. Founded in 1826, Mississippi College is the oldest institution of higher learning and the largest private university in the state of Mississippi. As a Christian institution, Mississippi College values the integration of faith and learning throughout the educational process.
Consistent with its Baptist heritage and relationship to the Convention, Mississippi College provides a quality Christian education for its student population. Students select the University because of the quality of its academic programs, Christian environment, and location. The University strives to recruit students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, leadership, and church/community involvement. The majority of students come from Mississippi and other southeastern states.
Mississippi College stimulates the intellectual development of its students through the liberal arts and sciences and concentrated study in specialized fields, including preprofessional and professional programs. Furthermore, the university environment promotes the spiritual, social, emotional, and physical development of its students and encourages them to utilize their skills, talents, and abilities as they pursue meaningful careers, life-long learning, and service to God and others. The University emphasizes those undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs which offer opportunities for service. Additionally, the University reflects its responsibility of service to the community through a variety of learning opportunities and numerous cultural enrichment experiences.
Mississippi College is committed to excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. The University seeks to employ and retain faculty who are dedicated to teaching/learning and advising students, who support and engage in scholarship and creative activities that advance knowledge, and who seek to continue their own professional development. The University also seeks to employ and retain staff and administrators who are equally dedicated to supporting these efforts. Furthermore, the University selects employees who reflect Christian values and a commitment to service. Mississippi College is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with Title VII and applicable exemptions.
Official mission statement as adopted by the Board of Trustees 1998
Mississippi College seeks to be known as a university recognized for academic excellence and commitment to the cause of Christ.
Official vision statement as adopted by the Board of Trustees 2004
History of Mississippi College
Chronicling our Distinguished Past
Mississippi College traces its roots back to 1826 when the institution was chartered by the state Legislature as Hampstead Academy. The same year, America celebrated its 50th birthday and John Quincy Adams served as president of a growing nation with a little more than 9.6 million people. Mississippi College remains the oldest institution of higher learning in the Magnolia State.
Situated on five acres near Mount Salus in Central Mississippi, the new school was renamed Mississippi Academy and began offering classes for boys and girls in January 1827. Back when tracts of land sold for $1.25 per acre, the academy was located on a tiny piece of the 6 million acres of property in Central Mississippi transferred from the Choctaw Indian nation to the American government. That treaty was signed in 1820. Three years earlier, in 1817, the state of Mississippi joined the United States.
Rhetoric was among the subjects taught to the first group of students at Mississippi Academy when the school- house opened. The initial campus building in a small town that later became Clinton was large enough to accommodate 150 to 200 students. Known as the "academic edifice" for decades, the school's first building contained four "handsome" rooms, each with two fireplaces. To the west of it stood a second building with a beautiful chapel added just to the east of it in 1860.
The academy was renamed Mississippi College in 1830 and was authorized “to confer…such degrees in the arts, sciences and languages as are usually conferred in the most respectable colleges in the United States…”
A private institution, Mississippi College was coeducational and in December 1831 made history as the first college in the nation to grant a degree to a woman. Gold medallions were presented to the first group of female graduates.
There were other historic firsts for the college in the years to come. In 1842, the college was given to the Presbyterian Church, which later encountered financial straits and returned it to its original owners in 1850. That same year, the Mississippi Baptist Convention obtained the college that today remains the second oldest Baptist institution in America.
Among other noteworthy dates in Mississippi College history: the school’s Female Department was discontinued in 1850, but in 1853 a Central Female Institute, later renamed Hillman College, was launched for women in Clinton.
Soon, cannons were fired in places like Vicksburg, Mississippi and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with the Civil War shattering the fabric of American life. As North battled South in bloody skirmishes, the war nearly decimated schools like Mississippi College.
The tumultuous times brought by the Civil War represented defining and often tragic moments in the history of Mississippi College. A large group of MC students, three faculty members, a trustee, and townspeople in Clinton organized the Mississippi College Rifles. The company boarded a train for Corinth and a lengthy series of Civil War battles, primarily in northern Virginia, but few returned home alive. The college kept its doors open during the war years with an average enrollment of about 30 students.
