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2009-2010

Bulletin
of the
Graduate School

www.grad.msstate.edu
Volume LXXXII July 2009 Number 4

BULLETIN OF THE
GRADUATE SCHOOL

MISSISSIPPI STATE
UNIVERSITY

ANNOUNCEMENTS

2009-2010
Although the publisher of this Bulletin has made every reasonable effort to attain factual accuracy herein, no
responsibility is assumed for editorial, clerical, or printing errors or error occasioned by honest mistakes. This Bulletin
presents information, which, at the time of preparation for printing, most accurately describes the course offerings,
policies, procedures, regulations and requirements of the University. However, it does not establish contractual
relationships. The University reserves the right to alter or change any statement contained herein without prior notice,
including any programs, etc.

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ACCREDITATION

Mississippi State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4501) to award bachelor’s,
master’s, educational specialist’s and doctoral degrees.

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology


Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education
American Animal Hospital Association
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
(formerly American Home Economics Association)
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of Laboratory Animal Care
American Chemical Society
American Dietetic Association
American Psychological Association
American Society of Landscape Architects
American Veterinary Medical Association
Associated Landscape Contractors of America
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Computing Accreditation Commission
(Formerly Computer Sciences Accreditation Board)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational
Programs
Council on Rehabilitation Education
Council on Social Work Education
Foundation for Interior Design Education Research
Institute of Food Technologists
Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council
National Architectural Accrediting Board
National Association of School Psychologists
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
National Association of Schools of Music
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Society of American Foresters
Society of Wood Science and Technology
The Wildlife Society

Also, Mississippi State University maintains affiliations with numerous other national associations including the
American Council on Education, the Council of Graduate Schools, and the National Association of State
Universities and Land Grant Colleges.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Accreditation .................................................................................................................................. 2
Correspondence Directory............................................................................................................. 4
Graduate Academic Calendar ....................................................................................................... 5
Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning ......................................... 9
Officers of the University ............................................................................................................. 10
The Graduate Council ................................................................................................................. 11
The Graduate School of Mississippi State University.................................................................. 13
Graduate Degrees and Programs ............................................................................................... 15
General Information ..................................................................................................................... 17
General Requirements for Admission to the Graduate School ................................................... 38
General Requirements of the Graduate School .......................................................................... 50
General Master’s Degree Requirements ................................................................................ 59
Specific Master’s Degree Requirements ................................................................................ 62
Educational Specialist Requirements .................................................................................... 62
Doctor of Philosophy Requirements ....................................................................................... 65
Doctor of Education Requirements ........................................................................................ 68
Graduate Assistantships .............................................................................................................. 71
Services and Facilities ................................................................................................................. 74
Assessment and Testing Services ......................................................................................... 74
Books and Supplies ................................................................................................................ 74
G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans .................................................... 75
Dining Services....................................................................................................................... 75
Health Services ...................................................................................................................... 76
Housing and Residence Life .................................................................................................. 76
International Services ............................................................................................................. 77
The Learning Center .............................................................................................................. 77
Parking Services..................................................................................................................... 77
Sexual Assault Services ......................................................................................................... 77
Student Counseling Services ................................................................................................. 77
Fees, Expenses, and Financial Aid ............................................................................................. 78
Graduate Programs Offered by Mississippi State University ...................................................... 82
Office of Academic Affairs ...................................................................................................... 83
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ............................................................................... 84
College of Architecture, Art, and Design .............................................................................. 115
College of Arts and Sciences ............................................................................................... 117
College of Business .............................................................................................................. 157
College of Education ............................................................................................................ 177
James Worth Bagley College of Engineering....................................................................... 200
College of Forest Resources ................................................................................................ 234
College of Veterinary Medicine ............................................................................................ 241
The Graduate Faculty ................................................................................................................ 245
Index .......................................................................................................................................... 286
Quick Reference to Degrees, Programs, and Requirements .................................................... 293

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CORRESPONDENCE DIRECTORY

The Office of the Graduate School


PO Box G
116 Allen Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762
E-Mail grad@grad.msstate.edu
Web site: www.msstate.edu/dept/grad
Telephone: 662-325-7400
Fax: 662-325-1967
For information regarding admissions, application status, academic records, and graduation.

The Office of the Registrar


PO Box 5268
Garner Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Web site: www.msstate.edu/dept/registrar
Telephone: 662-325-2022
For information regarding Mississippi State University transcripts.

Assistantships
Please contact the appropriate department.

Other Financial Aid


Student Financial Aid
PO Box 6035
Garner Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Web site: www.sfa.msstate.edu
Telephone: 662-325-2450

Housing
Housing and Residence Life
PO Box 9502
Herbert Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Web site: www.housing.msstate.edu
Telephone: 662-325-3555

International Services
Office of Admissions and Scholarships
PO Box 6334
200 Montgomery Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Web site: www.admissions.msstate.edu/international/services/
Telephone: 662-325-8929

Nondiscrimination Policy
Mississippi State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin,
sex, sexual orientation or group affiliation, age, disability, or veteran status.

Students at Mississippi State University are responsible for knowing and complying
with all requirements for their respective degrees as stated herein.

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GRADUATE ACADEMIC CALENDAR
FALL SEMESTER 2009
July 1* ............................................... Last day for domestic applicants to complete admission process for Fall

August 3-7..................................................................................... International Teaching Assistant Workshop


August 5 .............................................................Last day for initial submission of thesis/dissertation to Library
for December graduation and no Fall enrollment
August 10-11......................................................................................... General Teaching Assistant Workshop
August 13-14.......................................................................................... Final registration and payment of fees
August 14 .................................................................................................... New Graduate Student Orientation
August 14 ........................................ Last day for submission of Library-approved thesis/dissertation to Library
for December graduation and no Fall enrollment
August 17 .................................................................................................................................... Classes begin
August 21 ............................................................................................Last day to drop a class without a grade
August 24 ........................................................................................Last day for registration or to add a course

September 1* .......................... Last day for international applicants to complete admission process for Spring
September 7 .......................................................................................................................................... Holiday
September 28 ...................................................................................Last day to drop a course with a W grade

October 5-6 ........................................................................................................................................Fall Break


October 9 .............. Last day to apply by deadline for December graduation via OnCampus; $50 fee (Account
balance must be paid before application is accepted)
October 10-October 30 .................. Late December graduation application via OnCampus; $100 fee (Account
balance must be paid before application is accepted)
October 27-November 4 ............................................................................. Faculty advising for preregistration
October 30 ............. Last day/thesis/dissertation defense or non-thesis comprehensive exam/Dec graduation
October 31-November 20 ............... Very Late application for December graduation via OnCampus; $250 fee

November 1* ................................ Last day for domestic applicants to complete admission process for Spring
November 2 ............................. Last day for doctoral comprehensive/preliminary examination/May graduation
November 5-13 .......................................................................................................... Preregistration for Spring
November 6 ..... Last day to submit signed examination results to the Graduate School/December graduation
November 6 ............. Last day for initial submission of thesis/dissertation to the Library/December graduation
November 12 ..................................................................................... Last day to withdraw from the University
November 13 .................................. Last day to apply for graduation and have name appear in program book
November 20 ......................................................................... Last day to apply for December commencement
November 25-27 ............................................................................................................ Thanksgiving Holidays
November 30 ........................................................................................................................... Classes resume

December 1 ................................................................................................................................... Classes end


December 2 ...................................................................................................................................Reading day
December 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 ......................................................................................................... Final examinations
December 4 ........ Last day to submit Library-approved thesis/dissertation to Library for December graduation
December 9 .......................................................Last day for initial submission of thesis/dissertation to Library
for May graduation and no Spring enrollment
December 11 (7:00 P.M.) ........................................................................................ Commencement ceremony
December 18 .................................. Last day for submission of Library-approved thesis/dissertation to Library
for May graduation and no Spring enrollment
December 22-January 1 ........................................................................................................... Winter Holidays

SPRING SEMESTER 2010

January 1 ............................................................................................................................................... Holiday


January 4-5 ............................................................................................ Final registration and payment of fees
January 4-5 ........................................................................................... General Teaching Assistant Workshop
January 5 .................................................................................................... New Graduate Student Orientation

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January 6 .................................................................................................................................... Classes begin
January 6-March 5 .....................................................Apply online for May 2010 graduation; $50 fee (Account
balance must be paid before application is accepted)
January 13 ..........................................................................................Last day to drop a class without a grade
January 14 ................................................................................................... Last day to register or add a class
January 18 ............................................................................................................................................. Holiday

February 1........................... Last day for doctoral comprehensive/preliminary examination/August graduation


February 17.......................................................................................Last day to drop a course with a W grade

March 1*................ Last day for international applicants to complete admission process for all Summer terms
March 5 .............................................. Last day to apply for May graduation via OnCampus; $50 fee (Account
balance must be paid before application is accepted)
March 8-April 16................................. Late application via OnCampus for May graduation; $100 fee (Account
balance must be paid before application is accepted)
March 12 ................................................................................ Spring Break holidays begin at end of class day
March 22 .................................................................................................................................. Classes resume
March 24-April 1.......................................................................................... Faculty advising for preregistration
March 26 .............. Last day/thesis/dissertation defense and non-thesis comprehensive exam/May graduation

April 1 ................................. Last day for initial submission of thesis/dissertation to the Library/May graduation
st
April 1* .. Last day/domestic applicants to complete admission process for Maymester, 1 , 10-week Summer
April 2 ..................................................................................................................................................... Holiday
April 2-April 14 .................................................................................. Primary registration for Summer and Fall
April 5 ......................... Last day to submit signed examination results to the Graduate School/May graduation
April 9 ................................................................................................. Last day to withdraw from the University
April 16 ............................................ Last day to apply for graduation and have name appear in program book
April 19-30................................... Very late application via OnCampus for May graduation; $250 fee (Account
balance must be paid before application is accepted)
April 23 ........................................................................................................................................... Classes end
April 23 ............ Last day for submission of Library-approved thesis/dissertation to the Library/May graduation
April 26-30............................................................................................................................ Final examinations
April 28 ...............................................................Last day for initial submission of thesis/dissertation to Library
for August graduation and no Summer enrollment
April 30 (7 P.M.); May 1 (10 A.M.)........................................................................ Commencement ceremonies

May 1* ......................... Last day for domestic applicants to complete admission process for 2nd Summer term
May 1* ..........................................Last day for international applicants to complete admission process for Fall
May 7 ........................................................................................... Last day for submission of Library-approved
thesis/dissertation to Library for August graduation and no Summer enrollment

SUMMER SESSION – 2010

Maymester (part of term 0)


May 7 ................................................................................... Final registration and payment of tuition and fees
May 10 ........................................................................................................................................ Classes begin
May 10 ........................................................................ Last day to drop a class without a grade (1st class day)
nd
May 11 ................................................................................. Last day to register or add a class (2 class day)
May 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 ............................................................ Classes meet
May 14 ...................................................................... Last day to drop a course with a W grade (5th class day)
May 25 ............................................................................................... Last day to withdraw from the University
May 28 ........................................................................................................................................... Classes end
May 29, 30 ................................................................................................................................... Reading days
May 31 ................................................................................................................................................... Holiday
June 1 .................................................................................................................................. Final examinations

First Term (part of term 2)


May 28, June 1 .................................................................... Final registration and payment of tuition and fees
June 1 ............................ Last day for doctoral comprehensive/preliminary examination/December graduation

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June 2 ......................................................................................................................................... Classes begin
June 2 .................................................................................................Last day to drop a class without a grade
June 3 .......................................................................................................... Last day to register or add a class
June 11 .......................................... Last day to apply via OnCampus for August graduation; $50 fee (Account
balance must be paid before application is accepted)
June 14-July 9................................ Late application via OnCampus for August graduation; $100 fee (Account
balance must be paid before application is accepted)
June 21 ........................................................................................................................ Last day to drop a class
June 23 .............................................................................................. Last day to withdraw from the University
June 29 .......................................................................................................................................... Classes end
June 30 ..........................................................................................................................................Reading day
July 1 ................................................................................................................................... Final examinations
July 5 ..................................................................................................................................................... Holiday
July 12-August 6 ........................... Very late application via OnCampus for August graduation; $250 (Account
balance must be paid before application is accepted)

Second Term (part of term 3)


June 11 ............................ Last day to apply to apply via OnCampus for August graduation; $50 fee (Account
balance must be paid before application is accepted)
June 14-July 9................................ Late application via OnCampus for August graduation; $100 fee (Account
balance must be paid before application is accepted)
July 1* ............................................... Last day for domestic applicants to complete admission process for Fall
July 1, 2 ............................................................................... Final registration and payment of tuition and fees
July 2 ...............Last day/thesis/dissertation defense and non-thesis comprehensive exam/August graduation
July 5 ..................................................................................................................................................... Holiday
July 6 .......................................................................................................................................... Classes begin
July 6 ........................................................................ Last day to drop a course without a grade (1st class day)
July 7 ................................................................................... Last day to register or add a class (2nd class day)
July 9 ..................... Last day to submit signed examination results to the Graduate School/August graduation
July 9 ............................... Last day for first submission of thesis/dissertation to the Library/August graduation
July 12-August 6 ..................... Very late application via OnCampus for August graduation; $250 fee (Account
balance must be paid before application is accepted)
July 23** ....................................................................................................................... Last day to drop a class
July 23 ............................................................................................... Last day to withdraw from the University
July 30 ..................... Last day to submit Library-approved thesis/dissertation to Library for August graduation
August 2 ......................................................................................................................................... Classes end
August 3 .........................................................................................................................................Reading day
August 4 .............................................................Last day for initial submission of thesis/dissertation to Library
for December graduation and no Fall enrollment
August 4, 5 ........................................................................................................................... Final examinations
August 7 ................................................................................................................... Graduation (no ceremony)
August 13 ................................ Last day for final submission of Library-approved thesis/dissertation to Library
for December graduation and no Fall enrollment

Ten-Week Term (part of term 1)


May 28, June 1 .................................................................... Final registration and payment of tuition and fees
June 1 ............................ Last day for doctoral comprehensive/preliminary examination/December graduation
June 2 ......................................................................................................................................... Classes begin
June 3 .................................................................................................. Last day to drop a class (2nd class day)
June 4 ................................................................................... Last day to register or add a class (3rd class day)
June 11 ......................................................... Last day to apply via OnCampus for August graduation; $50 fee
June 14-July 9............................................... Late application via OnCampus for August graduation; $100 fee
July 2 ...............Last day/thesis/dissertation defense and non-thesis comprehensive exam/August graduation
July 2-5 .......................................................................................................................Break for ten-week class
July 6 ...................................................................................................................................... Classes resume
July 9 ..................... Last day to submit signed examination results to the Graduate School/August graduation
July 9 ............................... Last day for first submission of thesis/dissertation to the Library/August graduation
July 9-August 6 ...................................... Very late application via OnCampus for August graduation; $250 fee
th
July 15 ................................................................................................ Last day to drop a class (28 class day)
July 23 .................... Last day to submit Library-approved thesis/dissertation to the Library/August graduation

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July 26 ............................................................................................... Last day to withdraw from the University
August 2 ......................................................................................................................................... Classes end
August 3 .........................................................................................................................................Reading day
August 4 ............................................................................................................................... Final examinations
August 4 .............................................................Last day for initial submission of thesis/dissertation to Library
for December graduation and no Fall enrollment
August 8 ................................................................................................................... Graduation (no ceremony)
August 13 ........................................ Last day for submission of Library-approved thesis/dissertation to Library
for December graduation and no Fall enrollment

*Applications received after this date are not guaranteed consideration for admission.
Please refer to departmental/program listings in this publication for program specific admission deadlines.

View the University Academic Calendar online at


http://www.msstate.edu/dept/registrar/calendar/calendarindex.php.

ALL DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

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MISSISSIPPI BOARD OF TRUSTEES
OF STATE INSTITUTIONS
OF HIGHER LEARNING

Officers of the Board

SCOTT ROSS.....................................................................................................................................President
BETTYE NEELY ......................................................................................................................... Vice President
HANK M. BOUNDS .................................................................................... Commissioner of Higher Education

Members with terms expiring May 2012

L. STACY DAVIDSON, JR. ............................................................................................................... Cleveland


BETTY HENDERSON NEELY ............................................................................................................. Grenada
SCOTT ROSS.................................................................................................................................. West Point
AMY WHITTEN ....................................................................................................................................... Oxford

Members with terms expiring May 2015

ED BLAKESLEE ................................................................................................................................... Gulfport


BOB OWENS ............................................................................................................................................ Terry
AUBREY PATTERSON .......................................................................................................................... Tupelo
ROBIN ROBINSON ................................................................................................................................. Laurel

Members with terms expiring May 2018

ALAN W. PERRY ..................................................................................................................................Jackson


CHRISTINE L. PICKERING ...................................................................................................................... Biloxi
C. D. SMITH, JR. ................................................................................................................................. Meridian
DOUGLAS W. ROUSE ................................................................................................................... Hattiesburg

The Board maintains offices at


3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, Mississippi.

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OFFICERS OF THE UNIVERSITY

MARK E. KEENUM, Ph.D. ..................................................................................................................President

***

WILLIAM L. KIBLER, Ph.D........................................................................... Vice President for Student Affairs


MICHAEL J. MCGREVEY, M.S. ............................................... Vice President for Finance and Administration
MELISSA J. MIXON, Ph.D. .............. Interim Vice President for Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine
PETER W. RABIDEAU, Ph.D. ............................................... Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
JOHN RUSH, M.P.P.A. .................................................................Vice President for Development and Alumni
GLENN STEELE, Ph.D. ............................... Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development

The Academic Deans

RICHARD L. BLACKBOURN, Ed.D. ............................................................ Dean of the College of Education


FRANCES N. COLEMAN, M.L.S. .......................................................................... Dean of University Libraries
LOUIS D’ABRAMO, Ph.D. .................................................................................. Dean of the Graduate School
KENT H. HOBLET, D.V.M., M.S. ...................................................Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine
GEORGE M. HOPPER, Ph.D. .......................................................... Dean of the College of Forest Resources
MELISSA J. MIXON, Ph.D. ................................. Interim Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
GARY MYERS, Ph.D. ...................................................................... Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
SARAH A. RAJALA, Ph.D. ......................................................................... Dean of the College of Engineering
LYNNE D. RICHARDSON, Ph.D. ................................................................... Dean of the College of Business
JACK E. TUCCI, Ph.D. ............................................................................. Dean of the MSU Meridian Campus
JAMES L. WEST, M.Arch. .............................................. Dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Design

Dr. Mary Alexander, Director of Diversity and Equity Programs, 106 McArthur Hall, PO Drawer 6199, Mississippi
State, MS 39762, office telephone number 662-325-2493, has been designated as the responsible employee to
coordinate efforts to carry out responsibilities and make investigation of complaints relating to discrimination. This is
in conformity with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of
1973, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, and the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990.

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THE GRADUATE COUNCIL
The Graduate Council is the executive committee of the Graduate Faculty and is responsible for the formulation of
academic policy and programs related to graduate study at Mississippi State University. In addition, the Council may
advise the Dean of the Graduate School on any matter they, or the Dean, feel is appropriate. The Chairperson of the
Graduate Council is elected by and from the members of the Council.

The Council consists of one elected member from each of the eight academic colleges offering graduate study
(programs), and one less in number (seven) appointed by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Not
more than two appointed faculty members may be from the same college or school. To be eligible for membership
on the Council, members must have Level 1 status on the Graduate Faculty. The term of office is three years. A
vacancy on the Council is filled in the same manner in which the member vacating the position was selected. In
addition to the faculty, the Council has one graduate student representative who is usually the president of the
Graduate Student Association. She/he is a voting member, and the term of office is one year.

Ex officio members include the Dean of the Graduate School, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs,
Associate Provost of Academic Affairs, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Dean of Libraries,
Director of Continuing Education, Director of Admissions and Scholarships, Chairman of University Committee on
Courses and Curricula, and Associate University Registrar.

Dwayne Wise, Ph.D., 2011, Appointed, Chair


Professor of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Burnette Hamil, Ph.D., Elected, 2010


Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education

Ex Officio Members Elected Members


Mark S. Binkley, Ph.D. Hart Bailey, Ph.D., 2010
Director of Academic Outreach and Continuing Associate Professor of Pathobiology and
Education Population Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine
Phil Bonfanti, Ph.D.
Director of Admissions and Scholarships Nicole Ponder-Lueg, Ph.D., 2010
Associate Professor of Marketing
Tim Chamblee, Ph.D. College of Business
Chair, University Committee on Courses and Curricula
David Lewis, Ph.D., 2011
Frances N. Coleman, M.L.S. Associate Professor of Architecture
Dean of University Libraries College of Art, Architecture, and Design

Juan Silva, Ph.D., 2011


Louis A. D’Abramo, Ph.D.
Professor of Food Science, Nutrition
Dean of the Graduate School and
and Health Promotion
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Jerome A. Gilbert, Ph.D. Ed Allen, Ph.D., 2012
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Associate Professor of Computer Science and
Engineering
Sharon Nobles, M.A. College of Engineering
Associate University Registrar
Doug Goodman, Ph.D., 2012
William A. Person, Ed.D. Associate Professor of Political Science and Public
Associate Dean of the Graduate School Administration
College of Arts and Sciences
Peter W. Rabideau, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dan Seale, Ph.D., 2012
Professor of Forest Products
Glenn Steele, Ph.D. College of Forest Resources
Interim Vice President for Research and Economic
Development

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Appointed Members
William D. Batchelor, Ph.D., 2010
Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Bagley College of Engineering

Ratnasingham Shivaji, Ph.D., 20010


Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
College of Arts and Sciences

George Adebiyi, Ph.D., 2011


Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Bagley College of Engineering

Kathy Dooley, Ph.D., 2012


Professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology
College of Education

Meghan Millea, Ph.D., 2012


Associate Professor of Finance and Economics
College of Business

Daniel Reynolds, Ph.D., 2012


Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Beth Rauhaus, 2010


President, Graduate Student Association

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THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
of
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
HISTORY AND ORGANIZATION University to make successful proposals for
Established in 1878 under the Morrill-Nelson fellowships, research equipment and facilities,
Land-Grant College Act of 1862, Mississippi and faculty research support awards. An Office
Agricultural and Mechanical College functioned of Research and Graduate Studies was created,
with a defined mission to provide higher headed by the Dean of the Graduate School and
education to Mississippi students, primarily in the Coordinator of Research. A strong Graduate
fields of agriculture and engineering. As a Land- Council was established with the power to
Grant College, a secondary mission was to train enforce quality criteria for existing graduate
reserve officers for the U.S. Army. Departments programs and to ensure criteria were met by
in the academic disciplines such as mathematics, proposed new programs. All graduate programs
physical sciences, biological sciences, English, received approval from the Graduate Council, the
history, government, and languages were Academic Council, the President, and the Board
developed to provide a more generalized college of Trustees of the Mississippi Institutions of
curriculum for all students. Higher Learning. Graduate programs at MSU
flourished with support from the competitive
In the early years, some science departments institutional fellowship award programs funded by
granted master’s degrees, but the primary National Science Foundation (NSF), National
emphasis of the College was to educate young Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA), the
men for careers contributing to the agrarian Office of Education, and Department of Defense
society, either in farming or in agricultural (DOD). New doctoral faculty were recruited, the
products processing and manufacturing. Little contract research program was expanded, and
oversight of post-graduate programs existed until additional doctoral programs, specialized
a Graduate Committee of the General Faculty institutes, and centers were approved and
was established in 1914; this committee created. The title of Dean of the Graduate
functioned until 1936, when the need for more School and Coordinator of Research was
quality oversight was recognized. The Graduate changed to Vice President for Research and
School was established, a graduate dean Graduate Studies in 1969; the Associate Dean
appointed, and graduate education became an became Dean of the Graduate School.
integral part of Mississippi State College (MSC).
Degrees in the former “service departments” In 1987, due to the rapidly expanding research
were offered as the Colleges of Arts and activity and the increase in graduate enrollment,
Sciences, Business, and Education evolved. the Graduate School was separated from the
Office of Research and reported administratively
As graduate study expanded in the colleges and to the Office of the Provost. In 1999, in a move
universities of the South following WWII, the to simplify graduate admissions and day-to-day
Conference of Deans of Southern Graduate operational matters, the Graduate School as
Schools exerted a strong positive influence to such was abolished and replaced by an Office of
maintain the quality of the new graduate Graduate Studies with a Director reporting to the
offerings. The graduate dean at Mississippi Office of the Provost. Effective July 1, 2004, the
State became a key member of the Conference, Office of Graduate Studies was realigned with the
and his concerned guidance in program Office of Vice President for Research and
development resulted in the establishment of Graduate Studies. On July 1, 2006, the Office of
several strong research-based doctoral Graduate Studies resumed reporting to the Office
programs. The first doctoral degree granted was of the Provost, and the Director’s title was
in agronomy in 1953, followed by sociology and changed to Dean and Associate Vice President
later engineering. In 1958, when Sputnik for Academic Affairs. In 2007 the name was
changed the face of graduate education and changed to the Graduate School.
university research throughout the nation, the
school was renamed Mississippi State University. The Graduate Council remains the chief
The overwhelming national concern for science, oversight body for all graduate programs. The
technology, humanities, and the arts, resulted in Office of the Graduate School functions to
Congressional support for graduate fellowship maintain admissions records and to promote
programs that emerged in the 1960s. student services, while the policies of the
Graduate Council are administered by the
In 1960 a new MSU president created a new departments and colleges. Off-campus degree
administrative infrastructure, positioning the

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programs are now offered in specialized areas at for all students in a broad-based curriculum of the
various locations inside and outside of the State. sciences, the arts, and the technological
disciplines to prepare them for productive careers
Mississippi State University is a member and positions of leadership. Methods of inquiry
institution of the Council of Graduate Schools in and critical thinking are emphasized, enabling
the U.S. and the Conference of Southern students to solve complex societal problems and
Graduate Schools. Through active participation engage in lifelong learning and exploration. As a
in these bodies, the leadership for graduate comprehensive land-grant university, MSU
studies at MSU is involved with developments on serves both in-state and out-of-state students
the national scene, including federal programs for through instruction in engineering and agriculture,
support of graduate education and research. The along with significant elements of the humanities,
current research expenditures at MSU exceed sciences, arts, business, and education. Besides
$100 million per year, a significant portion of a comprehensive range of undergraduate
which is support for graduate research academic programs, the University offers
assistants. Teaching assistantships are available outstanding graduate programs, capitalizing on
in most academic departments. the unique ability of a research university to
expand the horizons of its students.
INSTITUTIONAL PURPOSE
Mississippi State University was founded as a Educational Philosophy—Mississippi State
land-grant institution in 1878 to meet the needs of University’s primary responsibility is to provide a
the people, institutions, and organizations of the high quality education to all adequately prepared
state, the region, and the nation through students. The University seeks to develop in its
undergraduate and graduate education, basic students a lifelong love of learning; an
and applied research, and service to institutions appreciation of the cultural, intellectual, and
and organizations. The University’s fundamental historical impact of the search for truth and
purpose is to develop knowledgeable and skilled knowledge; the opportunity for professional
people who engage in the pursuit of intellectual specialization; and emotional and social maturity.
truth, help constitute an informed electorate, and Students are expected to learn to communicate,
contribute to economic growth and prosperity. to use mathematics, and to understand cultural
Mississippi State University is committed to diversity while learning to think independently as
performing basic research to expand the bounds they assess ideas, challenge orthodoxies, and
of knowledge, to using applied research to criticize opinions. They should learn to accept
translate knowledge into practice, to providing responsibility and interact with people from all
service to institutions and organizations, and to backgrounds while achieving the intellectual,
providing education to its students. ethical, and aesthetic maturity expected in
educated citizens. MSU affirms the right of all
Academic Freedom and Responsibility— students to achieve an educational level limited
Freedom of inquiry and expression is only by their own commitment and ability.
fundamental to the idea of a university and to a
democratic society. Mississippi State University Research—Research is an integral part of the
affirms this principle and vigorously defends it. At mission of MSU. The University fosters an
the same time, faculty are obligated to exercise environment in which faculty, together with
good judgment, to maintain the highest students, can establish and maintain high quality
professional and personal standards of research to expand the frontier of human
intellectual integrity, and to ensure that the free knowledge and provide practical applications of
exchange of ideas is marked by both accuracy accumulated knowledge. The University makes
and relevance of information to the subjects or available the results of its research to improve
issues under consideration. Mississippi State the well-being of the citizens of the state and to
recognizes the value of diverse opinions in enhance the competitiveness of the state and
decision-making and pursues its mission in an nation in a global society. Research is essential
atmosphere of shared governance and open to the instructional mission of the University,
communication. Faculty and staff are involved in bringing state-of-the-art knowledge into the
policy formulation and in implementing the classroom and inspiring superior undergraduate
learning, research, and service missions of the and graduate teaching and learning.
University. Faculty and staff also recognize their
shared accountability for the performance of the Responsibility to Constituencies—Mississippi
University in carrying out its mission. State is responsive to numerous and rapidly
changing constituencies. The University provides
Curricular Offerings—Mississippi State offers rigorous education to the state’s citizens,
high quality education at the bachelor’s, master’s, preparing students for careers and positions of
educational specialist, professional, and doctoral leadership in state, regional, national, and world
levels. The University offers a liberal education institutions and organizations. MSU’s public

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service mission stresses problem-solving, Master of Business Administration
economic development, social and ethical Business Administration (NT)
responsibility, and aesthetic awareness among Business Administration (NT) [Meridian only]
the individuals, governments, businesses, and Concentration:
communities it serves. Recognizing its legal and Accounting
ethical responsibilities, the University is Project Management (NT)
committed to enhancing the cultural, artistic, and
intellectual life of these multiple constituencies. Master of Engineering
This commitment includes sharing expertise Engineering (NT)
through cooperative extension, technical
assistance, professional development, and Master of Landscape Architecture
technology transfer. Landscape Architecture (T)

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL MISSION Master of Professional Accountancy


The mission of the Graduate School is to Accounting (NT)
 provide graduate students advanced Accounting (NT)
academic study beyond the baccalaureate; Concentration:
 provide graduate students opportunities in Systems
which to develop methods of independent
and systematic investigation; and Master of Public Policy and Administration
 provide graduate students and faculty with Public Policy and Administration (NT)
an environment conducive to learning and
scholarly activities. Master of Science
In fulfilling this mission, the Graduate School will Aerospace Engineering (T; NT)
promote, enhance, develop, and monitor Agricultural and Extension Education (T; NT)
graduate studies at Mississippi State University Agricultural Life Sciences
and provide individuals with effective, efficient, Concentrations:
and courteous assistance in admission, Animal Physiology (T; NT)
registration, academic progress, graduation, and Biochemistry (T; NT)
post-graduation services. Entomology and Plant Pathology (T)
Genetics (T; NT)
Agriculture
GRADUATE DEGREES AND Concentrations:
Agricultural Economics (T; NT)
PROGRAMS Agronomy (T; NT)
Mississippi State University offers the following Animal Nutrition (T)
graduate degrees programs. Refer to the Animal Science (T; NT)
Graduate School requirements for general Engineering Technology (T; NT)
admission and degree completion information Horticulture (T)
and to the specific departmental and/or program Poultry Science (T; NT)
section for more information. “T” and “NT” Weed Science (T)
indicate thesis and non-thesis where applicable. Architecture (T; NT)
Biological Engineering (T)
Master of Agribusiness Management Biological Sciences (T)
Agribusiness Management (NT) Biomedical Engineering (T)
Chemical Engineering (T; NT)
Master of Arts Chemistry (T)
Applied Anthropology (T) Civil Engineering (T; NT)
Economics (T; NT) Computational Engineering (T; NT)
English (T; NT) Computer Engineering (T; NT)
Foreign Language (T; NT) Computer Science (T; NT)
History (T; NT) Counselor Education (T; NT)
Interdisciplinary Sciences (NT) Educational Psychology (T; NT)
Political Science (T; NT) Electrical Engineering (T; NT)
Elementary Education (NT)
Master of Arts in Teaching Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion
Community College Education (NT) Concentrations:
Master of Arts in Teaching-Secondary Food Science and Technology (T)
Secondary Teacher Alternate Route (NT) Health Promotion (T; NT)
Nutrition (T)
Forest Products (T; NT)
Forestry (T; NT)

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General Biology (NT) Concentrations:
Geoscience (T; NT) Accounting
Industrial Engineering (T; NT) Business Information Systems
Mathematics (T; NT) Finance
Mechanical Engineering (T; NT) Management
Physical Education (T; NT) Marketing
Physics (T; NT) Chemistry
Psychology (T) Cognitive Science
School Administration (NT) College/Postsecondary Student Counseling and
Secondary Education (NT) Personnel Services
Sociology (T; NT) Community College Leadership
Special Education (NT) Computational Engineering
Statistics (T; NT) Computer Engineering
Technology (NT) Computer Science
Veterinary Medical Science (T; NT) Counselor Education/Student Counseling and
Wildlife and Fisheries Science (T) Guidance Services
Workforce Educational Leadership (NT) Curriculum and Instruction
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Master of Science in Business Administration Educational Psychology
Finance (T; NT) Electrical Engineering
Elementary Education
Master of Science in Information Systems Elementary, Middle and Secondary Education
Information Systems (NT) Administration
Engineering
Master of Science in Instructional Technology Concentrations:
Instructional Technology (NT) Aerospace Engineering
Applied Physics
Master of Taxation Biological Engineering
Taxation (NT) Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Educational Specialist Industrial Engineering
Education Mechanical Engineering
Concentrations: Environmental Toxicology
Counselor Education (T; NT) Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion
Elementary Education (T; NT) Concentrations:
School Administration (T; NT) Food Science and Technology
School Psychology (T; NT) Nutrition
Secondary Education (T; NT) Forest Resources
Special Education (T; NT) Concentrations:
Technology (T; NT) Forest Products
Forestry
Doctor of Education Wildlife and Fisheries
Education Graduate Applied Economics
Concentrations: History
Technology Instructional Systems and Workforce
Elementary Education Development
Secondary Education Life Sciences
Concentrations:
Doctor of Philosophy Animal Physiology
Agricultural Sciences Entomology and Plant Pathology
Concentrations: Genetics
Agriculture and Extension Education Mathematical Sciences
Agronomy Molecular Biology
Animal and Dairy Science Public Policy and Administration
Animal Nutrition Secondary Education
Engineering Technology Sociology
Horticulture Veterinary Medical Science
Poultry Science
Weed Science
Biological Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
Business Administration

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LOCATION  Economics of Development Certificate.
Mississippi State University adjoins the city of Coordinator: Dr. Paul Grimes. E-mail:
Starkville, 25 miles west of Columbus and 120 pgrimes@cobilan.msstate.edu
miles northeast of Jackson. Highways 82, 12,  Gender Studies Certificate. Coordinator: Dr.
and 25 provide easy access to the University. Air Lynne Cossman. E-mail:
service is available through the Golden Triangle msuws@hotmail.com
Regional Airport located between Starkville and  Geospatial and Remote Sensing Certificate.
Columbus. The University has its own postal Coordinator: Dr. Roger King. E-mail:
designation and zip code: Mississippi State, MS rking@cavs.msstate.edu
39762. The Starkville zip code is 39759.  Geospatial and Remote Sensing
Technologies Certificate. Coordinator: Dr.
David R. Shaw. E-mail:
GENERAL INFORMATION dshaw@gri.msstate.edu
DEFINITIONS  Gerontology Certificate. Coordinator: Dr.
Academic Degree—Degree is the title to be Sheri Lokken Worthy. E-mail:
conferred by the University upon completion of dalton@ise.msstate.edu
the academic program. Some degrees include  Information Assurance Professional
the name of the field of study (Master of Certificate. Coordinator: Dr. Ray Vaughn. E-
Landscape Architecture, Master of Professional mail: vaughn@cse.msstate.edu
Accountancy); others (Master of Arts, Master of  Manufacturing. Coordinator: Mr. Larry G.
Science) do not. Dalton. E-mail: dalton@ise.msstate.edu
 Materials Engineering. Coordinator: Dr.
Concentration—At the graduate level, the Judith Schneider. E-mail:
concentration is a subprogram offered within a schneider@me.msstate.edu
graduate major. Each concentration is approved  Six Sigma. Coordinator: Mr. Larry Dalton. E-
by the Graduate Council. The concentration, as mail: dalton@ise.msstate.edu
well as the degree and program, may appear on  Software Engineering. Coordinator: Dr. Ray
the student’s transcript. Vaughn. E-mail: vaughn@cse.msstate.edu

