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  Sep 24, 2022
GRADUATE CATALOG 2020-2021 [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 2020-2021 session (effective May 2020) 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."

Student complaints are handled through the campus offices having responsibility for the area where the complaint is directed. Complaints relating to academic issues should be in writing and filed with the appropriate department chair or the chair of the complainant's major department. The complainant may discuss the grievance with the department chair who will address the grievance first. The decision of the chair may be appealed to the dean whose decision will be final. In cases where the dean is the source of the complaint or in an extraordinary case, the complaint will be handled by the Provost. For non-academic areas, complaints should be filed or discussed with the appropriate supervisor of the area where the complaint is directed. The supervisor may advise the student on the appropriate route for addressing the complaint or refer the matter for resolution by the appropriate vice president whose decision is final.  


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

About Mississippi College

Mississippi College is an accredited comprehensive university affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention. Its academic programs of liberal arts and sciences and professional studies are dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence. The Board of Trustees is elected by the Convention for three-year terms, and its members serve on a rotating basis. The University receives support from the Mississippi Baptist Cooperative Program; from gifts by alumni and friends of the University; from corporations; from endowment income; and from student fees.

The Early Years

Mississippi College, the oldest institution of higher learning in the Magnolia State, traces its roots back to the early 19th century, less than a decade after Mississippi became a state. In 1826, the state legislature issued a charter to Hampstead Academy, which would be located on a five acre tract of land in central Mississippi near the Mount Salus community. The property was part of the six million acres transferred to the United States by the Choctaw Nation in 1820.

At the time the institution was chartered, land was selling for $1.25 per acre, America was celebrating its 50th birthday, John Quincy Adams was President, and the growing nation had a population of just over 9.6 million people.

By the time the school opened in January of 1827, Hampstead Academy had become Mississippi Academy. Classes, including rhetoric, were offered to both boys and girls. The first building on campus, known for decades as the “academic edifice,” contained four “handsome” rooms, each with two fireplaces, and it was large enough to accommodate 150-200 students.

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…”

As a private, coeducational institution, Mississippi College made history in December 1831 when it became the first college in the nation to grant a degree to a woman. This first group of female graduates received gold medallions. The college continued to teach both men and women until 1850, when the school’s Female Department was discontinued. Women’s higher education returned to Clinton three years later when Central Female Institute, eventually renamed Hillman College, opened a short distance from the MC campus.

In 1842, the college was given to the Presbyterian Church, which operated the institution for eight years until financial issues prompted the denomination to return it to its original owners. In 1850, the Mississippi Baptist Convention acquired Mississippi College, making it the second oldest Baptist educational institution still operating in America today. MC continued its growth through the next ten years, adding to the campus the landmark now known as Provine Chapel, which opened its doors in 1860.

The Civil War and Beyond

The Civil War brought tumultuous times to Mississippi, to the town of Clinton (formerly Mount Salus), and to Mississippi College. A large group of MC students, three faculty members, a trustee, and local citizens from Clinton organized a military company known as the Mississippi College Rifles. The company boarded a train for Corinth in the early days of the war and participated in a lengthy series of battles, primarily in northern Virginia. Sadly, only a few members of the group returned home alive.

The college kept its doors open during the war years, maintaining an average enrollment of about 30 students. As Union troops crisscrossed central Mississippi, the campus was utilized by General Ulysses S. Grant and his men. The newly-constructed chapel became a hospital for wounded troops, and some believe the ground floor of the two-story structure was used by Grant as a stable for his horses.

Today, Provine Chapel remains the oldest building on the Clinton campus, housing the classrooms and offices of the Department of Christian Studies and Philosophy and serving as the site for Christmas concerts by the Mississippi College Singers and as a classic venue for weddings year-round.

When the war ended, Mississippi College faced numerous challenges. Its endowment had been wiped out, its physical plant was deteriorating, and many of its students had left to fight in the war. Nevertheless, under the leadership of President Walter Hillman, the institution was restored.

Hillman’s administration was followed by the presidencies of Drs. Warren Webb, W.T. Lowery, and J.W. Provine. These men oversaw a continuing resurgence at the college, including the construction of new buildings, the redevelopment of the school’s endowment, and a growth in enrollment. In fact, during the Provine presidency, enrollment stood at 400 students and the endowment reached more than $500,000.

The Early 20th Century

Shortly after the turn of the century, work began on what would become another campus landmark-Jennings Hall. When it opened in 1907, the building was considered among the most elegant residence halls in the South. It provided meals in a well-furnished dining hall, it was heated with steam, and its residents bragged that there was electric light in every room.

While Jennings Hall is no longer being used as a dormitory, students and visitors alike continue to enjoy its beautiful central courtyard and fountain. The stately building has been renovated to provide classrooms and faculty offices for such departments as English, history, sociology, and modern languages.

