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    Mississippi College
  Dec 08, 2022
GRADUATE CATALOG 2018-2019 [Archived Catalog]

About the University

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.

Visit the Mississippi College Home Page on the World Wide Web.

Students entering Mississippi College for the 2018-2019 session (effective May 2018) 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 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 state Legislature chartered the institution 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.  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 1827.

Back when tracts of land sold for $1.25 per acre, the academy was located on a tiny piece of the six 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.  Gaining its present name in 1830, Mississippi College remains the state’s oldest institution of higher learning.

When receiving the new name, Mississippi College 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 coeducation and in December 1831 made history as the first college in the United States to grant a degree to a woman.  Gold Medallions were presented to the first group of female graduates.

There were other firsts of the college in the years to come.  In 1842, the college was given to the Presbyterian Church, which later encountered financial straits and control reverted to the town of Clinton.  The property was then offered to the Mississippi Baptist Convention and the transfer received the endorsement of the Baptists in November 1850.

That same year, Mississippi Baptists closed the Female Department, and the school didn’t become coeducational again until the purchase of Hillman College, a nearby school for women in 1942.

MC enrollment has grown to 5,121 students in Fall 2017 including the law school in downtown Jackson that was purchased in 1975.  With more than 83 areas of study, 16 graduate degree programs, a doctor of jurisprudence, a doctorate of educational leadership, and a doctorate in professional counseling, Mississippi College is highly rated nationwide.  The most recent “U.S. News & World Report” in September 2017 rates MC No. 32 overall among the South’s top regional universities. It ranks No. 12 as a Best Value in that category, climbing ten notches over the previous year. MC ranks No. 21 as a Southern regional institution meeting the needs of veterans.

Launched in May 2011, MC’s physician assistant program for graduate students is unique in the Magnolia State.  It presently enrolls 90 graduate students and prepares them to work under the supervision of physicians to help assist healthcare needs in the state and nation.  Passage rate is 97 percent for MC graduate students taking the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam. In January 2013, MC opened a 22,000 square foot medical sciences building that prepares students for medical and dental schools across the USA.

Mississippi College’s economic impact is strong with more than 500 employees and healthy financial support.  The university continues to expand and reach new milestones in the Christian ministries, new and successful programs, and campus enhancements as it seeks to fulfill its vision.


Mississippi College is located on the corner of Highway 80 and Clinton Parkway in Clinton, Mississippi (population 26,351) fifteen minutes away from the capitol city of Jackson.  The campus is steeped in tradition and beauty. The Clinton campus is 140 acres.  There are 11 residence halls, including a new East Campus facility with attractive balconies, kitchens, exterior lighting, sidewalks, lots of green space and other modern amenities for 189 students.  The first new residence hall in nearly two decades at MC opened in August 2015.  Off campus includes the Mississippi College School of Law in downtown Jackson.


Mississippi College enrolled a total of 5,070 students in the fall of 2016.  Of these, 2,721 were full-time undergraduate students, 424 were part-time undergraduate students, and 1,925 were either full-time or part-time graduate or professional students.  Fifty-nine percent of the undergraduate students live on campus.


Freshmen:  Those applying for freshmen admissions should submit a completed application for admission and proof of immunization for MMR.  An official transcript from an approved high school is required as well as ACT score reports mailed directly to Mississippi College from ACT headquarters.

Transfer:  Those applying for transfer admission should submit the completed application.  Transfer students are defined as those who have completed at least 24 hours of transferable work and are required to submit an official transcript from each institution attended.


The following prices are for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years and reflect undergraduate charges for the nine-month session (based on 12 to18 hours per semester):

                                                            2016-2017                   2017-2018

            Tuition/Required Fees             $16,740                       $17,740

            Books and Supplies                $  1,100                       $  1,300

            Room and Board                      $  9,190                       $  9,610

                                                             $27,030                       $28,302

Eighty-two percent of those attending Mississippi College receive some form of financial assistance.  To qualify for federal aid, students are asked to submit the Free Application for Student Aid and Mississippi College’s application for financial assistance no later than March 1 in order to receive preference for assistance in the fall.