Dual Degrees—An applicant may apply and be Graduate Program (Major)—The graduate
admitted to more than one degree program. This program is the student’s major. Programs
requires prior approval of each department. If the offered at Mississippi State University are
student is approved to pursue two master’s approved by the Graduate Council and the Board
degrees, no more than nine hours of coursework of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher
from one MSU master’s degree program may be Learning. The program name appears with the
applied toward meeting the requirements for the degree on the student’s transcript.
second MSU master’s degree.
Honor Code—The MSU Honor Code, effective
Graduate Certificate—A department or similar August 1, 2007, states: “As a Mississippi State
administrative unit may offer a graduate University student, I will conduct myself with
certificate along with a graduate degree. The honor and integrity at all times. I will not lie,
certificate indicates that the student took a cheat, or steal, nor will I accept the actions of
minimum of 12 hours of courses in an approved those who do.” The complete policy is available
certificate area. The student must achieve a at http://www.msstate.edu/dept/audit/1207.html.
minimum GPA of 3.00.
Interdisciplinary Program—An interdisciplinary
Graduate certification programs include: program is offered through more than one
 Automotive Engineering Certificate. department or college.
Coordinator: Dr. Louay Chamra. E-mail:
chamra@me.msstate.edu Minor—A minor is a current block of coursework
 Business Administration Graduate Certificate. completed at Mississippi State University in a
Coordinator: Dr. Barbara Spencer. E-mail: program or approved concentration other than
bspencer@cobilan.msstate.edu the major department program and must be
 Computational Biology Certificate Program. approved for master’s, educational specialist, or
Coordinator: Dr. Susan Bridges. E-mail: doctoral programs as listed in this publication
bridges@cse.msstate.edu (per Graduate Council, March 2005). If a minor
 Diversity Certificate Program. Coordinator: is chosen, the student’s graduate committee
Dr. Alan Marcus. E-mail: must include a representative from the minor field
aimarcus@history.msstate.edu and the graduate coordinator from the minor field
must sign approval of coursework. The minimum
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minor is 9. The minimum number of credit hours *Teacher Conservation Workshop (Summer
required for a doctoral minor is 12. The minor Intensive Seminars)
appears on the student’s transcript along with the *Vision Specialist Program (Online)
program name and the degree awarded. Up to *Writing for Thinking Summer Institute
one-third of the required hours for a minor (9 (Intensive Summer Seminar)
hours required for minor at the master’s or  Bachelor’s Degree Programs
educational specialist level and 12 hours required *Elementary Education (IVN, Online)
at the doctoral level) may be transferred to *Geoscience (Online)
Mississippi State University. Hours transferred *Interdisciplinary Studies (Online)
toward a minor must be current (no more than 6  Master’s Degree Programs
years old for a master’s or educational specialist *Biology—Teachers in Biology (Online)
degree or no more than 8 years old for a doctoral *Business Administration (Online)
degree) at the time the degree is awarded (per *BusinessAdministration-Project Management
Graduate Council, September 2005). (Online)
*Food Science, Nutrition and Health
Promotion (Online)
ACADEMIC OUTREACH AND *Geosciences, Teachers in Geosciences
(Online)
CONTINUING EDUCATION *Industrial Engineering (Online)
The mission of the Division of Academic *Master of Arts in Teaching—Community
Outreach & Continuing Education is to engage College Leadership (Hybrid)
people in achieving their lifelong learning goals *Master of Engineering (Online)
through dynamic partnerships, targeted *Public Policy Administration (Intensive
programming, innovative technology, and quality Seminars)
customer service. The various units of the *Workforce Educational Leadership (Hybrid)
Division of Academic Outreach & Continuing  Doctoral Programs
Education are classified as the following: *Community College Leadership (Online,
Academic Outreach, Continuing Education, Hybrid, Intensive Off-Site Seminars)
Independent Study, and International Education. *Computer Engineering (Online)
*Electrical Engineering (Online)
Academic Outreach *Engineering, Industrial Concentration
The Office of Academic Outreach is dedicated to (Online)
providing quality academic courses, certifications, Contact Information:
and programs via distance at Mississippi State Gail Miller, Executive Assistant
University. All courses are offered in cooperation gmiller@aoce.msstate.edu
with Mississippi State University academic
departments. All curricula provide accredited Continuing Education
educational programs and courses that possess The Continuing Education unit provides many
the same rigor and standards of the traditional specialized services to assist professional,
campus. Delivery methods offered include Online governmental, business groups, and individuals
through myCourses, Intensive Weekend in fulfilling their professional and personal
Seminar, and Hybrid. development needs. Continuing Education also
offers coordination support to campus
Office of Academic Outreach: Academic departments to facilitate the delivery of
Programs Offered and Instructional Delivery conferences, workshops, short courses, camps,
Methods (IVN=Interactive Video Network) and events that serve the outreach mission of the
 Professional Programs University.
*ATOMS (Intensive Seminars)
*Broadcast Meteorology (Online) Continuing Education Programs and Services:
*Diversity Certificate (Online)  Business and Industry-Focused Training
*Economic Education Graduate Program *Asbestos Certification, HAZWOPER
(Online) Training, and OSHA Courses
*GIS Certificate (Online) *Confined Space Training and other
*Insurance Summer Institute (Hybrid) specialized safety programs
*Interagency Fire Management (Online, *Software training
Intensive Seminar) *Management and leadership workshops
*Operational Meteorology (Online) *Business, engineering, landscape
*Rural Medical Scholars (Intensive Summer architecture, and forest resources courses
Seminar)  Professional/Personal Development
*State Executive Institute (Intensive Summer *Online career certificate programs
Seminar) *Programs for K-12 teachers and
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*Summer Camps A friendly atmosphere providing personal
*Personal enrichment classes attention, a convenient location, and a diverse
student population flavor the educational
 Services experience at MSU-Meridian. Through the
*Conferences and event planning/manage- flexibility of day and evening classes at the MSU-
ment Meridian Campus, both non-traditional adult
*Continuing Education units students and traditional college-age students are
*Customized training programs delivered at able to continue employment, maintain important
client locations roles in family life, contribute to their
Contact Information: communities, and still obtain a quality Mississippi
Patricia Brock, Continuing Education Manager State University education.
662-325-1457
pbrock@aoce.msstate.edu Mississippi State-Meridian serves as a proud
symbol of the University’s heritage as “the
International Education & Study Abroad people’s University” and to its commitment of
(English as a Second Language Center) providing quality higher education through the
International Education serves international and missions of learning, research, and service.
domestic students in pursuit of a global education
through the English as a Second Language Location—Mississippi State University-Meridian
Center and study abroad programs. The English is located on a 26-acre campus at 1000 Highway
as a Second Language Center provides an 19 North in Meridian. It is easily accessible to
intensive language and culture program to residents of east Mississippi and west Alabama
support all international students. The study by a short drive northwest of Exit 150 off
abroad office develops programs to provide Interstates 20/59 in Meridian.
opportunities and support to domestic students
who are studying in other countries while Teleclassrooms—Interactive “video conference
maintaining an affiliation with MSU. classrooms” allow students on the Meridian and
Starkville campuses, and at sites anywhere in the
Contact Information: world, to receive instruction and interact through
Molly Watkins, Manager two-way video and audio distance technologies.
International Education & Study Abroad This greatly improves MSU-Meridian’s ability to
662-325-2648 expand the scope of its service and still maintain
mwatkins@aoce.msstate.edu courses of the highest quality. The development
of web-based (direct-to-desktop) delivery
The Division of Academic Outreach & Continuing systems is also being utilized to facilitate the
Education is a member of the University delivery of asynchronous and synchronous real
Continuing Education Association (UCEA), time audio and video through computer-based
Learning Resources Network (LERN), technologies and the Internet.
Partnership for Adult and Continuing Education
(PACE), Association for Continuing Higher Library Facilities—The MSU University
Education (ACHE), and NAFSA: Association of Libraries, with a branch operation on the Meridian
International Educators. Campus, supports the teaching, research, and
service needs of the MSU-Meridian Campus
community. Meridian Campus faculty, students,
MERIDIAN CAMPUS and staff have full access to all the electronic
The Mississippi State University-Meridian collections offered by the University Libraries,
Campus is a regional, upper-division, degree- including scholarly journals, government
granting campus of Mississippi State University. documents, books, newspapers, and reference
Located in east-central Mississippi, the campus is materials. Physical items located on the Starkville
non-residential and provides site-based credit Campus are accessible through Interlibrary Loan
and non-credit coursework, as well as classes and the Library Express document delivery
through distance learning, using resident faculty, service at no charge to the MSU-Meridian
MSU Starkville campus faculty, and part-time community. An “Electronic Library Room” is
adjunct instructors. available so that individuals on the MSU-Meridian
Campus may access these online resources and
Junior, senior, and graduate-level courses services, including online workshops and
offered at Mississippi State-Meridian Campus podcasts. Materials selected and purchased by
enable students to fulfill all or some requirements and for MSU-Meridian are added to the L. O.
for bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s and doctoral Todd Library and are available to both
degrees. Students may also elect to enroll in communities through a partnership between
specific classes for professional or personal MSU-Meridan and the Meridian Community
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Students—Approximately one-half of the leading universities and scholarly societies. The
students who attend MSU-Meridian reside in Library, already a 95% Government Documents
Lauderdale County. The remainder commute Depository, is also a United Nations Depository.
from 32 other Mississippi counties and from
Alabama, with a majority making their homes in The Library has significantly increased electronic
the surrounding counties of Clarke, Jasper, access to bibliographic and full-text information
Jones, Kemper, Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott, held locally as well as at remote sites. Through
and Wayne. Advancements in course offerings, Galaxy and/or the Library System’s web page,
programs, and distance-learning technology are patrons have access to a wide variety of over 167
expected to further expand the scope of service. databases, many of which provide full-text
The following graduate degrees (all or in part) articles from journals not owned by the MSU
may be earned at MSU-Meridian. Library. The Access Services Electronic
Reserves program further supports teaching and
Division of Business research. Membership in a number of
 Master of Business Administration consortiums within the state and region extends
 Master of Business Administration/ the collection. These memberships include
Accounting Concentration KUDZU, a consortium of 14 Association of
Southeastern Research Libraries.
Division of Education
 Master of Science in Education with majors in Expedited electronic document delivery services
1. Elementary Education in support of research materials and journal
2. Secondary Education articles not available in the Library System’s
Areas of emphasis: immediate collections are obtained via Infotrieve
a) English in support of graduate students, researchers, and
b) Social Studies faculty. Initial work, in partnership with the
3. Counselor Education University’s Engineering Research Center, has
Areas of emphasis: begun toward the development of the University’s
a) Community Counseling Geospatial Digital Library.
b) School Counseling
4. School Administration The resources of the Special Collections
Department include materials of research value
on the local, state, regional, and national levels.
 Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary
Among the valuable documentation in the
Major: Teacher Alternate Route
Archives of the University are papers of the
University’s presidents and other officers,
 Master of Arts in Teaching
college, division and departmental records,
Major: Community College Education
faculty papers, records of committees, and
University-related organizations. The Manuscripts
 Educational Specialist with major in Division includes many significant collections,
Education especially in the areas of journalism, civil rights,
Concentrations: agriculture, and political history. Included among
a) Elementary Education these collections are the John Grisham Papers,
b) Secondary Education Turner Catledge Papers, Hodding and Betty
Areas of emphasis: Werlein Carter Papers, Clayton Rand, Henry
I) English Meyer, Mississippi Republican Party Papers, and
II) Social Studies the Delta and Pine Land Papers. Other notable
c) Counselor Education papers within the department include those of
Area of emphasis: School Counseling Norma Fields, Eugene Butler, Norman Bradley,
d) School Administration Bill Minor, Sid Salter, and Mark Bolton. The
Mississippiana Collection contains significant
works about Mississippi authors and a large rare
MSU LIBRARY SYSTEM book collection. The Congressional and Political
The Mississippi State University Library System Research Center houses the papers of Senator
is composed of the Mitchell Memorial Library, the John C. Stennis, Congressmen G. V. “Sonny”
main facility, and its branches in the College of Montgomery, David Bowen, Charles Griffin, Mike
Architecture, the College of Veterinary Medicine, Espy, and Chip Pickering, as well as papers of
and on the Meridian Campus. Wiley Carter and Wayne Weidie, aides to
Senator Thad Cochran and Representative Gene
The MSU Library System maintains a collection Taylor, respectively. The Center is working with
of over 2,116,135 volumes and over 57,007 in the Stennis Institute of Government and the
print format and 29,957 electronic journals. The Stennis Center for Public Policy to produce
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promote research and interest in all levels of regional libraries within the National Agricultural
government. Library Aquaculture Library Network, established
to link the research and extension activities of the
The Templeton Music Collection, a unique Regional Research Centers with the Network.
collection of ragtime, blues, show tunes, and war The Main Library plays a major role in
song sheet music is highly recognized and used Mississippi’s statewide consortium MAGNOLIA
by musicians, scholars, and researchers (Mississippi Alliance for Gaining New
throughout the region and nation. Digitized Opportunities through Library Information).
portions of this collection are available on the
web. The Charles H. Templeton, Sr., Music
Museum was reopened at the Main Library in ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH
March 2006.
COMPUTING AT MSU
The Consortium for the History of Agricultural and In support of academic and research computing
Rural Mississippi (CHARM) is a major project of at MSU, Information Technology Services (ITS)
the Library dedicated to promoting the provides an expansive wired and wireless
conservation and preservation of agricultural campus network that spans approximately 180
history in Mississippi. academic and administrative buildings and
residence halls. The network links hundreds of
The Library computer lab contains approximately large-scale computer systems and servers with
85 Pentium IV 1.6 gigahertz PCs with 17-inch thousands of desktop, laptop, and handheld
color monitors and five G4 IMac computers. devices. Access to remote branches of the
Students who want to use the sound capabilities University, as well as the Internet, Internet 2, and
of the World Wide Web may plug their own National Lambda Rail is provided through high-
headphones into headphone jacks on the PCs speed, wide-area connections from the campus
and Macs. The lab also offers two laser printers network. In addition to the network, ITS provides
and a color laser printer. The University’s newest an array of computing and information resources
and largest computer lab, the Computer for students, faculty, and staff. These resources
Commons is open until 1:45 a.m. Sunday through include onCampus, the University’s Web portal,
Thursday. Friday hours are 7:00 a.m-7:45 p.m., and myCourses, MSUs course management
and Saturday hours are 10:00 a.m.-7:45 p.m. system for online and distance learning.
The Instructional Media Center (IMC) provides an Computer labs in Butler Hall and Mitchell
environment for educational technology activities Memorial Library are available to all students,
and a learning center to utilize techniques related while a number of special-purpose computer labs
to digital multimedia. The staff provides are provided for students in specific disciplines.
assistance in identifying, digitizing, and An H.323 network infrastructure enables
organizing content materials including resources interactive video classes and video conferencing
from the Library’s collections for use in web page throughout the state, the region, and the world.
design or presentation. IMC houses eight Additionally, ITS supports a large number of
computers with CD-ROM players, four computers classrooms across campus with state-of-the-art
with flatbed scanners that can be used for technology to facilitate and enhance classroom
scanning documents, pictures, photographs, etc., instruction. For more details on the information
two typewriters, five TV/VCR stations for students technology environment and services provided by
to listen to music as required for various courses. ITS, go to http://www.its.msstate.edu.
Two of these stations also have record players.
Music composition stations consist of electronic
keyboards attached to Macintosh computers. CONSORTIA
The IMC also provides small listening areas with Mississippi State University is a member of
TVs and VCRs for groups to view videos for several consortia that have specific missions as
classes. described below. Further information concerning
these programs may be obtained from the Office
The MSU Library System, a charter member of of the Vice President for Research and Economic
the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET), Development.
holds memberships in the American Library
Association, Association of College and Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium
Research Libraries, Association of Southeastern (M-ASGC)—The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant
Libraries (ASERL), the Networked Digital Library Consortium is a research, educational, and
of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), service group including Mississippi State
EDUCAUSE, EPSCOR/ESIG libraries, CNI and University, the University of Mississippi, the
CLR, and was a founding member of Scholarly University of Southern Mississippi, the University
Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), the University of
(SPARC). The Library is one of five supporting Alabama (Birmingham), the University of South

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Alabama, Auburn University, Tuskegee Institute, which colleges, universities, and other
and the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. The organizations may cooperate, as well as with the
Consortium was initiated by Mississippi State government in acquiring, developing, and using
University, the University of Mississippi, and the laboratories and other research facilities and in
University of Southern Mississippi in 1970 with furthering knowledge and the application of that
both state and federal funding. It currently knowledge in the physical, biological, and other
operates with approximately $1,100,000 per year natural sciences and engineering. SURA’s goals
and has research, education, and advisory are to foster excellence in scientific research, to
service programs in marine law, fisheries, strengthen the scientific and technical capabilities
environment, and engineering. Graduate of the nation and of the Southeast, and to provide
students are involved in the Consortium’s outstanding training opportunities for the next
research programs in the same manner as in generation of scientists and engineers.
other funded research with the University. Faculty
members working through the Consortium work
in conjunction with faculty members at the other DIVISION OF AGRICULTURE,
institutions; thus, opportunity for multidisciplinary,
multi-university cooperation is provided. In FORESTRY, AND
September 1982, member institutions of MASGC VETERINARY MEDICINE
were designated as Sea Grant Colleges “for The University’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry
sustained excellence in research, education, and and Veterinary Medicine provides graduate
public service dedicated to wise use of America’s programs that allow students to engage in
marine resources.” The MASGC Consortium independent and creative research in sciences
program is managed by a full-time director who is related to agriculture, food, natural resources,
responsible to an administrative council and veterinary medicine. Students participate in
appointed by the heads of the member cutting-edge research that advances knowledge
institutions. The Consortium offices are located at in many disciplines, including biosciences,
the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean engineering, and social sciences. Graduate
Springs, MS 39564. students have opportunities to excel in chosen
fields under mentoring by some of the nation’s
Oak Ridge Associate Universities (ORAU)— premier researchers. Graduates will create new
Since 1949, students and faculty of Mississippi knowledge to influence practices and policies in
State University have benefited from its food production and environmental protection
membership in Oak Ridge Associated that are essential to society’s well-being in the
Universities, located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. 21st century.
ORAU is a consortium of 86 colleges and
universities and a contractor for the U.S. The Division includes the College of Agriculture
Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak and Life Sciences, the College of Forest
Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its Resources, the College of Veterinary Medicine,
member institutions to assist their students and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, the
faculty gain access to federal research facilities Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment
throughout the country; to keep its members Station, and the Mississippi State University
informed about opportunities for fellowship, Extension Service. Affiliations with the
scholarship, and research appointments; and to GeoResources Institute, the Life Sciences and
organize research alliances among its members. Biotechnology Institute, and the Food Science
Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Institute provide graduate students with cutting-
Education, the DOE facility that ORAU operates, edge research opportunities.
undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, as
well as faculty, enjoy access to a multitude of Graduate students can choose from diverse
opportunities for study and research. Students disciplines such as molecular biology, nutrition,
can participate in programs covering a wide physiology, bioengineering, health and disease.
variety of disciplines including business, earth Some of these disciplines are combined in
sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, special research programs focused on particular
geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean problems, such as detecting crop or forest stress
sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear using satellite-based sensors or the delivery of
chemistry, and mathematics. better nutrients to humans and animals through
engineered plants. This Division offers graduate
The Southeastern Universities Research students a first-rate opportunity to prepare for a
Association (SURA)—SURA is a consortium of wide range of professions in research and
colleges and universities in the southern United education.
States and the District of Columbia established in
1980 as a non-stock, non-profit corporation. Educational opportunities within the Division are
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scientific approaches to real-life problems and research focuses on creating knowledge in
the pursuit of new knowledge. The Division is scientific fields related to agriculture,
home to nationally and internationally-renowned biotechnology, food, natural resources, the
researchers whose work has led to recognition natural environment, people, and communities.
for the University in the form of scientific MAFES provides faculty with support for
publications and commercial products. Graduate graduate students to partner in fundamental and
students have the opportunity to work closely targeted research. MAFES is headquartered on
with these respected researchers to solve novel campus but has four research and extension
problems of importance to society. centers with 16 branch experiment stations
across the state. As part of the national land
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences grant system of research, it has many
provides premier programs in agriculture, life partnerships with other state and federal
sciences, and human ecology. Graduate agencies, including the U.S. Department of
students work with issues such as global Agriculture.
competitiveness, food safety, biotechnology,
and improved standards of living and education The Mississippi State University Extension
in rural communities. Service was established to extend knowledge
being developed through research to the people
The College of Forest Resources is the only of the state. With offices in all 82 Mississippi
college of its kind in the state and one of eight counties, the MSU Extension Service provides
degree-granting colleges and schools at research-based, non-credit educational
Mississippi State University. It was founded in programming in agriculture and natural
1954 to provide education, research, and service resources, family and consumer education, 4-H
opportunities on forests and associated youth development, and community resource
renewable natural resources. The college has development. The combined Extension Service
earned a national and international reputation as and MAFES Web site (www.msu.cares.com) is
a center for science and education programs in one of the most comprehensive in the United
forest resources, wildlife and fisheries, and States.
management and use.

The Forest and Wildlife Research Center is DIVISION OF RESEARCH—


responsible for fundamental and applied research
relevant to the management and use of the forest VICE PRESIDENT FOR
resources of Mississippi and the region. The RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC
Center supports graduate students in forestry, DEVELOPMENT
forest products, aquaculture, and wildlife and The Office of Research is the administrative unit
fisheries. Graduates of these programs find responsible for the coordination of all basic and
rewarding careers as scientists or managers with applied research of the University in the areas of
industry, government agencies, and universities. Architecture, Biological and Physical Sciences,
Education, Engineering, Business and
The faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine Economics, Humanities, and the Social Sciences.
is home-based in one of three departments: It is composed of the following organizations:
Basic Sciences, Pathobiology/Population Office of Technology Commercialization
Medicine, and Clinical Sciences. The Animal (OTC)
Health Center, the Mississippi Veterinary Laboratory Animal Veterinarian (LAV)
Research and Diagnostic Laboratory System, Radvanyi Chair in International Studies
Field Services, and the Office of Special
Programs are the primary professional outreach Regulatory Compliance Office (RCO)
components of the College. Food supply Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA)
research focuses on the poultry, catfish, and beef
industries. The Center for Environmental Health CENTERS AND INSTITUTES
Sciences and Biomedical Research are nationally Center for Educational and Training Technology
recognized for outstanding research. Veterinary (CETT)
students have the opportunity to enter a dual Center for Safety and Health (CSH)
degree program in which they can earn a Center for Science, Math, and Technology
master’s degree in specialty areas such as (CSMT)
poultry, beef, dairy, swine, wildlife, and Electron Microscope Center (EMC)
aquaculture. GeoResources Institute (GRI)
Institute for Neurocognitive Science and
The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Technology (INST)
Experiment Station (MAFES) is the largest Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory (MSCL)
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National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Mississippi Center for Advanced Semiconductor
Center (nSPARC) Prototyping (MCASP)
Northern Gulf Institute (NGI) National Center for Intermodal Transportation
Research and Curriculum Unit for Vocational- (NCIT)
Technical Education (RCU) Raspet Flight Research Laboratory (RFRL)
Social Science Research Center (SSRC) Software Engineering Laboratory (SEL)
Technology Resource Institute for Business and Sustainable Research Center (SERC)
Engineering (TRI) Transportation Research Center (TRC)
Visualization and Graphics Laboratory (VGL)
COLLEGES Interdisciplinary research is promoted and
In addition, there are separately organized coordinated by the Office of Research and
research units in various colleges. Economic Development. Teams are assembled,
College of Architecture, Art, and Design and proposals, projects, and programs are
Carl Small Town Center (CSTC) developed for research opportunities. The
Design Research and Informatics Laboratory directors for Centers and Institutes and
(DRIL) Sponsored Program Administration serve to help
Educational Design Institute (EDI) assemble teams of experts in broad areas.
Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS)
College of Arts and Sciences Mississippi State University is a participating
Biological and Physical Science Research Center institution of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant
(B&PSRI) Consortium, a consortium of Mississippi and
Center for Computational Sciences (CCS) Alabama universities and the Gulf Coast
Cobb Institute of Archaeology Research Laboratory; it is a member institution of
Institute for the Humanities (IH) the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the
The John C. Stennis Institute of Government Southeastern Universities Research Association,
University/Industry Chemical Research Center and the Mississippi Academy of Sciences. With
(UICRC) a core of excellent scientists, engineers, and
College of Business economists, aided by numerous graduate
Division of Business Outreach (DBR) research assistants, MSU has contributed to the
Division of Business Services (DBS) economic and industrial growth of the State.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Extensive resources are available to assist
Technology Resource Institute (TRI)/Resource economic, industrial, and governmental
Referral Center (RRC) organizations desiring help in discovery, design,
College of Education and the development of new products.
Bureau of Educational Research and Evaluation Research, graduate education, and
(BERE) undergraduate education become the three
Center for Educational Partnerships (CEP) segments of learning pursued in a university
Early Childhood Institute setting. Each of these contributes to the other,
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for making possible a balanced program which
Blindness and Low Vision (RRTC) provides the State with research-oriented
T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability graduates as well as new basic knowledge
(TKM) necessary for growth. The Office of Research
College of Engineering and Economic Development and the Mississippi
Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station
Center for Computer Security Research (CCSR) work together and exchange ideas and
Center for DoD Programming Environment and information in the performance of their missions
Training (PET) to do basic and applied research contributing to
Computational Simulation and Design Center the total industrial and agricultural development
(SimCenter) of Mississippi.
Construction Materials Research Center (CMRC)
Emerging Materials Research Laboratory (EMRL) Office of Technology Commercialization
Engineering Engagement and Outreach Service (OTC)—The mission of the Office of Intellectual
(EEOS) Includes: Center for Advanced Property and Technology Licensing is the
Vehicular Systems-Extension (CAVS-E) and identification, protection, marketing, and licensing
Industrial Outreach service (IOS) of intellectual properties developed by Mississippi
High Performance Computing Collaboratory State University faculty, staff, and students. This
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(HPC ) mission originates from Public Law 96-517, better
High Performance Computing Laboratory (HPC) known as the Bayh-Dole Act, which stipulates
High Voltage Laboratory (HVL) that inventions developed under sponsorship
Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) from the federal government and assigned to the
Institute for Clean Energy Technology (ICET) University must be actively transferred to the
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Laboratory Animal Veterinarian (LAV)— component of the Office of Research and
Laboratory Animal Veterinarian (Animal Economic Development responsible for the
Resources) is a University-wide resource that administration of external proposal activities and
provides compliance monitoring, veterinary and pre-award and post-award contractual
domiciliary care, technical support, and program negotiations of fiscal and administrative matters.
planning for animals used in biomedical and Services provided by Sponsored Programs
some agricultural teaching, testing and research. include: disseminate funding information; assist
The organization, overseen by the Vice President faculty in contacting funding agencies; assure
for Research and Economic Development and compliance with proposal guidelines; provide
administrators of University units using animals, proposal budget cost analysis; facilitate in
is advised by the University Institutional Animal obtaining appropriate departmental and collegiate
Care and Use Committee and conforms with approvals; coordinate institutional compliance
local, state, and Federal regulations and with government regulation; act as administrative
guidelines for animal care and use. liaison with the administrative officers of external
sponsors; and assist faculty and staff in
The Radvanyi Chair in International Studies— administrative problem-solving associated with
On June 11, 1996, the endowed Chair in sponsored projects.
International Security and Strategic Studies was
established with Dr. Janos Radvanyi as the first CENTERS AND INSTITUTES
chairholder. On June 22, 1998, Dr. Malcolm Center for Educational and Training
Portera, President, Mississippi State University, Technology (CETT)—The Center for
named the Chair in Dr. Radvanyi’s honor, the Educational and Training Technology was
Radvanyi Chair in International Studies. The created in 1996 to provide for the development
Chair devotes full attention to vital global and implementation of innovative instructional
problems with special emphasis on the complex technologies and software tools through an
security issues of the post-communist era. It interdisciplinary approach involving units and
alerts to America’s vulnerability by not having a organizations from across the campus, state, and
reliable defense against hostile missile attacks. nation. The work of the Center focuses upon
The Chair studies U.S. counterterrorism policy developing interactive multimedia instructional
and monitors German-European and American delivery systems, technology-enriched
relations and the insight of the workings of the instructional modules, emerging software-based
European Union and Asian Security issues. The technologies and associated training systems
Chair through its Executive Lecture Forum (ELF) and integrating them into educational and training
provides a unique outreach program, hosting environments in schools, businesses, and
internationally respected speakers from around industry.
the globe to address the membership. Its
publications reach government agencies, think- Center for Safety and Health (CSH)—The
tanks, and major libraries. This exclusive lecture Center for Safety and Health is a federal grant
forum counts as its members Mississippi program created in 1970 as the Branch of
business executives, academicians, and state Occupational Safety and Health, a part of the
government representatives and meets on a Mississippi State Board of Health. In 1991 the
regular basis several times a year. Through the branch was elevated to division status and in
Chair, both students and faculty are provided a 1992 was relocated to the Mississippi Workers’
wide range of opportunities to gain awareness of Compensation Commission. In 1994 the division
international, political, economic, and cultural was transferred to Mississippi State University
issues. and designated a Center. The purpose of the
Center is to provide assistance to the employers
Regulatory Compliance Office (RCO)—The or managers of small and medium size high-
Regulatory Compliance Office is the component hazard businesses in Mississippi by helping them
of the Office of Research and Economic achieve compliance with the regulations of the
Development responsible for the administration U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety
and facilitation of compliance matters that affect and Health Administration (OSHA). The services
the research, instruction, and extension programs provided by the Center are free of charge,
of the institution. Components of the Regulatory confidential, and conducted only at the request of
Compliance Office include the following: the business employers. The Center is staffed
Biosafety (IBC), Human Subjects Use in with experienced safety consultants and
Research (IRB), Animal Care and Use (IACUC), industrial hygienists who conduct consultative
Hazardous Waste Management, Radiological surveys at industrial sites, construction projects,
Safety and Scientific Misconduct. and medical facilities. During the consultation
visit, an opening conference is held to present
Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA)— the consultant’s credentials, define the
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recordkeeping and program requirements under on research problems related to electron
the law. The employers’ obligations are also microscopy; and 3) to provide instruction and
addressed during the opening conference. The assistance in the use of electron microscopy and
employer must agree to correct all identified confocal equipment.
imminent danger and serious hazards. A review
of the recordkeeping and required programs is GeoResources Institute (GRI)—Mississippi
conducted. During a tour of the survey site or State University created the institutional-level
facility, production processes, methods of GeoResources Institute to combine and integrate
operation, and facilities are assessed for potential academic and operational units active in
and observed hazards. Health and safety conducting and coordinating research and
conditions present in the workplace are evaluated educational activities in geospatial technologies
by the use of appropriate monitoring and testing and resource management—particularly
equipment. agriculture, forestry, water resources,
computational modeling, and visualization. The
A brief closing conference is held to review the GeoResources Institute actively interacts with
observed safety and health hazards and to regional, state, and federal governments and
suggest initial corrective measures. The agencies, private landowners, and other
consultant then prepares a technical report to organizations to identify and prioritize major
describe any hazards as related to applicable concerns.
standards and to make recommendations for
correction and/or control measures. Mutually The mission of GRI is to understand Earth’s
agreed upon hazard abatement dates are natural and managed systems and provide
addressed in the report. The Center staff is also comprehensive solutions for socioeconomic and
available to assist employers over the telephone environmental requirements leading to an
with off-site consultation matters to help solve improved quality of life. THE GRI brings together
problems and answer general questions. faculty from 22 departments in six colleges/units
Employers may be provided with helpful within Mississippi State University. The GRI also
handouts such as sample programs, forms, etc. collaborates with many community colleges and
Employers may also choose to visit the Web site focuses on agriculture, water resources, state
or Center office to interface directly with a and local government, and economic
consultant to discuss various subjects. development.

Center for Science, Math and Technology Institute for Neurocognitive Science and
(CSMT)—The Center for Science, Mathematics Technology (INST)—The Institute for
and Technology was created in 1996 to facilitate Neurocognitive Science and Technology was
multidisciplinary research with a focus on science established in 2004 to facilitate multidisciplinary
and mathematics education. Concentrating on research, education, and service in the areas of
human resource development issues in preparing cognitive science and medical systems. The
people for work, in gender equity, in curriculum Institute will facilitate both research in cognitive
reform, and in environmental education, the science and medical systems and education at
Center has actively pursued research projects in graduate and undergraduate levels. The focus of
teacher enhancement, advanced technology, and the Institute is on science and technology
faculty development from extramural sources. research that is applicable to and helps optimize
Under supervision of the Vice President for human systems performance. Collaborators
Research and Economic Development, the include 21 faculty in the fields of cognitive
Center will continue to undertake collaborative neuroscience, cognitive science, biomedical
research projects with other Mississippi State engineering, veterinary medicine, biology,
University departments and units supporting electrical and computer engineering, and
educational reform, faculty enhancement, computer science. Faculty conduct multiple
environmental education, and encouraging sponsored research projects with the support of
participation of women and minorities in science, graduate students, undergraduate students, and
engineering, mathematics, and technology. support staff. The Institute will provide new
research opportunities for faculty members who
Electron Microscope Center (EMC)—The need access to MRI and other biological imaging
Electron Microscope Center is a University-wide resources and create hands-on learning
facility supported by the Mississippi State experiences for graduate and undergraduate
University Office of Research and Economic students. The Institute will own a Magnetic
Development. The purposes of the EMC are 1) Rensonance Imaging (MRI) unit and conduct
to provide the Mississippi State University fMRI studies (functional MRI) that will augment
academic and research community access to MSU research capabilities. Functional Magnetic
specialized electron microscopy and confocal Resonance Imaging (fMRI) allows scientists to
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changes in blood flow that correspond to mental Mississippi or on improvement of the
operations. This non-invasive technology opens Laboratory’s analytical capabilities.
new opportunities to understand how the brain is
organized and how it functions on multiple levels National Strategic Planning & Analysis
simultaneously. Research to be conducted at Research Center (nSPARC)—The National
MSU has applications in facilitating the human Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center
interface through controls and instrumentation for was created as a result of a successful 10-year
complex systems such as aircraft, weapons, and research program on workforce and economic
automobiles, as well as in veterinary medicine development at Mississippi State Uiversity. The
applications. A University-level multidisciplinary center was approved by the IHL Board in
research unit, the INST is organized with February 2008. Its mission is to provide science-
University-wide responsibilities under supervision based strategies that have important applications
of the Vice President for Research and Economic for economic, workforce, business, and
Development. community planning and development. nSPARC
is a unique interdisciplinary policy and science
Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory center dedicated to excellence in research.
(MSCL)—From the earliest days of Mississippi
State University its authorities have encouraged The center is organized to maximize its scientific,
those in charge of its science and technical applied, and technological expertise in pursuit of
departments to seek opportunities to contribute to its mission. nSPARC incorporates cutting-edge
the agricultural and industrial progress in the infrastructure and technologies into their scientific
State and otherwise to cooperate in public programs by combining advanced data
service. The State Chemical Laboratory (MSCL) manipulation, analysis, and reporting techniques
is a part of this effort. with the latest spatial analysis and visualization
technologies, along with software development to
The State Laboratory was established in 1892 make creative and critical contributions to the
with the control of fertilizer quality as its primary state and the nation. nSPARC also utilizes the
responsibility. Subsequent legislation added latest techniques of survey research and
duties in the areas of animal feed control, computer-assisted focus group technology to
pesticide control, food control, paint and varnish promote grass-roots involvement in developing
control, and petroleum products control. In 1970 and implementing customized solutions to unique
the Legislature redefined and clarified the issues. This enables faster development and
purpose and operations of the Mississippi State deployment of data intelligence and applications
Chemical Laboratory. Four divisions were with a focus on real-time communication and
established: the Chemical Regulatory Division, delivery of information via web-based technology
the Petroleum Products Division, the Industrial to meet the ever-growing demands for
Agricultural Services Division, and the Research information.
Division. Operation of the first two divisions was
continued virtually unchanged from its practice of The center carries out its mission by
the past. The Industrial and Agricultural Services o generating high-quality basic and applied
Division and the Research Division are research in the areas of economic, workforce,
expansions of services previously performed by business, and community development;
the Chemical Regulatory Division. o bringing together scientific and technical
expertise from the private, public,
The Chemical Regulatory Division carries out philanthropic, and academic worlds;
regulatory control programs in food, animal o building public-private partnerships at the
feeds, fertilizers, economic poisons, and paints local, multi-county, state, regional, and
and varnishes. The Petroleum Products Division national levels;
conducts regulatory control testing on petroleum o using state-of-the-art information technology
and related products. The Industrial and and analytical procedures to link contextual
Agricultural Services Division provides applied factors to individual and organizational
scientific and engineering consultation to performance;
industries and individuals residing in or doing o integrating information generated from
business in the State. Charges are assessed for administrative records, publicly available data,
major projects so that they will be self-supporting and survey data to create customized
but non-profit. The guiding principle in such solutions.
services shall be that they contribute to the
economic growth of Mississippi or to the welfare nSPARC enjoys state and national recognition for
of its citizens. The Research Division conducts its research program on sector-based workforce
self-supported, grant, or contract research having initiatives that operate on both the supply and
immediate or potential influence on the economic demand sides of the economy. The center
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reducing the gap between the availability of high working with statewide curriculum frameworks
performance workers and those required to and initiatives. Professional development
remain competitive under pressures posed by activities are provided for educators across the
globalization and technological advancement. state, enhancing their ability to provide optimal
utilization and implementation of materials and
Northern Gulf Institute (NGI)—The National research findings for the classroom. Research
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) activities include assistance with statewide
competitively seleted the Northern Gulf Institute vocational-technical assessments, reporting, and
for a five-year term as the newest member in its innovations. The RCU staff works with personnel
Cooperative Institute Program. The NGI is a from local school systems, community/junior
partnership of five complementary academic colleges, state universities, the Mississippi
institutions and NOAA. The collaboration is led by Department of Education, the U.S. Office of
Mississippi State University, partnering with the Education, and other agencies and organizations.
University of Southern Mississippi, Louisiana
State University, Florida State University and the Social Science Research Center (SSRC)—The
Dauphin Island Sea Lab. The academic facilities Social Science Research Center has over 50
of the five NGI collaborating institutions host the years experience as an organized University
research, technology, and education elements, research center. It engages in the analysis and
and transition-to-operations activities are based study of numerous important social and
at Stennis Space Center. economic issues facing Mississippi, the southern
region, and the nation. Some 43 research
The NGI vision is to be a regional leader fellows, supported by approximately 75 graduate
providing integrative research and education, and undergraduate students, research
improving the resiliency and conservation of the associates, and support staff conduct
Northern Gulf of Mexico. Its mission is to conduct approximately 65 sponsored and numerous
high-impact research and education programs in unsponsored research projects. The Center has
the Northern Gulf of Mexico region focused on a strong tradition of multi-disciplinary research,
integration: integration of the land-coast-ocean- development, and evaluation projects dealing
atmosphere continuum; integration of research to with social and community development, the
operations; and integration of individual family and children, alcohol and drug studies,
organizational strengths into a holistic program. highway safety, race relations, natural resources,
The program shall measurably contribute to the the environment, behavioral dimensions of
recovery and future health, safety, resilience and health, and information-age societal monitoring.
productivity of the region, through sustained Housed in the Mississippi Research and
research and applications in a geospatial and Technology Park adjacent to the MSU campus,
ecosystem context. The NGI goal is to develop, SSRC researchers benefit from the
operate, and maintain an increasingly integrated interdisciplinary research infrastructure of the
research and transition program, the results of Center, which has five program areas: the Family
which fill priority gaps or reduce limitations in and Children Research Unit; the Mississippi
current Northern Gulf of Mexico awareness, Alcohol Safety Education Program; the Rural
understanding and decision support-especially at Health, Safety and Security Institute; the
the intersection of upland-watershed systems Mississippi Health Policy Research Center; and
and coastal waters, habitats, resources and the General Research Program. It also supports
hazards, integrating the interaction and impacts the Survey Research Unit, the Monitor
of people and communities. Laboratory, the Secure Data Laboratory, the
Evaluation and Decision Support Laboratory, and
Research and Curriculum Unit for Vocational- the Unit for Community and Environmental
Technical Education (RCU)—The Research Studies.
and Curriculum Unit for Vocational and Technical
Education is jointly sponsored by the Mississippi The SSRC has the following major goals: 1) to
Department of Education, Office of Vocational conduct research on social, economic, political,
and Technical Education, and the Office of human resource, and social-environmental
Research and Economic Development of problems facing the state, nation, and world; 2) to
Mississippi State University. The mission of the provide a support system for the University to
RCU is to provide leadership in state workforce plan, develop, secure funding for and conduct
development efforts and coordinate those efforts social research on problems of interest to the
with secondary and community/junior college scientific community and to consumers of
vocational/technical education curriculum. The research findings; 3) to provide a mechanism
RCU cooperates with other state agencies in whereby existing social science research
uniting and coordinating workforce development capabilities in the University can be matched with
efforts. It provides instructional leadership in funding sources; and 4) to contribute to the
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programs by public service programs that do not cycle costs, and investigating new technologies
fit more traditional academic structures. A in materials and construction techniques. Carl
University-level, multidisciplinary research unit, Small Town Center activities include graphic and
organized with University-wide responsibilities photographic documentation and computer
under supervision of the Vice President for imaging of the small-town scene. The CSTC has
Research and Economic Development, the participated in design case studies,
SSRC also has administrative responsibilities for environmental impact studies, and economic and
certain programs to the Director of MAFES. marketing analyses. The CSTC provides
research and service assistance to towns through
Technology Resource Institute for Business the redevelopment of downtowns and the
and Engineering (TRI)—The promotion of implementation of other comparable community-
University public/private partnership that will improvements initiatives. Assistance projects
enhance economic development throughout the may include: organizing for community
state is provided through centers located within improvement, community design, economic
the Technology Resource Institute. The diversification, town planning, conservation of
Resource Referral Center under TRI refers architectural and historic resources, affordable
callers to appropriate researchers on campus to housing design and technology, and other
meet their needs. activities that affect quality of life in the
community.
COLLEGES
College of Architecture, Art and Design The Design Research and Informatics
The research component of the College of Laboratory (DRIL) is a computing/visualization/
Architecture, Art, and Design includes the Carl technology laboratory for interdisciplinary
Small Town Center (CSTC), the Gulf Coast research. Research project types engaged in the
Community Design Studio (GCCDS), the Design DRIL encompass a wide array of issues in
Research and Informatics Laboratory (DRIL), and architecture and related fields. Problems are
the Educational Design Institute (EDI). As engaged in computer visualization-imaging, multi-
architecture combines aspects of both science media, digital design, Computer Aided Design
and art, research within the College of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CADCAM),
Architecture, Art, and Design is more than either manufactured housing, e-learning, web design,
basic research or creative expression. Research information technology-informatics, design and
in the discipline of architecture aims to improve construction project management, and
both the built environment and the quality of life. sustainability/building sciences using the latest
Therefore, architectural research ranges from the technology. Multidisciplinary teams engage
development of new materials or building research in the physical environments and
components that make buildings more efficient, product design as well as addressing issues in
safer, less expensive, or more durable to the digital media and cyber-architecture. Design
design of prototypical communities that are students, as well as students from other related
environmentally sensitive, energy-efficient, and fields, are educated regarding emerging digital
economically viable. technologies and the respective influence on the
design and manufacturing processes. Students
Established in 1979, the Carl Small Town at all levels of technology skills are engaged in
Center (CSTC) seeks to initiate theoretical and research projects that complement their
applied research and to serve as a national focus individual educational backgrounds and career
for the collection, storage, dissemination, and goals. The DRIL encourages collaboration with
application of information pertinent to issues of specialist experts in related research centers and
special interest in small towns. The Center labs both at MSU and abroad.
provides research and service assistance to
towns through planning and design projects. The Educational Design Institute (EDI) is a
CSTC projects address the role of the community collaborative initiative between the College of
and public space in the built environment by Education and the College of Architecture, Art,
looking at redeveloping downtowns, readdressing and Design. EDI is charged with exploring the
commercial strip development, improving town changes in educational delivery and with
planning, and helping towns plan for future rethinking how schools envision, plan, design,
growth. In addition to addressing urban and rural manage, and use their educational facilities. EDI
form, the Center studies housing through the is involved in planning new school facilities,
design of sustainable neighborhoods, the guidelines for the design of facilities, and
creation of housing guidelines for historic continues to disseminate state-of-the-art thinking
districts, and the design and research of low- on facility design. As both a collaborative partner
income affordable houses. The design of for educational-facility planning and a leader in
housing prototypes enables the CSTC to address educational-design innovation in the South, the
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initiatives with local school districts, the Carl independently or with graduate students, while
Small Town Center, the Mississippi Department other projects are multidisciplinary in nature and
of Education, and private foundations. are conducted in cooperation with staff members
from other colleges in the University, the
The Gulf Coast Community Design Studio Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment
(GCCDS) focuses on two related activities: Station, and the Mississippi State Chemical
service and learning. The overall mission of the Laboratory. Staff members also participate in
studio is to provide leadership and design multi-institutional projects in cooperation with
assistance to the Mississippi Gulf Coast personnel from the University of Mississippi, the
communities. The community design studio University of Southern Mississippi and the Gulf
works with elected officials, city and regional Coast Research Laboratory.
planning departments, neighborhood groups, and
non-profit organizations by providing planning Center for Computational Sciences (CCS)—
and design assistance. The scale of projects Science is the basis of our technological society,
ranges in size from assisting the various city mathematics the language in which she speaks.
leaders with community-based planning to Through the Center for Computational Sciences,
helping a neighborhood group or another non- the College of Arts and Sciences at Mississippi
profit organization with a particular building State University provides resources and a focal
project. The common aspects of the work at point for addressing scientific and educational
every scale are a commitment to citizen questions in an interdisciplinary manner.
participation and an effort to rebuild diverse and The Center’s mission is to foster interdisciplinary
complete cities and to preserve and restore the research in both the fundamental understanding
unique natural and cultural resources along the and application of all the natural sciences and, in
coast. The studio also provides an educational particular, to model and develop integrated
setting for groups of architecture students and computational environments and crosscutting
faculty to engage in projects relevant to the tools that allow a comprehensive, cross-
rebuilding effort. disciplinary approach to problem-solving.
The Center for Computational Sciences
In addition to providing design assistance and contributes to the state of Mississippi in
providing opportunities for student projects, the numerous ways. Firstly, this program generates
Gulf Coast Community Design Studio is a center a better-educated populace and a better-trained
for research. Hurricane Katrina brought the work force by educating students at both the
following architectural issues to light: affordable undergraduate and graduate levels in
and temporary housing, community revitalization, interdisciplinary research, providing them with
hurricane-resistant construction, land use, strong skills computers, modeling, and the
transportation, communication, and application of the scientific method. These skills
infrastructure. Therefore, the studio will provide a are required in a multitude of varied industries
basis to pursue these and other areas of relevant and businesses. Secondly, the CCS allows MSU
research. Faculty from the College of scientists from diverse fields to different research
Architecture, Art, and Design and other and new methodologies. This uniquely positions
disciplines will be able to use the resources of the our scientists to fashion multidisciplinary
Gulf Coast Community Design Studio to build a proposals. Such multidisciplinary approaches to
body of information that will have national problem-solving are often requirements in
importance. Part of the research will be the requests for proposals from federal agencies and
compilation of the many planning and industries. CCS thus creates new opportunities
architecture products, starting with the for leveraging resources within MSU as well as
Governor’s Renewal Forum, and continuing drawing resources to MSU.
throughout the long-term rebuilding period. This
compilation will enable the University to Cobb Institute of Archaeology—The Cobb
document the rebuilding activities and provide Institute of Archaeology was founded in July
national leadership in creating useful information 1971 at Mississippi State University by Mr. Cully
for future disaster preparation and recovery A. Cobb (Class of 1908) and Mrs. Lois Dowdle
efforts. Cobb for instruction and research in archaeology
with emphasis upon the origins of western
College of Arts and Sciences European civilization and the Indians of the
Biological and Physical Sciences Research South, particularly Mississippi. The Institute was
Institute (B&PSRI)—Support for research endowed by the Cobb family to complement the
activities in the biological and physical sciences University’s activities in archaeological
comes both from the University and from outside instruction, research, and service.
sources, including state and federal agencies,
private industry, and foundations. Some projects The Institute provides active support for the
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through the Department of Anthropology and in the Southeast; and (3) to promote civic
Middle Eastern Cultures. Research and field education and citizen involvement in the political
work are actively pursued, primarily in the Middle process.
East and the Southeastern United States. The
Institute actively supports an archaeological field The Stennis Institute of Government is organized
school offered in alternate summers in the Middle into six program areas: (1) State Agency
East and Mississippi. The Institute is housed in Program provides applied research and technical
two specially designed buildings which include assistance to state agencies to improve their
classrooms, archaeological laboratories, efficiency and effectiveness; (2) Local
environmentally controlled artifact storage areas, Government Program provides assistance to
and a museum in which archaeological exhibits local governments to improve their efficiency and
are available to students and the public. effectiveness; (3) Civic Education Program
provides increased citizen involvement in political
Institute for the Humanities (IH)—The Institute activities and enhances citizens’ knowledge of
for the Humanities promotes research, Mississippi politics; (4) Multi-State Program
scholarship, and creative works in the humanistic provides a working relationship with states similar
disciplines and increases the visibility of the to Mississippi to stay abreast of regional
humanities generally, both within the University circumstances and their effect on Mississippi; (5)
and the community. The Institute assists faculty Organizational Development and Management
in the preparation and submission of grant Program provides assistance to government
proposals to external agencies and serves as a entities at all levels in adopting performance-
liaison between its members and the Office of based principles of organizational design and
Research and Economic Development. Its management, stimulates change in state and
membership includes the Associate Dean of Arts local government to match best-performance
and Sciences and the faculty from the measurement practices, and assists in adoption
Departments of Anthropology and Middle Eastern and diffusion of innovative management
Cultures, Art, Communication, English, Foreign techniques; (6) Basis and Applied Research
Languages, History, Music, and Philosophy and Program provides the ability to foster basic
Religion. Its advisory board includes faculty from research endeavors and to generate a series of
the Humanities disciplines as well as members of research publications on the part of the faculty
the community. and students in Political Science, Public Policy
and Administration, and other related areas.
The Institute’s present activities involve Technical assistance is offered upon request to
sponsoring a Distinguished Speakers Series, Mississippi municipalities, non-profit
which brings prominent people in the Humanities organizations, regulatory agencies, utilities, and
from around the world; promoting and helping to commissions to enhance efforts in improving
fund members’ research initiatives; supporting management, efficiency, service delivery, and
members’ attendance at scholarly meetings and technology. The staff works with personnel from
conferences; and presenting workshops focused the state legislature, local governments, state
on issues surrounding appreciation for the and federal agencies, Mississippi citizens,
Humanities in Mississippi, and elsewhere, regional and national contacts, and other
through scholarship and innovative teaching. agencies.