Another familiar sight on the Quad, Alumni Hall, was built during the prosperous years of the 1920s. The multi-purpose facility, which opened its doors in 1925 as the university marked its centennial, is now home to the student mailroom, a basketball court, the student counseling center, conference rooms for the Board of Trustees, and a student gathering spot, boasting large flat-screen TVs and a coffee shop.

After years of financial stability, adversity returned to Mississippi College, to American higher education in general, and to the nation in 1929 with the arrival of the Great Depression. The financial collapse brought widespread poverty to millions of people, and its effects lingered for more than a decade. At times, MC students found creative ways to continue their education, even making tuition payments with a wagonload of potatoes. In addition to monetary contributions, the college welcomed gifts of land, houses, and other resources to help it survive.

The institution’s neighbor, Hillman College, was not as fortunate. While it had prospered through the late 1920s, even constructing two brick cottages for a dozen female students and one faculty member on its campus, the small women’s school did not survive the Great Depression. Hillman closed its doors and consolidated its operations with Mississippi College in 1942.

Post World War II

The return of many education-seeking WWII veterans from overseas battles, combined with the influx of women students, brought an enrollment boom to Mississippi College. A growing number of students brought the need for more learning and living space, and new buildings were added to the Clinton campus to meet that need.

Nelson Hall, the cornerstone of the university which serves as the hub of its administrative offices and houses its main auditorium, was built in 1948. Additional dormitories and classroom buildings soon followed, including Ratliff Hall, the B.C. Rogers Student Center, the Leland Speed Library, Aven Hall, which houses the departments of Communication, Music, and Art, and Self Hall, home to the MC School of Business.

More recent additions to the Clinton campus include Hederman Science Building, Cockroft Hall, which is shared by the School of Nursing and the Department of Kinesiology, the A. E. Wood Coliseum, the university’s basketball arena and the setting for today’s commencement ceremonies, as well as new sports facilities for baseball and football.

The university expanded its educational offerings when it opened the Mississippi College School of Law in downtown Jackson in 1975, just one year short of its 150th birthday.

From new buildings and new academic programs to successful fund-raising drives, hiring award-winning faculty, and employing the latest computer technology, Mississippi College experienced tremendous advances under the leadership of presidents D.M. Nelson, R.A. McLemore, Lewis Nobles, and Howell Todd.

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 which would maintain and replicate the architectural character of the MC campus. Renovations and remodeling projects for Latimer-Webb, Mary Nelson, and Whittington residence halls were completed, while Self, Farr, and Aven Halls were also renovated. A multimedia language lab was added to Jennings Hall and stateof-the-art soundproof practice rooms for music students were installed in Aven Hall. New residence halls for men and women, a 106,000 square foot health facility, and a math, computer science, and chemistry complex were also constructed. MCNet, a campus-wide computer network, was installed to offer a communications link and internet access for all administrators, faculty, staff, and students.

Entering the 21st Century

As the new century began, Dr. Todd’s seven-year tenure as the university’s president ended with his retirement in June 2001. The Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Lloyd Roberts, Vice President for Business Affairs and professor of management, to serve as interim president until a new leader could be found.

On July 1, 2002, Dr. Lee G. Royce, the former president of Anderson University in South Carolina, became the 19th president of Mississippi College. That same year, the institution successfully completed the $100 million “New Dawn” capital campaign which had begun in 1996. The project was the largest financial campaign in school history. With Dr. Royce at the helm, Mississippi College has seen steady growth in enrollment, revitalization of its facilities, and extraordinary levels of giving. The student population has climbed from just over 3,200 to almost 5,300 students. That enrollment includes an increase in the number of international students.

A five-year, $65 million campaign to boost student scholarships, build the university’s endowment, enhance its facilities, and strengthen its academic programs began in 2006. Despite a weak U.S. economy, the Board of Trustees increased the goal to $80 million. The faith of the members of the Board was confirmed in the fall of 2011 when the “Growing the Vision” campaign concluded, having raised $87.4 million.

The university’s doctoral programs in educational leadership and professional counseling are also adding new students. MC made history in August 2011 when it awarded its first educational leadership doctorate to a Jackson elementary school principal.

MC continues to enhance its academic offerings with the addition of new programs. Begun in 2011, the Physician Assistant program is the first one of its kind in the Magnolia State. The two and one-half year Master of Science in Medicine program has an enrollment of 90 students. Based in newly renovated facilities at the Baptist Healthplex, the program works closely with the University of Mississippi Medical Center and with federal clinics and hospitals in the region to train professionals to work under the supervision of physicians. P.A. program graduates will play critical roles in easing the medical care shortages in underserved areas of the state and nation. The first class, consisting of 29 students, graduated in December 2013.

While undergraduates continue to take advantage of the London Semester program, the Mississippi College School of Law offers overseas study programs in Germany, France, Mexico, China, and Korea. The Law School also offers students the opportunity to participate in moot court competitions, having sent 26 teams to regional/national competitions in recent years.

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 transition to NCAA Division II athletics. 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 Towne 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 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.