Amid the deadly Civil War struggles, portions of the Mississippi College campus served other purposes. Soon after it opened in 1860, Provine Chapel was utilized as a hospital by Northern U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant and his wounded Civil War troops. Others believe the ground floor of the two-story building was also used as a stable for his horses. A cherished campus landmark today, Provine Chapel remains the oldest building on the Clinton campus. It is the setting for Christmas concerts by the Mississippi College Singers, the headquarters of classrooms and offices for the Department of Christian Studies & Philosophy and a wonderful venue for Southern family weddings year-round.
Despite its endowment being wiped out, many of its students leaving to fight in the Civil War, and its physical plant badly deteriorating, MC experienced a post-war resurgence. Leaders like President Walter Hillman helped save Mississippi College and did so with a modest salary of $1,000 per-year.
Administrations of Mississippi College Presidents like Drs. Warren Webb, W.T. Lowery and J.W. Provine energized a fruitful period with new buildings, the redevelopment of the school endowment, and enrollment growth.
Enrollment climbed to 400 students during the Provine presidency and the endowment grew to more than $500,000. Mississippi College landmarks like Jennings Hall opened in 1907, and it was considered among the most elegant residence halls in the South. It was heated with steam, and students bragged about having an electric light in every room! The dormitory provided meals in a well-furnished dining hall. Today, Jennings remains a splendid headquarters for faculty offices, classrooms and houses delightful fountains in its renovated courtyard.
After the Roaring 20s, there were enormous financial challenges facing Mississippi College, all of American higher education and the business world. Shaking America’s foundations, and creating widespread poverty for millions of people in big cities and small towns, Mississippi College survived the ravages of the Great Depression that began in 1929 and lingered for well over a decade. Mississippi College students at times made tuition payments with a wagonload of potatoes. Gifts of land, houses, and other resources were welcomed, along with cash at the Baptist school. It was the same way during the difficult years of Reconstruction. Despite adversity Hillman College prospered in the late 1920s, with two brick cottages built for a dozen female students and a faculty member on the Clinton campus. The good times didn’t last with Hillman consolidating with Mississippi College in 1942.
Combined with the influx of women was a post-World War II enrollment boom with many G.I. vets returning from overseas battles to receive a college education in Clinton, Mississippi.
While the Hillman campus no longer exists today other than a marker at a Clinton park, many notable MC buildings are alive and well in the early 21st Century. Constructed in 1925, multi-purpose facilities like Alumni Hall are still going strong. Alumni Hall includes an indoor water fitness pool, student gathering spots with large flat-screen TVs, a basketball court, coffee shop, conference rooms for the Board of Trustees and a student counseling center. Longtime college dormitories like Chrestman Hall and Ratliff Hall continue to receive extensive use. The Leland Speed Library, Self Hall, home of the School of Business, and Aven Hall, home of musical and theater productions, have undergone extensive renovations.
Mississippi College’s administrative home and auditorium that was built in 1948, Nelson Hall, continues to be a cornerstone of the Christian university. Buildings in downtown Jackson that serve as the home of the university’s School of Law (purchased in 1975) also take a prominent place in Mississippi College history books. The construction of Cockroft Hall, home of the School of Nursing, the A.E. Wood Coliseum, the university’s basketball arena, and the list goes on.
From new buildings to new academic programs, from successful fund drives to the hiring of award-winning faculty and the latest computer technology purchases, Mississippi College has experienced tremendous advances under its presidents in the modern era. Presidents D.M. Nelson, R.A. McLemore, Lewis Nobles, Howell Todd and now Lee Royce can all point to accomplishments.
Under the guidance of its leaders at Nelson Hall, a caring faculty and staff, and enriched by God’s many blessings, Mississippi College has emerged from humble beginnings to become one of the South’s premier Christian universities, with a bright future still to come.