Each year, with the support of the Mississippi Funds for The Stennis Institute of Government
Humanities Council, the Institute recognizes come partially from interest on more than $1.7
outstanding professors in the Humanities by million that has been raised by the Mississippi
announcing the Humanist of the Year and the State University Development Foundation as a
Humanities Teacher of the Year awards for memorial to Senator John C. Stennis but
Mississippi State University. The winners receive primarily from grants and contracts from outside
an honorarium and attend the statewide sources.
Mississippi Humanities Banquet which is held in
their honor in Jackson, MS. University/Industry Chemical Research
Center (UICRC) The University/Industry
The John C. Stennis Institute of Chemical Research Center began contract work
Government—The John C. Stennis Institute of for industries in 1982. The UICRC has the
Government performs a threefold mission: (1) to following major goals: 1) to assist Mississippi
enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of industry by performing chemical research to aid
Mississippi state and local government through in their product development; 2) to work on
basic and applied research, training, technical chemistry-related problems for any industry; 3) to
assistance, and service; (2) to provide technical teach graduate and undergraduate students
assistance and research for both rural techniques of industrial chemistry; 4) to help
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and 5) to help train B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. to assist small businesses through direct
chemists and attract visiting scholars and consulting, training seminars, and referrals to
postdoctoral fellows for specific functions for other agencies or individuals. Charges are
industry. The UICRC conducts grant and minimal or non-existent.
contract research and can work with most
industries to develop mutually satisfactory Technology Resource Institute (TRI)Resource
agreements involving any necessary secrecy Referral Center (RRC)—The Technology
arrangements. It is also possible to work on Resource Institute is charged with the mission of
short- or long-term projects and to arrange promotion of University public/private
feasibility studies before binding contracts are partnerships that will enhance economic
written. development throughout the State. This center
provides assistance with business analysis or
College of Business planning; production, marketing, or finance
The Office of Business Research and Services is solutions; research projects; feasibility studies;
an integral part of the College of Business. This and community planning. The staff serves as
office is comprised of four distinct and varied liaison with appropriate faculty or service
units. agencies and assists in resolving business
issues.
Division of Business Research (DBR)—The
Division of Business Research is one of the College of Education
major research and service organizations of the Bureau of Educational Research and
University. It was established in 1939 as the Evaluation (BERE)—The Bureau of Educational
Bureau of Business and Economic Research to Research and Evaluation was authorized by the
study scientifically the business, economic, and Board of Trustees in the spring of 1966. This
governmental problems of the State under the research organization is an integral part of the
direction of the College of Business. Continued College of Education and is a cooperating unit of
growth of the Bureau led to the eventual the Office of Research.
establishment of the Division of Business The major functions of the Bureau are
Research with several distinct responsibilities. A. to engage in basic and applied research
The Division participates in contract research, pertaining to educational issues;
cooperating with interested organizations that B. to consult with faculty and students about
have specific problems requiring investigation. problems of research design and analysis;
The Division serves as the coordinating center of C. to aid in dissemination of the research
funded research for the College of Business. In findings of educational research staff;
addition, the Division works with the MSU Office D. to assist in the development of proposals for
of Research and Economic Development in grants for research and program development
seeking grants for faculty members and in in the College of Education;
assisting with implementing and completing E. to provide assistance to school districts and
projects. This unit also produces an annual other educational/human science agencies in
publication, Mississippi Statistical Abstract, a Mississippi the region, and the nation in the
varied compendium of statistics about areas of research and evaluation; and
Mississippi, in addition to comparisons with F. to assist in test development for public
rankings among selected Southeastern states. schools.

Division of Business Services (DBS)—The Center for Educational Partnerships (CEP)—


Division of Business Services (DBS) has as its The Center for Educational Partnerships is an
primary responsibility the provision of training integral part of the College of Education,
and services, other than primary research, to the functioning as a facilitator of technical and
business community. Typical activities include support services to the public school districts of
custom-designed seminars and consulting Mississippi.
services for private firms, governmental The major functions of the Center include:
agencies, international groups, and non-profit 1. Providing administrative support for the
associations. These services are usually Program for Research and Evaluation of
provided on a contractual or fee basis. Public Schools, Inc. (PREPS, Inc.). PREPS
is a private non-profit consortium composed
Small Business Development Center of 88 public school districts.
(SBDC)—The Small Business Development 2. Providing administrative support for the
Center at Mississippi State University was Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute. The
organized in 1984 to provide counseling in Institute is a state-wide project chartered by
Oktibbeha County and the surrounding counties the National Writing Project.
to people who own a small business or are 3. Providing administrative support for the World
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state-wide initiative intended to support the The research and training programs of the RRTC
certification of Mississippi teachers through strive to develop products that may be used by
the National Board of Professional Teaching consumers and professionals to enhance the
Standards. career development of blind and visually impaired
4. Providing administrative support for Americas persons. Career development is as important for
Reads-Mississippi Project. This project is these persons as for sighted ones. Because of
intended to support and enhance the reading its importance, it must not be left to chance;
performance of elementary students in skilled professionals and committed consumers
participating schools located in the State’s 14 can enhance the career development of blind and
Level 1 accredited school districts. visually impaired persons through the use of
5. Providing administrative support for the research and training products.
Educational Design Institute. This project
focuses on improving the educational design T. K. Martin Center for Technology and
of education facilities and offering educational Disability (TKM)—The T. K. Martin Center for
planning consultation and other services to Technology and Disability at Mississippi State
school districts. University was created in 1994 as a unique entity
6. Administering the Mississippi Superintendent which provides direct clinical assistive technology
Mentor Program to provide training and to individuals with disabilities in an environment
consultation for newly-selected Mississippi that promotes application and research. The
school superintendents. Center works in conjunction with the Mississippi
7. Providing assistance in the development of a Department of Rehabilitation Services and other
National Center for the Community College. agencies to provide the latest in evaluation,
prescription, and training of a wide range of
Early Childhood Institute—The Early Childhood assistive technologies, ranging from design and
Institute housed in the College of Education at fabrication of mechanical devices to computer-
Mississippi State University has three main based technologies. The Center collaborates
purposes: with other University centers, institutes, and
1. To develop and maintain a leadership departments on research issues involving new
program whereby individuals are prepared to technologies and technology integration issues.
guide early childhood policy and practice at The Center is housed in the T.K. Martin Center
the local and state level Building, adjacent to the Longest Student Health
2. To improve the quality of care and education Center.
of children prior to their entrance into school
and through third grade College of Engineering
3. To assist communities in building Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems
partnerships with families and schools and to (CAVS)—The Center for Advanced Vehicular
support families as their children’s first and Systems is an interdisciplinary center comprised
most important teacher of engineering, research, development, and
technology transfer teams focused on complex
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center problems, such as those encountered in
on Blindness and Low Vision (RRTC)—The technologies designed to improve human
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on mobility. These activities create a base for
Blindness and Low Vision was established in economic and community growth. The mission of
1981 at Mississippi State University to serve all CAVS is to develop the people, concepts, and
states and territories of the U.S. It is knowledge for future transportation and
cooperatively sponsored by the National Institute manufacturing needs for engineering extension,
on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the education, and workforce training. In fulfilling this
College of Education. This National Center is mission, research and development efforts
dedicated to the study of blindness and low vision support manufacturing, design, innovations, and
and their effects on the employment and careers cost reductions related to the production of future
of people who are blind or severely visually transportation systems. In fulfilling the mission of
impaired. The programs of the RRTC are based CAVS, the development efforts of personnel in
on the two following assumptions: (1) all blind the Center provide short-term solutions relevant
and severely visually impaired people have a to regional manufacturers while the core research
right to work at a wage comparable with non- builds long-term knowledge needed for sustained
disabled persons and in careers that provide economic development. Students also utilize the
satisfaction and opportunity for advancement; Center to gain valuable project experience that
and (2) many more blind or severely visually complements their formal classroom learning.
impaired persons may obtain satisfying gainful
employment through the utilization of research The overall effort of the Center focuses on
and training programs. developing superior computational, engineering,
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technologies relevant to Mississippi industries. associations to develop cutting-edge technology
World-class researchers at CAVS utilize these for processing engineering materials. The
technologies to solve complex problems; thereby Technology Transfer and Commercialization
providing sustainable regional competitive team actively supports the transfer and
advantages. CAVS’ project portfolio documents commercialization of technology to the private
vital outputs which range from students with sector.
enhanced project management skills to
commercialization of intellectual products. Center for Computer Security Research
CAVS is presently comprised of eight research (CCSR)—The Mississippi State University Center
teams which include Advanced Learning for Computer Security Research is a National
Technologies, Alternative Power Systems, Security Agency-certified National Center for
Challenge X, Computational Manufacturing and Academic Excellence in Information Assurance
Design, Cooperative Computing, Human and Education. The Center promotes computer
Systems Engineering, Materials Processing, and security education and research. The CCSR is
Technology Transfer and Commercialization. dedicated to the scientific exploration of computer
The Advanced Learning Technologies team vulnerabilities and misuse with the objective of
researches and develops advanced learning improving prevention and detection techniques
systems, drawing on computational resources, through its core research areas of artificial
virtual and augmented reality technologies, intelligence, computer forensics, software
industrial simulation systems, and traditional engineering, security engineering, and
learning management systems to develop cryptography. The Center supports
adaptive, interactive learning systems and virtual undergraduate and graduate students through
training environments. Through modeling and research assistantships and scholarships
simulations of power train and bio-diesel hybrid provided by the National Science Foundation
technologies, including electric motor propulsion, Scholarship for Service Program and the U.S.
power electronic switching, and electronic control Department of Defense Information Assurance
systems, the Alternative Power Systems team Scholarship Program.
delivers technology to achieve higher fuel
efficiency and reduction pollution using advanced Center for DoD Programming Environment
controls and renewable energy. The Challenge X and Training (PET)—The mission of the Center
team, which claims the U.S. Department of for DoD Programming Environment and Training
Energy and General Motors Corporation as is to bring University research results and
headline sponsors, provides engineering expertise to bear in collaborative assistance and
students at Mississippi State University training for DoD users as part of the DoD High
opportunity to participate in hands-on research Performance Computing Modernization Program
and development with leading-edge automotive (HPCMP).
propulsion, fuels, materials, and emissions-
controls technologies. The focus of the The PET component of the DoD HPCMP is a
Computational Manufacturing and Design team bold and innovative University/industry/
supports the coupling of multidisciplinary government effort to provide the essential user
research of solid mechanics, materials, physics, support and mode of capability enhancement that
and applied mathematics in the three synergistic is necessary to address the wide variety of
areas of theoretical modeling, experimentation, research and development demands arising from
and large scale parallel computational simulation. the science and technology programs supporting
In order to the meet the mission of developing, DoD weapons development and warfighting
deploying, and maintaining cyber infrastructure to support systems.
support engineering systems of the future, the
Cooperative Computing team provides support The DoD HPCMP includes four Major Shared
for system-level science, i.e., the broad Resource Centers (MSRCs)—“supercomputing”
understanding of how complex, multi-phenomena Centers:
physical systems behave and how their o ERDC – Army Engineering Research and
constituent components interact and interrelate. Development Center at Vicksburg, MS
The research thrust of the Human and Systems o ASC – Air Force Aeronautical Systems
Engineering team is the support of the Center at Dayton, OH
advancement of vehicle design and o ARL – Army Research Laboratory at
manufacturing through research and Aberdeen, MD
development of systems that focus on the human o NAVO – Naval Oceanographic Office at
component in product and process design and Stennis Space Center, MS
enterprise computational systems and These four centers have DoD’s biggest high-
technologies. The Material Processing team performance computing (HPC) facilities. Forty
partners with universities, industry, government percent of DoD’s HPC power is in Mississippi, at
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are used by DoD researchers at DoD centers and the State of Mississippi in the field of wide
at universities and in industry with DoD contracts bandgap semiconductor technology. This exciting
throughout the country. field is where the next generation of advanced
semiconductor devices will be developed, and
Computational Simulation and Design Center EMRL will ensure that the state of Mississippi
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(SimCenter)—The mission of the HPC plays an active role in this important field of
Computational Simulation and Design Center research. The Emerging Materials Research
2
(HPC SimCenter) is to serve Mississippi State Laboratory is housed in a class 10,000 clean
University, the U.S. government, and industry room with class 1,000 workstations. The principal
through research and development of advanced equipment of EMRL is a high-temperature, RF-
computational modeling, simulation, and design induction-heated Chemical Vapor Deposition
of physical systems to solve real-world problems. (CVD) system for growing state-of-the-art single-
The HPC2 SimCenter was formed in July 2000 as metal-deposition equipment, oxidation furnaces,
part of the Engineering Research Center (ERC), and microelectronics device processing facilities.
now HPC2 , within the College of Engineering at Characterization capabilities include electrical
MSU. The SimCenter was formerly the characterization and optical microscopy. To
Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at ensure that EMRL’s research benefits from the
MSU’s National Science Foundation Engineering latest technological developments, active
Research Center (NSF ERC). Its research research collaborations with industry,
advanced the NSF ERC mission by reducing the government laboratories, and academia are
time and cost required for complex field maintained within the United States and in
simulations of increased fidelity and scope for Europe.
practical engineering analysis and design
problems using high-performance computing. Engineering Engagement and Outreach
This achievement was made possible by Service (EEOS)—The Engineering Engagement
advances in unstructured grid generation, and Outreach Service is an affiliation of BCoE
accurate solution algorithms, scalable parallel activities with a focus on serving Mississippi
computing, large-scale solution visualization, businesses, industry, government (state and
design optimization algorithms, user interfaces, local), and communities. The EEOS is founded
and fully integrated simulation and design around the Center of Advanced Vehicular
systems. The SimCenter has conducted Systems-Extension (CAVS-E) and the Industrial
modeling and simulation demonstrations of this Outreach Service (IOS). Adding to these two
advanced technology for design and analysis of flagship organizations are the contributions of the
submarines, surface ships, rotary and fixed-wing college’s Assessment Center in the Department
aircraft, launch vehicles, tactical missiles, of Mechanical Engineering and the Southeast
automobiles, turbomachinery, and blood pumps Regional Forensics Training Center in Computer
for sponsors such as DoD, NASA, Nissan, and Science and Engineering. Additionally, the
many others. The SimCenter has a critical mass college’s distance education program, offering
of computational research, development, and graduate degrees and certificates, has become
application specialists who comprise a focused affiliated with EEOS to serve the professional
multidisciplinary team. This team will continue to development needs of the state’s engineering
leverage basic and applied research and workforce. The mission of EEOS is to provide a
education in computational engineering to coordinated mechanism for faculty in the Bagley
develop new enabling technology for College of Engineering to work with business,
computational modeling, simulation, analysis, industries, and government entities to help them
and design. solve technical problems, develop new products,
and improve production efficiency. Details on the
Construction Materials Research Center two anchor centers follow. Center for Advanced
(CMRC)—The Construction Materials Research Vehicular Systems Extension (CAVS-E)—The
Center within the Department of Civil and mission of CAVS Extension is to support
Environmental Engineering at Mississippi State Mississippi’s emerging automotive industry, other
University was established to educate graduate equipment manufacturers, and small-to-medium
engineers and industry in the field of construction size manufacturers with advanced technical
materials and improve the quality of the expertise in the areas of product and process
transportation infrastructure through improvement, professional development
fundamentally sound research efforts focused on education and training, and technology transfer.
emerging materials, equipment, and methods. Major goals include improvement of
competitiveness and profitability of Mississippi’s
Emerging Materials Research Laboratory manufacturers; support of economic development
(EMRL)—The EMRL unit within the Department so that new companies will locate to Mississippi
of Electrical and Computer Engineering was and existing companies will expand; and
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the people of the state. CAVS Extension works ERC. In July 2006 the Center was renamed the
with the research centers and departments of High Performance Computing Collaboratory
Mississippi State University in order to provide (HPC2 ) in order to more accurately reflect the
access to and applications of advanced research role and mission of the Center.
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engineering tools and concepts related to The HPC is a coalition of member centers and
engineering analysis, product design, groups that shares a common core objective of
manufacturing, and assembly processes. advancing the state-of-the-art in computational
Services include delivery of experience- and science and engineering using high-performance
knowledge-based concepts in production system computing; a common approach to research that
modeling, plant layout, manufacturing plan embraces a multidisciplinary, team-oriented
development, and other applications in the areas concept; and a commitment to a full partnership
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of business and industrial systems. Industrial among education, research, and service. HPC
Outreach Services (IOS)—The mission of is currently comprised of the following five
Industrial Outreach Services (IOS) is to assist independent centers and groups: Center for
Mississippi businesses and industry become Advanced Vehicular Systems, Center for
more effective, efficient, and competitive in the Computational Sciences, Center for DoD
global economy. In fulfillment of this mission, Programming Environment and Training,
IOS provides services and training in launching Computational Simulation and Design Center,
and building new businesses, improving and GeoResources Institute.
competitiveness of established companies, and
serving as a bridge to the management and High Performance Computing Laboratory
manufacturing resources and expertise that (HPC)—The High Performance Computing
Mississippi State University has to offer. The IOS Laboratory concentrates on the design of high
staff utilizes experience in industrial engineering, performance systems software for scientific and
lean manufacturing, food processing, business commodity computing environments.
development, and strategic planning and focuses Emphasizing semi-analytical approach to the
on delivery of coordinated resources with understanding of complex systems such as
accessibility to businesses and industry across networks and numerical libraries, the HPC Lab
the state. IOS provides support services to has projects that span the gamut from gigabit/s
clients in manufacturing, agricultural and food communication subsystems, to numerical
production, the wood and furniture industry, algorithms for huge, sparse linear systems of
home appliances, steel product production, equations, to object-oriented applications that
electrical supplies, and state government entities. utilize the infrastructure to solve real problems.
Standards-based approaches to computer
High Performing Computing Collaboratory software are emphasized, in that good ideas are
(HPC2 (formerly ERC)—The Engineering pushed into standards whenever possible, to help
Research Center (ERC) was created in 1990 by assure their acceptance, or to find better paths
the University and the National Science that can also be adopted by industry and
Foundation as an interdisciplinary research government. The High Performance Computing
center within the College of Engineering. Its Lab is supported by NSF, DOD (DARPA), DOE,
primary mission was to enhance global and industry. Work is undertaken at the
competitiveness of United States industry by Department of Computer Science and
reducing the time and cost necessary for Engineering where a well-equipped laboratory is
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complex field simulations for engineering analysis housed and also at the HPC where
and design. Such problems were among the interdisciplinary work is underway.
computational grand challenges of the nation’s
High Performance Computing and High Voltage Laboratory (HVL)—The High
Communication Program and were cited by DoD Voltage Laboratory is a part of the Department of
and DoE as critical technologies for the 1990s Electrical and Computer Engineering and serves
and beyond. Only a close collaboration among as an independent, non-industrial, university
computational engineers, computer scientists and center for high voltage engineering. The mission
engineers, mathematicians, and application of the HVL includes: research evaluation/testing,
engineers can achieve the necessary advances. and education activities. The principal objective
The ERC was formed to provide such a cross of this multi-purpose laboratory is to meet the
disciplinary environment to support this research. research and evaluation/testing needs of
industry, utilities, and government and provide
With the growth of research in the Engineering the necessary environment for an academic
Research Center, computational science and program associated with high voltage
engineering was identified in 2000 as a priority engineering. Current research projects in the
area of the University. In 2001 the mission of the area of high voltage engineering include:
Engineering Research Center was revised and lightning protection of electrical power
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substations; electrical breakdown mechanism in ICET has carried out tests in its test beds for
high voltage polymer insulation lightning impulse many customers, including ICET’s Ames Lab,
performance of composite insulation; electrical SRI, and NASA’s Stennis Space Center. ICET
degradation of high voltage polymer insulators; also has two mobile facilities which can go to a
and lightning protection of marine vehicles. The customer’s site at virtually any time, bringing
HVL frequently offers short courses in the area of highly sophisticated yet rugged instrumentation to
high voltage engineering. bear on a customer’s problems.

Industrial Assessment Center (IAC)—The Microsystems Prototyping Laboratory


primary mission of the Industrial Assessment (MPL)—The Microsystems Prototyping
Center is to serve the energy-related needs of Laboratory is a part of the Department of
small and medium-sized manufacturers within a Electrical and Computer Engineering. Facilities
geographic radius of approximately 150 miles of include a Microelectronics Design Laboratory and
the Mississippi State University campus. This is a Microelectronics Fabrication Facility. Research
accomplished by analyzing the operating is performed for industry and government
characteristics and energy requirements of agencies.
manufacturing facilities to identify and
recommend specific opportunities to conserve Mississippi Center for Advanced
energy and/or utilize alternate energy sources, to Semiconductor Prototyping (MCASP)—
improve productivity and minimize waste MCASP, a unit within the Department of
production, and to report the findings to the Electrical and Computer Engineering, was
manufacturer together with estimates of their established in 1999 to serve as a prototyping
implementation costs, payback periods, and laboratory serving both government and private
returns on investment. The center fulfills its industry for wide-bandgap advanced
mission through site visits to plants which are semiconductor devices. Mississippi State
carried out by the center director or a designated, University is a leader in wide-bandgap Silicon
approved professional from the faculty or Carbide technology, and MCASP helps to move
research staff of the institution. this important new semiconductor technology
from the research laboratory to the military and
Institute for Clean Energy Technology commercial sectors. The center is temporarily
(ICET)—The Institute for Clean Energy housed in the Edwards Laboratory, a stand-alone
Technology at Mississippi State University is a facility on the east side of the MSU campus,
multidisciplinary group of scientists and while a new facility is being constructed in the
engineers focused on solving important problems Mississippi Research and Technology Park, just
in energy, the environment, industrial processes, north of the MSU campus.
and infrastructure.
National Center for Intermodal Transportation
Since its inception in 1979, ICET’s mission has (NCIT)—The National Center for Intermodal
been to enhance its customers’ performance Transportation was founded in 1998 as a
through measurement and testing. ICET University Transportation Center sponsored by
performs this mission for a diverse group of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NCIT is a
customers ranging from the U.S. Department of major national resource for educational,
Energy to NASA, from industrial giants like Dow research, and technology transfer activities
Chemical to small companies like Mississippi involving intermodal transportation. The NCIT is
Ethanol. A research center within the College of a collaborative partnership between the
Engineering, ICET is located in the Mississippi University of Denver and Mississippi State
Research and Technology Park. University and involves multiple disciplines within
each University including business, law,
ICET’s 70 professional and support staff are engineering, and science. The enterprise is a full
housed in a state-of-the-art 58,000 square foot and equal partnership in which the administration
facility containing 16 laboratories and a high-bay and resources of the Center are shared equally.
area that allows testing at up to pilot-plant scale. The NCIT educational programs instruct and
An additional high-bay area has recently been inform students about an intermodal
constructed that will support large-scale testing. transportation system from the pre-collegiate to
ICET has a highly capable analytical lab that the professional level. By working with and
supports ICET’s own projects as well as solving connecting to both the public and the private
difficult analytical problems for industrial clients. sectors, NCIT conducts basic and applied
research in areas of concern to the intermodal
ICET’s measurement capabilities primarily industry and to scholars in the field. In addition,
involve optical or acoustic techniques. ICET can NCIT has an active program of technology
test industrial technologies either at its facilities in transfer to infuse these findings and results into
Starkville, MS, or at its customers’ locations. the transportation community.

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Raspet Flight Research Laboratory (RFRL)— sustainable energy solutions to our dependence
The mission of the Raspet Flight Research on fossil fuels, especially foreign oil. The Center
Laboratory is to provide Mississippi State is also a catalyst for forging partnerships between
University and the country with leading-edge academia, business, and the U.S. government.
innovation and proof-of-concept research in flight Goals of the center include: building national
testing, composite structures development, and recognized sustainable energy programs;
rapid prototyping while facilitating the educational securing funding for sustainable energy research;
goals of the University as a superior training generating knowledge to support sustainable
ground and research facility for University energy industry; preparing workforce for
students at the graduate and undergraduate sustainable energy companies; and promoting
level. Established at Mississippi State University policies that encourage sustainable energy
(MSU) over 50 years ago, this aeronautical development.
research laboratory is an integral part of the
Department of Aerospace Engineering Transportation Research Center (TRC)—The
possessing a rich heritage in full-scale flight Transportation Research Center (TRC) was
vehicle development and test, advanced established in 1997. The primary function of
composites development and fabrication, TRC is to conduct scholarly research designed to
computer controlled manufacturing, and test of advance the current state of transportation-
prototype composite applications. Among related technologies in the State of Mississippi
university laboratories engaged in aeronautical and to provide educational opportunities to the
research, the RFRL is distinguished as one of the Mississippi Department of Transportation
very few with the capability to design, build, and (MDOT) personnel for the advancement of their
test prototypes of full-scale manned and professional careers. The TRC acts in
unmanned aircraft. The RFRL facility is located coordination with the MDOT Division of Research
at Starkville’s George M. Bryan Field Airport and to provide administration of on-campus and off-
encompasses over 90,000 square feet of campus research projects and to provide credit
enclosed laboratory space. During the past year and non-credit instructional programs as
the laboratory has been engaged in a number of requested by MDOT.
applied technology efforts related to composite
tooling fabrication, development of Unmanned Visualization and Graphics Laboratory
Aerial Vehicle (UAV) drawings, engineering and (VGL)—Researchers in the Visualization and
flight test support, and development of airborne Graphics Laboratory in the department of
acoustic sensors. Computer Science and Engineering participate in
projects involving information and scientific
Software Engineering Laboratory (SEL)— visualization, virtual reality, and application-
Research in the Software Engineering Laboratory specific visualization tasks. One of the main
in the Department of Computer Science and thrusts is in structured environments for
Engineering addresses fundamental issues for visualization exploration that combine user
improving the design, construction, maintenance, interface and process modeling research to
and use of software products. This includes a increase the reality. Researchers in this
variety of areas within software engineering such laboratory work in collaboration with the
as software design, software testing, software Visualization Analysis and Imaging Laboratory at
evolution, software metrics, assurance of the HPC2. They have access to a range of state-
software for critical systems, and software of-the-art facilities including high-performance
engineering for high performance clusters. clusters and virtual reality environments.
Research in this laboratory has been supported
by NSF.

Sustainable Energy Research Center


GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
(SERC)—The Sustainable Energy Research FOR ADMISSION TO THE
Center was established in January 2006 through
funding from the U.S. Department of Energy GRADUATE SCHOOL
(DoE) with the mission to develop and advance Nondiscrimination Policy
sustainable energy technologies that will secure Mississippi State University does not discriminate
the economic and environmental future of on the basis of race, color, religion, national
Mississippi, the southeast, and the United States. origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status. In
The purpose of the Center is to create an conformity with Title IX of the Education
infrastructure for coordinated interdisciplinary Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of
collaboration at MSU in the development of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 402 of the
environmentally and economically sustainable Vietnam Era Veterans Adjustment Assistance Act
energy sources specific to the southeastern of 1974, and The Americans with Disabilities Act
United States through the development of of 1990, the Office of Diversity and Equity

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Programs, PO Drawer 6199, Mississippi State, The decision to admit is restricted to the degree
MS 39762, telephone 662-325-2493, has been program of study identified in the application, and
designated as the University official responsible the student may not enroll in another degree
for the coordination of efforts to carry out program without formal admission. A student may
responsibilities and make investigations of request consideration for admission to an area of
complaints related to discrimination. study or to a degree level different from the
original application at the Office of the Graduate
Disclaimer School. However, once a student is admitted to
The admission information contained in this a degree program and enrolls in classes he/she
publication most accurately describes the must remain in that program for one semester
admission policies, regulations, requirements and before admission will be approved to change to
procedures of the University and the Board of another degree program. Such a request will
Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning. The have the status of a new application for
University reserves the right to delete, substitute, admission, subject to the current conditions.
change or supplement any statement in this Application is usually made to only one graduate
publication without prior notice. program at a time. Admission to more than one
degree program requires the approval of the
I. ADMISSION POLICY graduate coordinator of each degree program.
The Office of the Graduate School is responsible (See section on Dual Degrees in this publication.)
for the administration of the University graduate The decision to admit is valid for one academic
admission policy. The decision to admit an year (with departmental approval) for use in
applicant to pursue graduate study at MSU is making initial enrollment to a given program.
based upon evaluations of both qualitative and After the lapse of one fall or spring semester
quantitative information. An applicant must without enrollment, an applicant must submit a
provide a completed application form, a new application, statement of purpose, and
statement of purpose for graduate study, three application fee.
letters of recommendation, records of previous
academic achievements, and a non-refundable The graduate coordinator of each program has
application fee of $40 (not required of full-time the authority to grant admission to the graduate
benefits-eligible MSU employees). Some degree program, which will be communicated to the
programs may require additional credentials, Office of the Graduate School and to the
such as the Graduate Record Examination or applicant. Only a written notice of admission is
another standardized test score. A summary of valid proof of admission. After applications and
degree programs and standardized tests required supporting credentials have been received,
as part of admissions criteria is found on the last applicants for admission are notified of the action
pages of this publication. All admission taken on their application. Admission to MSU for
applications and supporting documents become graduate study is open to qualified students
the property of Mississippi State University upon regardless of race, creed, color, natural origin,
receipt and will not be released. handicap, sex, or veteran status.

Standardized test scores required by some To be considered for admission, all supporting
degree programs represent only one element materials should be in the Office of the Graduate
considered in the admission decision of an School according to the following schedule.
applicant. Scores are never used as the sole
criterion, but rather are considered in conjunction Domestic International
with other factors such as the applicant’s purpose Applying For Deadline Deadline
for study relative to the opportunities in the Fall Semester July 1 May 1
proposed field, the number of positions available Spring Semester November 1 September 1
in the program, prior professional and 1st Summer Term April 1 March 1
employment activities, and/or recommendations 2nd Summer Term May 1 March 1
of the faculty in the proposed field of study,
especially regarding the availability of faculty Some departments may have a different
support for research. Consequently, an applicant deadline. Please refer to the departmental
who meets the required grade point average listings in this publication or the department’s
(GPA) and/or whose standardized scores fall at Web site for degree specific admission deadlines.
or above a competitive level is not automatically
granted admission. Admission is granted only to Admission Tests
those students considered to have the potential Information about required tests is found in
to complete the program successfully and with specific degree and program requirements. That
the knowledge that there are sufficient and information can also be found in the Quick
appropriate resources available to support the Reference at the end of this publication. See
needs of the student.

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Assessment and Testing Services for MSU- Office of the Graduate School
testing information. PO Box G
Mississippi State, MS 39762
A. DOMESTIC STUDENTS
Applications—Graduate applicants are While the Office of the Graduate School prefers
encouraged to apply on-line and can access the for applicants to use the online application
application at http://www.msstate.edu/dept/grad if process, a self-managed application may be
applying online. The Statement of Purpose must submitted. All required materials must be
also be submitted online. Recommendation submitted in one envelope and mailed to:
letters may be submitted electronically if an e- Office of the Graduate School
mail address is provided by the applicant. If the PO Box G
e-mail address is not provided, the reviewer must Mississippi State, MS 39762
submit a letter or paper form by mail. If the
recommendation is submitted electronically, a Instructions for Reporting Grade Point
paper copy is not necessary. The application fee Averages—Please compute grade point
may be paid online. An applicant must request averages (GPA) using one of the following
an official transcript from the bachelor’s degree methods.
institution and from each college or university A-F system—Multiply the total number of credit
attended following the bachelor’s degree. hours of As by 4, Bs by 3, Cs by 2, Ds by 1 and
(Distance Education applicants must submit two Fs by 0. Total these results for the cumulative
copies of official transcripts.) If fewer than 60-70 number of grade points. Add all of the credit
hours were completed at the institution which hours of As, Bs, Cs, Ds and Fs. Divide the total
awarded the bachelor’s degree, an official number of grade points by the total number of
transcript from the previous institution(s) is credit hours. All courses taken must be included,
required as well. The department may require even if a course was taken again for a higher
previous transcripts to verify prerequisites. The grade. For schools using a system of plus or
official transcript must be in a sealed envelope minus grades, ignore the plus/minus when
bearing the institution’s return address with the computing the GPA. Courses graded on the
Registrar’s signature or stamp across the Pass/Fail or S/U scale should not be included in
envelope flap. the GPA.

Numerical system (0-100 scale 0-10 scale,


Domestic Application Checklist etc.)—Report the numerical grade point average
 Application (if not applying electronically) and supply official documentation of the grading
 $40 (non-refundable) Application Fee scale used by each institution.
(not required of full-time benefits-eligible MSU A statement from the school should accompany
employees) international transcripts giving the student’s class
 Statement of Purpose rank, the number of students in the class, and
 Three Letters of Recommendation where the student placed among them.
 GRE or GMAT scores (if applicable)
 Official transcript showing bachelor’s degree B. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
or progress toward degree Priority Processing—To be considered for
 Official transcript showing all work after admission, all supporting materials should be in
bachelor’s degree the Office of the Graduate School according to
the following schedule.
 Distance Education applicants must submit 2
copies of official transcripts.
Applying For ............................ Deadline
Fall Semester ............................ May 1
Spring Semester ........................ September 1
Completed applications received on or prior to
First Summer Term ................... March 1
the deadline dates above will receive
Second Summer Term .............. March 1
consideration for the desired academic term.
Some departments may have different deadlines;
Completed applications received after the final
please refer to the departmental listings in this
deadline dates will not be guaranteed admission
publication for degree specific admission
consideration for the desired academic term. It is
deadlines. Because of anticipated delays in
the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all
obtaining visas, applicants are encouraged to
supporting materials are received. Some
submit admission materials by January 1 for
programs may have earlier deadlines for
consideration for the fall semester. Applicants
application that override these deadlines. They
should request official transcripts from all
may be found in the description of the specific
institutions where undergraduate or graduate
programs. Send the required materials to:
coursework has been completed. The official
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the institution’s return address with the A. The College of Veterinary Medicine requires a
Registrar’s signature or stamp across the minimum TOEFL score of 500 PBT or 173
envelope flap. CBT or 61 iBT or an IELTS score of 5.5.
B. The College of Education requires a minimum
TOEFL score of 550 PBT or 213 CBT or 79
International Application Checklist iBT or an IELTS score of 6.5, except the
 Application (if not applying electronically) Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and
Special Education which requires a minimum
 $40 non-refundable Application Fee
TOEFL score of 600 PBT or 250 CBT or 100
 Statement of Purpose
iBT or an IELTS score of 7.5 for admission to
 Three (3) Letters of Recommendation master’s and doctoral level programs.
 GRE or GMAT scores (if applicable) C. The College of Business requires a minimum
 Official Academic Records (in native TOEFL score of 575 PBT or 233 CBT or 84
language along with translated copies if iBT or an IELTS score of 7.0.
appropriate)
 Document of Support Form must be Other departments may also have a minimum
completed, including all required signatures TOEFL requirement higher than TOEFL
(not required if Distance Learning) equivalents of 477 PBT, 153 CBT, 53 iBT or
 Bank Letter or other Document of Financial IELTS 4.5. The applicant should check the
Support (not required if Distance Learning) requirements of the specific department.
 TOEFL or IELTS Score
 Distance Education applicants must submit International applicants who complete the
2 copies of official transcripts. Professional Mastery Program at the MSU ESL
Center may submit a certificate of completion
with their application in place of English language
Send the required materials to: test scores (per Graduate Council, February
Office of the Graduate School 2008).
PO Box G
Mississippi State, MS 39762 An international student holding one or more
degrees (baccalaureate or higher) from a college
Completed applications received after the final or university in the U.S. is not required to submit
deadline dates will not be guaranteed admission English language test scores for admission.
consideration for the desired academic terms. It
is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all Similarly, an international student from a country
supporting materials are received. where English is the first language, as
documented by a statement on the high
While the Office of the Graduate School prefers school graduating certificate that English is
for applicants to use the online application the official (first) language of the country, and
process, a self-managed application may be who holds one or more degrees (baccalaureate
submitted. All required materials must be or higher) from a college or university where
submitted in one envelope and mailed to: English is the first language is not required to
Office of the Graduate School submit English language test scores. However,
PO Box G such student, after admission and registration at
Mississippi State, MS 39762 Mississippi State University and upon the
recommendation of the department, may be
required to schedule one or more ESL (English
English Language Requirements for as a Second Language) courses.
International Students
An International student, except as noted below, To be admitted in Unclassified graduate status
must have either a TOEFL (Test of English as a (non-degree-seeking), an international student
Foreign Language) score or an IELTS who does not meet criteria noted above must
(International English Language Testing submit an appropriate TOEFL or IELTS score.
Systems) (per Graduate Council, January 2008)
score. A minimum TOEFL score of 477 PBT An international student not holding a U.S.
(Paper-Based Test) or 153 CBT (Computer- degree (baccalaureate or higher) who desires to
Based Test) or 53 iBT (Internet-Based Test) is transfer to Mississippi State University from
required for admission to Mississippi State another U.S. college or university and does not
University. The required IELTS score is 4.5. have a current (not over two years old) national
test score must retake the test and score a
Exceptions to the required score include the minimum of 477 PBT or 153 CBT or 53 iBT on
following requirements: the TOEFL or 4.5 on the IELTS.