The Mississippi College community has welcomed an all-star lineup of prominent national speakers for its spring scholarship dinners. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees spoke at the 2019 dinner. The university’s signature event raised more than $4.1 million for student scholarships since 2008. MC’s impact on the local economy remains strong with more than a $75 million budget, over 500 employees and net assets exceeding $172 million.

National recognition continues for Mississippi College. The Fall 2017 issue of “U.S. News & World Report” ranks MC No. 12 as a Best Value School among the South’s regional universities.

Dr. Royce retired in late June 2018 after 16 extraordinary years leading the Christian university. He and his wife, Rhoda, retired to Northern Virginia.

The Lee Royce Medical Science Center along College Street was named in honor of the retired MC president. The Rhoda Royce Prayer Garden near Alumni Hall was named as a tribute to MC’s former First Lady.

Succeeding President Emeritus Lee Royce, Dr. Blake Thompson became the university’s 20th president on July 1, 2018. Thompson’s diverse background includes leadership in higher education, international research, and the United States government. As Mississippi natives, the MC presidency represents a homecoming for Dr. Thompson and his wife, Jana.

Thompson was formerly vice president and secretary to the board of trustees of The Ohio State University (OSU). He held several leadership positions at 66,000-student Ohio State, one of the largest universities in the country. Thompson served as vice president for economic and workforce development, led the university’s Science and Technology Campus, and spearheaded the development of the endowed Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy at OSU.

In addition to his duties with OSU, Thompson held a joint vice-president appointment with Battelle, the world’s leading nonprofit R&D organization. He has also served in Washington as a senior staffer to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and to the late Senator Thad Cochran. Dr. Thompson and his wife, Jana, were raised in the small community of Rienzi, Mississippi, and operate a blueberry farm in North Mississippi. Both are graduates of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. Thompson earned three degrees in pharmaceutical sciences from Ole Miss, including his doctorate. He holds an executive master’s degree from the Georgetown University School of Business. The Thompsons have three children, Grey, Sarah Blake, and Cate.

During the early stages of the Thompson era, MC enrollment climbed to 5,138 students in Fall 2018, including the law school in downtown Jackson.

Mississippi College programs are truly world-class. In Fall 2017, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International granted accreditation to the MC School of Business. Only 25 percent of business schools in the USA and less than five percent of business schools worldwide have achieved this recognition.

Passage rate for Mississippi College students taking the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam is 97 percent or the national average. The MC School of Nursing passage rate on national standardized exams is 94 percent. The graduates must pass these exams to enter the profession.

MC made history with the election of Anthony Jackson as the first African American to serve as Student Government Association president on the Clinton campus in 2018-19.

Inaugurated in March 2019 as Mississippi College’s 20th president, Blake Thompson launched the institution’s first Honors College. The first 14 freshmen will enroll in August 2019. The Rienzi native also expanded international programs with the creation of the Edward McMillan Center for Education Abroad. MC leaders are conducting a $2 million drive for the center’s initial phase. A longtime history professor and administrator, Dr. McMillan established the London Abroad program in 1990. He died in 2018. A 1992 graduate, Spanish and linguistics professor, Beth Stapleton heads the new center.

In the Summer of 2019, MC was ranked the No. 1 online Christian college in the USA by the website New classes for MC in Fall 2019 include a master’s degree in nursing.

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

National Council for
Accreditation of Teacher
Education (NCATE)
2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036.1023
Commission on Collegiate
Nursing Education
655K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

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


Program Specific Accreditations:

Degree Program Accrediting Body Address Phone Number

Bachelor of Science in Electrical

Engineering (B.S.E.E.)

Engineering Accreditation Commission

(EAC) of the Accreditation Board for

Engineering and Technology (ABET)

415 North Charles St.

Baltimore, MD 21201


Director of Nursing Education, Mississippi

Institutions of Higher Learning

3825 Ridgewood Rd

Jackson, MS 39211-6453


MSN - Clinical Nurse Leader Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC)  

Graduate Degrees, Majors, Post Baccalaureate, and Certificate Programs

Graduate Degree Programs

Main Campus

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

School of Nursing

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 Provost (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 and General Counsel to the President (MC Box 4005, Clinton, MS 39058). Alleged violations of Title IX should be directed to Dr. Debbie Norris, Associate Provost, 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 Provost, Telephone: 601.925.3260. Inquiries will be referred to the directors and/or coordinators of the specific program.

Facts About Mississippi College

Location: Clinton, Mississippi (Population 25,037)
Campus Population: over 5,530
Main Campus Size: 140 acres
Type: four-year, co-educational
Average ACT for freshmen: 25.3
Affiliation: Mississippi Baptist Convention
Accreditation: see above
Cost: $645 per graduate hour
Library: 245,766 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, 2019)  
Total Headcount Enrollment 4,755
Number of Male Students 1,769
Number of Female Students 2,986
Number of Resident Students 1,696

Geographic Representation*

80 of 82 Mississippi Counties
42 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 2,944 students are enrolled for undergraduate studies.  Approximately 1,470 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 341 students seeking J.D. and LL.M. degrees.