Dr. Todd’s administration was committed to preparing Mississippi College for the 21st century. As part of that mission, Dr. Todd targeted a number of physical improvements to maintain and replicate the architectural character of the Mississippi College campus. Renovations and remodeling of Latimer-Webb, Mary Nelson, and Whittington residence halls were completed. Nelson Hall and Alumni Hall were renovated. Self, Farr, and Aven halls also received renovations. In addition to renovations, the Foreign Language Learning Center, a multimedia language lab, was added to Jennings Hall, and state-of-the-art soundproof music practice rooms were installed in Aven Hall. New construction included men’s and women’s residence halls, a 106,000 square foot health facility, and a math, computer science and chemistry complex. A campus-wide computer network, MCNET, was installed to offer access to the Internet and act as a communication link for all administration, faculty, staff and students. In 2002, MC successfully completed a $100 million capital campaign entitled “New Dawn” launched in 1996, the largest campaign in the school’s history. Through these physical, financial and technological advances, Mississippi College can continue its legacy of academic excellence and Christian witness while offering the best of the total university experience.
In June 2001, Dr. Howell Todd retired as president of the university after serving seven years. The Board of Trustees named Dr. Lloyd Roberts, vice president for business affairs and professor of management, to serve as Interim President from July 2001 until June 30, 2002. Dr. Lee G. Royce became the 19th president of Mississippi College on July 1, 2002.
Mississippi College has seen steady enrollment growth, revitalized its facilities, and welcomed extraordinary levels of gift giving under President Royce. Enrollment has climbed to nearly 5,300 students, while the main campus in Clinton, and School of Law in downtown Jackson have been undergoing a building boom under Dr. Royce’s leadership. A successful “Growing the Vision” campaign to boost student scholarships, the university’s endowment, enhance facilities and strengthen academic programs raised $87.4 million when it concluded in Fall 2011. It began as a $65 million drive in 2006, but school trustees raised the goal to $80 million, despite a weak USA economy.
Mississippi College’s rapid growth accelerated upon Dr. Royce’s arrival in July 2002 after serving as president of Anderson University in South Carolina. MC’s enrollment has climbed steadily from the 3,227 students enrolled when he took office as the Christian university’s leader. That enrollment includes an increase in the number of international students, which now totals nearly 500 students from 30 nations.
MC’s academic growth has also seen the arrival of stellar new programs. The Physician Assistant program is the only one of its type in the Magnolia State. The two and one-half year master’s program trains professionals to work under the supervision of physicians. The program is based at newly renovated facilities in the Baptist Healthplex and works closely with the University of Mississippi Medical Center, federal clinics and hospitals in the region. The P.A. program produces professionals who will play critical roles in easing the state’s medical shortages in underserved areas of the state and nation. Passage rate is 97 percent for MC students taking the PA National Certifying Exam. New doctoral programs in educational leadership and counseling are also adding new students. Mississippi College made history by awarding its first educational leadership doctorate in August 2011 to a Jackson elementary school principal.
The latest array of programs includes graduate degrees in health informatics and graphic design as well as bachelor’s degrees in worship leadership, early childhood education and electrical engineering. Enrollment in electrical engineering exceeded expectations in Fall 2015 with 25 students taking classes. The first of its type in the USA, the MC doctorate in professional counseling enrolls 120 students. So far, there are 60 graduates. Other stellar graduate programs are thriving. MC’s online MBA program was rated the No. 1 best value among Christian colleges in the USA in 2015. The rating comes from ChristianUniversitiesOnline.org.
Mississippi College’s extensive list of building projects includes a new front entrance to Robinson-Hale Stadium, a new soccer complex, and baseball facility. New athletic facilities helped MC return to NCAA Division II athletics in July 2016. Returning to the Birmingham-based Gulf South Conference began in Fall 2014. Adding to the building renaissance: a three-story parking garage, a prayer garden outside Alumni Hall, and a bookstore next-door to Pimento’s café in Olde Town Clinton. Overlooking MC’s hometown on a hilltop, sits the Phillips House, a new residence for the MC president. The new medical sciences building opened in January 2013 and includes classrooms, a cadaver lab and the latest research facilities. Other major improvements include the addition of the East Campus, formerly the old Clinton Junior High property, and a makeover for Self Hall, home of the MC School of Business.