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Admission enroll in appropriate graduate courses at the
An applicant who does not attain the TOEFL or same time. (Change of EN 1103 to ESL 5323
IELTS score required for admission into the effective January 2005 per Graduate
desired academic program but attains a score of Council.)
477 on the paper-based TOEFL (or equivalent)
or an IELTS score of 4.5 may be given contingent 2. A qualified student with either a TOEFL score
admission into the program. A hold is placed on between 520-500 PBT or 190-173 CBT or
the student’s record and is removed when the 68-61 iBT or an IELTS score of 5.5 is
required ESL coursework is completed. See required to enroll on a credit basis in ESL
information below to determine course 5120, a 9-hour intensive English course
requirement(s) for scores between 550 and 477 especially designed for international students
on the paper-based TOEFL or equivalent or by the English as a Second Language
between 6.5 and 4.5 on the IELTS. Center. This course is graded on a pass/fail
basis. The student will not be allowed to
A student who does not attain a TOEFL of 477 register for other courses while enrolled full-
on the paper-based test (or equivalent) or an time in the English language course unless
IELTS score of 4.5 will be admitted into the ESL granted special permission by the Dean of the
Center where she or he will be a full-time student Graduate School. A student enrolled in ESL
studying English. Upon successful completion of 5120 will complete the course when he or she
the intensive English language program and has passed the English Proficiency Exam
attainment of the minimum national TOEFL score consisting of grammar, reading, writing, oral,
required for admission (477 on paper-based and aural skills; has attended the English
TOEFL or equivalent or 4.5 on the IELTS), the immersion class regularly for at least one
student will complete the application process for semester; and has done satisfactory work.
admission. The student is then eligible to enroll in ESL
5323 Academic Research and Writing, and
English as a Second Language (ESL) the TOEFL or IELTS score is no longer a
Test Score Requirements factor.
Effective January 1992, the following
requirements were established to satisfy the A student whose test score falls below these
English language proficiency for international equivalencies is not eligible for a graduate
graduate students. assistantship until the language proficiency
requirement is satisfied.
A qualified student who attains a national TOEFL
(Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 3. A qualified student with either a TOEFL score
550 PBT or 213 CBT or 79 iBT or an IELTS between 497-477 PBT or 170-153 CBT or
(International English Language Testing System) 59-53 iBT or an IELTS score of 5-4.5 is
score of 6.5 will be considered proficient in required to enroll on a credit basis in ESL
English. In those programs with a test 5110, an intensive English language course
requirement higher than these equivalencies, a especially designed for international students
student must attain this higher score or be by the English as a Second Language
admitted contingent on satisfying this Center. This course is graded on a pass/fail
departmental requirement. A student admitted to basis. The student will not be allowed to
the University with a national TOEFL or IELTS register for other courses while enrolled full-
score less than the proficient-level equivalencies time in the English language course unless
is required to enroll in the appropriate English as granted special permission by the Dean of the
a Second Language (ESL) course Graduate School. A student enrolled in ESL
requirement(s) beginning with the initial 5110 will complete the course when he or she
enrollment period. These requirements, has passed the English Proficiency Exam
depending on the score, are listed below: consisting of grammar, reading, writing, oral,
and aural skills, has attended the English
1. A qualified student with either a TOEFL score immersion class regularly for at least one
between 547-523 PBT or 210-193 CBT or semester, and has done satisfactory work.
78-69 iBT or an IELTS of 6.0 will be required Such student is then eligible to enroll In ESL
to enroll in ESL 5323 Academic Research 5120, and the TOEFL or IELTS score is no
and Writing. This course is designed longer a factor.
specifically for international graduate students
who need assistance in their writing, A student whose test score falls below these
research, and editing skills. This course is equivalencies is not eligible for a graduate
graded on a pass/fail basis. The student assistantship until the language proficiency
required to take ESL 5323 Academic requirement is satisfied.
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4. A student enrolled in ESL 5110 who 497-477 PBT or 170-153 ESL 5110
completes the ESL program requirements on CBT or 59-53 iBT (TOEFL)
an accelerated basis will be awarded a or 5-4.5 (IELTS)
Certificate of Completion by the English as a
Second Language Center. The student will Below 477 PBT or 153 non-credit ESL
enroll in ESL 5323 Academic Research and CBT or 53 iBT (TOEFL) (applicants in this
Writing for the subsequent semester and will or 4.5 (IELTS) category will not
then be exempt from the requirement to enroll be admitted to
in ESL 5120 in the ESL program. graduate study but
may subsequently
5. A student with a TOEFL score below 477 be considered for
PBT or 153 CBT or 53 iBT or an IELTS admission as
score of 4.5 will be enrolled in the ESL described in
Center on a non-credit basis. In order to be category 5.)
subsequently considered for admission to
graduate study, the student must submit a English as a Second Language (ESL)
minimum national TOEFL score of 477 PBT Center—The ESL Center, as a part of
or 153 CBT or 53 iBT or an IELTS score of International Education in the Division of
4.5. Academic Outreach and Continuing Education, is
responsible for the administration of the intensive
A qualified student who submits a minimum English language courses for those individuals
national TOEFL score of 477 PBT or 153 CBT not admitted to graduate study. (All tuition and
or 53 iBT or an IELTS score of 4.5 along with fees for full-time students in the ESL Center are
a Certificate of Completion from the ESL paid directly to the Center.) The courses offered
Center may be admitted on a conditional by the ESL Center are taught by faculty members
basis. The student will be required to register of Mississippi State University.
for ESL 5323 Academic Research and
Writing. In addition to this English course, the
student may also register for graduate II. ADMISSION PROCEDURE
courses in his or her degree program. The A person who wishes to apply for admission to
student who successfully completes this graduate study and who possesses qualifications
course is considered to have attained the appropriate to the above-described criteria can
necessary English proficiency for continued access information and application materials and
graduate study and is therefore exempt from apply online on the MSU Web site at
further developmental English courses or http://www.msstate.edu/dept/grad/. An applicant
TOEFL testing. can also e-mail a request for an application
packet to gradapps@grad.msstate.edu. Send
6. The Dean of the Graduate School will monitor requests for an application packet to:
the program and certify each graduate Office of the Graduate School
student as he or she fulfills the English Mississippi State University
proficiency requirements. PO Box G
Mississippi State, MS 39762
7. In summary, the course requirements for
international students admitted with a Test of The academic year comprises two regular
English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) semesters, beginning in August and January, and
score of less than 550 PBT or 213 CBT or 79 a summer session beginning in May. For specific
iBT or an International English Language dates, see the Graduate Academic Calendar at
Testing System (IELTS) score of less than 6.5 the front of this publication. An individual who
are as follows: submits an application for admission should act
promptly to see that all required supporting
Score Requirement documentation is received at least by the dates
550 PBT or 213 CBT Regular Admission given in the Graduate Academic Calendar. An
or 79 iBT (TOEFL) or individual must have a valid admission status in
6.5 (IELTS) the Office of the Graduate School to secure
enrollment in graduate study.
547-523 PBT or 210-193 ESL 5323
CBT or 78-69 iBT (TOEFL) Admission for graduate study is limited to the
or 6 (IELTS) pursuit of requirements for the degree and the
field of study as specified in the application and
520-500 PBT or 190-173 ESL 5120 statement of purpose.
CBT or 68-61 iBT (TOEFL)
or 5.5 (IELTS)

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Application for graduate admission, including the Previous letters of recommendation from the
application and other requirements listed on the student’s file may be used when the student is
application, must be submitted in the following  deferring to a later semester within one year
instances: of being admitted
1. An individual who is pursuing the  updating within one year (student cancelled,
requirements of one graduate degree and the application was incomplete, or the
desires to pursue the requirements of another department made no decision)
graduate degree  applying to the same program within one year
2. An individual who is enrolled in one graduate of being rejected due to lack of funding,
degree program but wishes to change to a available faculty, or openings in the program.
different program
3. An individual who received a “letter of Graduate coordinators may request by e-mail
admission” but did not enroll for the semester that the requirement for new letters of recommen-
admitted within one year dation be waived if the applicant is applying
4. An individual who is pursuing a graduate within the same department at the same level or
degree and desires to pursue a second a lower level.
degree simultaneously (dual degrees)
1. Regular Admission
Degree Level Change: A student admitted to a Any person admitted for graduate study must
degree program may subsequently want to hold a bachelor’s degree. Normally the
change degree levels (e.g., from PhD to undergraduate degree must be awarded by an
master’s) in the same program. This student institution having regional accreditation.
should submit to the Graduate School a Request However, a prospective applicant who holds a
for Change of Degree Level or Concentration bachelor’s degree from an educational institution
form, including all required signatures. No other without regional accreditation may request
document is required. consideration from the dean of the appropriate
college before applying for admission. In either
Concentration Change: A student admitted to a case, the graduate coordinator of the academic
major that has several concentrations (e.g., major program may prescribe specific undergraduate
in Life Sciences with concentrations in level courses as prerequisites to admission.
Entomology and Plant Pathology; Genetics; and
Animal Physiology) may wish to change In addition to holding an undergraduate degree,
concentrations. A student wishing to change an applicant who receives regular admission
concentrations within the same department or status must satisfy one of the following minimum
the same umbrella major must submit the graduate admissions requirements based on the
Request for Change of Degree Level or level of work completed at the time of the
Concentration form including all required application:
signatures. No other document is required. A. 2.75 GPA on the last two years
(approximately 60-70 semester hours or 90-
Campus Change: A student admitted to a 100 quarter hours) of undergraduate
degree program on one campus who wishes to academic coursework
change to another campus where the program is B. 2.75 GPA on 30 or more semester hours
also offered must submit the Graduate Request undergraduate credit after earning the first
to Change Campus form to the Graduate School. bachelor’s degree
The form must be signed by the student, the C. 2.75 GPA on the last two years
current-campus graduate coordinator, and the (approximately 60-70 semester hours or 90-
graduate coordinator of the new campus. If the 100 quarter hours) of undergraduate
student is Unclassified, the Dean of the Graduate academic coursework and a 3.00 GPA on
School will sign the form as the graduate fewer than 24 hours graduate coursework
coordinator on both campuses. D. 3.00 GPA on 24 or more graduate hours
E. An earned master’s degree or higher-level
Recommendation Letters: New letters of degree.
recommendation are required when a graduate
student is An applicant not satisfying the minimum grade
 applying to a different major point average may be admitted to a degree
 applying to a different degree level program as a provisional student if approved by
 adding a new major (dual degree) the graduate coordinator of the academic unit
 updating after one year (student was admitted offering the degree program. The minimum
but did not attend, student cancelled, the acceptable undergraduate grade point average
application was incomplete, or the for admission as a provisional student is 2.50.
department made no decision). (See Provisional Admission in this publication.)

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Meeting minimum requirements for admission standardized tests, or another similar
does not guarantee admission into a program. requirement. When this contingency information
Each applicant must compete with all other is included in the program’s admission decision,
applicants for availability in the respective the Graduate School verifies during the degree
program. Requests for exceptions to these audit that the requirements were fulfilled.
requirements for either “regular” or “provisional”
admission must be made by the appropriate 4. Unclassified Admission
academic dean who will notify the Office of the Unclassified admission is available to students
Graduate School in writing. desiring graduate level study for purposes other
than an advanced degree, such as for teacher
Graduate programs may prescribe requirements certification. An official transcript showing the
for regular admission in addition to those student’s bachelor’s degree must be submitted
described above. For this information, see the with the application. Distance Education
specific program section in this publication. applicants must submit two copies of official
transcripts. Students admitted in unclassified
2. Provisional Admission status must remain unclassified for one
A student who has not fully met the GPA or other semester before being admitted to a degree
requirements stipulated by the University and the program. Nine graduate hours of work earned
appropriate program for admission to graduate as an unclassified student may be transferred to
study may be granted admission as a degree- a degree program with the approval of the
seeking graduate student with provisional status. department. However, hours completed in this
Such student must have as the initial objective status may not be used to satisfy provisional
advancement to regular status. admission requirements.

A student admitted to provisional status is eligible In order to be admitted in unclassified status, an


for advancement to regular status after receiving international student who does not meet criteria
a 3.00 GPA on the first 9 hours of regular under English Language Requirements for
graduate-level courses taken at Mississippi State International Students must submit an
University. Courses with an S grade, transfer appropriate TOEFL score for admission.
credits, or credits earned while in Unclassified
status cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. Current and retired faculty from Mississippi State
Normally, it is expected that a student will remove University are not required to submit a transcript
his/her provisional admission status during the in order to enroll in a graduate course as an
initial semester of enrollment. If a 3.00 is not unclassified graduate student. An applicant
attained, the provisional student may be desiring unclassified admission to take graduate-
dismissed from the graduate program. Academic level courses in business and economics must
departments may set higher standards for have a GPA of 3.00 out of 4.00.
students admitted provisionally into their
programs; a student admitted with provisional Application and registration as an unclassified
status should contact the graduate coordinator graduate student include the following steps.
for the program’s specific requirements. While in 1. The applicant submits an Unclassified
the provisional status, a student is not Graduate Application, an official transcript
eligible to hold a graduate assistantship. showing proof of an earned baccalaureate
degree from an accredited institution
3. Contingent Admission (Distance Education applicants must submit
A student may be admitted with a contingency, two copies of official transcripts), and a $40
usually the final transcript recording the application fee to the Office of the Graduate
bachelor’s degree. In this case, the applicant has School, PO Box G, Mississippi State, MS
met all admissions requirements and is in the 39762. The Office of the Graduate School
final semester of bachelor’s degree work. The will issue a letter of admission to the student.
student is admitted contingent on the completion An international applicant in the local area
of the degree. When the Office of the Graduate must obtain approval of the Dean of the
School receives the transcript showing the Graduate School before admission. Proof
degree was awarded, the contingency is of identification is required. Distance
removed from the student’s record. Learning unclassified international
applicants in F-1 status in the U.S. at
An applicant may also be admitted with one or another institution must submit
more departmental contingencies, requirements confirmation of student enrollment from
the department expects the student to fulfill by a the International Student Advisor at the
certain deadline. Departmental admissions current institution on university letterhead.
contingencies are monitored by the department 2. To register for classes, the student must
and usually are prerequisite courses, receive permission from the academic

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department in which she/he wishes to take a for specific departmental requirements prior to
course(s). The graduate coordinator or completing a readmission application.
course instructor signs an advising sheet, and Readmission to any graduate degree program in
the department must enter in Banner a “major the Department of Political Science and Public
override” for each course approved for the Administration, the College of Veterinary
student to take. Only the department offering Medicine, or any school administration
the course can enter this override, and the (educational leadership) program in the
unclassified graduate student cannot register Department of Leadership and Foundations
without it. requires that a student who has not been enrolled
3. The student takes the signed advising sheet for one regular semester (fall or spring) submit a
to the Office of the Graduate School to obtain readmission form to be approved by the
a Registration Access Code (RAC), since the graduator coordinator. A student in the
Dean of the Graduate School serves as the Department of Counseling and Educational
official advisor for unclassified graduate Psychology, Department of Political Science and
students. The student will be advised that no Public Administration, in the College of Veterinary
more than 9 semester hours of unclassified Medicine, or a school administration program in
graduate work may be applied to an the Department of Instructional Systems and
advanced degree program at MSU. Workforce Development who has not been
4. The student uses the RAC to register for each enrolled at Mississippi State University for one
course via the web. calendar year must submit a new application and
5. Unclassified students who apply through statement of purpose to be considered for
Academic Outreach and Continuing readmission.
Education will complete class registration
through that office. 7. University Faculty Admission
A University faculty member who holds an
5. Military Deferment academic rank beyond that of an instructor or the
A military student who has been admitted to a equivalent normally will not be permitted to earn
degree program but has not yet registered and an advanced degree at this institution. This
who subsequently receives deployment orders means that assistant professors, associate
may request deferment of admission. The new professors, and professors normally cannot
date of admission may be up to two years from become candidates for an advanced degree at
the date of release from active duty (per Mississippi State. An instructor who enrolls in an
Graduate Council, January 2008). advanced degree program at MSU should not
expect promotion beyond that rank as long as
6. Readmission he/she is working for the advanced degree.
Once enrolled in graduate study, a student who
subsequently fails to enroll for three consecutive 8. Senior Citizens
semesters (excluding summer) must complete an Legal residents of the State of Mississippi age 60
Application for Readmission to register again or older (senior citizens) may enroll tuition-free in
(Graduate Council, November 2005). The a maximum of two on-campus courses per
application form is available in the Office of the semester (or combined summer term) at the
Graduate School or online at Starkville or Meridian campus. This is a
http://www.msstate.edu/dept/grad/. maximum of 6 hours per semester (fall, spring, or
combined summer term) with a maximum of 18
NOTE: This process does not negate the credit hours per calendar year. Course
continuous enrollment requirement. Please refer registration is available to senior citizens on a
to the Continuous Enrollment section under space-available, first-come, first-serve basis.
General Requirements of the Graduate School. Courses offered through the Division of
Academic Outreach and Continuing Education
Each applicant must submit a $40.00 non- are not included in this program nor are courses
refundable application fee along with the offered for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
readmission application. If the student has degree program. The application fee of $40.00 is
attended another college or university since required with the graduate application.
leaving MSU, an official transcript must be
submitted. Readmission to a program requires 9. Undergraduate Enrollment in
departmental approval only if the student is not in Graduate Courses
good standing or if the student requires an An undergraduate student at Mississippi State
extension of time to complete the program. University or any university with which Mississippi
However, academic departments may set higher State University has agreements (per Graduate
standards for readmission to specific programs. A Council, October 2007), who lacks 12 or fewer
student seeking readmission to an academic credit hours to complete the undergraduate
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in courses for graduate credit in the final excepted in this chapter. § 37-103-3, Mississippi
undergraduate semester or term. The student Code of 1972. Residency requirement for
should meet the grade point average requirement purpose of being admitted as state resident;
for regular admission to the particular graduate definition of residence.
program. An undergraduate student may take up
to 9 graduate credit hours; the combination of A person who has entered the State of
undergraduate and graduate credit hours may Mississippi from another state and enters an
not exceed 13. Any exception to the stated educational institution is considered a
criteria must be approved by the Provost (per nonresident. Even though he/she may have been
Graduate Council, May 2004). legally adopted by a resident of Mississippi, or
may have been a qualified voter, or landowner, or
In order to register for the course(s), the MSU may otherwise have sought to establish legal
student must submit the Undergraduate Request residence, such a person will still be considered
to Enroll in Graduate Courses form as being a nonresident of Mississippi if he/she
(http://www.grad.msstate.edu/forms/) signed by has entered this state for the purpose of enrolling
the student’s undergraduate department head, in an educational institution. § 37-103-5,
dean of the student’s college, and instructor(s) of Mississippi Code of 1972. Residence of
the graduate course(s). The completed form is person entering state for purpose of
taken or sent to the Office of the Graduate attendance at educational institution.
School where an override is entered, enabling
the student to register for the course(s). Legal Residence of a Minor. For purposes of
determining whether a person pays out-of-state
An undergraduate at another university must or in-state tuition for attendance at universities,
submit the completed Transient Undergraduate community and junior colleges, the residence of a
Request to Enroll in Graduate Courses form to person less than twenty-one (21) years of age is
the Distance Education Campus or the Starkville that of the father, the mother or a general
Campus. When the request is approved, the guardian duly appointed by a proper court in
student will apply online to the Graduate School Mississippi. If a court has granted custody of the
as an unclassified graduate student and submit minor to one (1) parent, the residence of the
an official transcript, a letter of good standing, minor is that of the parent who was granted
and a $40 non-refundable application fee. Upon custody by the court. If both parents are dead,
admission, the student may then register through the residence of the minor is that of the last
the appropriate campus. surviving parent at the time of that parent’s death,
unless the minor lives with a general guardian of
his or her person duly appointed by a proper
III. LEGAL RESIDENT STATUS court of Mississippi, in which case his residence
Students are classified as in-state or out-of-state becomes that of the guardian. A student who,
for the purpose of paying University fees. The upon registration at a Mississippi institution of
Office of the Graduate School will make the initial higher learning or community college, presents a
classification at the time a student’s application transcript demonstrating graduation from a
for admission is processed. The burden of proof Mississippi secondary school and who has been
for establishing residency resides with the a secondary school student in Mississippi for not
applicant. If a student misrepresents his or her less than the final four (4) years of secondary
status, that student will be responsible for paying school attendance shall not be required to pay
the fees that should have been required and will out-of-state tuition. This section shall not apply to
be subject to disciplinary action or dismissal from the residence of a person as it relates to
school. The University Registrar is authorized to residency for voter registration or voting. § 37-
change a student’s residence status upon receipt 103-7, Mississippi Code of 1972. Legal
of evidence that the student is improperly Residence of a Minor.
classified.
Legal Residence of an Adult. The residence of
The following state laws, court decisions and an adult is that place where he or she is
Institutions of Higher Learning policies apply in domiciled; that is, the place where he or she
determining the residential status of students for actually resides with the intent of remaining there
the purpose of enrolling and paying fees at a indefinitely, or of returning there permanently
state-supported institution of higher learning: No when temporarily absent. § 37-103-13,
student may be admitted to any institution of Mississippi Code of 1972. Legal Residence
higher learning as a resident of Mississippi of an Adult.
unless his residence has been in the State of
Mississippi preceding his/her admission. Removal of Parents from Mississippi. If the
Residence shall be as defined in Mississippi parents of a minor who is enrolled as a student in
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residence from the State of Mississippi, the minor Children of Military Personnel. (1) The
is immediately classified as a nonresident resident status of a spouse or child of a member
student. § 37-103-11, Mississippi Code of 1972. of the Armed Forces of the United States on
Removal of Parents from Mississippi. extended active duty shall be that of the military
spouse or parent for the purpose of attending
Twelve Months of Residence Required of state-supported institutions of higher learning and
Adult Students. No student may be admitted to community/junior colleges of the State of
any institution of higher learning as a resident of Mississippi during the time that the military
Mississippi unless his or her residence, as spouse or parent is stationed within the State of
defined herein above, has been in the State of Mississippi and shall be continued through the
Mississippi for a continuous period of at least time that the military spouse or parent is
twelve months after becoming 21 years old, and stationed in an overseas area with last duty
immediately preceding registration for the period assignment within the State of Mississippi,
concerned (see factors regarding residency excepting temporary training assignments en
below). route from Mississippi. Resident status of a minor
child terminates upon reassignment under
Residence Status of a Married Person. A Permanent Change of Station Orders of the
married person may claim the residence of his or military parent for duty in the continental United
her spouse, or may claim independent resident States outside the State of Mississippi, excepting
status as any other adult. § 37-103-15, temporary training assignments en route from
Mississippi Code of 1972. Residence Status Mississippi, and except that children of members
of a Married Person. of the Armed Forces who attain Mississippi
residency in accordance with the above
Children of Parents Who Are Employed by provisions, who begin and complete their senior
Institutions of Higher Learning. Children of year of high school in Mississippi, and who enroll
parents who are members of the faculty or staff full time in a Mississippi institution of higher
of any institution under the jurisdiction of the learning or community/junior college to begin
board of trustees may be classified as residents studies in the fall after their graduation from high
without regard to the residence requirement of school, maintain their residency status so long as
twelve months, for the purpose of attendance at they remain enrolled as a student in good
the institution where their parents are faculty or standing at a Mississippi institution of higher
staff members. Full-time faculty and staff are also learning or community/junior college. Enrollment
considered residents. Children or spouses of full- during school is not required to maintain such
time faculty and staff are not automatically resident status.
considered residents for tuition purposes at the (2) The spouse or child of a member of the
College of Veterinary Medicine. § 37-103-9, Armed Forces of the United States who dies or is
Mississippi Code of 1972. Children of Parents killed is entitled to pay the resident tuition fee if
Who Are Employed by Institutions of Higher the spouse or child becomes a resident of
Learning. Mississippi within one hundred eighty (180) days
of the date of death.
Military Personnel Assigned an Active Duty (3) If a member of the Armed Forces of the
Station in Mississippi. Members of the armed United States is stationed outside Mississippi and
forces and members of the Mississippi National the member’s spouse or child establishes
Guard on extended active duty and/or stationed residence in Mississippi and registers with the
within the State of Mississippi, except those Mississippi institution of higher learning or
military personnel whose active duty assignment community/junior college at which the spouse or
in the State of Mississippi is for educational child plans to attend, the institution of higher
purposes, may be classified as residents, without education or community/junior college shall
regard to the residence requirement of twelve permit the spouse or child to pay the tuition, fees
months, for the purpose of attending state- and other charges provided for Mississippi
supported institutions of higher learning and residents without regard to length of time that the
junior colleges of the State of Mississippi. spouse or child has resided in Mississippi.
Resident status of such military personnel who (4) A member of the Armed Forces of the United
are not legal residents of Mississippi, as defined States or the child or spouse of a member of the
under “Legal residence of an adult” shall Armed Forces of the United States who is entitled
terminate upon their reassignment for duty in the to pay tuition and fees at the rate provided for
continental United States outside the State of Mississippi residents under another provision of
Mississippi. § 37-103-17, Mississippi Code of this section while enrolled in a degree or
1972. Military Personnel Assigned an Active certificate program is entitled to pay tuition and
Duty Station in Mississippi (amended). fees at the rate provided for Mississippi residents
in any subsequent term or semester while the
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degree or certificate program. A student may prescribe the amount of tuition and fees to be
withdraw or may choose not to reenroll for no paid by students attending the several state-
more than one (1) semester or term while supported institutions of higher learning and
pursuing a degree or certificate without losing community/junior colleges of the State of
resident status only if that student provides Mississippi. Except as otherwise provided in this
sufficient documentation by a physician that the subsection, the total tuition to be paid by
student has a medical condition that requires residents of other states shall not be less than
withdrawal or nonenrollment. For purposes of the average cost per student from appropriated
this subsection, a person is not required to enroll funds. However, the tuition to be paid by a
in a summer term to remain continuously enrolled resident of another state shall be equal to the
in a degree or certificate program. The person’s tuition amount established in the above
eligibility to pay tuition and fees at the rate paragraph if:
provided for Mississippi residents under this  The nonresident student was born in the
subsection does not terminate because the State of Mississippi but subsequently
person is no longer a member of the Armed relocated and resided outside the state as a
Forces of the United States or the child or spouse minor under the care of the minor’s father or
of a member of the Armed Forces of the United mother, or both;
States. § 37-103-19, Mississippi Code of 1972.  The nonresident student is a veteran who
Children of Military Personnel. served in the Armed Forces of the United
States;
Certification of Residence of Military  The nonresident student is domiciled in
Personnel. A military person on active duty Mississippi no later than six months after the
stationed in Mississippi who wishes to avail nonresident student’s separation from
himself or herself or his or her dependents of service, as evidenced by a Report of
these provisions must submit a certificate from Separation from Military Service or other
his or her military organization showing the name military discharge document, for the purpose
of the military member; the name of the of enrolling in a state institution of higher
dependent (if for a dependent), the name of the learning or a community/junior college.
organization of assignment and its address (may § 37-103-25, Mississippi Code of 1972.
be in the letterhead); that the military member will Effective August 28, 2005.
be on active duty stationed in Mississippi on the
date of registration at the state-supported Petition for Change of Residency
institution of higher learning or junior college of Classification. A person who enters the State of
the State of Mississippi; that the military member Mississippi from another state and enters an
is not on transfer orders; and the signature of the educational institution is considered a non-
Commanding Officer, the Adjutant or the resident. Any person who has after attaining the
Personnel Officer of the unit of assignment with age of twenty-one years and has since his or her
signer’s rank and title. A military certificate must twenty-first birthday established residency and
be presented to the registrar of the state- resided within the State of Mississippi for twelve
supported institution of higher learning or junior consecutive months may upon 1) sworn affidavit
college of the State of Mississippi each semester and other representation and 2) proof of financial
or trimester at (or within ten days prior to) independence petition for a change in residency
registration each semester for the provisions classification for the purposes of fees and tuition
hereof to be effective. § 37-103-21, Mississippi assessment.
Code of 1972. Certification of Residence of
Military Personnel. Residency changes are not retroactive and the
following conditions apply: 1) The institution may
Non-US Citizens (Alien Status). All aliens are make reasonable inquiry into the validity of the
classified as nonresidents except that lawfully petitioner’s claim and 2) Such petition for change
admitted alien students with permanent resident of residency must be received prior to the last
status, temporary resident status, or refugee day a student may register without penalty
status can establish Mississippi residence by for the term in which the student is applying for
meeting the same residency requirements as any residency.
U.S. citizen. § 37-103-23, Mississippi Code of
1972. Aliens. U.S. District Court in the case of Factors Regarding Residency—Although
Jagnandan v. Giles, 379 F.Supp. 1178 (N.D. domicile and residency for educational purposes
Miss. 1974). are largely matters of intention, this intention is
determined objectively from the facts and
Out-of-State Tuition for Non-Residents. The circumstances surrounding a claim of in-state
Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher residency. Some of the factors relevant to
Learning and the boards of trustees of the determining residency include:
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-Length of time at actual physical residence- IV. REQUIRED MEASLES/RUBELLA
Residence used for income tax, loan, IMMUNIZATION
banking and other purposes In May 1992 the State College Board authorized
-Voter registration State-supported universities to require all
-Motor vehicle registration (Persons moving into students enrolling Fall 1993 and after to provide
the state on a permanent basis have thirty proof of immunity to measles and rubella. Prior
days to register vehicles.) enrollment at Mississippi State University does
-Driver’s license held (Persons moving into the not automatically clear a student’s immunization
state on a permanent basis have sixty days to requirement. A student will not be allowed to
acquire driver’s licenses.) register for classes until this requirement has
-State to which personal income taxes or other been met. Prior enrollment at MSU does not
taxes paid automatically clear a student from immunization
-Status of income sources updates. This proof consists of one of the
-Location of bank, savings, and other accounts following:
a. documented history of two doses of measles
Responsibility for Reporting Change—It is the vaccine and one of rubella, usually given as
individual student’s responsibility to report MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella). The first of
immediately to the Registrar any change, which these immunizations MUST have been given
will affect his or her residence status under these AFTER 12 months of age and AFTER 1968.
regulations. Immunizations given prior to the age of 12
months or before 1968 are not valid.
Institutions of Higher Learning (College b. serologic confirmation of immunity to measles
Board) and University Policies concerning AND rubella (must be confirmed by laboratory
nonresident tuition—In addition to state laws report)
and regulations, the University has established c. documented history of physician-diagnosed
certain IHL Board-approved regulations measles and rubella.
concerning the payment of non-resident tuition. Temporary waivers are available for pregnant
Mississippi State University (except the College women with a physician’s letter of confirmation
of Veterinary Medicine) may waive a percentage and expected date of confinement, or women
of the non-resident tuition for the following groups suspecting pregnancy.
of students:
 Those who are currently awarded athletic Permanent waivers are given for students:
scholarships 1. born before January 1, 1957, or
 Those who are currently awarded band 2. providing documented proof of a significant
scholarships life-threatening allergic reaction to this
 Those who are currently awarded choral particular vaccine (requires documentation of
scholarships reaction), or
 All graduate students holding assistantships. 3. with a disease that will cause a permanent
 Rules applicable to these awards may be contraindication to immunization (requires
found in the Graduate School Bulletin or in documentation of disease).
the Graduate Assistant Handbook. Both
publications are available on the MSU Web: To confirm his/her status with Longest Student
www.grad.msstate.edu. Health Center, the student should e-mail
 Children of Mississippi State University health@msstate.edu or call 662-325-0706.
alumni. (Application deadline is April 1.) Additional information regarding this requirement
(For this purpose, an alumnus or alumna is is available at: http://www.health.msstate.edu.
defined as one who has earned a minimum of
48 MSU undergraduate credit hours or 30
MSU graduate credit hours of coursework or GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
received a degree from Mississippi State
University. Graduate students must maintain OF THE GRADUATE
a B (3.0) grade point average to continue SCHOOL
eligibility for this award. STUDENT AFFAIRS Disclaimer
OP 91.178: Policy on out-of-state tuition Each student is responsible for knowing and
waivers is available on the MSU Web: completing all requirements established for his or
http://www.msstate.edu/dept/audit/91178.htm. her degree by the University, college, and
 Non-resident students who are certified department. A student’s advisor and counselor
participants in the Academic Common Market may not assume that responsibility. Any
substitution, waiver, or exemption from any
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with the approval of the student’s dean. Fulfillment of Provisional Admission
Exceptions to University requirements, including Requirements
the general education (core) requirements, will be A student who has not fully met the GPA or other
authorized only with the approval of the student’s requirements stipulated by the University and the
dean and the Office of the Graduate School. graduate program admitting the student may be
admitted on a provisional basis. The
provisionally-admitted student is eligible for
ACADEMIC STANDARDS regular admission after receiving a 3.00 GPA on
Academic Integrity the first 9 hours of graduate courses taken at
Adherence to the highest standards of academic Mississippi State University. Courses with an S
integrity is vital to achieving the goals and grade, transfer credits, or credits earned while in
objectives of the educational process. Unclassified status cannot be used to satisfy this
Dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. requirement. It is expected that a student will
fulfill this requirement during the initial semester
Academic dishonesty is the unauthorized giving, of enrollment. If a 3.00 is not attained, the
taking, or presenting of any information or provisional student may be dismissed from the
material by a student with the intent of aiding graduate program. Academic departments may
himself/herself or another on any academic work set higher standards for students admitted
considered in the determination of the course provisionally into their programs; a student
grade or completion of other academic admitted with provisional status should contact
requirements. Academic dishonesty includes, the graduate coordinator for the program’s
but is not limited to, deceptive acts such as the specific requirements. While in the provisional
following: status, a student is not eligible to hold a
 using unauthorized notes or materials (crib graduate assistantship.
notes, books, etc.) as an aid during an
examination Grades
 substituting the examination answers of A candidate for a degree must average B or
another for the student’s own; that is, copying higher on all courses attempted for graduate
another’s examination paper credit after admission to a degree program; this
 acquiring, receiving and/or possessing an includes courses on the program of study as well
examination or assignment or any part thereof as non-program courses. A student cannot
at any time or in any manner not prescribed graduate with a grade of less than C on the
by the instructor program of study. Graduate students are not
 submitting any course materials or activities permitted to enroll for courses carrying pass/fail
not the student’s own for evaluation by the credit.
instructor to determine the course grade,
allowing such a submission to be made for Incomplete Grades/Change of Grades
the student, or making such a submission for A grade of I (Incomplete) may be submitted with
another the approval of the instructor when
 using the ideas, organization, or words of circumstances result in a student’s being unable
others from a book, article, paper or file in any to complete the course requirements or to take
assignment to be evaluated by the instructor final examinations. Graduate students who
without giving proper credit following receive a grade of I must complete all remaining
accepted rules of citation (plagiarism) coursework no later than the last regular class
The instructor may supplement this definition as day of the next semester (excluding summer)
necessary to provide a more comprehensive whether or not the student is enrolled. Failure to
definition of academic dishonesty. Any such remove an I grade during the specified time will
supplements to this definition will be result in the automatic grade of F. Once this has
communicated to the student so as to give the occurred, no additional grade change is allowed
student reasonable notice thereof. except under extreme circumstance(s) as
approved by the Vice President for Academic
The MSU Honor Code, adopted in 2007, states: Affairs (per Graduate Council, October 2004). I
“As a Mississippi State University student, I will grades cannot be assigned for thesis/dissertation
conduct myself with honor and integrity at all credits. A student cannot graduate with grade(s)
times. I will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor will I of I on his/her transcript.
accept the actions of those who do.” The policy,
complete with associated definitions, rules, and Grade Appeal Process
programs, is available online at A. Composition of the Board
http://www.msstate.edu/dept/audit/1207.html. The Academic Review Board will be composed of
one member of the teaching faculty from each of
the schools or colleges of the University; there
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colleges. Members will be elected by their the form and returns the duplicate to the
University division (in the same manner and at student.
the same time as Faculty Senate 3. If the department head, upon reviewing the
representatives). The member and alternate who complaint, is unable to resolve the matter to
represent the Graduate School and are elected the satisfaction of the student, the student
by the graduate faculty shall be full members of may appeal to the academic dean (reviewing
that faculty. The election of the graduate faculty dean) to whom the department head reports.
representatives will be coordinated by the The department head shall immediately
Graduate Council on a two-year basis. In forward the appeal form with a letter of
addition to the elected member, the Board will recommendation to the dean. The dean will
also include a student recommended by the then send copies of all materials to the
Student Association president and three faculty student’s dean, if different from that of the
members at large appointed by the Provost and department head’s dean.
Vice President for Academic Affairs, who should
ensure adequate minority representation. The 4. If the reviewing dean is unable to resolve the
student member serves one year. Faculty matter to the satisfaction of the student, the
members shall serve two years and alternates student may appeal to the Provost and Vice
two years, beginning on July 1 following their President for Academic Affairs. The
election; they may be reelected. reviewing dean shall immediately forward the
appeal form, a letter of recommendation to
B. Statement of Policy the Provost and Vice President of Academic
Student performance should be evaluated Affairs who should be furnished a complete
according to academic criteria, not on the basis case file. The Provost and Vice President for
of opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to Academic Affairs may then refer the case to
academic standards. The instructor (defined as the Academic Review Board.
one who has the responsibility for a class,
directed individual study, or thesis) has the 5. Hearing Procedure - The following guidelines
authority in class over all matters affecting the are established for the direction of the
conduct of the class, including assignment of Academic Review Board conducting formal
grades. hearings on academic appeals:
 The instructor and student will be
Students shall have protection through orderly informed in writing by the Provost and
appellate procedures against prejudiced or Vice President for Academic Affairs of the
capricious academic evaluation. The method of place and time of the hearing.
grading by instructors should be made clear to
students, and instructors should be required to  The instructor and student will be allowed
justify disputed grades. All records on which 72 hours to prepare for the hearing. The
grades are based should be retained on file a instructor may request additional time by
minimum of six months. showing cause. The instructor and
student shall be advised that they have
Appeals associated with the fairness of grades the right to appear with an advisor if they
must be filed with the instructor’s department so choose.
head within 45 days of the beginning of the next
regular semester (Fall, Spring) following the term  The majority of the hearing Board
in which the grade is assigned. members (or their alternates) shall
The grade appealed shall remain in effect until constitute a quorum. In the event a
the appeal process is concluded. Any associated quorum is not present, both the student
effects (loss of eligibility or privilege of any kind) and instructor must agree to proceed with
shall be invoked, even though an appeal is the hearing; otherwise the hearing will be
pending or planned. rescheduled.

C. Appeal Procedure  Academic Review Board hearings are of a


1. The student is to take the complaint in writing private, confidential nature. They are
to the instructor involved. closed to the public.

