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  Dec 01, 2022
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2019-2020 [Archived Catalog]

Graduate School

Dr. Debbie C. Norris, Vice President for Planning and Assessment and Graduate Dean

Dr. Jeannie Lane, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School

Debbie DePriest, Graduate Admissions Specialist

Jackie Koontz, Graduate Studies Assistant

Elnora Lewis, Administrative Assistant to the VP for Planning & Assessment/Graduate Dean

For details, please contact:

Graduate School • Mississippi College
Box 4029 • Clinton, Mississippi 39058
Telephone: 601.925.3225; E-mail:

Graduate Degrees, Majors and Post Baccalaureate Certificate Programs Available 

For more information about graduate programs and specific requirements, please click here.

Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

Master of Arts (M.A.)
Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Dyslexia Therapy
Educational Leadership (Licensure and Non-Licensure Tracks)
Educational Leadership/Non-Licensure Track: Independent School Administration
Elementary Education
School Counseling
Art (traditional and low-residency formats)
Business Education
Computer Science
Curriculum & Instruction
Social Studies (History)
Teaching Arts in Elementary, 4-8 and Secondary, 7-12 (traditional and online formats)
Special Education
STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) Curriculum & Instruction

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Business Administration (online and traditional)
Accounting Concentration (online and traditional)
Finance Concentration (online and traditional)
Management Information Systems (MIS) Concentration

Master of Combined Sciences (M.C.S.)
Master of Science in Communication  
  Integrated Communication General (traditional and online formats)
Integrated Communication - Journalism Concentration
Public Relations and Corporate Communication
Professional Communication in Health Services Administration (traditional and online formats)
Professional Communication in Sports (traditional and online formats)
Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts (M.F.A.)
  Visual Arts
Graphic Design
Master of Health Services Administration (M.H.S.A.) (traditional and online formats)
Master of Liberal Studies (M.L.S.)
Master of Music (M.M.)
  Music Education (M.M.Ed.)
Vocal Performance and Pedagogy
Performance: Conducting
Performance: Organ
Piano Pedagogy
Performance: Piano
Master of Science (M.S.)

Athletic Administration, Intercollegiate Concentration (online formats)
Athletic Administration, Interscholastic Concentration
Applied Exercise Physiology
Biology (Biological Sciences) (Thesis & Non-Thesis options)
Biology (Medical Sciences)
Chemistry (Thesis & Non-Thesis Option)
Computer Science
Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (traditional and online formats)
Graphic Design
Health Informatics (available online)
Higher Education Administration (traditional and online formats)
Marriage and Family Counseling
Mental Health Counseling


Master of Science in Medicine (M.S.M.)
  Physician Assistant  
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)
  Clinical Nurse Leader
Master of Social Sciences (M.S.S.)
  Administration of Justice
Homeland Security
Political Science
Loss Prevention/Security Management Concentration (traditional and online formats)
Education Specialist (Ed.S.)  

Educational Leadership
Education Leadership, Curriculum & Instruction
Elementary Education (K-6) and (MTA Graduates)

Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.)  
  Educational Leadership  
Doctorate of Professional Counseling (D.P.C.)  
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs  
  Paralegal Studies (available in traditional and online formats)
English Language Learning (ELL)
Post-MSW in Trauma-Informed Practice
Graduate Certificate  


Christian Counseling
Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
Gifted Education
Health Informatics
Health Science
Higher Education Administration,
Homeland Security (available in traditional and online formats),
Leadership Institute
Loss Prevention/Security Management (available in traditional and online formats),
Media Arts
Public Relations (available in traditional and online formats)


History and Purpose

Mississippi College was authorized to offer work leading to a graduate degree in 1950, and courses were offered on a systematized basis for the first time in the summer of 1950. Enrollment growth in this area, as well as increased enrollments in the undergraduate areas, led to a reorganization of the academic structure, in which departments were assigned to divisions with a chair for each division. At that time (1961) the Division of Graduate Studies came into being.

In 1975, the Division was elevated to the Graduate School. The School is administered by the Dean of Graduate Studies who serves as chairman of the Graduate Council, the decision-making body concerning programs, courses, faculty, and matters related to graduate work. The Council consists of the deans and select chairs of the departments and schools which offer undergraduate as well as graduate courses.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Graduate School is to promote and support quality graduate education within academic departments. The Graduate School in cooperation with the Graduate Council establishes policies and procedures which support quality research, scholarly activities, and advanced learning techniques among departments which offer graduate degrees. The Graduate School shares mutual responsibilities with departments to prepare students to conduct research, to produce creative work, to develop analytical skills and to perform successfully in their chosen professions.


Accreditation is an important assurance to the university student.  Mississippi College is accredited by the 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 by The American Chemical Society, The American Council on Teacher Education, The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, The National Association of Schools of Music, The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and The National League for Nursing testifies not only to the quality, but also to the variety of the University’s instructional program. The Mississippi College School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools.

The Graduate Faculty

Meeting Needs of Students

Members of the Mississippi College faculty hold graduate degrees from more than thirty different doctorate-granting institutions. Many have had practical experience in their areas of expertise and offer to classroom students both education and experience that provide maximum benefit to each enrollee.

Flexibility and accommodation represent hallmarks of the current graduate programs at Mississippi College. Our night classes enable a student to earn an entire degree by taking only night or summer courses. Our summer sessions are constantly adjusted to meet the needs of our student clients. Abbreviated courses of one to two weeks are offered in the summer, and several workshops are scheduled each summer session. We currently offer off-campus courses for students where student demand justifies such offerings. Curriculum review is constantly underway in order to meet the changing interests and requirements of our graduate students. A key commitment to the graduate school at Mississippi College is to make education “within your reach” from the standpoint of both price and course offerings.