Other notable construction projects include the August 2015 opening of the University Place residence halls. Costing $16 million, the eight three-story units house 189 students in modern apartment-like settings. The 21st Century structures come equipped with sidewalks, balconies with French doors, the latest in high-technology connections, spacious kitchens, enhanced lighting, lots of green spaces and much more. Located on the East Campus, the state-of-art buildings represent the newest residence halls at Mississippi College in nearly two decades.
The Mississippi College community has enjoyed welcoming an all-star lineup of prominent national speakers for its spring scholarship dinners. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was invited to deliver the keynote address at MC’s 2016 scholarship dinner in late March. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke to MC’s signature event in 2015. Other speakers have included former 2016 presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, and Mike Huckabee. The university’s signature event has raised more than $2.7 million for student scholarships since 2008.
National recognition has come to the Baptist-affiliated university in other ways. “U.S. News & World Report” rated MC No. 31 in the South’s regional universities and No. 23 as a best college for veterans in September 2016. MC’s online masters in the criminal justice field rank as the USA’s 5thbest by the website graduateprograms.com among 25 schools. MC’s impact on the local economy remains strong with more than $75 million budget, over 550 employees and net assets exceeding $172 million.
In his 15th year as Mississippi College president, Dr. Royce continues to make progress on goals outlined in the institution’s vision statement “To be recognized as a university known for academic excellence and commitment to the cause of Christ.”
Presidents of the College
|Under Municipal Control
|Rev. F. G. Hopkins, Principal
||1826 to 1828
|Rev. Daniel Comfort, Principal
||1828 to 1834
|I. N. Shepherd, Principal
||1835 to 1836
|E. N. Elliott, President
||1836 to 1837
|Rev. Daniel Comfort
||1837 to 1841
|Rev. Alexander Campbell, D.D
||Jan. to April 1842
|Rev. Alexander Campbell, D.D
||1842 to 1844
|Rev. Robert McLain (Pro Tem)
||1844 to 1845
|Rev. Daniel Comfort
||1845 to 1846
|Rev. Simeon Colton, D.D
||1846 to 1848
|Rev. Consider Parish
||1848 to 1850
|Isaac Newton Urner, LL.D
||1850 to 1867
|Rev. Walter Hillman, LL.D
||1867 to 1873
|Rev. Warren Sheldon Webb, D.D
||1873 to 1891
|Rev. Robert Abram Venable, D.D
||1891 to 1895
|John William Provine, Ph.D., LL.D.,
|1895 to 1897
|John William Provine, Ph.D., LL.D
||1897 to 1898
|Rev. William Tyndale Lowrey, LL.D
||1898 to 1911
|John William Provine, Ph.D., LL.D.
||1911 to 1932
|Dotson McGinnis Nelson, Ph.D., LL.D
||1932 to 1957
|Richard Aubrey McLemore, Ph.D.
||1957 to 1968
|Lewis Nobles, Ph.D.
||1968 to 1993
|Rory Lee, Ed.D., Acting
||1993 to 1994
|Howell W. Todd, Ph.D.
||1994 to 2001
|Lloyd Roberts, Ph.D., Interim
||2001 to 2002
|Lee G. Royce, Ed.D
||2002 to ____
History and Purpose of the Graduate School
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 chairman 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 select faculty and students and deans of the different schools which offer undergraduate as well as graduate courses.
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.
The Graduate Faculty
The burden of achieving quality education rests largely upon the teaching staff. Mississippi College’s faculty is dedicated to teaching. A high percentage of faculty hold earned doctorates. Mississippi College professors are competent, serious about their work and interested in their students. Although many are engaged in research and other types of professional work outside the classroom, they consider teaching to be their highest priority. A listing of graduate faculty can be found at the end of this edition.