2. If the student does not obtain satisfaction, the  The instructor will be asked to appear in
student may acquire a grade appeal form person to present his/her case to the
from any academic dean’s office or from the Academic Review Board, and the
Registrar’s Office, complete it, and take it to instructor may call witnesses in his/her
the instructor’s department head. The behalf. However, the instructor may elect
department head acknowledges the receipt of not to appear before the Review Board.
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the hearing shall be held in his/her  The recommendation in each case will be
absence. The failure of an instructor to made by a majority of Academic Review
appear must be noted without prejudice; Board members present and voting.
however, the Board will act upon the
evidence presented to it whether or not  Recommendations of the Board will be
the faculty member is present. The issued in writing to the Provost and Vice
student must appear in person to present President for Academic Affairs. The
his/her case and may call witnesses in Provost and Vice President for Academic
his/her behalf. Affairs shall transmit the
recommendations and the Provost’s
 It will be left to the discretion of the decision to the instructor and the student.
Academic Review Board whether or not to D. Retention of Records—As part of the
permit the introduction of any particular University’s grade appeal procedure, faculty
written statement. If written evidence is to members are required to keep records on
be presented against the instructor, the grades, examinations, projects, term papers, and
instructor shall be allowed to see the other pertinent material not returned to the
actual signed statements at least 72 hours students on file for a minimum of six months.
before the hearing. Unsigned statements
shall not be admissible as evidence. Academic Performance
Continuous enrollment in the University or in a
 The instructor or student will have the specific graduate program is dependent upon
right to challenge any member of the satisfactory academic performance and progress
Academic Review Board for good cause toward the completion of a specific degree
and request that the individual be program. A student’s progress is considered
disqualified for that hearing. This satisfactory unless determined to be
dismissal of a challenged hearing Board unsatisfactory by the department and/or the dean
member shall be at the discretion of the of the college offering the program.
hearing Board chairperson. Should the Unsatisfactory performance may be defined as
chairperson be directly involved in the the failure to maintain a B average in graduate
case, the chairperson shall excuse courses attempted after admission to the
himself/herself and a chairperson pro program; a grade of U, D, or F in any course;
tempore shall be selected for that hearing. more than two grades below a B; failure of the
comprehensive/preliminary examination; unsatis-
 The instructor will be presumed to have factory evaluation of a thesis or dissertation;
assigned the proper grade until it is failure of the research defense; or any other
proven otherwise. The burden of proof to failure of a required component of one’s program
the contrary rests with the student. of study. Any one of these or any combination of
these may constitute the basis for the termination
 The instructor and student will have an of a student’s graduate study in a degree
opportunity to be present during the program. Individual programs have the right to
presentation of all evidence and to establish their own criteria that define academic
challenge the admissibility of any performance and progress toward completion of
evidence. They will have the opportunity a degree.
to question all witnesses. The chair of the
hearing Academic Review Board shall To be eligible for the comprehensive/preliminary
supervise any questioning of this nature, examination or thesis/dissertation defense, a
and, at the Chair’s discretion, strike any graduate student must
questions which are not relevant to the 1. have an overall B average in all graduate
purpose of the hearing. The Board may courses attempted after admission to a
question the instructor, the student, and degree program including courses that
any witnesses. comprise the program of study as well as
other non-program courses, and
 All matters upon which the decision may 2. be enrolled at MSU during the semester when
be based must be introduced and the examination or defense occurs. Individual
discussed at the hearing, and the decision graduate programs may have additional
shall be based solely upon the evidence requirements.
presented. Under no circumstances shall
any mention be made during the hearing One negative vote will not constitute failure
of past charges made against the for students on preliminary/comprehensive
instructor. examinations and/or defenses of
theses/dissertations. Two negative votes will
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preliminary/comprehensive examinations e. A student enrolled in a course(s) through
and/or defenses of theses/dissertations (per Academic Outreach and Continuing
Graduate Council, October 2005). Education must contact that office for further
Add/Drop or Withdraw information.

REGISTRATION For Drop/Add information for Summer sessions,


Registration Procedure see the appropriate Academic Calendar at
Each semester a graduate student admitted to a http://www.msstate.edu/dept/registrar/calendar/c
degree program meets with his/her advisor alendarindex.php for effective dates. The
before registration to determine the course(s) on Add/Drop policy is found online at
the program of study or other courses for which http://www.msstate.edu/dept/audit//1201.html.
the student should register. Thereafter, the
student can obtain the Registration Access Code Withdraw from the University
(RAC) that permits online registration. (Drop Entire Semester Schedule)
Any student leaving the University prior to the
An unclassified graduate student who has been end of the enrollment period, except for
admitted to graduate study but not to a degree temporary absences, must initiate withdrawal
program is advised by the Office of the Graduate procedures in the office of his/her college dean.
School. See Unclassified Admission in this Unclassified students must initiate withdrawal
publication for registration procedure. procedures in the Office of the Graduate School.
By completing this procedure, the student will
See Add/Drop and Withdraw from the prevent future difficulties in obtaining
University information in this publication. transcripts or in reentering the University and
Once registered, a student must take steps to will avoid a grade of F automatically recorded
drop a class from his/her schedule or to for each course taken during the semester.
remove the entire schedule by withdrawing A student who is enrolled only in courses offered
for the semester. Tuition and fees are through Academic Outreach and Continuing
incurred unless a student completes the Education (AOCE) must contact that office to
appropriate procedure. obtain withdrawal information.

Add/Drop Policy A student who withdraws after the tenth day of


The Add/Drop Policy is followed when a student classes will receive grades of W for each course
elects to make a partial change in his/her scheduled. No withdrawals will be allowed during
schedule. the last ten class days before the beginning of
a. Add/Drop without penalty - During a fall or final examinations for the fall and spring
spring semester a student has through the semesters and during the last five class days
fifth class day into the semester to drop a prior to the beginning of examinations for each
course and through the sixth class day to add five week/ten week summer term.
a course without being assessed a fee or
academic penalty. The withdrawal of any student shall not be
b. Drop after the fifth class day through the 30th effective on a date prior to the actual date of
class day - A student who elects to drop a withdrawal except in documented cases of
course must receive the approval of his/her serious illness or extreme hardship, and then
advisor, will be assigned a W on his/her only upon recommendation of the student’s
academic record, and be assessed a fee. academic dean. If the effective date of
The advisor who permits the drop will specify withdrawal and the actual date on which the
its effective date. withdrawal occurs are separated by more than
c. Drop after 30th class day– A student cannot one calendar year, the Provost and Vice
drop courses except in documented cases of President for Academic Affairs must approve the
serious illness, extreme hardship, or failure of withdrawal upon recommendation of the
the instructor to provide significant academic dean.
assessment of his/her performance. The
request must be approved by the student’s The student is responsible for payment of all
advisor and academic dean. The dean tuition and fee charges unless he/she either
permitting the drop will specify its effective CANCELS HIS OR HER SCHEDULE OR
date. A student receiving permission to drop WITHDRAWS FROM SCHOOL. See the refund
will receive a W on his/her transcript and be schedule at http://www.controller.msstate.edu
assessed a fee. (click on Refund Policy for details of refund
d. A student dropping the entire course load for amounts at various stages of cancellation or
a term must process an Official Withdrawal withdrawal). Failure to take appropriate
Form, not an Add/Drop change. withdrawal action may result in significant
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dropping the only course in which he or she term, or a total of 13 hours for the summer
is enrolled must process an Official semester.
Withdrawal Form, not the Add/Drop Form.
A student may not schedule courses on campus
and in external programs concurrently to exceed
COURSE ENROLLMENT the maximum number of credits that may be
Continuous Enrollment Requirement earned in a semester or term.
A graduate student who has completed all
coursework and/or been admitted into candidacy A student receiving an assistantship appointment
and/or lacks only the completion of the thesis or is required to maintain full-time enrollment
dissertation must be continuously registered for a throughout the full appointment period. Audit
minimum of one credit hour during the fall hours may not be used to satisfy the full-time
semester and either the spring or summer enrollment requirement. See the Graduate
semester of each academic year (effective Fall Assistantships section of this publication for all
2007, per Graduate Council). This requirement requirements.
applies to the following students:
a. a doctoral student who has completed the A student who holds a graduate assistantship
coursework, passed the preliminary/compre- should check the Graduate Assistantship section
hensive examinations; in this publication for enrollment requirements.
b. a student in an educational specialist program
who has completed all the coursework but Course Retake Policy
has not taken or passed the final exami- With the approval of the graduate coordinator
nations; and the college dean, a student may retake one
c. an educational specialist student who has course per degree. The student must submit the
completed all the coursework, passed the completed Request to Retake a Course form
examinations, and is working on the thesis; (http://www.grad.msstate.edu/forms/) prior to
d. a master’s degree student who has com- registering for the course. This policy applies to
pleted the coursework but has not taken or all courses (even those not on the program of
passed the final examinations; or study) taken as a graduate student. Repeated
e. a master’s degree student who has courses must be taken at Mississippi State
completed all the coursework, passed the University.
examinations, and is working on the thesis.
A student who fails to be continuously A specific course may be retaken only once
registered will pay tuition and registration except for those approved for repeated credit
fees for missed terms at current rates. (e.g., internships, special topics, individual
studies, thesis, dissertation, etc.). Both courses
NOTE—A student must be enrolled at MSU will remain on the permanent transcript, and both
during the semester when the comprehensive grades will be computed in final averages. No
examination is taken; the thesis/dissertation additional program credit hours will be generated
is proposed; the thesis/dissertation is from a repeated course.
defended; and the initial and final
thesis/dissertation documents are submitted. Course Audit
During registration and the first ten days of class
Course Load in the semester, a student is not permitted to
Normal Course Load Schedule—A normal full enter class as an auditor unless authorized by
load for fall and spring semesters is 9 through 13 the dean of the college and the Registrar, upon
credit hours of graduate courses. With approval recommendation of the instructor concerned. A
of the appropriate college dean, a student may student may not change from credit to audit or
register for a maximum of 16 hours. audit to credit status after the tenth day of class.
A course being audited counts as part of the
Limited Schedule—If a graduate student has regular load on the same basis as if taken for
responsibilities in addition to his or her studies, credit. An auditor is not required to take tests
such as those of an assistantship, a limited load and/or examinations or to prepare other written
of no more than 13 semester hours should be assignments. Otherwise, conformity to regular
scheduled in a regular semester or 6 hours in a classroom decorum is the same as that required
summer semester. Guidelines are specified in for all students. At the time the request for audit
the Graduate Assistant Handbook. is approved, the professor will inform the auditor
of attendance expectations.
Summer Schedule—The maximum course load
is 3 credit hours for Maymester; 7 hours for a 5- A student who successfully audits a course
week summer session; 13 hours for the 10-week receives a grade designation of AU on his/her
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quality points, or credit hours for the audited Educational Specialist, Doctor of Philosophy, or
course; therefore, an audited course cannot be Doctor of Education). Only courses in which
listed on a graduate program of study. Likewise, grades of B or higher were earned may be
a graduate assistant cannot include an audited accepted for transfer. Courses with grades of
course as part of his/her full-time course load Pass/Fail or S/U are generally not eligible for
requirement. transfer.

In all cases, the decision to accept and designate


GRADUATE PROGRAM OF STUDY transfer work begins with the student’s graduate
Prerequisites advisor or committee. Once it is determined that
The requirements for undergraduate majors and the course meets the above criteria, the student
minors in the MSU undergraduate colleges must submit a Transfer Approval Form bearing
ordinarily constitute the prerequisites for pursuing required committee signatures and an official
graduate study in those fields, provided not fewer transcript to the Office of the Graduate School
than 18 hours for a major and 12 hours for a (see Transfer Approval Form on the Office of the
minor are required. In subject-matter courses, 24 Graduate School Web site).
hours or more usually are required in the
undergraduate major field. The department Transfer courses may be given the name that
concerned will decide when prerequisites are appears on the original transcript but with a
satisfied. designation of Special Topic (6990/8990) or may
be re-titled using the name, symbol, and number
Program of Study of the equivalent MSU course.
The student must establish, in conjunction with
his/her graduate committee, a program of study Transfer credit may not be used to satisfy
consisting of all courses required for degree provisional admission requirements. Graduate
completion according to the University-approved credit is not awarded in correspondence study
requirements. The student follows the program programs. See the Transfer Credit section under
outlined in the Graduate Bulletin for the academic each degree.
year when she/he was admitted to the degree
program. See the specific degree section for Transfer of Domestic Credit—A student
Graduate School requirements as well as the seeking to transfer courses from domestic
department/program requirements. universities are responsible for submitting
transcripts, as well as course descriptions and
The student and the committee also identify syllabi as required by the graduate advisor or
research skill requirements and any other committee for review. The committee will
activities that must be completed satisfactorily to determine which courses are appropriate for
earn the desired degree. A student earns no transfer based on assessment of course content.
grade, quality points, or credit hours for an Credits transferred from domestic universities will
audited course; therefore, an audited course be included in the calculation of the student’s
cannot be listed on a graduate program of study. final grade point average.

Any change to a program of study requires Transfer of International Credit—A student


submission of a change of program of study form seeking to transfer courses from universities
signed by the major professor, full committee, outside the US is responsible for submitting
graduate coordinator, and the student. This form transcripts, course descriptions, and syllabi in
should be processed immediately upon a English for committee review. The committee will
program change. determine appropriate courses for transfer based
on assessment of course content and will work
Transfer Credit with the Office of the Graduate School to ensure
Transfer credit hours from other domestic that the equivalent of a grade of B or higher was
universities, international universities, or military earned. The Office of the Registrar will note such
educational programs may be used to fulfill courses on the MSU transcript followed by an S.
requirements for graduate degrees at MSU These grades will not affect the calculation of the
provided they meet the following criteria: 1) student’s final grade point average.
where appropriate, credit hours were earned in
programs fully accredited by the appropriate Transfer of Military Credit—A student seeking
regional and national accrediting bodies; 2) credit to transfer courses from military educational
hours contribute to the current program of programs is responsible for submitting
graduate study; and 3) credit hours were taken transcripts, course descriptions, and syllabi for
within the appropriate time limit for the current committee review. The committee will determine
program at completion of the degree (reference appropriate courses for transfer based on
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the Office of the Graduate School to ensure that course per degree. The student must submit the
the equivalent of a grade of B or higher was completed Request to Retake a Course form
earned. The Office of the Registrar will note such (http://www.grad.msstate.edu/forms/pdf_forms/re
courses on the MSU transcript followed by an S. quest_to_retake_a_course.pdf) prior to
These grades will not affect the calculation of the registering for the course. This policy applies to
student’s final grade point average. Evaluations all courses, including those not on the program of
by the American Council of Education (ACE) may study. A repeated course must be taken at
be used by programs in making decisions Mississippi State University. Both courses will
concerning the transfer of military courses. remain on the permanent transcript, and both
grades will be computed in final averages. No
Minor additional program credit hours are generated
A minor is a block of current coursework from a repeated course.
completed at Mississippi State University in a
program or approved concentration other than Some courses are approved for repeated
the major program and must be approved for a enrollment and credit (e.g., internships, special
master’s, educational specialist, or doctoral topics, thesis, dissertation, etc.). Permission is
program (per Graduate Council, March 2005). not required to repeat these courses.
The option of a minor is at the sole discretion of
the major area in which the program is offered Distance Student Certification of Off-
and must be designated on the student’s Campus/Non-MSU Research Facility
program of study. A minor may be obtained only Students enrolled in graduate programs
in an established area of graduate study at MSU. (master’s, educational specialist, or doctoral)
offered via distance learning and requiring a
A minor in a master’s program requires 1) at least thesis or dissertation must meet established
9 hours of graduate coursework; 2) approval of research requirements as stated in the
the student’s major professor; 3) a MSU faculty Mississippi State University Graduate School
member from the minor area serving on the Bulletin. Distance students engaged in research
student’s graduate committee; 4) approval of the will be provided the same student support
graduate coordinator from the minor area; and 5) services given to on-campus students, including
any additional requirements as specified by the access to Library resources, thesis and
major and minor areas. Up to one-third of the dissertation workshops, etc.
required hours toward a minor may be
transferred to Mississippi State University. Hours Mississippi State University believes that special
transferred toward a minor must be current (no attention must be directed toward the mentoring
more than six years old for a master’s or of the students and the development of a creative
educational specialist degree or no more than and supportive environment for research hours
eight years old for a doctoral degree) at the time offered via distance. Each academic unit which
the degree is awarded (per Graduate Council, administers a distance graduate degree program
September 2005). with a thesis or dissertation will determine and
define the appropriate use of communication and
A minor in a doctoral program requires: 1) at technology. A student’s thesis/dissertation
least 12 hours of graduate coursework; 2) committee must approve the procedures which
approval of the student’s major professor; 3) the student will follow to ensure quality and
approval of the graduate coordinator from the integrity of the research process at the proposal,
minor area; 4) a member from the minor area on data collection/analysis, and final defense stages.
the student’s graduate committee; and 5) any Should the student request, or be required, to
additional requirements as specified by the major conduct research at an off-site research facility,
and minor areas. appropriate certification will be completed prior to
beginning the research process. Any department
Dual Degrees offering such a distance program must include
An applicant may apply and be admitted to more specific language regarding delivery of
than one degree program. This requires prior research/thesis or research/dissertation hours via
approval of each department. If the student is distance learning for provision to students in a
approved to pursue two master’s degrees, no published format (policy handbooks for approved
more than 9 hours of coursework from one MSU distance programs, Web site, etc.) (per Graduate
degree program may be applied toward meeting Council, April 2007).
the requirements for the second MSU degree
program.
GRADUATE COMMITTEE
Course Retake Policy Membership
With the approval of the graduate coordinator See the specific degree section for graduate
and the college dean, a student may retake one committee membership requirements. When a

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student’s committee has been named, the defend/submit a thesis or dissertation during
members’ names and signatures are submitted to the probationary period. If at the end of the
the Office of the Graduate School on the probationary semester, the student has not
committee request form, available at met the requirements outlined by the
http://www.grad.msstate.edu/forms/#degree. A appropriate academic advisor, she or he may
list of Level 1 and Level 2 graduate faculty be dismissed.
members by department is available on the
Graduate School Web site at Academic Dismissal
http://www.grad.msstate.edu/faculty/. To serve If a student fails to maintain satisfactory
on a student’s graduate committee, a faculty performance, the graduate coordinator may
member must have a current Graduate recommend that the student is academically
Faculty appointment. dismissed from the University. (See Academic
Performance and Unsatisfactory Performance in
Graduate Committee Membership Changes this section.) The dismissal process begins with
On occasion a student’s graduate committee a letter from the graduate coordinator to the Dean
membership must change due to diverging of the Graduate School to request that a student
research interests, faculty retirements, etc. Any be officially dismissed from a graduate program.
changes must be submitted on the request for The letter will state the reason for the dismissal
change of committee members form (available at and will require the endorsement of the student’s
http://www.grad.msstate.edu/forms/#degree).The academic dean. Upon a review of the properly
form requires signatures of all new and departing endorsed dismissal request, an official academic
committee members as well as the student. dismissal letter from the Dean of the Graduate
Should any disagreements arise concerning School will be sent to the student via registered
committee membership, the student should follow mail through the U.S. Postal Service. The
the appeal of academic status procedure. dismissal letter contains information for the
student in regard to dropping a schedule, if
applicable, and detailed instructions regarding
FORMS the appeals process. At the time of dismissal,
Following admission to a degree program, a the student will have an academic dismissal hold
graduate student must become familiar with the placed on his/her record to prevent further
Graduate School forms that are required to be enrollment.
submitted to the Graduate School throughout the
degree programs. All forms are available in fill-in Appeal of Academic Status
PDF format on the Graduate School Web site To appeal one’s academic status (e.g., dismissal
(http://www.grad.msstate.edu/forms/#degree), from a program or failure to pass an examination)
and proper use of the forms is critical to the a student must submit the request and related
completion of a degree program. Not all forms explanation in writing to the graduate coordinator
are required of every student. Timely submission and/or head of the department offering the
of each required form is essential to the program. The department head/coordinator will
successful completion of the student’s program. review this appeal with the appropriate college or
departmental committee and render a
recommendation. If the appeal at the program
ACADEMIC PROBATION/DISMISSAL level is unsuccessful, a student may then appeal
Unsatisfactory Performance to the college dean. In making a decision, the
After review by the graduate coordinator and in dean will consult with an appointed subcommittee
conjunction with the respective dean, the student of the Graduate Council. If this appeal is
who has received a grade of C or lower or U (see unsuccessful, the student may then appeal to the
Academic Performance) may be placed on Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
probationary status in the next regular (fall or
spring) semester following the unsatisfactory The above process does not apply to
academic performance semester. Specific academic status affected by misconduct. A
information relative to retaking courses or separate policy exists in that case.
completing remedial work will be outlined by the
appropriate academic advisor, student’s graduate
committee, and graduate coordinator. If the GRADUATION
student intends to pursue the academic appeals Degree Completion
process, he or she must do so during this To fulfill degree completion requirements, the
probationary semester (per Graduate Council, student must have completed all University and
September 2005). degree program requirements as listed in the
Graduate Bulletin under which he/she was
NOTE: A student cannot take a admitted to the program. A candidate for a
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attempted for graduate credit after admission to a committee at the master’s level must consist of at
degree program; this includes courses on the least three members, all of whom must be
program of study as well as non-program appointed members of the Graduate Faculty.
courses. A student cannot graduate with a grade The committee is composed of the major
of less than C on the program of study. Graduate professor and two committee members, one of
students are not permitted to enroll for courses whom may be a minor professor. The major
carrying pass/fail credit. professor and at least one-half of the graduate
committee must hold academic appointment and
Individual programs may have additional must be MSU employees; exceptions to this rule
requirements beyond those of the University. A can be approved by the appropriate dean. When
student has the right to appeal any grade or the major professor is not an MSU employee, the
change in his or her academic status. (See majority of the graduate committee must hold
Appeal of Grades and Appeal of Academic academic appointment and must be MSU
Status in this publication.) employees (per Graduate Council, February
2005). Non-thesis programs with no variation in
Commencement program of study and/or with standardized
A candidate for a degree must apply online by examinations are not required to have
the final date set by the Registrar for the committees (per Graduate Council, May 2004).
semester he/she intends to graduate and pay the The program of study form and committee
required fee. The Graduate Academic Calendar request form will be submitted to the Office of the
in this publication gives deadlines and the Graduate School the semester in which a student
respective fee charged. The deadlines are also applies for graduation.
found online on the Graduate School website and
on the MSU Academic Calendar. Cap and gown
rental is arranged through the MSU Barnes & PROGRAM OF STUDY
Noble Bookstore. A candidate for a degree Course Requirements
should be present at commencement for the A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate
official conferring of the degree. study is required in all master’s degree programs.
For thesis-option programs, the program of study
must contain at least 24 hours of coursework and
OTHER at least 6 hours of research/thesis; one-half of the
Transcripts coursework must be at the 8000 level or higher.
A graduate from another institution seeking In non-thesis options, the program of study
admission for graduate study must furnish official consists of a minimum of 30 hours of coursework
transcripts from the college which the applicant is with at least 15 hours at the 8000 level or higher
attending or has attended and will receive or has (per Graduate Council, April 2004). Some
received a bachelor’s degree; also required are Directed Individual Study courses, numbered at
transcripts for all work attempted after the the 7000 level, may be approved to meet the
bachelor’s, including undergraduate and 8000-level course requirement.
graduate, at the time she/he applies for
admission (per Graduate Council, April 2006; see Major and Minor
General Requirements for Admission). A student is required to complete the minimum
number of hours required on the program
(Summary Graduate Council 2001-02) and may
GENERAL MASTER’S DEGREE be permitted to enroll in a minor area to satisfy
the remaining credit hours. If a minor is taken, at
REQUIREMENTS least 9 hours of current graduate coursework in a
program or approved concentration other than
TIME LIMIT the major department are required on the
The time limit for fulfilling the requirements for a student’s program of study with approval of the
master’s degree is six years. An extension of student’s major professor, the minor professor,
time form, available on the Graduate School Web and the graduate coordinator from the minor area
site, can be used to request a one-time, one-year (per Graduate Council, March 2005). Any
extension. The request must be signed by the additional requirements specified by the major
major professor and the dean of the college and and minor areas must also be shown on the
submitted to the Office of the Graduate School program of study. A minor may be obtained only
(per Graduate Council, May 2005). in an established area of graduate study. Up to
one-third of the required hours for a minor (9
hours required for a minor at the master’s level)
GRADUATE COMMITTEE may be transferred to Mississippi State
Each student’s program of study is directed by a University. The hours must be current (no more
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awarded (per Graduate Council, September of major interest; 2) the relation of the special
2005). See Transfer Credit. subject to allied subjects; and 3) the level of
general knowledge and training, including use of
Off-Campus Credits oral and written English. A student must be
Graduate credit hours toward advanced degrees enrolled at MSU during the semester the exam is
may be earned at the Meridian Campus to the administered, must have a 3.00 GPA on all
extent that courses for developing systematic coursework after being admitted to the program
programs of study are available. In addition, (i.e., program and non-program courses), and
credits toward advanced degrees may be earned must be within the last six hours or in the terminal
in other external programs (e.g., Division of semester (per Graduate Council, May 2006) of
Continuing Education) provided they contribute to coursework excluding internship/practicum
a systematic program of study, are approved by courses (per Graduate Council, September
the student’s graduate committee, and do not 2004). A student who fails the exam cannot
exceed one-half of the credits, excluding thesis apply to retake it until four months from the date
credits, required for the degree. Graduate credit of the original test. Two failures result in the
is not awarded in the correspondence study student’s being dropped as a master’s degree
program. candidate. The program graduate coordinator or
student’s major professor should request the
Directed Individual Study Examination Results form from the Office of the
Not more than 6 hours of graduate credit may be Graduate School. One negative vote will not
earned in Directed Individual Study courses. constitute failure for a student on a
preliminary/comprehensive examination and/or
Transfer Credit thesis/dissertation defense. Two negative votes
Transfer credit hours from other domestic will constitute failure for a student on a
universities, international universities or military preliminary/comprehensive examination and/or
educational programs may be used to fulfill thesis/dissertation defense (per Graduate
requirements for master’s degrees at MSU Council, October 2005).
provided they meet the criteria established in the
General Requirements of the Graduate School.
At the master’s level, transfer credit may THESIS
constitute up to 9 semester hours of coursework A student pursuing a thesis-option (Option One)
except for programs requiring more than 40 Master of Arts or Master of Science degree is
hours, in which case transfer credits may required to present a thesis. A grade of S for
constitute up to 30 percent of the total credit satisfactory or a grade of U for unsatisfactory is
hours. For the master’s thesis option, all thesis given for thesis credit. Using other letter grades
credit hours must be taken at MSU. Up to one- for such credit is not permitted.
third of the required hours for a minor (9 hours at
the master’s level) may be transferred to MSU Although a student may register for more hours
(per Graduate Council, September 2005). of research/thesis research, 6 hours is awarded
Transfer credit from one master’s degree upon the successful completion and submission
program at MSU toward a second MSU master’s to the Library of the thesis. The manual,
degree is also limited to a maximum of 9 hours. Standards for Preparing Theses and
th
Transfer credit must be within the six-year time Dissertations (5 edition, revised 2007),
limit for the current program at completion of the describes the regulations governing thesis and
degree. dissertation preparation and must be followed. It
is available on the Graduate School Web site at
http://library.msstate.edu/thesis/index.asp. The
COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION student should also review the Office of Thesis
A final comprehensive examination is required of and Dissertation Format Review information on
all degree candidates except those in programs the Library’s Web site.
that allow no variation from a required program of
study (per Graduate Council, May 2004). M.A.  The thesis in final completed form must be
and M.S. candidates may be required to take an submitted to the Library by the date posted in
oral examination, a written examination, or both. the Academic Calendar in front of this
(See the THESIS section for information publication and on the Office of the Graduate
concerning the thesis defense). Non-thesis School Web site.
degree candidates must take a written or oral
comprehensive examination, or both, and must  A thesis committee composed of the major
register for this examination with the graduate professor as chairman and at least two other
coordinator of the major program. This members appointed by the major professor
examination should show: 1) the candidate’s with approval of the college dean will judge
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Following acceptance, the student will  The student must be enrolled at MSU in
conduct an oral defense of the thesis before the semester the thesis is submitted to the
the committee. The student must be enrolled Library.
at MSU in the semester the thesis is
defended. The student or a committee Thesis research is subject to review and approval
member may request that the Office of the by the University’s Institutional Review Board
Graduate School appoint an outside observer (IRB).
to attend the thesis defense. To allow careful
and thoughtful evaluation and time for
clarification and discussion, the examination OTHER
for the thesis defense should be scheduled Candidacy
no sooner than seven days after the final A master’s student applies for admission to
manuscript has been distributed to all candidacy when he/she applies for the degree.
committee members. To be eligible to The student must apply for graduation by the
defend the thesis, the student must be deadline shown in the Graduate Academic
registered for at least one hour of Calendar in this publication and must have
coursework at MSU. One negative vote will completed all conditions attached to his/her
not constitute failure for a student on a admission and fulfilled all requirements of the
preliminary/comprehensive examination degree program and the Graduate School.
and/or thesis/dissertation defense. Two
negative votes will constitute failure for a Distance Student Certification of Off-
student on a preliminary/comprehensive Campus/Non-MSU Research Facility
examination and/or thesis/dissertation Students enrolled in graduate programs
defense (per Graduate Council, October (master’s, educational specialist, or doctoral)
2005). After successful defense by the offered via distance learning and requiring a
candidate, the original and one copy will be thesis or dissertation must meet established
endorsed with the signatures of the major research requirements as stated in the
advisor, the departmental graduate Mississippi State University Graduate School
coordinator, members of the committee, and Bulletin. Distance students engaged in research
the dean of the college. will be provided the same student support
services given to on-campus students, including
 Documents must be submitted electronically access to Library resources, thesis and
to the Library. Thesis submission must be in dissertation workshops, etc.
PDF (Portable Document Format) and
uploaded to the Library’s electronic theses Mississippi State University believes that special
and dissertations (ETD) database. The attention must be directed toward the mentoring
committee signature page, complete with of the students and the development of a creative
required signatures, must be submitted in and supportive environment for research hours
print to the Library before the thesis will be offered via distance. Each academic unit which
reviewed. For security reasons, signatures administers a distance graduate degree program
should not be scanned for the PDF with a thesis or dissertation will determine and
document; this page will remain absent of define the appropriate use of communication and
signatures for the electronic version. The technology. A student’s thesis/dissertation
Library will retain a copy of the signature committee must approve the procedures which
page with the original signatures for archival the student will follow to ensure quality and
purposes. integrity of the research process at the proposal,
data collection/analysis, and final defense stages.
 The University has an agreement with Should the student request, or be required, to
ProQuest Information and Learning Company conduct research at an off-site research facility,
(ProQuest) for the microfilming of all theses appropriate certification will be completed prior to
and dissertations. Under this agreement, two beginning the research process (see attached).
microfilm copies of the complete thesis will be Any department offering such a distance program
made and, if desired, the document will be must include specific language regarding delivery
copyrighted with the copyright in the name of of research/thesis or research/dissertation hours
the author. The microfilm will be published in via distance learning for provision to students in a
the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses published format (policy handbooks for approved
(PQDT) electronic database and the full distance programs, Web site, etc.) (per Graduate
document made available to subscribing Council, April 2007).
institutions. The microfilming/publishing fee
for theses is $55.00 and the copyright fee is Foreign Language
$65.00. A reading knowledge of one foreign language is
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degree in English and for a Master of Arts degree The Master of Science degree program in
in history (thesis-option only). Likewise, it may veterinary medical science has additional
be required of candidates in other departments admission and graduation requirements. Check
where deemed necessary. Special reading the appropriate section under the departmental
courses for graduate students are offered in course listing for details.
French, German, and Spanish. Contact the
Department of Foreign Languages for course The Master of Science degree program in
offerings and availability. education has specific requirements. Check the
appropriate section under the departmental
Residency Requirement course listing for specific details.
There is no general residency requirement for the
master’s degree. However, departments, For other specific degrees, see program
schools, and colleges may set degree-specific information elsewhere in the Graduate Bulletin:
residency requirements. Master of Agribusiness Management
(M.A.B.M.); Master of Arts in Teaching
(M.A.T.); Master of Arts in Teaching-
SPECIFIC MASTER’S DEGREE Secondary (M.A.T.S.); Master of Business
Administration (M.B.A.); Master of
REQUIREMENTS Engineering (M.Eng); Master of Landscape
Master of Arts Architecture (M.L.A.); Master of Professional
The Master of Arts degree is offered in Accountancy (M.P.A.); Master of Public Policy
anthropology, economics, English, foreign and Administration (M.P.P.A.); Master of
languages, history, and political science. Two Science in Business Administration
options are offered for the Master of Arts degree. (M.S.B.A.); Master of Science in Information
1. Option One, the thesis option, requires a Systems (M.S.I.S.); Master of Science in
minimum of 30 credit hours with 24 hours Instructional Technology (M.S.I.T.); Master of
earned as graduate coursework and 6 hours Taxation (M.TX.).
earned as research/thesis.
2. Option Two, the non-thesis option, requires a
minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate
coursework. Departments offering Option EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST
Two must submit a statement of require- DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
ments to the Graduate Council for approval. The educational specialist degree, offered in the
This statement should define total semester College of Education, is comprised of a planned
hours, specialized courses, if any, and program of at least 30 semester hours above the
examinations. master’s degree under the direction of a major
A reading knowledge of one foreign language is advisor. If a thesis option is chosen, the program
required of students majoring in English literature of study must contain at least 24 hours of
and history (Option One only). coursework with at least one-half of the
coursework at the 8000-level or higher and at
Master of Science least 6 hours of research/thesis. For a non-thesis
The Master of Science degree is offered in option, the program of study consists of a
agriculture, architecture, biological sciences, minimum of 30 hours of coursework with at least
education, engineering, forestry, forest products, 15 hours of 8000-level courses (per Graduate
information systems, mathematics, physical Council, April 2004). The non-thesis option
sciences, psychology, sociology, statistics, requires completion of a Directed Individual
wildlife and fisheries science, and veterinary Study. The program is designed to provide
medical science. Two options are offered for the advanced coursework in education and in other
Master of Science degree. fields and disciplines supplementary to the basic
1. Option One, the thesis option, requires a core in the major field. Students enrolled in the
minimum of 30 credit hours with 24 hours educational specialist degree programs in the
earned as graduate coursework and 6 College of Education should refer to the program
hours earned as research/thesis. section of this publication and the College of
2. Option Two, the non-thesis option, Education Graduate Handbook for specific rules
requires a minimum of 30 semester hours and regulations. Students should also refer to
of graduate coursework. Departments departmental Web pages.
opting to offer Option Two must submit a
statement of requirements to the
Graduate Council for approval. This TIME LIMIT
statement should define total semester A student must complete the educational
hours, specialized courses, if any, and specialist program within six years. All courses
examinations. included on the program of study must be current

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at the time of completion of the degree. An concentration other than the major department
extension of time form, available on the Graduate are required on the student’s program of study
School Web site, can be used to request a one- with approval of the student’s major professor,
time, one-year extension if needed in extreme the minor professor, and the graduate
circumstances. The request must be signed by coordinator from the minor area (per Graduate
the major professor and the dean of the college Council, March 2005). Any additional
and submitted to the Office of the Graduate requirements specified by the major and minor
School (per Graduate Council, May 2005). areas must also be shown on the program of
study. A minor may be obtained only in an
established area of graduate study. Up to one-
GRADUATE COMMITTEE third of the required hours for a minor (9 hours
Each student’s program of study is directed by a required for a minor at the educational specialist
committee of Graduate Faculty. A graduate level) may be transferred to Mississippi State
committee for the specialist-level degree must University. The hours must be current (no more
consist of at least three members, all of whom than six years old) at the time the degree is
must be appointed members of the Graduate awarded (per Graduate Council, September
Faculty. Two committee members will represent 2005). See Transfer Credit.
the department or the area of program emphasis
(per Graduate Council, January 2005). The Prerequisites
committee is composed of the major professor The educational specialist degree may be
and two committee members, one of whom may completed only after the student has received the
be a minor professor. If the major professor master’s degree from MSU or another recognized
holds an adjunct appointment, at least one-half of institution. Course prerequisites are determined
the graduate committee must hold academic by the area of emphasis involved. A master’s
appointment and must be MSU employees; degree candidate lacking 6 or fewer hours may
exceptions to this rule can be approved by the enroll in additional courses to complete a normal
appropriate dean. When the major professor is load and have these courses counted toward the
not an MSU employee, the majority of the educational specialist degree provided he/she
graduate committee must hold academic obtains prior approval.
appointment and must be MSU employees (per
Graduate Council, February 2005). Non-thesis Transfer Credit
programs with no variation in program of study Transfer credit hours from other domestic
and/or with standardized examinations are not universities, international universities, or military
required to have committees (per Graduate educational programs may be used to fulfill
Council, May 2004). The program of study form requirements for the educational specialist
and the committee request form must be degree at MSU provided they meet the criteria
submitted to the Office of the Graduate School established in the General Requirements of the
the semester in which the student applies for Graduate School. At the educational specialist
graduation. level, transfer credit may constitute up to 9
semester hours of coursework except for
programs requiring more than 40 hours, in which
PROGRAM OF STUDY case transfer credits may constitute up to 30
Major percent of the total credit hours. For the
The educational specialist degree is available educational specialist thesis option, all thesis
with a major in Education. Concentrations are credit hours must be taken at MSU. Up to one-
available in: third of the required hours for a minor (9 hours at
o Counselor Education the educational specialist level) may be
o Elementary Education transferred to MSU. Transfer credit from one
o Secondary Education educational specialist degree program at MSU
o School Administration toward a second MSU educational specialist
o School Psychology degree is also limited to a maximum of 9 hours.
o Special Education Transfer credit must be within the six-year time
o Technology limit for the current program at completion of the
degree.
Minor
A student is required to complete the minimum Directed Individual Study or Thesis
number of hours required on the program A 3-hour directed individual study or 6-hour
(Summary Graduate Council 2001-02) and may thesis is required. No more than 6 semester
be permitted to enroll in another area, a minor, to hours of graduate credit may be earned in
satisfy the remaining credit hours. If a minor is Directed Individual Study courses.
taken, at least 9 hours of current graduate
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COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION Following acceptance, the student will
A student completing a degree must apply for the conduct an oral defense of the thesis before
comprehensive examination in the office of the the committee. The student must be enrolled
major advisor, must be enrolled at MSU during at MSU in the semester the thesis is
the semester in which the exam is administered, defended. The student or a committee
must have a 3.00 GPA in all courses taken after member may request that the Graduate
being admitted to the program (i.e., program and School appoint an outside observer to attend
non-program courses), and must be within 6 the thesis defense. To allow careful and
hours or in the terminal semester (per Graduate thoughtful evaluation and time for clarification
Council May 2006) of coursework excluding and discussion, the examination for the thesis
internship/practicum courses (per Graduate defense should be scheduled no sooner than
Council, September 2004). The non-thesis seven days after the final manuscript has
student must take the examination during the been distributed to all committee members.
terminal semester of coursework excluding The student must be registered for at least
practica and internships, and the thesis-option one hour of coursework to be eligible to
student must be within 6 hours of completion of defend the thesis.
the program of study (per Graduate Council, May
2006). One negative vote will not constitute One negative vote will not constitute failure
failure for students on preliminary/comprehensive for a student on a preliminary/comprehensive
examinations and/or defenses of examination and/or thesis/dissertation
theses/dissertations. Two negative votes will defense. Two negative votes will constitute
constitute failure for students on failure for a student on a
preliminary/comprehensive examinations and/or preliminary/comprehensive examination
defenses of theses/dissertations (per Graduate and/or thesis/dissertation defense (per
Council, October 2005). A student who fails the Graduate Council, October 2005). After
exam cannot apply to retake it until four months successful defense by the candidate, the
from the date of the original test. Two failures original and one copy will be endorsed with
result in the student’s being dropped as an the signatures of the major advisor, the
educational specialist degree candidate. departmental graduate coordinator, members
of the committee, and the dean of the college.
The original copy of the thesis will be checked
THESIS by the Library for approval.
A student in a graduate program leading to the
educational specialist degree may write a thesis  Documents must be submitted electronically
as part of the program of study. A grade of S for to the Library. Thesis submission must in
satisfactory or a grade of U for unsatisfactory is PDF (Portable Document Format) and
given for thesis credit. Using other letter grades uploaded to the Library’s electronic theses
for such credit is not permitted. and dissertations (ETD) database. The
committee signature page, complete with
Although a student may register for more hours required signatures, must be submitted in
of research/thesis research, 6 hours is awarded print to the Library before the thesis will be
upon the successful completion and submission reviewed. For security reasons, signatures
to the Library of the thesis. A manual, Standards should not be scanned for the PDF
th document; this page will remain absent of
for Preparing Theses and Dissertations (5
edition, 2007), describes the regulations signatures for the electronic version. The
governing thesis and dissertation preparation and Library will retain a copy of the signature
must be followed. It is available page with the original signatures for archival
http://library.msstate.edu/thesis/index.asp. The purposes.
student must review the Office of Thesis and
Dissertation Format Review information on the  The University has an agreement with
Library’s Web site. ProQuest Information and Learning Company
(ProQuest) for the microfilming of all theses
 The thesis in final completed form must be and dissertations. Under this agreement, two
submitted to the Library by the date posted in microfilm copies of the complete thesis will be
the Graduate Academic Calendar in front of made and, if desired, the document will be
this publication. copyrighted with the copyright in the name of
the author. The microfilm will be made
 A thesis committee composed of the major available for purchase through ProQuest. The
professor as chairman and at least two other citation and abstract will be published in the
members appointed by the major professor ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT)
with approval of the college dean will judge electronic database and the full document
content and style of the completed thesis. made available to subscribing institutions.