Mississippi College is a four-year comprehensive university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The college offers a liberal arts background with a wide range of programs.  Degrees are offered at the bachelors, masters, educational specialist and doctoral level.

The university provides more than 83 areas of study, 16 graduate degree programs that lead to more than 50 graduate tracks.  The MBA program in the School of Business is the oldest and largest such program in metro Jackson, offering concentration in finance and accounting.  Mississippi College exceeds national and state averages in the percentage of students attending medical school.  MC begins its third year offering electrical engineering with 35 student majors in Fall 2017. Its early childhood education program recently became nationally accredited, the first one in the state. Led by conductor Mark Nabholz, the MC Singers are booked for concerts in Europe following their performances at the 2017 Festival of Lights in Clinton. Mississippi Public Broadcasting stations will televise the Festival of Lights Christmas concerts to audiences statewide for the second year in a row.  The new RN-BSN online nursing program is designed for working students.

Degree programs are coordinated through eight academic divisions:  The School of Science and Mathematics, the School of Christian Studies and the Arts, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Law, the School of Nursing, and the School of Graduate Studies.  A dean heads each academic division.

Mississippi College offers an Honors Program administered by the Honors Council, which is open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.  In addition, the university has international programs located in Austria, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, and the United Kingdom.  Mississippi College enrolls 261 international students from 43 nations, led by China, India, Saudi Arabia, Nepal and Great Britain.  The International Mission Board continues to rank Mississippi College as a top 25 school from which missionaries graduate and are under appointment.

Mississippi College’s Accelerated Degree Program offers classes in sociology, business administration, accounting, public relations and marketing to put students on a path to earning MC degrees.  The program takes into account the needs of daytime workers in metro Jackson with classes two evenings per week on the Clinton campus.  Students can earn 30 hours or more toward their degree.  Students in this program receive a 10 percent discount off tuition.  Financial assistance is available.

MC’s small class size appeals to students.  The student/faculty ratio is 15:1. The ACT for incoming freshmen rose to 25 in Fall 2017.  MC reports a steady uptick in its freshmen retention rate.

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
Presbyterian Affiliation  
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
Baptist Affiliation  
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.,
Chmn. Faculty
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 2018
Blake Thompson, Ph.D. 2018 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:

Name Address Phone Number
American Chemical
Society (ACS)
1155 16th Street NW
Washington DC 20036
Council for Accreditation
of Counseling and Related
Education Programs (CACREP)
5999 Stevenson Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
ext. 301
Council on Social Work
Education (CSWE)
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
Education (NCATE)
2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036.1023
Commission on Collegiate
Nursing Education
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
International Association
of Law Schools
1201 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036-2717
The International Multisensory
Structured Language
Education Council (IMSLEC)
15720 Hillcrest Road
Dallas, TX 75248
ext. 227
Accreditation Review
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

Mississippi College

School of Christian Studies and the Arts

School of Christian Studies and the Arts

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Sciences and Mathematics

Interdisciplinary Studies

School of Business

School of Education

Teacher Education and Leadership


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

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

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.

Drugfree Environment

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 Dean of Students, Clinton, MS 39058, 601.925.3809.  Among the more significant policies are those that forbid weapons on campus, smoking in campus buildings, and other comparable substantive policies.

Academic Conduct


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

Academic Schedule

Night Classes

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 5,899
Main Campus Size: 140 acres
Type: four-year, co-educational
Average ACT for freshmen: 25.2
Affiliation: Mississippi Baptist Convention
Accreditation: see above
Cost: $609 per graduate hour
Library: 248,621 volumes
Honors programs: open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors and administered by Honors Council
Student-faculty ratio: 14:1
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); two seven-week terms (MC7 online)
Minimum time required for baccalaureate graduation: two & one-half calendar years
For additional information call: 601.925.3225 or 601.925.7367


(First Semester, 2017)  
Total Headcount Enrollment 5,059
Number of Male Students 1,899
Number of Female Students 3,060
Number of Resident Students 1,919

Geographic Representation*

80 of 82 Mississippi Counties
42 of 50 States and 1 U.S. territories
47 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 3,242 students are enrolled for undergraduate studies.  Approximately 1,456 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 361 students seeking J.D. and LL.M. degrees.