Accreditation is an important assurance to the university student. Mississippi College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelors, masters, education specialist degrees, and doctoral degrees. 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 and other Professional Affiliation
Mississippi College is accredited by, approved by, or holds membership in the following disciplinary bodies:
|1155 16th Street NW
Washington DC 20036
|Council for Accreditation
of Counseling and Related
Education Programs (CACREP)
|5999 Stevenson Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
|Council on Social Work
|1600 Duke Street, Suite 300
Alexandria VA 22314-3421
|National Association of
Schools of Music (NASM)
|11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston VA 22090
|Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
777 South Harbour Island Blvd, Suite 750 Tampa, FL 33602
|Association of Collegiate Business
Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
|7007 College Blvd., Suite 420
Overland Park, KS 66211
|National Council for
Accreditation of Teacher
|2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036.1023
|Commission on Collegiate
|One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036-1120
Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
|3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211-6453
|American Bar Association (ABA)
||321 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654-7598
|Association of American
Law Schools (AALS)
|1201 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036-2717
of Law Schools
|1201 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036-2717
|The International Multisensory
Education Council (IMSLEC)
|15720 Hillcrest Road
Dallas, TX 75248
Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
|12000 Findley Rd., Suite #275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
206 Grandville Ave., Suite 350
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
|Mississippi Department of Education
P.O. Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205
|American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
1307 New York Ave., NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005-4701
|National Policy Board for Education Administration (NPBEA)
1615 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
|International Dyslexia Association
40 York Road, 4th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21204
|Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
1140 19th St NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
|National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
1313 L St. NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005
Graduate Degrees, Majors, Post Baccalaureate, and Certificate Programs
Graduate Degree Programs
School of Christian Studies and the Arts
School of Christian Studies and the Arts
Christian Studies and Philosophy
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
History and Political Science, Paralegal Studies and Administration of Justice, Sociology and Social Work
School of Sciences and Mathematics
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Engineering, Computer Science and Physics
Physician Assistant Studies
Health Services Administration
School of Business
School of Education
Teacher Education and Leadership
- Art, M.Ed. (30 sem. hrs.) available in traditional and low-residency formats
- Biological Science, M.Ed.
- Business Education, M.Ed.
- Computer Science, M.Ed.
- Curriculum and Instruction (C&I), Ed.S. Educational Leadership - 40 sem. hrs. (NEW)
- Curriculum and Instruction (C&I), M.Ed.-30 sem. hrs. (NEW) available in traditional and online formats
- Dyslexia Therapy, M.Ed. (30 sem. hrs.)
- Educational Leadership, Ed.D. (72 sem. hrs.)
- Educational Leadership, Ed.S (40 sem. hrs.)
- Educational Leadership, M.Ed. (39 sem. hrs.)/ Licensure & Non-Licensure Tracks
- Elementary Education (K-6), Ed.S. (36 sem. hrs.)
- Elementary Education, Ed.S. (MTA Graduates) (42 sem. hrs)
- Elementary Education, M.Ed. (30 sem. hrs.) available in traditional and online formats
- English, M.Ed.
- Gifted Education, Certificate - 12 sem hrs (NEW) traditional and online formats
- Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration (15 sem. hrs.)- available in traditional and online formats
- Higher Education Administration, M.S. (31 sem. hrs)- available in traditional and online formats
- Mathematics, M.Ed.
- Social Studies, M.Ed.
- Special Education (SPED), M.Ed. (30 sem. hrs.) available in traditional and online formats
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), M.Ed.
- Teaching Arts, M.Ed. (available in traditional and online formats)
Psychology and Counseling
Statements of Compliance
Mississippi College is a Christian University affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention. The Mississippi Baptist Convention elects all members of the Board of Trustees of the University.
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 provisions of certain nondiscrimination laws.
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Students have specific, protected rights regarding the release of such records or information contained therein. Mississippi College will release confidential or personally identifiable information only with the student’s written consent and will release information defined as “Directory Information” only in the best interest of the student. A student’s parent(s) who claim that student as a dependent on their federal income tax return may request information other than directory information or the student may file a consent form in the Office of the Registrar giving permission for such information to be released to their parent(s) or third parties. If an undergraduate student does not wish to have any information released for any reason, he/she may file a written request to that effect in the Office of the Registrar. A confidential notice will be placed on the student’s record and this confidential status will remain on their record permanently until a signed release by the student is filed with the registrar. Graduate students may file a request for confidentiality with the Dean of the Graduate School.