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The microfilming/publishing fee for theses is a. During a regular semester, a student taking 9
$55.00 and the copyright fee is $65.00. hours or more earns half of the required
residency credit or 15 weeks.
 The student must be enrolled at MSU in b. During each term of the regular summer
the semester the thesis is submitted to the school, a student taking 4 hours or more
Library, for both the initial and the final earns 6 weeks residency.
submissions. c. A part-time student earns residency equal in
weeks to the semester hours scheduled.
Thesis research is subject to review and approval d. Night classes, Saturday classes, and 3-week
by the University’s Institutional Review Board short-term courses carry residence credit
(IRB). equal to the number of semester hours
earned.

OTHER
Distance Student Certification of Off- DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
Campus/Non-MSU Research Facility
Students enrolled in graduate programs
DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
In order to earn the Doctor of Philosophy degree,
(master’s, educational specialist, or doctoral)
a candidate must demonstrate mastery of a
offered via distance learning and requiring a
particular field of knowledge, of the techniques of
thesis or dissertation must meet established
research, and of the correlation of his/her
research requirements as stated in the
specialty with the larger areas of knowledge,
Mississippi State University Graduate School
especially those directly related to his/her own
Bulletin. Distance students engaged in research
field of interest.
will be provided the same student support
services given to on-campus students, including NOTE—A student enrolled in a doctoral degree
access to Library resources, thesis and program in the College of Education should refer
dissertation workshops, etc. to the program section of this publication and the
College of Education Doctoral Student Guide for
Mississippi State University believes that special specific rules and regulations. Additionally, the
attention must be directed toward the mentoring student should refer to departmental Web pages.
of the students and the development of a creative
and supportive environment for research hours
offered via distance. Each academic unit which ADMISSION
administers a distance graduate degree program The candidate for admission must hold a
with a thesis or dissertation will determine and bachelor’s degree from an appropriately
define the appropriate use of communication and accredited institution of higher learning and
technology. A student’s thesis/dissertation possess qualifications that indicate ability to do
committee must approve the procedures which graduate work on the doctoral level, as
the student will follow to ensure quality and determined by the Graduate Faculty of the
integrity of the research process at the proposal, program concerned. Counselor Education
data collection/analysis, and final defense stages. requires a master’s degree from a CACREP or
Should the student request, or be required, to CORE accredited program.
conduct research at an off-site research facility,
appropriate certification will be completed prior to
beginning the research process (see attached). TIME LIMIT
Any department offering such a distance program After the student begins the doctoral program,
must include specific language regarding delivery he/she must complete the program within a
of research/thesis or research/dissertation hours period of eight years. All courses included on the
via distance learning for provision to students in a program of study must be current at the time of
published format (policy handbooks for approved completion of the degree. An extension of time
distance programs, Web site, etc.) (per Graduate form, available on the Graduate School Web site,
Council, April 2007). can be used to request a one-time, one-year
extension. The request must be signed by the
Residency Requirement major professor and the dean of the college and
The residency requirement for the educational submitted to the Office of the Graduate School
specialist degree is a minimum of 30 weeks. No (per Graduate Council, May 2005).
student is permitted to complete the educational
specialist degree in two summer sessions or
equivalent. The residency credit is computed as GRADUATE COMMITTEE
follows: Each student’s program of study is directed by a
committee of graduate faculty. The graduate
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professor as chairman who must be a full established in the General requirements of the
member of the graduate faculty and from the Graduate School. At the doctoral level, transfer
major field, the minor professor (if applicable), credit may constitute up to one-half of the
and at least three other members, two of whom coursework requirement. All dissertation credit
are from the student’s major field of interest. The hours must be taken at MSU. Up to one-third of
committee is composed of five members if the the required hours for a minor (12 hours at the
student has a minor, four members if there is no doctoral level) may be transferred to MSU.
minor. All committee members must be Transfer credit must be within the eight-year time
members of the graduate faculty. The major limit for the current program at completion of the
professor and at least one-half of the graduate degree.
committee must hold academic appointment and
must be MSU employees; exceptions to this rule
can be approved by the appropriate dean. When EXAMINATIONS
the major professor is not an MSU employee but Qualifying Examination
is an adjunct faculty member, the majority of the Some departments require doctoral students to
graduate committee must hold academic take a qualifying examination either at the
appointment and must be employees (per beginning of or during the first year of study for
Graduate Council, February 2005). A program of the Ph.D. degree. A student must be enrolled at
study form and a committee request form must MSU during the semester in which the exam is
be submitted to the Office of the Graduate School administered and must have a 3.00 GPA after
when the comprehensive/preliminary examination being admitted to the degree program (i.e.,
is scheduled. If applicable, change(s) to the program and non-program courses). One
program and/or committee should be submitted negative vote will not constitute failure for a
as they occur. student on a preliminary/comprehensive
examination and/or thesis/dissertation defense.
Two negative votes will constitute failure for a
PROGRAM OF STUDY student on a preliminary/comprehensive
Course Requirements examination and/or thesis/dissertation defense
At least three academic years beyond the (per Graduate Council, October 2005).
bachelor’s degree are necessary to meet course Candidates for the Ph.D. degree in education or
requirements. The number of course hours will in educational psychology are required to
vary according to the specific requirements of the successfully demonstrate competency in the
program concerned and the student’s needs. application of research and statistical techniques.
Students should refer to the College of Education
Major and Minor Doctoral Students’ Guide and the departmental
In establishing the candidate’s program of study graduate handbook for specific programmatic
in his/her major, the student and graduate research requirements.
committee may specify a minor area of study. A
minor in a doctoral program must consist of at Preliminary/Comprehensive Examination
least 12 hours of current graduate coursework in The comprehensive/ preliminary examination for
a program or approved concentration other than admission to candidacy for the degree may be
the major program; must have approval of the taken only after the student has completed or is
student’s major professor; approval of the within 6 hours of completing the coursework,
graduate coordinator from the minor area; have a excluding internship/practicum courses. A
member from the minor area on the student’s student must be enrolled at Mississippi State
graduate committee; and satisfy additional University during the semester in which the
requirements as specified by the major and minor examination is administered and must have a
areas (per Graduate Council, March 2005). Up 3.00 GPA on all courses attempted for graduate
to one-third of the required hours for a minor (12 credit after being admitted to the degree program
hours required for a minor at the doctoral level) (i.e., program and non-program courses) (per
may be transferred to Mississippi State Graduate Council, September 2004). The
University. The hours must be current (no more student’s program of study and committee
than eight years old) at the time the degree is request form must be submitted to the Office of
awarded (per Graduate Council, September the Graduate School when the
2005). See Transfer Credit. comprehensive/preliminary examination is
scheduled. If required, a change(s) to the
Transfer Credit program of study and/or committee should be
Transfer credit hours from other domestic submitted as they occur. The examination must
universities, international universities, or military be taken by June 1, if a student intends to
educational programs may be used to fulfill graduate in December; by November 1, to
requirements for the doctor of philosophy degree graduate in May; and by February 1, to graduate
at MSU provided they meet the criteria in August. The oral examining committee shall

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be composed of the student’s specific graduate the examinations are held and the final results
committee. The student or a committee member reported to the Graduate School. This final report
may request that the Graduate School appoint an must be filed by the date given in the Academic
outside observer to attend the comprehensive/ Calendar in this publication. One negative vote
preliminary examination. A student must be will not constitute failure for a student on a
enrolled at MSU during the semester in which the preliminary/comprehensive examination and/or
examination is administered. One negative vote thesis/dissertation defense. Two negative votes
will not constitute failure for a student on a will constitute failure for a student on a
preliminary/comprehensive examination and/or preliminary/comprehensive examination and/or
thesis/dissertation defense. Two negative votes thesis/dissertation defense (per Graduate
will constitute failure for a student on a Council, October 2005). A student who fails the
preliminary/comprehensive examination and/or final examination cannot apply for another until a
thesis/dissertation defense (per Graduate period of four months has elapsed from the date
Council, October 2005). A student who fails this of the original examination. Two failures on the
examination cannot apply to take another until final examination will result in the student being
four months have elapsed from the date of the dropped from further consideration as a doctoral
original examination. Two failures on this candidate.
examination will result in the student being
dropped from further consideration as a doctoral After a successful defense by the candidate, the
candidate. dissertation will be endorsed with the signatures
of the major advisor, the school/college graduate
coordinator, members of the committee, and the
DISSERTATION AND DEFENSE dean of the college. A copy of the dissertation
The dissertation is required of all candidates for will be checked by the Library for acceptance. A
the doctorate, and a minimum of 20 semester manual, Standards for Preparing Theses and
hours of research for the dissertation must be Dissertations (5th edition, 2007), describes the
scheduled. The dissertation must show a) regulations governing thesis and dissertation
mastery of the techniques of research and b) a preparation and must be followed. It is available
distinct contribution to the field under on the Graduate School Web site at
investigation and study. The student’s graduate http://library.msstate.edu/thesis/index.asp. The
committee must approve the dissertation topic, student should also review the Office of Thesis
the outline, and the final submission of the and Dissertation Format Review information on
dissertation. the Library’s Web site. See Academic Calendar
in this publication for dates.
Following acceptance, the student will conduct an
oral defense of the dissertation before a graduate Documents must be submitted electronically to
faculty committee. In order to allow careful and the Library; print documents are no longer
thoughtful evaluation and time for clarification published. Dissertation submission must be in
and discussion, it is required that the dissertation PDF (Portable Document Format) and uploaded
be given to the committee no fewer than seven to the Library’s electronic theses and
days prior to the final exam. dissertations (ETD) database. The committee
signature page, complete with required
To qualify for graduation in a given semester, the signatures, must be submitted in print to the
Final Defense must take place by the “Last day Library before the dissertation will be reviewed.
for final examination for doctoral degree” as For security reasons, signatures should not be
published in the Graduate Academic Calendar of scanned for the PDF document; this page will
this publication. A student must be enrolled at remain absent of signatures for the electronic
MSU during the semester in which the version. The Library will retain a copy of the
examination is administered. The request to take signature page with the original signatures for
this examination must be filed by the student with archival purposes.
the Office of the Graduate School at least two Dissertation research is subject to review and
weeks prior to the anticipated date of the approval by the University’s Institutional Review
examination. The oral examining committee shall Board (IRB).
be composed of the student’s specific graduate
committee. The student or a committee member Dissertation Publishing and Microfilms
may request that the Graduate School appoint an The University has an agreement with ProQuest
outside observer to attend the dissertation Information and Learning Company for the
defense. If a written examination is also microfilming of all theses and dissertations.
required, the student’s graduate committee shall Under this agreement, two microfilm copies of the
prepare the questions and grade the answers. complete dissertation will be made and, if
The graduate coordinator of the student’s desired, the dissertation will be copyrighted with
graduate program is responsible for seeing that the copyright in the name of the author. The

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microfilm will be made available for purchase Any department offering such a distance program
through ProQuest. The citation and abstract will must include specific language regarding delivery
be published in the ProQuest Dissertations & of research/thesis or research/dissertation hours
Theses ((PQDT) electronic database and the full via distance learning for provision to students in a
document made available to subscribing published format (policy handbooks for approved
institutions. The microfilming/publishing fee for distance programs, Web site, etc.) (per Graduate
dissertations is $65.00 and the copyright fee is Council, April 2007).
$65.00.
Language and Research Skills
Any foreign language or research skill
OTHER requirements for the Ph.D. degree are
Admission to Candidacy determined by the major department or program.
A student will be admitted to candidacy under the If a program requires a language, a student
following conditions: whose first language is not English may elect to
 the dissertation topic selected and approved use English for the language requirement. The
 the graduate coursework satisfactorily student may fulfill the requirement by scoring in
completed as deemed appropriate by the the 85th percentile (scaled score = 575 or higher)
Graduate Committee on the Test of English as a Foreign Language.
 the research skills requirement(s) completed
prior to taking the preliminary examination (if Residency Requirement
applicable) There is no specific on-campus residency
 the final program of study officially approved requirement. However, Ph.D. students will be
and accepted in the Office of the Graduate required to complete one-half of required
School and any changes if needed; coursework and all dissertation credits from
 the comprehensive/preliminary examination Mississippi State University. Departments,
passed schools, and colleges can set degree-specific
Upon completion of the above-noted conditions, residency requirements (per Graduate Council,
the Admission to Candidacy form should be sent October 2005).
to the Office of the Graduate School with the
examination results. Study Elsewhere
Under certain conditions, a student’s graduate
Distance Student Certification of Off- committee may require a doctoral student to go
Campus/Non-MSU Research Facility elsewhere to take a certain number of advanced
Students enrolled in graduate programs courses or perform research.
(master’s, educational specialist, or doctoral)
offered via distance learning and requiring a
thesis or dissertation must meet established DOCTOR OF EDUCATION
research requirements as stated in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Mississippi State University Graduate School The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Degree is
Bulletin. Distance students engaged in research offered with a major in education and a
will be provided the same student support concentration in elementary education,
services given to on-campus students, including secondary education, school administration, and
access to Library resources, thesis and technology. A student enrolled in a doctoral
dissertation workshops, etc. program in the College of Education should refer
to this publication and the College of Education
Mississippi State University believes that special Doctoral Students’ Guide for specific rules and
attention must be directed toward the mentoring regulations. Additionally, the student should refer
of the students and the development of a creative to departmental Web pages.
and supportive environment for research hours
offered via distance. Each academic unit which
administers a distance graduate degree program
ADMISSION
with a thesis or dissertation will determine and
A student who holds a master’s degree or its
define the appropriate use of communication and
equivalent from an accredited institution may be
technology. A student’s thesis/dissertation
admitted to advanced graduate study in
committee must approve the procedures which
education. The applicant’s record, as well as
the student will follow to ensure quality and
promise of success in the program and as a
integrity of the research process at the proposal,
professional educator, are considered in the
data collection/analysis, and final defense stages.
admission process.
Should the student request, or be required, to
conduct research at an off-site research facility,
appropriate certification will be completed prior to
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TIME LIMIT Transfer credit must be within the eight-year time
After the student begins the doctoral program, limit for the current program at completion of the
he/she must complete the program within a degree.
period of eight years. All coursework included on
the program of study must be current at the time
of degree completion. An extension of time form, EXAMINATIONS
available on the Graduate School Web site, can Preliminary/Comprehensive Examination
be used to request a one-time, one-year The preliminary examination will be taken within
extension. The request must be signed by the 6 hours of completion of the coursework on a
major professor and the dean of the college and planned program and must be completed
submitted to the Office of the Graduate School successfully before admission to candidacy. The
(per Graduate Council, May 2005). student must be registered at MSU during the
semester of the examination. The
comprehensive/preliminary examination will be
GRADUATE COMMITTEE composed of both written and oral examinations,
The graduate committee will be composed of at comprehensive in nature, designed to test the
least five graduate faculty members decided student’s knowledge and understanding in the
upon by the department in which the area of field of professional education. To be eligible for
program emphasis is located and the supporting the comprehensive/preliminary examination, the
area and/or minor department. The committee student must have demonstrated competency in
will be composed of a major professor who must the application of research and statistical
be a Level 1 member of the graduate faculty and techniques, be within 6 hours of completing all
from the major field, a member from a supporting coursework, have completed EDF 8313 and EPY
or minor area department, a member from a 8223 (or the equivalents), have on record in the
program in education other than the major office of the departmental graduate coordinator a
program and two additional members from the letter from the major professor describing how
area of program emphasis. The major professor mastery of the supporting area(s) has been
and at least one-half of the graduate committee demonstrated (unless the supporting area[s]
must hold academic appointment and must be examination is to be taken in conjunction with the
MSU employees; exceptions to this rule can be written comprehensive/preliminary examination),
approved by the appropriate dean. When the have a 3.00 average on all coursework
major professor is not an MSU employee, the completed after being admitted to the program,
majority of the graduate committee must hold and must be enrolled at MSU during the
academic appointment and must be MSU semester in which the examination is
employees (per Graduate Council, February administered.
2005). The program of study form and the
committee request form must be submitted to the The comprehensive/preliminary written exami-
Office of the Graduate School during the second nation must be completed successfully before the
semester of the student’s program. student is eligible to take the oral examination. A
student who fails the written examination cannot
apply for another until four months have elapsed
PROGRAM OF STUDY from the time of the first examination. The oral
Course Requirements examination must be completed successfully
At least three academic years beyond the before the student is admitted to candidacy for
bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 90 semester the degree. One negative vote will not constitute
hours beyond the bachelor’s degree are failure for a student on a prelimi-
necessary to meet the requirements for the nary/comprehensive examination and/or
Doctor of Education degree. thesis/dissertation defense. Two negative votes
will constitute failure for a student on an
Transfer Credit preliminary/comprehensive examination and/or
Transfer credit hours from other domestic thesis/dissertation defense (per Graduate
universities, international universities, or military Council, October 2005). A student who fails the
educational programs may be used to fulfill oral examination cannot apply for another until
requirements for the doctor of education degree four months have elapsed from the date of the
at MSU provided they meet the criteria original oral examination. Two failures on either
established in the General Requirements of the examination will result in the student being
Graduate School. At the doctoral level, transfer dropped from the doctoral program. The student
credit may constitute up to one-half of the must apply to take the written preliminary
coursework requirement. All dissertation credit examination through the major professor at least
hours must be taken at MSU. Up to one-third of four weeks before the date of the examination.
the required hours for a minor (12 hours at the The written examination will be scheduled
doctoral level) may be transferred to MSU. through the program graduate coordinator.

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The preliminary oral examination for admission to with standard practices specified for the
candidacy for the degree must be taken by June dissertation for the Doctor of Philosophy degree.
1 to graduate in December; by November 1 to The dissertation must demonstrate mastery of
graduate in May; and by February 1 to graduate the techniques of research and be a contribution
in August. The student must file an application to the field under investigation.
to take the examination at least ten working days
prior to the anticipated date of the examination; A doctoral student may have a prospectus for the
this request will be filed with the Office of the dissertation approved after successfully
Graduate School. The oral examining com- demonstrating competency in the application of
mittee shall be composed of the student’s research and statistical techniques. The student
specific Graduate Committee. The student or a usually will register for no more than 10 hours of
committee member may request that the dissertation research credit prior to completing
Graduate School appoint an outside observer to successfully the written and oral preliminary
attend the comprehensive/ preliminary examinations; exceptions must be approved by
examination. A student must be enrolled at MSU the student’s major professor and/or dissertation
during the semester in which the examination is director. The student must be enrolled at
administered. One negative vote will not Mississippi State University during the semester
constitute failure for a student on an in which the dissertation is submitted to the
preliminary/comprehensive examination and/or Library. For guidelines, refer to the Dissertation
thesis/dissertation defense. Two negative votes and Defense section under Doctor of Philosophy
will constitute failure for a student on an requirements.
preliminary/comprehensive examination and/or
thesis/dissertation defense (per Graduate The final defense must be scheduled sooner than
Council, October 2005). A student who fails this ten working days after a copy of the final
examination cannot apply to take another until manuscript has been distributed to all members
four months have elapsed from the date of the of the Graduate Dissertation Committee and the
original examination. Two failures on this unit within which the major field is housed. To
examination will result in the student being qualify for graduation in a given semester the
dropped from further consideration as a doctoral final defense must take place at least by the “Last
candidate. day for final examination for doctoral degree”
found in the Graduate Academic Calendar of this
Final Examination publication. The final defense of the dissertation
The final examination will be in accordance with is open to all interested parties and copies of the
specifications listed under the Doctor of manuscript are available through the unit housing
Philosophy degree. The student must be the major. One negative vote will not constitute
enrolled at MSU during the semester in which the failure for a student on a preliminary/com-
examination is administered. One negative vote prehensive examination and/or thesis/dissertation
will not constitute failure for a student on an defense. Two negative votes will constitute
preliminary/comprehensive examination and/or failure for a student on a preliminary/compre-
thesis/dissertation defense. Two negative votes hensive examination and/or thesis/dissertation
will constitute failure for a student on an defense (per Graduate Council, October 2005).
preliminary/comprehensive examination and/or
thesis/dissertation defense (per Graduate Dissertation research is subject to review and
Council, October 2005). approval by the University’s Institutional Review
Board (IRB).
Supporting Area(s) Examination
A student studying for the Doctor of Education Dissertation fees include $65.00 for microfilming
degree also must demonstrate mastery in the and $65.00 for copyrighting.
supporting or minor area(s). Mastery usually will
be demonstrated on a written examination. The
examination may be taken after all coursework in OTHER
the supporting area(s) is completed, or it may be Distance Student Certification of Off-
taken in conjunction with the written preliminary Campus/Non-MSU Research Facility
examination. Students enrolled in graduate programs
(master’s, educational specialist, or doctoral)
offered via distance learning and requiring a
DISSERTATION thesis or dissertation must meet established
The dissertation is required of all candidates for research requirements as stated in the
the doctorate, and a minimum of 20 semester Mississippi State University Graduate School
hours of research for the dissertation must be Bulletin. Distance students engaged in research
scheduled. The dissertation is required of all will be provided the same student support
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access to Library resources, thesis and administrative offices employ Graduate Research
dissertation workshops, etc. Assistants. This opportunity provides an
excellent means for students to learn new
Mississippi State University believes that special techniques and methods as well as expand their
attention must be directed toward the mentoring knowledge by association with research-oriented
of the students and the development of a creative responsibilities, whether employed by a unit
and supportive environment for research hours within the student’s academic discipline or in
offered via distance. Each academic unit which another department. Duties and stipends vary
administers a distance graduate degree program from program to program and are dependent
with a thesis or dissertation will determine and upon the nature of assigned duties.
define the appropriate use of communication and
technology. A student’s thesis/dissertation Graduate Service Assistantship (GSA)—
committee must approve the procedures which Graduate Services Assistant is the title given to
the student will follow to ensure quality and students employed to aid faculty and staff
integrity of the research process at the proposal, members with administrative functions within a
data collection/analysis, and final defense stages. unit. Many academic and non-academic unit
Should the student request, or be required, to service assistantships are available. Duties vary,
conduct research at an off-site research facility, depending on administrative needs of the unit
appropriate certification will be completed prior to making the award. Stipends vary according to
beginning the research process (see attached). the nature of assigned duties.
Any department offering such a distance program
must include specific language regarding delivery IRS Code states that graduate students who are
of research/thesis or research/dissertation hours hired in non-teaching/non-research assistant-
via distance learning for provision to students in a ships can receive non-taxed tuition remission of
published format (policy handbooks for approved $5,250.00 per calendar year at MSU; these
distance programs, Web site, etc.) (per Graduate assistantships are titled Graduate Service
Council, April 2007). Assistants. Amounts in excess of $5,250.00 per
calendar year are taxable.
Residency Requirement
There is no specific on-campus residency Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA)—
requirement. However, doctoral students will be Graduate Teaching Assistants normally serve in
required to complete one-half of required an instructional capacity and are selected on the
coursework and all dissertation credits from basis of past teaching experience or academic
Mississippi State University. Departments, promise as effective instructors in their field of
schools, and colleges can set degree-specific study. Most academic units offer a graduate
residency requirements (per Graduate Council, work budget for one or more teaching assistants
October 2005). each year. All prospective teaching assistants
are required to participate in the appropriate
Teaching Experience Teaching Assistant Workshop(s) prior to
The applicant for the Ed.D. degree must have at beginning their first assignment as a teaching
least three years of acceptable teaching assistant. During the Teaching Assistant
experience, or equivalent, prior to being admitted Workshops, students are certified at one of the
to candidacy. following levels that correspond to the
responsibilities and duties of the assistantship
appointment:
GRADUATE  Teaching Assistant 1 (TA1): Graduate
assistant will perform such tasks as preparing
ASSISTANTSHIPS examinations, grading papers, preparing
Graduate research, teaching, and service class lectures, maintaining records, and
assistantships are available on an annual or nine- tutoring students outside formal classes. This
month basis. Individual academic and non- position does not require classroom
academic departments/units are responsible for certification.
making the assistantship award, establishing the  Teaching Assistant 2 (TA2): Graduate
amount of the stipend and work schedule, and assistant may have some of the same duties
monitoring the performance of the graduate as TA1 in addition to making presentations in
assistant’s duties and responsibilities. A laboratories or classrooms, conducting
graduate assistant’s work schedule is a lectures, and leading discussion groups but
maximum of 20 hours per week. The minimum not as the teacher of record. These tasks
stipend rate is $600.00 per month. involve direct contact with students. This
position requires classroom certification.
Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA)—  Teaching Assistant 3 (TA3): Graduate
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and TA2 and will teach classes for credit as involve direct contact with students such
the instructor of record and/or as the person as giving presentations in lectures or
primarily responsible for assigning grades. laboratories, conducting lectures, and
This position requires classroom certification. leading discussion groups. A Teaching
Assistant who initially received assignment to
Graduate Teaching Assistants who have the a TA1 level may later complete the evaluation
primary responsibility of teaching a for Classroom Certification in anticipation of a
course/laboratory section for credit (TA2) change in duties that require direct contact
and/or for assigning final grades (TA3) for with students. A GTA who has already
such a course/laboratory section must have received assignment to a TA1 level is not
earned at least 18 graduate semester hours in required to attend the General Workshop
the teaching discipline, be under the direct again. Waivers to allow classroom teaching
supervision of a faculty member experienced (TA2/TA3) without successful completion of
in the teaching discipline, receive regular in- the International Workshop and/or General
service training, and be regularly evaluated. Workshop and Classroom Certification will not
be issued.

Teaching Assistant Workshops  International Teaching Assistant Work-


The Teaching Assistant Workshops are designed shop is offered in August prior to fall
to introduce students to the techniques and skills semester only. The International Teaching
necessary to be effective instructors in the Assistant Workshop, offered in collaboration
University environment and promote excellence with the Office of International Education,
in undergraduate education at Mississippi State provides teaching assistants who are
University. Additional information on the international students with the cultural
Teaching Assistant Workshops is available online education and communication skills
at http://www.grad.msstate.edu/workshop/. necessary to achieve effective performance of
their duties. The workshop also serves as a
 General Teaching Assistant Workshop is tool for evaluating international students'
offered in August and January prior to fall teaching and language skills. The training,
and spring semesters. All prospective evaluation, and certification of international
GTAs, both domestic and international, are GTAs are essential to ensure that
required to attend the General Teaching undergraduate students receive a high quality
Assistant Workshop. Failure to complete the of instruction. The International TA Workshop
General Workshop will render a student consists of the following three parts:
ineligible for a teaching assistantship award. classroom culture (60%), presentation and
The General Workshop provides new pronunciation skills (20%), and teaching
teaching assistants with an introduction to evaluation and English certification (20%).
effective teaching methods and tools and International students with a bachelor's
serves to educate GTAs about University degree from an accredited US institution are
policies and resources. The workshop not required to complete the International TA
emphasizes the importance of providing high- Workshop
quality instruction at Mississippi State
University. International Students Beginning
Assistantship Appointment in the Fall
 Classroom Certification Workshop is Semester: Students who are not successful
offered in August and January prior to fall in meeting the required standards during the
and spring semesters immediately August evaluation for classroom English
following the General TA Workshop. The Certification cannot proceed to the evaluation
evaluation for Classroom Certification is the for Classroom Certification for the fall
tool used to ensure that GTAs are equipped semester. They must enroll in ESL 5313
with the skills needed to deliver high-quality (Classroom Communication and
instruction to undergraduate students at Presentations) during the fall semester.
Mississippi State University. In a 10-minute These students are still required to complete
micro-teaching presentation followed by a 5- the General TA Workshop in August for TA1
minute question/discussion session, certification. After successful completion of
prospective Graduate Teaching Assistants for ESL 5313 and reevaluation of classroom
TA2/TA3 certification present to an evaluative English in December, the student can be
panel of graduate faculty members an evaluated for Classroom Certification in
abbreviated lecture that would be presented January prior to the beginning of the spring
to students as part of an assigned course. semester to be certified at the TA2/TA3 level.
Classroom Certification is required for all Participation in the spring General TA
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International Students Beginning credit hours) and may not enroll in more than 13
Assistantship Appointment in the Spring graduate credit hours. The required full-time
Semester: International TAs beginning their status must be maintained throughout the entire
assistantship appointment in the spring semester. Therefore, no course may be
semester are only allowed to hold a TA1 level dropped if the resulting course load would be
assistantship and must complete the General fewer than the required 9 graduate credit
TA Workshop in January. These students hours, nor may any course in the 9-hour load
may enroll in ESL 5313 (Classroom consist of or be converted to audit status.
Communication and Presentations) during the The 9-credit hour course load may not be
spring semester and be evaluated for composed of undergraduate courses unless the
classroom English Certification in May. If course is a program prerequisite. In such case,
successful, these TA1s will be temporarily the minimum graduate load required will be 6
allowed to hold a TA2/TA3 level assistantship credit hours and only one undergraduate course
during summer terms and then must will be permitted as part of the 9-credit hour load
successfully complete the evaluation for (per Graduate Council, March 2001). Some
Classroom Certification in August to continue international students are required by the
at the TA2/TA3 level in the fall. International University to take ESL 5323 and/or ESL 5313.
students beginning their assistantship Both are considered prerequisites, and a
appointment in the spring semester may opt graduate student may enroll in one of the courses
to participate in the International TA and 6 credit hours of degree-program courses
Workshop the following August instead of while holding an assistantship. ESL 5323 and
enrolling in ESL 5313 during the spring ESL 5313 may not be taken concurrently.
semester. These students will only be
allowed to hold a TA1 level appointment prior Required Course Load for Full- and Half-
successfully completing the International TA Summer Awards—Full-summer awards require
Workshop and evaluation for Classroom an enrollment in at least 6 graduate credit hours
Certification in August. with a maximum allowed of 13 credit hours. Any
combination may be used to make up the 13-
Qualifications of Graduate Assistants— credit hour maximum; however, enrollment in
“Unclassified” graduate students or graduate either 5-week term must be at least 3 graduate
students with “provisional” admission status to a credit hours with a maximum allowed of 7 credit
degree program are ineligible to hold an hours. Additionally, a student holding a half-
assistantship. To be eligible for an assistantship, summer graduate assistantship must be
a student must be admitted to a specific degree registered for courses scheduled during the term
program with “regular” or “contingent” status. of the assistantship.
However, a student with “contingent” status
must, within the first award enrollment period, Termination of Assistantship—If the
satisfy “regular” admission requirements. An assistantship is terminated prior to the specified
assistantship award will be terminated when ending date, the assistant’s duties, stipend, and
these requirements are not met. tuition exemption will cease. The student will be
required to pay a prorated portion of the
If English is not the native language of an previously applied tuition exemption.
international graduate student, the English
Language Requirements for International Distance Learning Courses—A student
Students apply. These requirements are found in enrolled in a total of 9 credit hours: Six graduate
the International Students Admission section of credit hours and 3 Distance Learning credits are
this publication. treated as the student’s required full-time load.
Tuition will be assessed at the current University
Application for Graduate Assistantships— rate. The full-time tuition exemption credit will be
Application for an assistantship must be applied to a student’s account covering the tuition
submitted to the college, department, school, or cost of the Distance Learning course.
support unit with a position available. The
department may provide its own application form A student enrolled in a total of 10 or more credit
or may use the Application for Graduate hours: Additional tuition will be charged at the
Assistantship on the Graduate School Web site current University credit rate for any graduate
http://www.grad.msstate.edu/forms/pdf/assistants student’s course schedule that includes Distance
hip_app.PDF. The department establishes Learning or ESL courses if the total credit hours
application deadlines and review procedures. exceed 9. Therefore, graduate assistants should
note that the graduate assistant tuition waiver
Required Course Load for Fall and Spring does not cover the cost of Distance Learning or
Semesters—Graduate assistants must be full- ESL courses when a student is enrolled in more
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Course Overload—Graduate assistants wishing Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees
to schedule more than a full-time course load and Assistants; the resolution and a complete list
may, with the approval of his/her major professor, of participating institutions are available at
department head, graduate coordinator and http://www.cgsnet.org/portals/0/pdf/CGSResoluti
dean, register for more than 13 hours. The onDec2008.pdf.
student must submit an Overload Form,
(hthttp://www.grad.msstate.edu/forms/pdf_forms/r The Resolution reads as follows:
equest_for_scheduling_overload.pdf) to his/her “Acceptance of an offer of financial support (such
major professor. The dean’s office sends the as a graduate scholarship, fellowship,
approved form to the Registrar’s Office. Such traineeship, or assistantship) for the next
transmission will allow application of additional academic year by a prospective or enrolled
tuition exemption consistent with current policy. graduate student completes an agreement that
both student and graduate school expect to
Satisfactory Progress—To retain an honor. In that context, the conditions affecting
assistantship, a student must demonstrate such offers and their acceptance must be defined
satisfactory progress in the academic program. carefully and understood by all parties.
Failure to do so may result in a termination of the
assistantship. “Students are under no obligation to respond to
offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier
Unsatisfactory Progress—Unsatisfactory deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate
progress may be defined as the failure to the intent of this Resolution. In those instances in
maintain a B average in graduate courses which a student accepts an offer before April 15,
attempted after being admitted to a specific and subsequently desires to withdraw that
program, a grade of U, D, or F in any course, acceptance, the student may submit in writing a
more than two grades below a B, failure of the resignation of the appointment at any time
comprehensive/preliminary examination, an through April 15. However, an acceptance given
unsatisfactory evaluation of a thesis or or left in force after April 15 commits the student
dissertation, failure of a research defense, or any not to accept another offer without first obtaining
other failure of a required component of one’s a written release from the institution to which a
program of study. Any of these, or a combination commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer
of these, may constitute the basis for the by an institution after April 15 is conditional on
termination of a student’s graduate study in a presentation by the student of the written release
degree program. Individual programs have the from any previously accepted offer. It is further
right to establish their own criteria; however, the agreed by the institutions and organizations
preceding definition should be considered the subscribing to the above Resolution that a copy
minimum standard for continuation in graduate of this Resolution should accompany every
programs of study and holding graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, and
assistantships. In the case of dismissal, a assistantship offer.”
student’s assistantship will be terminated.