Questions or complaints regarding FERPA rights should be directed to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (MC Box 4002, Clinton, MS 39058) or the Vice President of Enrollment Services and Dean of Students (MC Box 4007, Clinton, MS 39058). Complaints regarding alleged failures by Mississippi College to comply with the requirements of FERPA may also be filed with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202.
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Mississippi College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. If students need special accommodations due to learning, physical, psychological, or other disabilities, they should direct their inquiries to Director of the Counseling and Testing Center, Mississippi College, Lowrey, Room 118, Telephone: 601.925.3354. For more information, see the Mississippi College Student Handbook, Students with Disabilities section.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Mississippi College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in employment, admissions, student retention, or other educational programs except in those instances which are claimed and exempted on the basis of the religious tenets of the Mississippi Baptist Convention. Inquiries and complaints regarding the application of Title IX may be directed to Dr. William Townsend, Vice President of Advancement and Legal Counsel to the President (MC Box 4005, Clinton, MS 39058). Alleged violations of Title IX should be directed to Dr. Debbie Norris, Vice President for Planning and Assessment and Graduate Dean and Title IX Coordinator (MC Box 4029, Clinton, MS 39058).
Academic facilities at Mississippi College are designed primarily for use in the education of Mississippi College students; other uses, although quite worthy in themselves, should not be allowed to interfere with that primary purpose.
The use, possession, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students at Mississippi College is expressly forbidden and the same shall not be tolerated on any property owned or controlled by Mississippi College, nor shall the same be tolerated at or as a part of any activity undertaken at or under the direction or supervision of Mississippi College. In addition to possible legal sanctions, disciplinary action for violation of this regulation may include expulsion or other severe penalty. For details, see the Commitment to Drug Free Environment section of the Mississippi College Student Handbook.
Policies Governing Conduct: Student Rights and Responsibilities
It is assumed that every student enrolling in Mississippi College agrees to conduct themselves in a manner conducive to the highest sort of mental and moral development in keeping with the ideals and traditions of the College. Personal misconduct either on or off the campus by anyone connected with Mississippi College detracts from the Christian witness Mississippi College strives to present to the world and hinders full accomplishment of the mission of the University.
As an institution pledged to the Christian principle of concern for others, the University enunciates a definite position on certain matters. Students who elect to attend the University, realizing its position on such matters, are expected to respect and abide by that position. Students who evidence an unwillingness or inability to conduct themselves in accord with University standards and any other rules and regulations of the University, either on or off the campus, shall be subject to disciplinary action.
In attempting to uphold the stated purpose and objectives of the University, the trustees and administration have felt it necessary to take a definite stand on conduct and to make the position of the University known to students.
Gambling is forbidden. No intoxicants will be held in possession, served, distributed, sold, used, or consumed, the same applies to prescription-legend drugs or other dangerous drugs or similar substances except as prescribed by a physician.
Students enrolled at Mississippi College who evidence an unwillingness or inability to conduct themselves, either on or off campus, in accordance with these standards and any other rules and regulations of the University not specifically listed here, will be subject to disciplinary action and may be asked to withdraw from the University. Any student whose conduct or habits are found to be inconsistent with or in violation of the regulations, traditions, and ideals of the institution is subject to the action stated above.
The University reserves the right to make any and all necessary investigations - including, but not limited to, an on-premises investigation and inspection of any residence or living quarters on University property in addressing an alleged violation of regulations or conduct deemed inconsistent with the ideals and standards of the institution.
Disciplinary expulsion, suspension and probation may become a part of the permanent record. A more comprehensive statement concerning University regulations may be found in the Mississippi College Student Handbook.
Graduate students must comply with institutional policies governing academic and nonacademic conduct is outlined in the current issue of the Mississippi College Student Handbook. A copy of the handbook may be requested from the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Clinton, MS 39058, 601.925.3809. The Mississippi College Student Handbook is also available on the web at www.mc.edu/student-life/student-handbook/. Among the more significant policies are those that forbid weapons on campus, smoking in campus buildings, and other comparable substantive policies.
Mississippi College students are expected to be scrupulously honest. Dishonesty, such as cheating or plagiarism, or furnishing false information, including forgery, alteration or misuse of University documents, records or identification, will be regarded as a serious offense subject to severe penalty, including, but not limited to, loss of credit and possible dismissal. See the Mississippi College Student Handbook or Policy 2.19 for specific information regarding penalties associated with dishonest behavior at Mississippi College. A copy of the Mississippi College Student Handbook is available on the Mississippi College website at www.mc.edu/student-life/student-handbook/.
Courses leading to graduate degrees are offered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Evening classes are listed in the online registration schedule.
Summer Classes and Workshops
An attractive program of graduate-level courses is offered each summer. Even though the pace of campus life is somewhat slackened from the regular session, the summer school provides an excellent opportunity for graduate students to earn as many as 12 to 14 hours of credit toward a degree.
The summer session is divided into two five-week terms. Students may take a maximum of seven academic hours during each term. In addition, three graduate hours may be earned in a May term.
Summer school schedules are available before pre-registration dates from the Office of the Registrar.
A number of workshops carrying graduate credit are offered during each summer session. These have been particularly attractive to teachers as the credit may be used for renewal of educator licenses. Each student should confer with graduate school advisor about using credit toward degree requirements. All workshop participants must be officially admitted to Mississippi College prior to the registration date.
Edward L. McMillan Program of International Study
Mississippi College offers numerous opportunities for study abroad. One such program is the MC London Semester program, which allows a limited number of students to spend the spring semester studying in Europe (currently in London). The University sponsors a spring break program to England or Europe, a School of Nursing mission trip to Mexico, an Israel study tour between semesters, the Salzburg College program, a French summer program, a semester to Hong Kong Baptist University, a semester program at the University of Alicante, Spain, and exchange programs in Brazil, Germany, and France. For more details of any or all of these programs, please contact the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Telephone: 601.925.3203. Inquiries will be referred to the directors and/or coordinators of the specific program.
Facts About Mississippi College
|Location: Clinton, Mississippi (Population 26,351)
|Campus Population: over 6,000
|Main Campus Size: 140 acres
|Type: four-year, co-educational
|Average ACT for freshmen: 24.6
|Affiliation: Mississippi Baptist Convention
|Accreditation: see above
|Cost: $588 per graduate hour
|Library: 247,748 volumes
|Honors programs: open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors and administered by Honors Council
|Student-faculty ratio: 15:1
|Preferred time for campus visit: early in fall semester by appointment
|Summer School: two-week mini term; one ten-week term; two five-week terms, one eight-week term (ADP)
|Minimum time required for baccalaureate graduation: two & one-half calendar years
|For additional information call: 601.925.3225 or 601.925.7367
|(First Semester, 2015)
|Total Headcount Enrollment
|Number of Male Students
|Number of Female Students
|Number of Resident Students
80 of 82 Mississippi Counties
41 of 50 States and 2 U.S. territories
39 Foreign Countries
*Includes undergraduate, graduate, and law enrollment
Size and Location
Although Mississippi College is the largest private university in the state, it is still small enough to retain a friendly atmosphere. Located in the community of Clinton in the center of the state, the University is ten minutes away from Jackson, the state capital and largest metropolitan area in Mississippi. A variety of activities are available to university students living in such a setting.
Mississippi College profits from its ideal location and, in turn, the University contributes to the community. The educational needs of a metropolitan area are changing, and Mississippi College responds to those needs by expanding its instructional programs. The undergraduate program includes a flourishing Business Administration program. About 3,145 students are enrolled for undergraduate studies. Approximately 1,532 students are enrolled in the Graduate School which offers work leading to 16 graduate degrees. In response to the need for legal education in the area of the state capital, Mississippi College has a School of Law with about 393 students seeking J.D. and LL.M. degrees.