Stipends—Stipends are paid semimonthly on the


fifteenth and the last working day of each month.
SERVICES AND FACILITIES
ASSESSMENT AND TESTING SERVICES
When employment begins during a pay period,
The Office of Assessment and Testing Services,
stipends are calculated on a pay-period basis.
located at 195 Magruder Street, serves as the
The employing department must be contacted to
University’s testing center for national
obtain specific information regarding paycheck
standardized computer-based and paper/pencil
delivery or pickup.
tests such as ACT, CLEP, GMAT, GRE, Praxis,
LSAT, MCAT, MAT, NBPTS, PCAT, TOEFL, and
Matriculation Fees—Assessment of tuition and
VCAT. Registration information can be obtained
required fees is made on an equal basis for all
from test program Web sites listed on our Web
students classified at the graduate level. Detailed
site at www.ats.msstate.edu. Visit or call 662-
information is available online from the Office of
325-6610 for additional information.
the Controller and Treasurer at
http://www.controller.msstate.edu//sas/account.ht
BOOKS AND SUPPLIES
m. A Tuition Calculator is also available at:
The University leases its bookstore to Barnes &
http://www.controller.msstate.edu/gr/cgi/tcalc.cgi.
Noble; its primary function is to provide textbooks
and related supplies to the students, faculty, and
Council of Graduate Schools—Mississippi
staff. As a benefit of this arrangement, a
State University is a member of the Council of
percentage of the sales is returned to the
Graduate Schools (CGS) and the Conference of
University each year which may be used for,
Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS). The
among other items, scholarships, faculty
University subscribes to the CGS Resolution
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bookstore’s retail areas include textbooks, the active duty/guard/reserve tuition assistance
supplies, clothing, gifts, electronics, and trade programs and other programs to facilitate the
books. The bookstore offers in excess of 20,000 transition into school and ensure academic and
general reading and reference titles and features lifelong success. Also, the Center offers part-
a Starbucks Café. All operations are located at time VA work-study positions and graduate
Cullis Wade Depot. assistantship positions for veterans and
dependents of veterans. The Center is housed
The bookstore sells new and used books at on campus and provides a student computer lab
prices standard in most university bookstore which students can use in support of
operations. It also purchases used books at military/veteran-related benefits or educational
standard prices. A student’s actual cost will matters. Visit the Web site at
depend upon the number and type of texts www.veterans.msstate.edu.
purchased and whether they are new or used.
DINING SERVICES
With its price-matching policy and low price MSU Dining Services provides the following
guarantee, Barnes & Noble guarantees the dining choices throughout campus.
lowest price on textbooks. Barnes & Noble will The Market Place at Perry Dining Hall—
match prices from all local competitors, ensuring Located in the heart of campus, this dining facility
that students are getting the best deal. Contact offers continuous dining throughout the day.
the bookstore at 662-325-1576 to find out more. Real Food on Campus at Templeton—Located
near Humphrey Coliseum, an all-you-care-to-eat
Barnes and Nobles offers the following tips for dining facility serving lunch and dinner.
saving money on textbooks. Gaddis Hunt Commons at Colvard Student
 Buy used books when available. Used books Union—The food court located in the center of
offered at Barnes & Noble are generally in campus adjacent to the Drill Field offers the
good condition and save the student 25 following venues.
percent off the new book price.  Sbarro Pizzeria—an Italian eatery
 Preorder textbooks early through the  Chick-Fil-A—chicken entrees and meal
MyBanner course registration system or combinations
through the campus bookstore's Web site at  Zoca Southwestern—burritos, quesadillas,
http://msstate.bncollege.com Preordering taco salads, and other southwestern dishes
gives first dibs on used books and maximizes  MS Steak—Philly Cheese steak sandwiches,
savings. fried pickles, and more!
 Sell textbooks back at the end of the  Sushi and Noodle Bowls—fresh sushi and
semester and receive up to 50 percent cash noodle bowls
back if the book is being reused the next  Bleecker Street Deli—sandwiches, salads,
semester. This can help offset the cost of and side items
textbooks. The best time to sell textbooks is 3
C Convenience Store at the Colvard Student
during finals week, but the bookstore will buy Union—This store is located adjacent to the food
back books all year long. court and offers a selection of snacks, drinks, and
 Consider buying digital versions of select health and beauty products.
textbooks that are available from the Starbucks at Colvard Student Union—This
bookstore's Web site. Digital textbooks are shop offers Starbuck’s coffees, specialty drinks,
priced 40 percent below the cost of a new espresso beverages, snacks, desserts and
book. comfortable seating.
Food For Thought featuring Einstein Bros
G.V. “SONNY” MONTGOMERY Bagels—Located in the Mitchell Memorial
CENTER FOR AMERICA’S VETERANS Library, Einstein’s serves bagels, sandwiches,
The Center for America’s Veterans, located at salads, wraps, and a full line of coffee and
126 Magruder Street, offers a variety of services espresso drinks.
free to all full-time and part-time student 3
C Express Convenience Stores—Located in
veterans, service members, and Ruby Hall and Hathorn Hall, these stores offer
dependents/survivors of veterans at Mississippi students snacks, frozen foods, and meal
State University. The Center is open from 8:00 replacements in their residence areas.
a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and appointments can be Burger King—In the Roberts Building, Burger
made in person, by calling 662-325-6719, or by King provides a full-scale menu and is open late
visiting the Center. at night and early in the morning.
State Fountain and Bakery—Located below
The Center offers a comprehensive education The Marketplace at Perry, the State Fountain
benefits counseling and certifying program, which offers gourmet coffees, cookies, cakes, pastries,
includes federal and state educational benefits and breads.
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Pegasus Dining at the Wise Center—This Clinic hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday,
dining location offers a selection of made-to-order Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 9:00 a.m. to
entrees, salads, sandwiches, vegetarian options, 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. The Student Health
and desserts. Center is closed on Saturday and Sunday and
MSU Catering—The highly trained catering staff during regularly scheduled University holidays.
is qualified to assist with special occasions, Health records are to be sent directly to the
collaborating to customize events and meet Student Health Center where they are kept
specific needs such as gourmet meals, confidential. Health records are not a part of the
centerpieces, beverage service, vegetarian school records and will be kept indefinitely on
meals, and other requirements. The service can microfilm for future reference.
be reached at 662-325-3663.
A Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan
In addition to offering on-campus food service has been developed specifically for MSU
and comfortable dining environments, MSU students and is intended as a supplement to the
Dining Services also provides students with job care provided by the Student Health Center.
opportunities, both part-time and full-time. Sponsored by the Student Association, it is a
Employment with Dining Services offers flexible voluntary plan for students and their dependents.
scheduling and additional income. Applications International students are required by the
can be picked up in the Dining Services office University to subscribe to this policy unless they
located at the north end of The Marketplace at provide proof of equal coverage. Information on
Perry or printed from the Web site given below. student health services and student health
insurance is available at www.health.msstate.edu
Dining Services offers meal plans for the MSU or at John C. Longest Student Health Center, PO
campus community for those who live on or off Box 6338, Mississippi State, MS 39762,
campus. Plans come with set numbers of all- telephone 662-325-5895.
you-care-to-eat meals, redeemable at The
Market Place at Perry, and a set number of Flex HOUSING and RESIDENCE LIFE
Dollars, redeemable at all other dining locations Dr. E. Ann Bailey, Director
on campus. The all-you-care-to-eat-meals roll PO Box 9502
over from week to week during the semester, and Mississippi State, MS 39762
Flex Dollars roll over from the fall to spring Phone: 662-325-3555; Fax: 662-325-4663
semester. Website: http://www.housing.msstate.edu
E-mail: housing@saffairs.msstate.edu
For more information about MSU Dining Services
meal plans, how to sign up for a meal plan, or to Residence Hall Facilities—Mississippi State
ask any other questions, visit the Dining Services University provides living accommodations for
our Web site at www.msstatedining.com or approximately 4,000 students (standard capacity
telephone at 662-325-0923. is two students per room). These
accommodations include apartments and private
HEALTH SERVICES rooms for upperclass and graduate students.
The Longest Student Health Center is designed Current housing fees are posted at
to give primary medical care to students with www.housing.msstate.edu.
mental and physical health problems during
college years. The Center is open during regular Married, Family, and Graduate Facilities—
school sessions to all Mississippi State University Aiken Village offers desirable, unfurnished
students who pay the student health fee. apartment facilities for students with families or
It is recommended that all students use the dependents and for single graduate students.
Student Health Center as their preferred provider These apartments are located approximately one
of care while at MSU. The Center is staffed with mile from the center of campus. More
well-qualified family practice physicians and information is available online at
registered professional nurses to provide primary http://housing.msstate.edu/future/family/. For
medical care for students. Ancillary services more information about Aiken Village or to
include pharmacy, laboratory, x-ray, and physical request an application, contact the Department of
therapy. The health fee covers the physician’s Housing and Residence Life by phone at 662-
professional charge for an unlimited number of 325-3555, by fax at 662-325-4663, or by em-amil
clinic visits. Ancillary services are provided on a at housing@saffairs.msstate.edu.
fee-for-service basis. Ambulance service is
available through the Oktibbeha County Hospital. Applying for on-Campus Living—Mississippi
Those who need more specialized care than the State University offers a convenient online
Center can provide will be referred to the application process for its variety of on-campus
appropriate resource. For an appointment call living arrangements. A student must first be
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housing. A non-refundable $50.00 application parking areas are marked clearly and identified
fee is required. For more information about the properly by appropriate signs. The Office of
housing application process, please visit Parking Services Web site at
www.housing.msstate.edu/apply/ or contact the http://www.parkingservices.msstate.edu/ provides
Department of Housing and Residence Life by complete information regarding regulations,
phone at 662-325-3555, by fax at 662-325-4663, services, and permit application. Graduate
or by e-mail at housing@saffairs.msstate.edu. students who hold assistantships should contact
Parking Services for information regarding their
INTERNATIONAL SERVICES permits.
International Services (IS), a unit of the Division
of Student Affairs’ Office of Admissions and SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES
Scholarships, is charged with the responsibility of Sexual Assault Services is a service to the
immigration matters as they relate to students University community. It is comprised of two
and exchange visitors. This includes advising components: a crisis response team and
and providing information to students, research outreach/programming and education. The
scholars, visiting professors, and MSU faculty Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) handles
and administrators about rules and regulations of sexual assault cases, crisis intervention,
the United States Customs and Immigration assessment, direct support, and provides
Services (USCIS), maintenance of lawful status, consultation, referral for the victim and the
work authorization, and other matters which accused. SART is available to help anyone who
affect the international community at Mississippi reports a violation of the sexual assault policy.
State University. The Exchange Visitor Program The team includes a coordinator and designated
is administered in this office, providing DS-2019 individuals from the University Police
documents for qualified J-1 visitors. In addition, Department, the Longest Student Health Center,
the F-1 student program is under this unit. Semi- Residence Life Association, the Dean of
annual orientation programs for new students are Student’s Office, and Student Counseling
conducted by the IS. An electronic mail bulletin Services. For information or to report a sexual
provides current information regarding assault case, students and members of the
immigration regulations, University deadlines, University community may contact the SART
issues of importance on a national or coordinator at Student Counseling Services at
international scale which affects some or all of 662-325-2091. Sexual Assault Services
MSU’s international community, opportunities for coordinates prevention education, outreach
employment, and other matters of interest to the programming, and prevention education for the
subscribers. The IS Office is located at 200 campus. For more information or to request
Montgomery Hall. programming, call Sexual Assault Services at
662-325-9101 or visit our Web site at
THE LEARNING CENTER http://www.msstate.edu/dept/sars/.
The Learning Center (TLC) is an academic
support unit for students, staff, and faculty at STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICES
Mississippi State University whose primary Student Counseling Services, located in 101 Lee
purpose is to help students achieve and maintain Hall, offers a variety of clinical and outreach
successful academic standing. TLC offers both services free to all full-time and part-time
credit courses and non-credit services to students Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.
graduate and undergraduate students. The to 5:00 p.m. Appointments may be made in
Center is located in 267 Allen Hall, and the person or by calling 662-325-2091.
telephone number is 662-325-2957.
Student Counseling Services staff is composed
PARKING SERVICES of well-versed professionals with extensive
Regulations for the control, direction, parking, training in counseling psychology and counseling
and general regulation of traffic and automobiles who are experienced in facilitating personal
on campus have been approved by the Board of growth and development. Staff members respect
Trustees for State Institutions of Higher Learning. the ability of each individual to make actualizing
Any person who regularly or occasionally choices. They offer services in career, personal,
operates or parks a motor vehicle on the campus couples, family, and group counseling. Student
and streets of Mississippi State University will Counseling Services also offers psycho-
register such vehicle at the beginning of each educational outreach programs to groups, clubs,
school year or within 24 hours (excluding organizations, departments, and classes on a
weekends and holidays) after it is first brought on variety of topics. Consultation services and
the University campus or streets. The decal student concerns are available to faculty, staff,
issued must be properly displayed on the vehicle. and family members. For more information,
Parking areas are assigned to residence hall please visit the Student Counseling Services
students, commuter students, and staff. All Web site at http://www.health.msstate.edu/scs/.

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An application fee is required for each application
FEES, EXPENSES, AND submitted. The application fee rate is subject to
FINANCIAL AID change at any time. Please check the application
to verify the fee and see the calendar at the front
TUITION AND FEES of this publication for application deadlines.
Fall and Spring Semester
A. Resident Tuition and Required Fees for a Attorney and Collection Fees—The account of
Mississippi resident: a student who does not pay fees by the end of
Fall Spring Total the term may be turned over to an outside
$2,575.50 $2,575.50 $5,151.00 collection agency for assistance in collecting. The
prevailing collection cost rate will be added to the
B. Non-Resident Tuition and Required Fees amount owed by the student to cover that cost. If
below must be added to the Tuition and an attorney’s services are needed to collect an
Required Fees above for a student who is unpaid balance, the student will be responsible
not a Mississippi resident: for payment of the attorney’s fees, plus all court
Fall Spring Total and other collection costs incurred.
$3,934.75 $3,934.75 $7,869.50
Audited Course Fees—A person not registered
*The University reserves the right, subject to in the University as a regular student may audit a
order of the Board of Trustees, to raise, lower, or course by paying the rates identified for part-time
modify without notice any of the above fees for students for each credit hour the course carries.
the 2009-2010 session. The same University policy governing the
payment and refund of fees for regular enrollment
A. Tuition and Fees for a Mississippi resident also applies to students in an audit status.
part-time student enrolled for not more than
eight (8) credit hours during a regular Housing Fees—To live in a residence hall, a
semester: student must sign a nine-month housing contract.
Rate Per The contract in Aiken Village is for 12 months.
Hour (Rounded) Rent is payable monthly for apartments or by
Tuition and Required Fees $286.25 semester in other halls. All fees are subject to
change without notice. A complete price list is
B. The Non-Resident Tuition and Required Fees available at www.housing.msstate.edu. Housing
below must be added to the Tuition and information is available at the Department of
Required Fees above (per hour) for a Housing and Residence Life, PO Box 9502,
student who is not a Mississippi resident: Herbert Hall, Mississippi State, MS 39762;
$437.25 telephone 662-325-3555; or by e-mail at
housing@saffairs.msstate.edu.
Summer Semester
Mississippi State University summer school International Student Charges—All
tuition and fees are assessed by the hour. international students are assessed an
Resident students will be assessed $286.25 per Administrative Programming fee of $100.00 each
credit hour. Non-resident students will be fall, spring, and summer term. Sponsored
assessed an additional $437.25 per credit hour international students whose programs of study
out-of-state tuition/fee for courses. are administered through the International
Services are assessed an additional fee of
All Tuition & Required Fee rates are online at $200.00 each fall, spring, and summer term.
www.controller.msstate.edu/sas/account.htm. Health insurance for international students will be
The following fees apply to tutorial students: assessed at the prevailing rate for the fall
A. Definition: A tutorial student is one who does semester and for the spring/summer semester.
not attend regular classes but is working on a All international students are required to
definite course or a problem under the purchase the International Health Insurance
tutorship of a regular University staff member. unless an acceptable, alternative policy can be
B. Fee: A tutorial student will pay the rates proven and accepted by International Services,
identified for part-time students for courses preferably prior to registration. Health insurance
scheduled. charges will not be removed after the 10th class
day.
OTHER FEES
Application Fees—All applicants, domestic and Laboratory Fees—Additional fees for laboratory
international, must submit a non-refundable usage and supplies may be charged by some
$40.00 fee (not required of full-time benefits- departments.
eligible MSU employees) to the Office of the
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Schedule Change Fees—Any change in class or summer) with a maximum of 18 credit hours
schedules after the last day to register for classes per calendar year. Employees are required to
(see the Academic Calendar in the front of this pay tuition and required fees for any additional
publication for specific dates) will incur a change hours taken during the enrollment period and
of schedule fee. See other assessments to their student account. In
http://www.msstate.edu/dept/registrar/calendar/c order to receive tuition remission, employees
alendarindex.php for appropriate dates. The must gain admission/readmission to the
charge is assessed each time an Add/Drop Form University and complete the Application for
is presented to the Registrar’s Office after the last Tuition Remission – Employee form. The
day to register; the Add/Drop Form is required for application must be completed and forwarded to
adding a course, dropping a course, or changing the Sponsored Student Office, 153 Garner, at the
sections of a course. Schedule change fees are beginning of each semester.
waived in the event of a change required by
administrative action of the University. Schedule Senior Citizens—Legal residents of the State of
changes made after initial registration and Mississippi age 60 or older (senior citizens) may
payment of fees may generate additional charges enroll tuition-free in a maximum of 6 hours per
to students. Such additional charges are subject semester (fall, spring, or combined summer term)
to the same payment schedules and penalties as with a maximum of 18 credit hours per calendar
the initial charges, and additional charges should year at the Starkville or Meridian campuses.
be paid promptly to avoid service fees. These courses are available on a space-
available, first-come, first-serve basis. Courses
Sponsored International Student Charges— offered through the Division of Academic
International Services will administer the Outreach and Continuing Education are not
programs of study for international students who included in this program nor are courses offered
receive all or most of their financial support in the for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree
form of scholarships, grants, or awards from U.S. program. The application fee of $40.00 is
government agencies, foreign government required.
agencies, private and/or international agencies,
or foreign employers, and students whose Out-of-State (non-resident) Tuition/Fee
financial support is administered by foreign Exemption Scholarships—(Ref: Legal
embassies and third-party billed by Mississippi Resident Status)
State University, assessing a fee of $200 each
fall, spring, and summer term. Alumni Nonresident Exemption—Graduate
students who are sons or daughters of an
Student Identification Card Replacement alumnus or alumna who earned a minimum of 48
Fee—$30.00 semester hours of credit or a degree from
Mississippi State University and who have not
Thesis/Dissertation Fees—Effective Fall 2007, received other tuition waivers are eligible for a
documents must be submitted electronically to waiver of 50 percent of non-resident tuition. Both
the Library; print documents are no longer a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA and completion
published. The University has an agreement with of at least 9 hours of coursework each fall and
ProQuest Information and Learning Company spring semester are required for renewal of the
(ProQuest) for the microfilming of all theses and waiver and are monitored at the end of each fall
dissertations. Under this agreement, two term. Less than a 3.00 cumulative GPA and/or
microfilm copies of the complete thesis will be less than 9 hours completed during fall/spring
made and, if desired, the document will be semesters will result in the permanent loss of the
copyrighted with the copyright in the name of the out-of-state tuition waiver.
author. The microfilm will be made available for
purchase through ProQuest. The citation and Academic Common Market—Academic
abstract will be published in the ProQuest Common Market out-of-state tuition waivers are
Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) electronic available for specific academic programs for
database and the full document made available students from certain states. Application must be
to subscribing institutions. The made first with the awarding state. The student
microfilming/publishing fee for theses is $55.00 must be a legal resident of that state and
and for dissertations is $65.00. The copyright fee approved for a specific major at MSU. Both
is $65.00. undergraduate and graduate students are eligible
to apply. A qualified student must maintain full-
TUITION EXEMPTIONS time status. The waiver is 100 percent of out-of-
Employees—Mississippi State University state tuition and will remain at this level unless
“Benefits Eligible” employees who have the student’s field of study changes or a student
appropriate approval may have tuition remitted no longer has full-time status. To be eligible for
for up to 6 credit hours per semester (fall, spring, the non-resident waiver during the first semester

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of enrollment, applications and resident collection agency cost. If an attorney’s services
verification must be submitted to and approved are needed to collect an unpaid balance, the
by the Office of the Provost and Vice President student will be responsible for payment of the
for Academic Affairs prior to the first day of class. attorney’s fees, plus all court and other collection
For more information about submission and cost incurred.
deadlines, contact that office at 662-325-3742.
For more information on the waiver, students Payment Terms and Conditions—The account
should write to the Academic Common Market at balance is due and payable 25 days from billing.
the Southern Regional Education Board, 592 Due dates are the 9th of each month. A service
10th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-5790. The charge will be assessed at the rate of 1.5% on
SREB Web site may be accessed at outstanding charges unpaid more than 25 days
http://www.sreb.org/programs/acm/acmindex.asp from billing date. While it is acceptable to make
x. partial payments, a student is encouraged to
make payment in full by due date to avoid this
PAYMENT, DEFERRAL, AND REFUNDS monthly service fee assessment and past due
Student Accounts—A financial record for each holds. Prior term charges must be paid in full
student is kept in the Account Services Office in before a student will be eligible to register for a
Garner Hall. The information is considered new term. A student is responsible for payment
confidential; however, the records of students will of all tuition and fee charges unless the student
be available for examination by authorized either CANCELS HIS/HER SCHEDULE OR
representatives of the government. Student WITHDRAWS FROM SCHOOL. See section on
account detail may be reviewed at any time by withdrawals and refunds for details. Failure to
logging into the MSU onCampus portal at take appropriate withdrawal action can result
www.msstate.edu. in significant payment obligations. The
maximum penalty allowed by law will be charged
QuikPAY®—Our QuikPAY® service site allows for any check returned by the student’s bank for
students to make payments using a credit card or any reason. THE STUDENT IS RESPONSIBLE
the e-check option. Students may also authorize FOR ENSURING HIS/HER ADDRESS IS
a payer (usually a parent) to access their account CORRECT FOR ANY NEEDED CORRESPON-
information and make payments. Students must DENCE. For other information concerning a
initiate the authorized payer process by logging student’s account or payment requirements,
into the MSU onCampus portal at please call Account Services at 662-325-2071.
www.msstate.edu and proceed to “Make an
Online Payment.” This will link to the QuikPAY® Unpaid Balances from Previous Semesters—
site where a student can establish the payers Any outstanding and past due amounts owed to
they authorize. Once an authorized payer is set the University must be paid in full before a
up, the payer can access the account by going to student may register for additional courses. All
https://quikpayasp.com/msstate/studentaccounts/ payments received on student accounts will be
authorized.do. applied to charges in the same order in which the
charges were incurred. A student who has a hold
Payment of Fees by Students Receiving on his/her record because of an overdue account
Financial Aid or Scholarships—A student who may not receive a transcript or a diploma until the
receives a scholarship or need-based financial account is cleared.
aid from the University is expected to use the
financial aid or scholarship award to complete Student Activities—All students by payment of
payment of tuition and required fees. The tuition and required fees are eligible for use of
remaining balance of scholarship and financial facilities, participation in intramural sports,
aid funds is available to be used for other admission to intercollegiate athletic events, the
educational expenses only after tuition and fees student newspaper, student health services, and
have been paid. A “Memo” balance of financial other benefits.
aid on a student’s statement may not prevent
service fees after the first billing for the term. Billing—Billing information is available to
th
Only timely filing of a student’s financial aid will students on or about the 15 of each month with
assure a timely disbursement to prevent service payment due approximately the 9th of the
fees. following month. Students receive a monthly
billing notification via e-mail providing also a link
Student Obligation—The account of a student to their account detail and statement information
who does not pay the fees by the end of the term at the OnCampus portal. All account information
may be turned over to an outside collection is continuously available online. The University
agency for assistance in collecting. The provides a mailed, printed statement three times
prevailing collection cost rate will be added to the per year just prior to the beginning of each term.
amount owed by the student to cover the It is the student’s responsibility to maintain

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current home and billing addresses to receive
these printed statements.

Refund of Tuition and Fees


A. Dropping a Course—Please see the official
MSU Academic Calendar on MSU’s main web
page at www.msstate.edu/ for current information
on deadlines and appropriate fees.

B. Withdrawing from the University—Tuition


and most fees may be refunded according to the
schedule on the Mississippi State University
Academic Calendar to students who formally
withdraw from the University. See
http://www.msstate.edu/dept/registrar/calendar/c
alendarindex.php for this information. The
administrative authorities of the University will
withhold the credits and readmission of any
student who fails to pay all of his/her financial
obligations to the University by the end of each
semester and/or at the time of withdrawal. A
student’s records may be cleared and credits
released when the indebtedness is paid in full.
The respective University department or agency
will notify the University Registrar when the
indebtedness has been paid.

C. Bull-e-buck$ Electronic Refunds—Log on to


the MSU main web page and link to
http://www.controller.msstate.edu/sas/.

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GRADUATE PROGRAMS
OFFERED BY
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
***

System of Course Numbers

All course numbers consist of four digits, of which the first (left) digit indicates the level of preparation
required and the fourth (right) digit indicates the number of semester hours. The two middle digits are
reserved for the departments to distinguish one course from another. A fourth digit of zero (0) means that
credit is variable to be fixed in consultation with the professor (e.g, ACC 4000 Directed Individual Study).

Courses that are in close sequence, such as two semesters of a survey course or a sequence of numbers
for a seminar in a particular field, may be listed with a hyphen (-) between the two four-digit numbers (e.g.,
AGN 8711-8731 Seminar.

When the same course is offered on both undergraduate and graduate levels, two numbers are used to
designate the two levels of credit (e.g., HI 4703/6703 England to 1485). Students enrolled for graduate
credit will be required to complete assignments above and beyond those students enrolled for
undergraduate credit.

The following course numbers, 4990, 6990, and 8990, designate Experimental Courses and will be used for
no more than two years unless an extension is granted.

Course Numbers Level of Credit

1001-2999 Lower division courses (Undergraduate credit only)


3001-4999 Upper division courses (Undergraduate credit only)
4001 Directed Individual Study (Undergraduate credit only)
5001-5999 Fifth year undergraduate or Professional courses
6011-6999 Courses for graduate credit only
7011-7999 Courses for graduate credit only
8011-8999 Courses for graduate credit only
9011-9999 Courses for graduate credit only
7000 Directed Individual Study (Graduate credit only)
8000 Master’s level research and thesis
9000 Doctoral level research and dissertation

See General Requirements of the Graduate School and specific program information for course
requirements.

Certain departments do not offer major or minor graduate courses as such but may offer an occasional
supporting graduate course in a major or minor field.

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Office of Academic Affairs

The Career Center International Education


Scott N. Maynard, Director Molly Watkins, Manager
300 Montgomery Hall 104A Memorial
Mississippi State University, MS 39762 Mississippi State, MS 39762
Telephone: 662-325-3344 Telephone: 662-325-2648
E-mail: smaynard@career.msstate.edu E-mail: mwatkins@aoce.msstate.edu
Web site: www.inted.msstate.edu
Graduate students may enhance their studies
with relevant experience through programs International Education serves international and
offered by the Career Center. Cooperative domestic students in pursuit of a global education
education and internships are available. through the English as a Second Language
Cooperative education requires students to Center and study abroad programs. The English
complete two work periods, one of which may be as a Second Language Center provides an
a summer. Internships are one semester in intensive language and culture program to
duration and may occur during any academic support all international students. The study
period (fall, spring, summer). Students are abroad office develops programs to provide
encouraged to seek specific information prior to, opportunities and support to domestic students
or immediately upon, enrollment in the graduate who are studying in other countries while
program. maintaining an affiliation with MSU.

Cooperative Education Program The ESL Center is responsible for the


335 McCain Engineering Building administration of the intensive English language
Director: Scott N. Maynard courses for those students who score less than
Associate Director: John M. Mathews 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a
Coordinators: Becky Davis and Edie Irvin Second Language (TOEFL). Other score
equivalents are:
Graduate Courses: TOEFL Computer-based Test: 213
CP 8013 First Work Semester (Approval of TOEFL Internet-based Test: 79-80
Cooperative Education Office, International English Language Testing
acceptance by employing System (IELTS): 6.5
organization, and admission to the
University and Graduate School). 3 Courses:
hours ESL 5110 American Language and Culture I
CP 8023 Second Work Semester (CP 8013). (TOEFL score between 457 and
3 hours 499 [or equivalent] or consent of
CP 8033 Third Work Semester (CP 8023). 3 instructor). 1-18 hours (Does not
hours count towards any degree)
CP 8043 Fourth Work Semester(CP 8033). ESL 5120 American Language and Culture II
3 hours (ESL 5110 or TOEFL score
CP 8053 Fifth Work Semester (CP 8043). 3 between 500 and 524 [or
hours equivalent] or consent of instructor).
1-18 hours (Does not count
For further information contact Scott Maynard, towards any degree)
Director, at smaynard@career.msstate.edu or ESL 5323 Academic Research and Writing
PO Box P, Mississippi State, MS 39762. (ESL 5120 or TOEFL score above
500 [or equivalent]). 3 hours (Does
not count towards any degree)
ESL 5333 Critical Reading (ESL 5120 or
TOEFL score above 500 [or
equivalent]). 3 hours (Does not
count towards any degree)
ESL 5313 Classroom Communication and
Presentation (ESL 5120 or TOEFL
score above 525 [or equivalent]). 3
hours (Does not count towards any
degree)

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COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND LIFE SCIENCES
Dr. Melissa J. Mixon, Interim Dean
Dr. Lynn Reinschmiedt, Associate Dean
Dr. Walter Taylor, Assistant Dean for Graduate Education
201 Bost Extension Building
Telephone: 662-325-2110
Fax: 662-325-8580
Mailing Address: PO Box 9760, Mississippi State, MS 39762
E-mail: dean@cals.msstate.edu
Web site: http://www.cals.msstate.edu/
____________________________________________________________________
Degree Programs Doctor of Philosophy
(T= thesis; NT=non-thesis) Major: Food Science, Nutrition and Health
Promotion
Department of Agricultural Economics Concentrations: Food Science and Technology
Master of Science Nutrition
Major: Agriculture
Concentration: Agricultural Economics (T; NT) School of Human Sciences
Master of Science
Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences Major: Agricultural & Extension Education (T; NT)
Master of Science Doctor of Philosophy
Major: Agriculture Major: Agricultural Sciences
Concentration: Animal Science (T; NT) Concentration: Agriculture and Extension
Education
Doctor of Philosophy Gerontology Graduate Certificate
Major: Agricultural Sciences
Concentrations: Animal and Dairy Science Department of Landscape Architecture
Animal Nutrition Master of Landscape Architecture
Major: Landscape Architecture (T)
Department of Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
Master of Science Master of Science
Major: Agricultural Life Sciences Major: Agriculture
Concentration: Biochemistry (T; NT) Concentration: Agronomy (T; NT)
Doctor of Philosophy Horticulture (T)
Major: Molecular Biology Weed Science (T)
Doctor of Philosophy
Department of Entomology and Plant Major: Agricultural Sciences
Pathology Concentrations: Agronomy
Horticulture
Master of Science
Weed Science
Major: Agricultural Life Sciences
Concentration: Entomology & Plant Pathology (T)
Doctor of Philosophy Department of Poultry Science
Major: Life Sciences Master of Science
Concentration: Entomology and Plant Pathology Major: Agriculture
Concentration: Poultry Science (T; NT)
Doctor of Philosophy
Department of Food Science, Nutrition Major: Agricultural Sciences
and Health Promotion Concentration: Poultry Science
Master of Science
Major: Food Science, Nutrition and Health Interdisciplinary Curricula
Promotion
These programs are based on course offerings
Concentrations: Food Science & Technology (T)
from several departments and colleges, including
Health Promotion (T; NT)
but not limited to Agricultural and Biological
Nutrition (T)
Engineering; Animal and Dairy Sciences; Basic
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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biological problems, such as detecting crop or forest stress
Sciences; Entomology and Plant Pathology; using satellite-based sensors or the delivery of
Poultry Science; Wildlife and Fisheries (College better nutrients to humans and animals through
of Forest Resources) and the College of engineered plants. This Division offers graduate
Business. students a first-rate opportunity to prepare for a
wide range of professions in research and
Master of Agribusiness Management education.
Major: Agribusiness Management (NT)
Educational opportunities within the College of
Master of Science Agriculture and Life Sciences are enhanced by
Major: Agricultural Life Sciences the research mission, which applies scientific
Concentrations: Animal Physiology (T; NT) approaches to real-life problems and the pursuit
Genetics (T; NT) of new knowledge. Graduate students have the
opportunity to study and conduct research closely
Master of Science with and under the guidance of nationally and
Major: Agriculture internationally-renowned researchers whose
Concentration: Animal Nutrition (T) work has led to recognition for the University in
the form of scientific publications and commercial
Master of Science products and to the solution of novel problems of
Major: Agriculture (T; NT) importance to society.
Concentration: Engineering Technology

Doctor of Philosophy Agribusiness Management


Major: Agricultural Sciences An Interdisciplinary Program
Concentration: Engineering Technology
Dr. Steven C. Turner, Department Head
Doctor of Philosophy Dr. Stan Spurlock, Graduate Coordinator
Major: Graduate Applied Economics 123 Howell Building
(Interdisciplinary curriculum offered in conjunction PO Box 5187
with Department of Finance and Economics in Mississippi State, MS 39762
the College of Business) Telephone: 662-325-2750
Web site: www.agecon.msstate.edu
Doctor of Philosophy
Major: Life Sciences The Master of Agribusiness Management
Concentrations: Animal Physiology (M.A.B.M.) program is an interdisciplinary degree
Genetics between the College of Agriculture and Life
Sciences and the College of Business and is
administered by the Department of Agricultural
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Economics. The program is designed to prepare
is housed in the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, students for employment in the management of
and Veterinary Medicine. The Division also agribusiness. Graduate coursework may begin in
includes the College of Forest Resources, the any semester. Additional information about the
College of Veterinary Medicine, the Forest and program is found at the department’s Web site,
Wildlife Research Center, the Mississippi www.agecon.msstate.edu/academic/grad/mabm.
Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, and php.
the Mississippi State University Extension
Service. Affiliations with the GeoResources
Admission Criteria—An applicant for admission
Institute, the Life Sciences and Biotechnology
to graduate study must hold a bachelor’s degree
Institute, and the Food Science Institute provide
from a fully recognized four-year educational
graduate students with cutting-edge research
institution that has unconditional accreditation
opportunities. There are six majors with fourteen
with appropriate regional accrediting agencies.
concentrations at the master’s level and four
He/she must meet the admission requirements of
majors with twelve concentrations at the doctoral
the Graduate School and the Master of
level.
Agribusiness Management Program. Admission
is based primarily on past performance, letters of
Graduate students in the College of Agriculture
recommendation, and the Graduate Management
and Life Sciences can choose from diverse
Admission Test (GMAT) scores. Regular
disciplines such as molecular biology, nutrition,
admission to graduate study in the M.A.B.M.
physiology, bioengineering, health and disease,
program requires a minimum grade point average
and agricultural and extension education. Some
(last four semesters of undergraduate work) of
of these disciplines are combined in special
3.00/4.00. When a student is deficient in one of
research programs focused on particular
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nevertheless, may be considered for admission MGT 8063 Survey of Management (or
based on the strength of other materials Principles of Management and
contained in the student’s application. However, Production or Agribusiness Firm
reasonable minimum levels of performance must Management). 3 hours
be achieved in both the applicant’s GPA and MKT 3013 Principles of Marketing. 3 hours
GMAT scores. International applicants not
holding degrees from U.S. institutions must M.A.B.M. Core—The core portion of the program
submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign consists of 21 hours of coursework.
Language) report of 575 PBT (233 CBT or 84 ACC 8112 Financial Statement and
iBT) or an IELTS (International English Language Management Accounting Report
Testing Systems) score of 7.0 or higher to be Analysis for Decision Making. 2
considered for admission. hours
AEC 6530 Agribusiness Internship. 3 hours
Provisional Admission—A student who has not AEC 8312 Economic and Social Environment
fully met the requirements stipulated by the of Agribusiness Firms. 2 hours
University and the department for admission to AEC 8522 Decision Modeling for Agribusiness
graduate study may be granted admission as a Management. 2 hours
degree-seeking graduate student with provisional AEC 8532 International Agricultural Trade and
status. Such student must have as the initial Policy. 2 hours
objective advancement to regular status. A AEC 8542 Agribusiness Risk Management. 2
provisional student must receive a 3.00 GPA on hours
the first 9 hours of graduate-level courses on AIS 8203 Advanced Communication in
their programs of study taken at Mississippi State Agricultural Information Sciences. 3
University in order to achieve regular status. hours
Courses with an S grade, transfer credits, or FIN 8112 Capital Acquisition and Allocation. 2
credits earned while in Unclassified graduate hours
status cannot be used to fulfill this requirement. MKT 8153 Marketing Management. 3 hours
If a 3.00 is not attained, the provisional student
may be dismissed from graduate study. A In addition to the core requirements, students
student in provisional status is not eligible to hold with an agribusiness or business background
a graduate assistantship. (Track 1) are required to take three more courses
and 4 hours of approved electives.
Academic Performance—Unsatisfactory per- AEC 6733 Econometric Analysis in Agricultural
formance may be defined as the failure to Economics (AEC 3113). 3 hours
maintain a B average in graduate courses AEC 8123 Market Organization and Structure.
attempted after admission to the program, a 3 hours
grade of U, D, or F in any course, more than two AEC 8163 Consumers, Producers, and
grades below a B, or any other failure of a Markets (EC 3123). 3 hours
required component of one’s program of study. Approved Electives. 4 hours
Any one of these, or any combination of these,
may constitute the basis for the termination of a In addition to the core requirements, students
student’s graduate study in the program. without an agribusiness or business background
(Track 2) are required to take two more courses
M.A.B.M. Foundation—The foundation portion and 7 hours of approved electives.
of the program consists of 18 hours that may be
satisfied in part or total by prior undergraduate or BQA 8233 Quantitative Analysis and Business
graduate preparation. Research. 3 hours
EC 8103 Economics for Managers. 3 hours
ACC 2203 Survey of Accounting (or Principles Approved Electives. 7 hours
of Financial and Managerial
Accounting). 3 hours Program of Study/Completion Requirements-
BQA 8443 Statistical Analysis for Business The Master of Agribusiness Management degree
Decision Making (or two program requires a minimum of 34 hours of
undergraduate statistics courses). 3 coursework which includes an internship and a
hours comprehensive examination.
EC 8043 Survey of Economics (or two
undergraduate economics courses).
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Agricultural and Biological research plan to the faculty in the form of a
departmental seminar.
Engineering
Dr. William Batchelor, Department Head Program of Study and Completion
Dr. Jeremiah Davis, Graduate Requirements: Master’s Non-Thesis Option—
Coordinator The non-thesis option for the Master of Science
150 Agricultural Engineering Building in Agriculture with a concentration in Engineering
PO Box 9632 Technology requires a minimum of 30 credit
Mississippi State, MS 39762 hours of coursework, at least one-half of which
Telephone: 662-325-3282 must be from 8000 level courses or above.
Required courses are ST 8114 and 1 credit hour
E-mail: abe head@abe.msstate.edu
of ABE 8911, ABE 8921, or ABE 8931. The
major professor and graduate committee will
Graduate study is offered in the Department of
determine specific course requirements for the
Agricultural and Biological Engineering leading to
student’s program. The student must submit a
the degree of Master of Science in Agriculture
research paper.
with a concentration in Engineering Technology
or a Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Sciences
Program of Study and Completion
with a concentration in Engineering Technology.
Requirements: Doctoral—Doctoral students are
required to complete a minimum of 60 credit
Admission Criteria—Prerequisites for admission
hours of coursework beyond the baccalaureate
into the graduate program include all the general
degree, at least one-half of which must be from
requirements of the Office of the Graduate
8000-level courses or above, including at least 2
School, completion of the GRE general test and
credit hours of ABE 8911, ABE 8921, or ABE
the submission of scores, and identification of a
8931. Twenty hours of research, a preliminary
departmental professor who is willing to serve as
examination, a dissertation, and an oral
research director for the master’s or Ph.D.
examination in defense of the dissertation are
project. International students must obtain a
required. Once the student’s research plan has
TOEFL score of 550 PBT (213 CBT or 79 iBT) or
been established, the student is required to
an IELTS (International English Language
present his/her research plan to the faculty in the
Testing Systems) score of 6.5 or higher.
form of a departmental seminar.
Exceptions to these requirements are considered
on a case-by-case basis and require approval of
Academic Performance—Unsatisfactory per-
the Department Chair.
formance in the graduate program in Agricultural
and Biological Engineering is defined as any of
Provisional Admission—If a student does not
the following: failure to maintain a 3.00 average
fully meet the admission requirements of the
GPA in attempted graduate courses after
program, it may be possible for that student to be
admission to the program; a grade of U, D, or F
provisionally admitted. If provisionally admitted,
in any one course; more than two courses with a
the student must attain a 3.00 GPA on the first 9
grade of C; failure of the research defense;
hours of graduate courses at Mississippi State
unsatisfactory evaluation of a thesis; or failure of
University after admission to the program.
a required component of the program of study.
Courses with an S grade, transfer credits, or
Any one of these, or a combination of these, will
credits earned while in Unclassified status cannot
constitute the basis for review for possible
be used to satisfy this requirement. If a 3.00
dismissal. The graduate coordinator will review
GPA is not attained, the student may be
the record, along with the student’s graduate
dismissed from the graduate program.
committee, and take a final course of action
which will be immediate dismissal or the
Program of Study and Completion
establishment of a probationary period in which
Requirements: Master’s Thesis Option—The
corrective action must take place. Appeal of
Master of Science degree in Agriculture with a
dismissal can be made by submitting a written
concentration in Engineering Technology
appeal statement to the department head. If the
requires a minimum of 24 credit hours of
dismissal is upheld by the department upon the
coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree, at
student’s appeal, the student can then submit a
least one-half of which must be from the ≥ 8000
written appeal to the dean of the College of
level courses, and 6 or more credit hours of
Agriculture and Life Sciences.
research/thesis for students in the thesis option.
Required courses are ST 8114 and 1 credit hour
Graduate Courses—Course prerequisites are
of ABE 8911, ABE 8921, or ABE 8931. A thesis
noted in parentheses.
and an oral comprehensive examination in
ABE 6163 Agricultural Machinery Manage-
defense of the thesis are required. Once the
ment. 3 hours
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ABE 6263 Soil and Water Management (ABE must submit application materials prior to July 1.
2873). 3 hours However, graduate research assistantship
ABE 6383 Building Construction (EG 1143). 3 decisions are usually made in March, and
hours admission to the program must be obtained
ABE 6453 Cotton Ginning Systems and before an assistantship may be granted.
Management. 3 hours Students are encouraged to apply no later than
ABE 6473 Electrical Application (ABE 1863). 3 February. For additional program information,
hours please visit the department’s Web site at:
ABE 6990 Special Topics in Agricultural and www.agecon.msstate.edu.
Biological Engineering. 1-9 hours
ABE 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours Admission Criteria—To obtain regular
ABE 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and admission status to the M.S. program, an
credits to be arranged; minimum of applicant must meet all University-wide graduate
6 hours required for degree. admission requirements and must achieve
ABE 8911 Agricultural and Biological acceptable scores on each section of the GRE.
Engineering Seminar. 1 hour A minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign
ABE 8921 Agricultural and Biological Language) report of 575 PBT (233 CBT or 84
Engineering Seminar. 1 hour iBT) or an IELTS (International English Language
ABE 8931 Agricultural and Biological Testing Systems) score of 7.0 or higher is
Engineering Seminar. 1 hour required for all international students affected by
ABE 8990 Special Topics in Agricultural and this policy.
Biological Engineering. 1-9 hours
ABE 9000 Dissertation Research/Dissertation. Provisional Admission—A student who initially
Hours and credits to be arranged; obtains provisional admission status must receive
minimum of 20 hours required for a 3.00 GPA on the following courses that are to
degree. be taken in the first fall semester in order to
achieve regular admission status:
The Department of Agricultural and Biological AEC 6713 Quantitative Economics
Engineering also offers the Master of Science AEC 6733 Econometric Analysis in Agricultural
degree in Biological Engineering and Doctor of Economics
Philosophy degree in Engineering; both programs AEC 8163 Consumers, Producers, and
are housed in the College of Engineering. See Markets
program information in the James Worth Bagley
College of Engineering section of this publication. Academic Performance—A student will be
dismissed from the M.S. program for any of the
following reasons:
Agricultural Economics 1. Making more than two grades below a B on
Dr. Steven C. Turner, Head courses on the student’s program of study
Dr. Stan Spurlock, Graduate Coordinator 2. Comprehensive academic examination
123 Howell Building a) Failure to sit for this exam at the first
opportunity unless granted a
PO Box 5187
postponement due to extenuating
Mississippi State, MS 39762 circumstances
Telephone: 662-325-2750 b) Failure to sit for a required retake of this
Web site: www.agecon.msstate.edu exam at the first opportunity
c) Failure to obtain a passing grade on this
The Department of Agricultural Economics offers exam
a degree program leading to the Master of A student may appeal a dismissal decision by
Science in Agriculture with a concentration in following normal appeal procedures.
Agricultural Economics. This program stresses
thorough mastery of advanced economic theory, Prerequisite and Core Courses—A student
methods of quantitative analysis, and the must have previously completed the following
applications of these methods to the problems of undergraduate courses (or their equivalents) with
agriculture. The broad program of economic a grade of C or higher before beginning the
research conducted by the department affords a required graduate course sequence:
wide selection of areas from which the student AEC 1223 Computer Applications for
may choose a specific problem for research. Agriculturists and Life Scientists
EC 3113 Intermediate Macroeconomics
The Master of Science in Agriculture with a EC 3123 Intermediate Microeconomics
concentration in Agricultural Economics program MA 1613 Calculus for Business and Life
is designed for the student to begin graduate Sciences I
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ST 2113 Statistics for the Behavioral In addition to the core course requirements (see
Sciences list above), the student must take at least one of
the following courses (unless the student has
The student admitted to the program enrolls in a already received undergraduate credit for the
rigorous core curriculum composed of courses in course or its equivalent; re-taking a 4000-level
microeconomic theory, quantitative techniques, course for 6000-level credit is not allowed):
and research methods. The student is required AEC 6113 Agribusiness Firm Management
to follow a “lock-step” curriculum as specified AEC 6343 Advanced Farm Management
below: AEC 6413 Public Problems of Agriculture.
In addition, each student must take AEC 6133
Fall Semester, First Year Analysis of Food Markets and Prices (or its
AEC 8611 Research Seminar I. 1 hour equivalent) either prior to or in conjunction with
AEC 6713 Quantitative Economics. 3 hours AEC 8163 Consumers, Producers, and Markets.
AEC 6733 Econometric Analysis in Agricultural
Economics. 3 hours Completion Requirements—A comprehensive
AEC 8163 Consumers, Producers, and academic examination over the student’s
Markets. 3 hours coursework is administered after completion of
the coursework. The thesis (or research paper
Spring Semester, First Year under the non-thesis option) is completed under
AEC 8621 Research Seminar II. 1 hour the supervision of the student’s graduate
AEC 6723 Modeling for Agricultural committee. Completion of the degree requires
Management. 3 hours students to present and defend their research
AEC 8143 Agricultural Production Economics. work to the satisfaction of the Agricultural
3 hours Economics faculty.
AEC 8123 Market Organization and Structure.
3 hours Graduate Courses—Course prerequisites are
noted in parentheses.
Remaining Courses AEC 6113 Agribusiness Firm Management
AEC 6233 Advanced Topics in Environmental (EC 3123 or EC 3333). 3 hours
Economics. 3 hours AEC 6123 Financial and Commodity Futures
AEC 8843 Survey Design and Experimental Marketing (Junior standing). 3
Economics. 3 hours hours
AEC 6133 Analysis of Food Markets and
Program of Study—A minimum of 32 graduate Prices (AEC 3113 and EC 3123). 3
credit hours must be completed for the M.S. hours
degree. In the thesis option, the student must AEC 6233 Advanced Topics in Environmental
take at least 6 hours of thesis research/thesis (up Economics (AEC 3233 and EC
to 6 of these hours may substitute for coursework 3123). 3 hours
hours). The student must include each of the AEC 6343 Advanced Farm Management
required courses on the program of study and (Senior standing, EC 3123, and
must make sure that 8000-level courses make up AEC 4523). 3 hours
at least one-half of the total course credit hours, AEC 6413 Public Problems of Agriculture
not including thesis research/thesis hours, on the (Senior standing and EC 3123 and
program of study. In the non-thesis option, the AEC 3113). 3 hours
student must take from 1 to 6 directed individual AEC 6523 Farm Financial Management (ACC
study hours toward a research paper (up to 6 of 2023 and AEC 3133). 3 hours
these hours may substitute for coursework AEC 6530 Agribusiness Management
hours). The student must include each of the Internship (Consent of instructor).
required courses on the program of study and 1-6 hours
must make sure that 8000-level courses make up AEC 6623 Economics of Export-Import Traffic
at least 15 of the total course credit hours on the Management in Agriculture (Senior-
program of study. Graduate level standing or consent
of instructor). 3 hours
The curriculum is designed as a lock-step AEC 6713 Quantitative Economics (AEC 3113,
sequence of 26 hours of core coursework. The EC 3113, and EC 3123). 3 hours
remaining hours may be a combination of AEC 6723 Modeling for Agricultural
approved electives, research/thesis, or directed Management (AEC 3113). 3 hours
individual study hours used toward a research AEC 6733 Econometric Analysis in Agricultural
paper. Any course used as an approved elective Economics (AEC 3113). 3 hours
must be included on the program of study. AEC 6990 Special Topics in Agricultural
Economics. 1-9 hours
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AEC 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and requirements (i.e., GRE score, etc.). An
credits to be arranged; minimum of international applicant is required to have a
6 hours required for degree. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
AEC 8123 Market Organization and Structure. score of 575 PBT (233 CBT or 84 iBT) or an
3 hours IELTS (International English Language Testing
AEC 8143 Agricultural Production Economics Systems) score of 7.0 or higher to be considered
(EC 3123 or EC 3333 and AEC for admission.
4343/6343). 3 hours .
AEC 8163 Consumers, Producers, and Program of Study—The program of study is
Markets (EC 3123). 3 hours developed by the student and his/her major
AEC 8312 Economic and Social Environment professor with approval by the student’s graduate
of the Agribusiness Firm (EC 8103 committee, in accordance with the guidelines of
or equivalent). 2 hours the Office of the Graduate School, and must
AEC 8522 Decision Modeling for Agribusiness include core courses as specified below (M.S.
Management. 2 hours only).
AEC 8532 International Agricultural Trade
Policy (EC 8163). 2 hours Provisional Admission—Provisional admission
AEC 8542 Agribusiness Risk Management requirements may be indicated by the student’s
(EC 8103 or equivalent). 2 hours major professor or imposed by the Office of the
AEC 8611 Research Seminar I. 1 hour Graduate School in accordance with University
AEC 8621 Research Seminar II. 1 hour admission policies.
AEC 8713 Rural Community and Economic
Development. 3 hours Academic Performance—The Department of
AEC 8843 Survey Design and Experimental Animal and Dairy Sciences adheres to the
Economics (Consent of instructor). academic performance standards of the Office of
3 hours the Graduate School and CALS. Students are
referred to these criteria for provisional
admission, contingent admission, academic
Animal and Dairy Sciences performance, and dismissal policies.
Dr. Terry E. Kiser, Department Head
Prerequisite and Core Courses—For the M.S.
Dr. Peter Ryan, Graduate Coordinator degree in Agriculture with a concentration in
4025 Wise Center Animal and Dairy Sciences, the student must
PO Box 9815 have completed or will be required to complete in
Mississippi State, MS 39762 addition to the graduate coursework, the
Telephone: 662-325-2802 following courses: Animal Breeding, Animal
E-mail: pryan@ads.msstate.edu Nutrition, Animal Reproduction, Meats
Processing, and an animal production species-
The Animal and Dairy Sciences program offers specific course, or equivalent coursework, at the
graduate study toward the Master of Science undergraduate or graduate level. For M.S.
(thesis and non-thesis options) in Agriculture with candidates in both the thesis and non-thesis
a concentration in Animal Science and a Doctor options in Animal and Dairy Sciences, core
of Philosophy in Agricultural Sciences with a courses as part of the program of study must
concentration in Animal and Dairy Science. include ST 8114, a graduate level biochemistry
Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy course (3 hours minimum), and a graduate level
programs in Animal Nutrition; Food Science; physiology course (preferably PHY/ADS 6000 or
Animal Physiology; and Genetics are also 8000 level).
available through the interdepartmental programs
(refer to the specific interdepartmental programs Completion Requirements—M.S. thesis and
elsewhere in the Graduate Bulletin for program- Ph.D. candidates are required by the Department
specific guidelines in addition to those listed of Animal and Dairy Sciences to submit a written
here). proposal of the intended research area during the
first year of the graduate program, in addition to
Admission Criteria—A minimum of 3.00 GPA is the submission of an annual progress report of
required for all programs (Master of Science research, teaching, extension and service
thesis and non-thesis option and Doctor of activities, and a final written and oral presentation
Philosophy). Individual faculty serving as major of the thesis or dissertation work. For the non-
professors may have additional requirements for thesis M.S. program, the student is required to
students they advise. Therefore, it is advisable complete 30 hours of coursework as approved by
that a prospective student contact faculty with his/her graduate committee, write a scholarly
whom he/she is interested in working to research paper (the topic and content to be
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and complete an oral examination based on the ADS 8423 Meat Science (CH 4513/6513 or
coursework. For a Ph.D. candidate, an oral and equivalent and BIO 3304 or
written preliminary/comprehensive examination equivalent) [Same as FNH 8423]. 3
will be administered by the student’s graduate hours
committee in accordance with the Office of the ADS 8433 Bone, Muscle, and Fat Deposition
Graduate School guidelines prior to the in Animals (BCH 4613/6613) [Same
submission or defense of dissertation research. as PHY 8433]. 3 hours
ADS 8453 Statistical Genetics (ST 8114, ADS
Graduate Courses—Course prerequisites are 4123/6123) [Same as GNS 8453]. 3
noted in parentheses. hours
ADS 6112 Equine Reproduction [Same as ADS 8633 Homeostatic Regulation and
PHY 6112]. 3 hours Physiological Stress (PHY 6514
ADS 6113 Swine Science (ADS 1114). 3 hours and PHY 8131, 8133, or consent of
ADS 6115 Animal Nutrition (CH 2503 and CH instructor) [Same as PHY 8633]. 3
2501 or CH 4513 and CH 4511). 5 hours
hours ADS 8811 Advanced Seminar. 1 hour
ADS 6123 Animal Breeding (PO 3103). 3 ADS 8821 Advanced Seminar. 1 hour
hours ADS 8831 Advanced Seminar. 1 hour
ADS 6212 Livestock Evaluation (ADS 3213). 2 ADS 8833 Dairy Farm Management (ADS
hours 1114). 3 hours
ADS 6213 Livestock Nutrient Requirements ADS 8973 Scientific Writing (Graduate
and Formulation of Rations. 3 hours standing and consent of instructor)
ADS 6232 Advanced Livestock Evaluation [Same as FO 8973 and CVM 8973].
(ADS 6212). 2 hours 3 hours
ADS 6243 Composition and Chemical ADS 8990 Special Topics in Animal and Dairy
Reactions of Foods (CH 1053 and Science. 1-9 hours
2503, or equivalent) [Same as FNH
6243]. 3 hours
ADS 6314 Meats Processing [Same as FNH Animal Nutrition
6314]. 4 hours An Interdisciplinary Curriculum
ADS 6324 Beef Cattle Science (ADS 1114). 4
hours
Dr. Brian Rude, Graduate Coordinator
ADS 6333 Equine Exercise Physiology (ADS 4024 Wise Center
3232). 3 hours PO Box 9815
ADS 6611 Practices in Physiology of Mississippi State, MS 39762
Reproduction (BIO 1504) [Same as Telephone: 662-325-2933
PHY 6611]. 1 hour E-mail: brude@ads.msstate.edu
ADS 6613 Physiology of Reproduction (BIO
1504 ) [Same as PHY 6613]. 3 The graduate program in Animal Nutrition is an
hours interdepartmental curriculum leading to a Master
ADS 6623 Physiology of Lactation (BIO 1504) of Science in Agriculture with a concentration in
[Same as PHY 6623]. 3 hours Animal Nutrition or a Doctor of Philosophy in
ADS 6632 Animal Biotechnology and Agricultural Sciences with a concentration in
Application of Molecular Biology Animal Nutrition. The student selects course
(BIO 1504, ADS 4613, and BCH offerings from Animal and Dairy Sciences;
3613 or consent of instructor). 2 Poultry Science; Food Science, Nutrition, and
hours Health Promotion; Wildlife and Fisheries; and
ADS 6814 Dairy Farm Management (ADS Biochemistry.
1114). 4 hours
ADS 6990 Special Topics in Animal and Dairy Master of Science in Agriculture with a
Science. 1-9 hours Concentration in Animal Nutrition
ADS 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours Admission Criteria—Prerequisites for admission
ADS 8233 Advanced Breeding (ADS include a bachelor’s degree in Animal, Dairy or
4123/6123 or PO 4303/6303, ST Poultry Sciences; Food Science, Nutrition, and
8114). 3 hours Health Promotion; Fisheries or Aquatic Science;
ADS 8243 Advanced Physiology of Biological or Physical Science with an adequate
Reproduction (ADS 4613/6613 or background in chemistry. A minimum of 3.00
equivalent) [Same as PHY 8243]. 3 quality point average on a 4.00 scale is required.
hours The quality point average can be based on either
overall undergraduate degree work or the last
two years (60 semester hours) of undergraduate
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Examination (GRE) test scores is dependent Provisional Admission—A student who has not
upon the faculty member who will serve as the fully met the requirements stipulated by the
thesis director (major professor), but the GRE University and the graduate program for Animal
score is not an Animal Nutrition graduate Nutrition for admission to graduate study may be
program requirement. A statement of purpose granted admission as a degree-seeking graduate
and letters of recommendation are required of all student with provisional status. The student must
applicants. have as his or her initial objective advancement
to regular status. A provisional student must
Provisional Admission—A student who has not receive a 3.00 GPA for the first 9 hours of
fully met the requirements stipulated by the graduate-level courses on his or her program of
University and the graduate program for Animal study taken at Mississippi State University
Nutrition for admission to graduate study may be (courses with an S grade, transfer credits, or
granted admission as a degree-seeking graduate credits earned while in Unclassified status cannot
student with provisional status. The student must be used to satisfy this requirement) in order to
have as his or her initial objective advancement achieve regular status. If a 3.00 is not attained,
to regular status. A provisional student must the provisional student may be dismissed from
receive a 3.00 GPA for the first 9 hours of graduate study.
graduate-level courses on his or her program of
study taken at Mississippi State University Program of Study—The Doctor of Philosophy in
(courses with an S grade, transfer credits, or Animal Nutrition does not have any course
credits earned while in Unclassified status cannot requirements; however, BCH 6603, BCH 6613,
be used to satisfy this requirement) in order to ST 8114, and ST 8214 are required if they were
achieve regular status. If a 3.00 is not attained, not completed during the student’s master ‘s
the provisional student may be dismissed from degree. Additionally, there is a language or
graduate study. research skill requirement, a
preliminary/comprehensive examination, and a
Program of Study—The Master of Science final dissertation defense. The research skill
degree requires a minimum of 30 hours of requirement requires the student to demonstrate
graduate credit with 24 hours of coursework, half a technical proficiency in a research skill not
of which must be taken at the 8000 level or directly or routinely related to his or her research
above, a research thesis, and thesis defense. area. This proficiency may be demonstrated by
The Animal Nutrition program does not offer a successful completion of six hours of credit
non-thesis M.S. degree. The student is required (examples include 6 hours of statistics excluding
to take BCH 6603, BCH 6613, ST 8114, and ST ST 8114 and ST 8214; 6 hours in computer
8214. The program must also contain at least 6 science; 6 hours in a research area excluding
hours of thesis research and thesis. A minor is minor or required courses; directed individual
not required but if selected an additional 12 hours study courses) approved by the student’s
of credit and a committee member from the minor graduate committee and is not part of the
area are required. A graduate program of study program of study. A minor is not required, but if a
should be submitted and approved by the minor is selected it must consist of a minimum of
student’s graduate committee and graduate 12 hours of graduate credit, and a committee
coordinator by the end of the first semester of member from the minor area is required. A
graduate study. The graduate committee should graduate program of study should be submitted
be composed of the major professor and at least and approved by the student’s graduate
two committee members, one of whom should be committee and graduate coordinator by the end
a member of the Animal Nutrition graduate of the first semester of graduate study. The
faculty. Additional committee members may be graduate committee should be composed of at
included at the discretion of the major professor. least four members including the major professor
who must be a full member of the graduate
Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Sciences Animal Nutrition faculty, one other member of the
with a Concentration in Animal Nutrition graduate Animal Nutrition faculty, and two
Admission Criteria—Prerequisites for admission additional members, one of whom must be from
include a master’s degree. A minimum of 3.00 the minor field if a minor is selected. The other
quality point average on a 4.00 scale is required may be from outside the major area.
for all post-baccalaureate courses. Any request
for Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores Departmental Representative/Title
is dependent upon the faculty member who will Brian S. Baldwin, Professor, Plant and Soil
serve as the thesis director (major professor), but Sciences
the GRE score is not an Animal Nutrition Alejandro Corzo, Assistant Professor, Poultry
graduate program requirement. A statement of Science
purpose and letters of recommendation are Mark A. Crenshaw, Associate Extension
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Steve Demairis, Associate Professor, Wildlife and Animal Physiology
Fisheries An Interdisciplinary Program
Michael T. Kidd, Professor, Poultry Science
Stephanie R. Hill, Assistant Professor, Animal
Dr. Peter Ryan, Graduate Coordinator
and Dairy Sciences 4025 Wise Center
Jane A. Parish, Associate Extension/Research PO Box 9815
Professor, Animal and Dairy Sciences Mississippi State, MS 39762
Brian J. Rude, Associate Professor, Animal and Telephone: 662-325-3802
Dairy Sciences E-mail: ryan@cvm.msstate.edu
Ty B. Schmidt, Assistant Professor, Animal and
Dairy Sciences The graduate program in Animal Physiology is an
Yvonne Vizzier-Thaxton, Professor, Poultry interdisciplinary curriculum leading to a Master of
Science Science in Agricultural Life Sciences with a
concentration in Animal Physiology and/or Doctor
Graduate Courses—Course prerequisites are of Philosophy degree in Life Sciences with a
noted in parenthesis. concentration in Animal Physiology. Course
ADS 6115 Animal Nutrition (CH 2503, CH offerings are from several departments including,
2501). 5 hours but not exclusively, Animal and Dairy Sciences;
FNH 6233 Medical Nutrition Therapy (FNH Basic Science (College of Veterinary Medicine);
2293 or consent of instructor). 3 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biological
hours Sciences; Entomology and Plant Pathology;
FNH 6243 Composition and Chemical Poultry Science; and Wildlife and Fisheries. The
Reactions of Foods (CH 1053 and program of study is developed by the student and
CH 2503 or equivalent). 3 hours his/her major professor with the approval of the
FNH 6253 Nutritional Biochemistry of Foods student’s graduate program committee. Specific
(CH 2503 or equivalent with courses vary depending on the needs of the
consent of instructor). 3 hours student. A limited number of assistantships are
FNH 6293 Vitamins, Minerals and available to qualified applicants.
Supplements (CH 2503 or
equivalent with consent of Admission Criteria—Prerequisites for admission
instructor). 3 hours include a bachelor’s or master’s degree in
FNH 6423 Feed Manufacturing. 3 hours animal, dairy or poultry science; human sciences;
FNH 6990 Special Topics in Food Science, wildlife; fisheries or aquatic science; biological or
Nutrition and Health Promotion. 1-9 physical science; or a doctor of medicine or
hours veterinary medicine degree with an adequate
FNH 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours background in chemistry. A minimum of 3.00
FNH 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and overall grade point average (GPA) on a 4.00
credits to be arranged; minimum of scale is required. A student who has not fully
6 hours required for degree. met the requirements stipulated by the University
ADS 8111-8131 Nutrition Seminar. 1 hour and the program for admission (i.e., students with
PO 8123 Methods In Nutrition Research 2.50 to 2.99 GPA) may be granted admission to
(NTR 6114 or equivalent). 3 hours the Animal Physiology program with provisional
ADS 8153 Ruminant Nutrition (NTR 6114 or status. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not
equivalent). 3 hours required for admission, but applicants are
ADS 8162 Monogastric Nutrition (NTR 6114 or required to attempt the GRE. A paper-based
equivalent). 2 hours (PBT) TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign
FNH 8233 Maternal, Infant, and Child Language) of 575 (233 CBT or 84 iBT) or an
Nutrition. 3 hours IELTS (International English Language Testing
FNH 8243 Community Nutrition (FNH 3213). 3 Systems) score of 7.0 or better is required of all
hours international applicants. Letters of
FNH 8253 Nutrition and Food Science recommendation are required of all applicants.
Research Techniques. 3 hours
FNH 8261 Dietetic Internship Seminar. 1 hour Program of Study: Master of Science (M.S.)—
FNH 8273 Dietetic Internship Capstone. 3 The Master of Science degree requires a
hours minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit (including
PO 8443 Avian Nutrition. 3 hours 6 hours of Research/Thesis), a research thesis,
ADS 8463 Advanced Animal Nutrition. 3 hours and thesis defense. The Animal Physiology
ADS 8473 Micro-Nutrient Nutrition (NTR 6115 program does not offer a non-thesis M.S. degree.
or equivalent). 3 hours The student is required to take at least two hours
of Physiology Seminar (PHY 8811-41). Other
course requirements may include BCH 6603
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the 24 hours (minimum number of hours) of of an annual progress report of research,
graduate coursework required, half must be teaching, and/or extension and service activities
taken at the 8000 level. A minor is not required of the thesis or dissertation work. For a Ph.D.
but if selected an additional 9 hours of credit is candidate, a written and oral
required and a committee member from the preliminary/comprehensive examination will be
minor area is required. A graduate program of administered by the student’s graduate
study should be submitted and approved by the committee in accordance with Graduate School
student’s graduate committee and graduate guidelines prior to the submission of defense of
coordinator by the end of the first semester of dissertation research.
graduate study. The graduate committee should
be composed of the major professor and two Provisional Admission—A student recom-
committee members, one of whom should be a mended for provisional admission is required to
member of the Animal Physiology graduate achieve a 3.00 GPA on the first 9 hours of
faculty and the other may be a minor professor. graduate courses in order to achieve regular
Additional committee members may be included status. Courses with an S grade, transfer credits,
at the discretion of the major professor. or credits earned while in Unclassified status
cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. If a
Program of Study: Doctor of Philosophy 3.00 is not attained, the provisional student may
(Ph.D.)—The Ph.D. in Animal Physiology be dismissed from the program and graduate
requires a minimum of three academic years study. An overall GPA of 3.00 is required for
beyond the B.S. degree; the number of hours will graduation. To be eligible for the
vary as determined by the student and major comprehensive/preliminary examination, a
professor. The student is required to take at least graduate student must maintain an overall B
3 hours of Physiology Seminar (PHY 8811-41). average in all graduate courses attempted after
Other course requirements may include BCH admission to the program.
6603, BCH 6613, ST 8114, and ST 8214 or
equivalents. A minor is not required, but if a General Information—The Animal Physiology
minor is selected an additional 12 hours of graduate faculty is listed below. For additional
graduate credit is required and a committee information, contact the Animal Physiology
member from the minor area is required. The Graduate Coordinator, PO Box 9815, Mississippi
preliminary/comprehensive examination must be State University, MS 39762 or by e-mail at
attempted by the end of the fifth semester of the ryan@cvm.msstate.edu. An application for
program. A program of study should be submitted admission should be submitted directly to the
and approved by the student’s graduate Office of the Graduate School, PO Box G,
committee and graduate coordinator by the end Mississippi State, MS 39762.
of the first semester of graduate study. If a minor
is selected, the graduate committee should be Faculty/Title/Department
composed of at least five members including the John G. Bailey, Associate Professor, Clinical
major professor, who must be a full member of Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine
the Animal Physiology graduate faculty; at least Howard Chambers, Professor, Entomology
two additional members of the Animal Physiology Janice E. Chambers, Professor, Basic Science,
graduate faculty and two additional members, College of Veterinary Medicine
one of whom must be from the minor field; the Timothy N. Chamblee, Associate Professor,
other may be from outside the major area. Poultry Science
Additional committee members may be included John Fuquay, Professor Emeritus, Animal and
at the discretion of the major professor. Dairy Sciences
Dean Jousan, Assistant Extension Professor of
Academic Performance and Continued Animal and Dairy Sciences
Enrollment—Continuous enrollment in the Terry E. Kiser, Professor and Department Head,
Animal Physiology program is dependent upon Animal and Dairy Sciences
satisfactory evaluation of academic performance Jamie Larson, Assistant Professor, Animal and
and progress toward the completion of the Dairy Sciences
respective research degrees. A student will be Christopher McDaniel, Professor, Poultry Science
recommended for dismissal if he/she receives Erdogan Memili, Assistant Professor, Animal and
more than two grades of C or any grade below a Dairy Sciences
C in courses taken for credit. Molly Nicodemus, Associate Professor, Animal
and Dairy Sciences
Completion Requirements—M.S. and Ph.D. F. David Peebles, Professor, Poultry Science
candidates are required by the Animal Physiology Justin Rhinehart, Assistant Extension Professor
program to submit a written proposal of the of Animal and Dairy Sciences
intended research area during the first year of the
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Peter L. Ryan, Professor and Graduate PHY 8990 Special Topics in Physiology. 1-9
Coordinator, Animal and Dairy Sciences and hours
Pathobiology and Population Medicine PHY 9000 Dissertation Research/Dissertation.
Ty B. Schmidt, Assistant Professor, Animal and Hours and credits to be arranged;
Dairy Sciences minimum of 20 hours required for
Trent Smith, Assistant Professor, Animal and degree.
Dairy Sciences
Scott T. Willard, Professor, Animal and Dairy
Sciences and Department Head, Applied Economics
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology An Interdisciplinary Program
Rhonda Vann, Associate Research Professor of
Animal and Dairy Sciences
Dr. Paul Grimes, Department Head
Dr. Ben Blair, Graduate Coordinator
Animal Physiology Courses—Course 326 McCool Hall
prerequisites are noted in parentheses. PO Box 9580
PHY 6112 Equine Reproduction (same as Mississippi State, MS 39762
ADS 6112). 2 hours Telephone: 662-325-2341
PHY 6114 Cellular Physiology [same as BIO E-mail: gsb@cobilan.msstate.edu
6114]. 4 hours Web site:grad-econ@cobilan.msstate.edu
PHY 6335 Anatomy and Physiology of Insects
(ENT 6154) [same as ENT 6335]. 5
The Ph.D. in Applied Economics is a cooperative
hours
program offered by the graduate economics
PHY 6514 Animal Physiology [same as BIO
faculty of the College of Business and the
6514]. 4 hours
Agricultural Economics faculty of the College of
PHY 6611 Practice in Physiology of
Agricultural and Life Sciences. The program
Reproduction (ADS 6613 or taken
provides advanced training in economic science
concurrently) [same as ADS 6611].
to prepare graduates for research and teaching
1 hour
positions in academia, government, and
PHY 6613 Physiology of Reproduction (BIO
business. For additional program information, e-
1504 or VS 2014) [same as ADS
mail the Economics Graduate Coordinator at
6613]. 3 hours
grad-econ@cobilan.msstate.edu or phone 662-
PHY 6623 Physiology of Lactation (VS 2013 or
325-2341.
BIO 1504) [same as ADS 6623]. 3
hours
PHY 6843 Poultry Physiology [same as PO
6843]. 3 hours Biochemistry and Molecular
PHY 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours Biology
PHY 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and Dr. Scott Willard, Department Head
credits to be arranged; minimum of Dr. Din-Pow Ma, Graduate Coordinator
6 hours required for degree. 402 Dorman Hall
PHY 8131 Endocrine Methods [same as ADS
8131]. 1 hour
PO Box 9650
PHY 8133 Endocrine Secretions [same as Mississippi State, MS 39762
ADS 8133]. 3 hours Telephone: 662-325-2640
PHY 8243 Advanced Physiology of E-mail: dm1@ra.msstate.edu
Reproduction (ADS 6613) [same as
ADS 8243]. 3 hours The Department offers graduate study leading to
PHY 8333 Advanced Toxicology (ENT 6543 or the Master of Science degree in Agricultural Life
elementary biochemistry) [same as Sciences with a concentration in Biochemistry
ENT 8333]. 3 hours and the Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular
PHY 8433 Bone, Muscle, and Fat Deposition Biology. The Department also participates in
in Animals (BCH 6613) [same as interdisciplinary programs leading to the Master
ADS 8433]. 3 hours of Science in Agricultural Life Sciences with
PHY 8623. Physiology of Digestion and concentrations in Genetics and in Animal
Metabolism (CH 6523) [same as Physiology; the Master of Science in Nutrition,
PO 8823]. 3 hours Food Science, and Health Promotion with a
PHY 8633 Homeostatic Regulations and concentration in Nutrition; the Doctor of
Physiological Stress (PHY 8134 Philosophy degree in Agricultural Sciences with a
and BIO 6514) [same as ADS concentration in Animal Nutrition; the Doctor of
8633]. 3 hours Philosophy in Life Sciences with concentrations
PHY 8811-8841 Animal Physiology Seminar. 1 in Genetics and Animal Physiology; and the
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Admission Criteria—Prerequisites for admission equivalents), Protein Methods, Molecular Biology
include a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a Methods, Molecular Biology or Molecular
physical or life science with a strong background Genetics and Intermediary Metabolism. An
in chemistry and biochemistry. A minimum of entrance exam will be provided to the student
2.75 overall grade point average on a 4.00 scale wishing to bypass General Biochemistry I and
is required. The GRE general test is required. It General Biochemistry II. If a student has
is recommended that students applying for the successfully completed any of these courses as
Ph.D. also take the GRE advanced test in undergraduates at Mississippi State, he or she
Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology or need not retake them. The student must have a
Chemistry. International students are required to 3.00 average or better in all core courses taken.
have a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign The student will not be allowed to drop a core
Language) score of 550 PBT (213 CBT or 79 course.
iBT) or an IELTS (International English Language
Testing Systems) score of 6.5 or better in order The student is required to show technical
to be considered. The statement of purpose and proficiency in one skill area not directly or
letters of recommendation are also considered in routinely related to his or her research area. This
the admissions decision. proficiency must be demonstrable by successful
completion of a course taken at Mississippi State
Program of Study/Completion Requirements – (including directed individual study courses)
M.S.—The Master of Science degree requires a approved by the student’s graduate committee
minimum of 24 hours of graduate coursework that is not part of the program of study. Such
including successful completion of BCH 6414, proficiencies could include (but are not limited to)
BCH 6804, BCH 8654, and a final oral statistics, computers, electron microscopy, plant
examination. The student may select either a transformation, tissue culture, production of
research thesis or a project (non-thesis) option in monoclonal antibodies.
his or her program of study. If a thesis is
selected, the student must register for a minimum The student is required to present two formal
of 6 credit hours of research/thesis and complete (full-length, graded) seminars and one informal
a research project. If the project option is seminar (one-half length, non-graded). The
selected, the student must complete two informal seminar will be presented in the second
additional graduate courses (6 credit hours) in an semester in residence. The first formal seminar
area of interest and complete an independent should be after the student has been in residence
research paper related to the area of interest by for 1.5 years. The final seminar will be a
enrolling in three hours of directed individual presentation of the final research results of the
study. The research paper will be the equivalent student. The student is required to attend all
of a research literature review and will be departmental seminars.
reviewed by the student’s committee. All
students are required to present one formal (full- The student’s graduate committee will consist of
length, graded) seminar and one informal a total of five members with at least three from
seminar (one-half length, non-graded). The the department. The student will submit a
informal seminar will be presented in the second research proposal to the committee. No time
semester in residence. The formal seminar will limit is imposed, but it is suggested that the
be a presentation of the final research results or proposal be submitted within the first 1.5 years.
project of the student. Students are required to The student will have yearly reviews with the
attend all departmental seminars. graduate committee. The student is expected to
produce publishable research.
Program of Study/Completion Requirements:
Ph.D.—The Ph.D. degree is primarily a research The student must pass written and oral
degree. However, a minimum of 30 to 40 hours preliminary examinations dealing with his or her
of coursework, and 30 hours of research beyond program of study. A student not passing the
the B.S. degree are required. A student entering preliminary exams on a second attempt will be
the program with a master’s degree will be given the option of completing the research
required to take 30 to 40 hours past that degree. required for an M.S. (provided the coursework is
The courses shall come from the offerings of the also adequate). The student must pass a final
Department and from supporting programs. If the oral defense of the dissertation upon completion
student desires a specific minor, 12 hours should of the research program.
be in that field. The selection of courses is left to
the student in consultation with the major Provisional Admission—A student who has not
professor and graduate committee. fully met the requirements stipulated by the
University and the appropriate department for
A student is required to take a core of General admission to graduate study may be granted
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with provisional status. Such students must have BCH 8101 Seminar. 1 hour
as their initial objective advancement to regular BCH 8133 Biochemical Oxidations and
status. A provisional student must receive a 3.00 Bioenergetics (BCH 4613/6613). 3
GPA on the first 9 hours of graduate-level hours
courses on their programs of study taken at BCH 8243 Molecular Biology of Plants
Mississippi State University in order to achieve (coregistration in BCH 4613/6613).
regular status. Courses with an S grade, transfer 3 hours
credits, or credits earned while in Unclassified BCH 8613 Membrane Biochemistry (BCH
status cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. 4613/6613). 3 hours
If a 3.00 is not attained, the provisional student BCH 8623 Genomes and Genomics (BCH
may be dismissed from graduate study. While in 4113/6113 or BCH 4713/6713 or
the provisional status, a student is not eligible to BCH 8643 or consent of instructor).
hold a graduate assistantship. 3 hours
BCH 8631 Topics in Genomics (PSS/BCH
Academic Performance—The Department of 8623 or BCH 4713/6713 or BCH
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has the 8643 or consent of instructor). 1
following standards for graduate students in both hour
the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. The student is BCH 8633 Enzymes (BCH 4613/6613). 3
allowed only two Cs. Any third C or the first hours
grade below C is grounds for dismissal. BCH 8643 Molecular Genetics (PO 3103 or
BIO 3103 and coregistration in BCH
For additional information, contact the Graduate 4613/6613) [same as GNS 8643,
Coordinator, Department of Biochemistry and PHY 8643]. 3 hours
Molecular Biology, PO Box 9650, Mississippi BCH 8654 Intermediary Metabolism (BCH
State, MS 39762 or dm1@ra.msstate.edu. 4613/6613). 4 hours
BCH 8990 Special Topics in Biochemistry. 1-9
Graduate Courses—Course prerequisites are hours
noted in parentheses. BCH 9000 Dissertation Research/Dissertation.
BCH 6013 Principles of Biochemistry (CH Hours and credits to be arranged;
2503, BIO 1504). 3 hours minimum of 20 hours required for
BCH 6113 Essentials of Molecular Genetics. 3 degree.
hours
BCH 6253 Nutritional Biochemistry of Foods
(CH 2503 or equivalent with Entomology and Plant Pathology
instructor’s consent. FNHP and Dr. Clarence H. Collison, Department
BCH students only). 3 hours Head and Graduate Coordinator
BCH 6333 Advanced Forensic Science (BCH
4013/6013 or BCH 4603 and BCH
103 Clay Lyle Entomology Complex
4613/6613 or consent of instructor). PO Box 9775
3 hours Mississippi State, MS 39762
BCH 6414 Protein Methods (Coregistration in Telephone: 662-325-2085
BCH 4603/6603). 4 hours E-mail: bperrigin@entomology.msstate.edu
BCH 6503 Scientific Communication Skills
(Graduate standing). 3 hours The Department of Entomology and Plant
BCH 6603-6613 General Biochemistry (CH Pathology offers graduate study leading to the
4523/6523 or consent of instructor). Master of Science degree in Agricultural Life
3 hours each Sciences with a concentration in Entomology and
BCH 6623 Biochemistry of Specialized Tissues Plant Pathology and the Doctor of Philosophy
(coregistration in BCH 4613/6613).3 degree in Life Sciences with a concentration in
hours Entomology and Plant Pathology. For more
BCH 6713 Molecular Biology (coregistration in detailed information concerning any of the
BCH 4613/6613) [same as GNS department’s graduate programs, please write to
6713]. 3 hours the Graduate Coordinator, Department of
BCH 6804 Molecular Biology Methods Entomology and Plant Pathology, Box 9775,
(coregistration in BCH 4613/6613) Mississippi State, MS 39762 or e-mail
[same as GNS 6804]. 4 hours bperrigin@entomology.msstate.edu.
BCH 6990 Special Topics in Biochemistry. 1-9
hours Admission Criteria—A graduate screening
BCH 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours committee, composed of members of the
BCH 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and Entomology and Plant Pathology faculty, screens
credits to be arranged; minimum of all applicants. Final acceptance into a graduate
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suitable major professor. Specific requirements EPP 6214 Disease of Crops (EPP 3113 or
for entrance into the program are listed below: 3124). 4 hours
 Bachelor's degree/master’s degree from an EPP 6234 Field Crop Insects (EPP 2213 or
accredited, 4-year college with a grade point 4154). 4 hours
average of 3.00/4.00 scale EPP 6244 Aquatic Entomology (EPP 4154 or
 satisfactory scores on verbal and instructor approval). 4 hours
quantitative sections of the GRE EPP 6263 Principles of Insect Pest
 three letters of recommendation Management. 3 hours
 TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign EPP 6335 Anatomy and Physiology of Insects
Language) score of 500 PBT (173 CBT or 61 (EPP 4154 [same as PHY 6335]). 5
iBT) or an IELTS (International English hours
Language Testing Systems) score of 5.5 EPP 6523 Turfgrass Diseases (EPP 3113 or
(non-English speaking international 3124). 3 hours
students) EPP 6543 Toxicology and Insecticide
Chemistry (organic chemistry). 3
Program of Study and Course Requirements: hours
M.S. in Agricultural Life Sciences with a EPP 6990 Special Topics in Entomology or
Concentration in Entomology Plant Pathology. 1-9 hours
and Plant Pathology EPP 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours
Students in this program must complete 24 credit EPP 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and
hours in coursework above the baccalaureate credits to be arranged; minimum of
degree, at least 15 hours of which must be from 6 hours required for degree.
8000 or 9000 level courses. The program of EPP 8111 Seminar. 1 hour
study must include two credit hours of Seminar EPP 8113 Plant Nematology (EPP 3113). 3
(EPP 8111 and 8121). hours
EPP 8121 Seminar. 1 hour
Ph.D. in Life Sciences with a Concentration in EPP 8123 Plant Virology (EPP 3113). 3 hours
Entomology and Plant Pathology EPP 8133 Plant Bacteriology (EPP 4113, EPP
This program requires 60 credit hours of 6163 or consent of instructor). 3
coursework above the baccalaureate degree. hours
The program of study must include 2 hours of EPP 8143 Advanced Plant Pathology I (EPP
Seminar credit (EPP 8111 and 8121). It is 3113). 3 hours
recommended that the doctoral program include EPP 8144 Transmission Electron Microscopy
enrichment courses to be approved by the (Consent of instructor) [same as
graduate committee. The enrichment program BIO 8014]. 4 hours
would consist of 12 course credits or equivalent EPP 8173 Clinical Plant Pathology (EPP 3113
special projects or study areas related to the and EPP 4114/6114). 3 hours
specific interests and needs of the student. EPP 8223 Scanning Electron Microscopy
(Graduate standing and permission
Graduate Courses: of instructor. 3 hours
EPP 6113 Principles of Plant Pathology (BIO EPP 8253 Advanced Plant Pathology II (EPP
1203 or consent of instructor). 3 3113, BOT 4214). 3 hours
hours EPP 8272 Empirical Research in Theory and
EPP 6114 Mycology (BOT 1203 and BOT Practice. 2 hours
1213). 4 hours EPP 8333 Advanced Toxicology
EPP 6152 Taxon – Fungi Imperfecti (Consent EPP4543/6543 or BCH 5615)
of instructor). 2 hours [same as PHY 8333]. 3 hours
EPP 6154 General Entomology. 4 hours EPP 8453 Insect Pathology. 3 hours
EPP 6162 Taxon – Ascomycetes (Consent of EPP 8483 Ecological Genetics (PO 3103 or
instructor). 2 hours equivalent and BIO 4113/6113 or
EPP 6163 Plant Disease Management (EPP consent of instructor. 3 hours
3113). 3 hours EPP 8624 Population Ecology of Insects (A
EPP 6164 Insect Taxonomy (EPP 4154). 4 course in general ecology). 4 hours
hours EPP 8990 Special Topics in Entomology or
EPP 6172 Taxon – Basidiomycetes (Consent Plant Pathology. 1-9 hours
of instructor). 2 hours EPP 9000 Dissertation Research/Dissertation.
EPP 6173 Medical and Veterinary Entomology Hours and credits to be arranged;
(EPP 4154 or consent of instructor). minimum of 20 hours required for
2 hours degree.
EPP 6182 Taxon – Oom and Zyg (Consent of
instructor). 2 hours Academic Performance—The student must
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graduate program in the Department of and facilities of the cooperating departments are
Entomology and Plant Pathology after admission utilized. A Bachelor of Science in Food
to the program. Any student receiving two Technology, Food Science, or related areas will
grades below a B will be recommended for be considered to meet the prerequisites for study
dismissal from the University. toward an advanced degree. A student from
other disciplines may be required to take leveling
Completion Requirements—The student must courses generally not to exceed 15 semester
present an approved/defended thesis (M.S.) or hours.
dissertation (Ph.D.) for completion of the
program. Nutrition—A Master of Science degree in Food
Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion with a
concentration in Nutrition is offered by selecting
Food Science, Nutrition and courses in Food Science, Nutrition and Health
Promotion and in Biochemistry.
Health Promotion
Dr. Benjy Mikel, Department Head The Dietetic Internship Program is an
Dr. Juan L. Silva, Graduate Coordinator innovative, post-baccalaureate program designed
Herzer Building to prepare interns for rewarding careers in
PO Box 9805 traditional and non-traditional roles. Interns
Mississippi State, MS 39762 complete the requirements for the Dietetic
Telephone: 662-325-3200 Internship and 6 hours of coursework in Food
Fax: 662-325-8728 Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion with an
emphasis in nutrition. The MSU Dietetic
E-mail: Internship Program provides hands-on
graduate_coordinator@fsnhp.msstate.edu experience in various clinical research, food
Web site:http://www.fsnhp.msstate.edu/ service management, community nutrition, and
nutrition education activities that registered
Graduate study is offered in the Department of dietitians encounter. Interns work with faculty,
Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion site coordinators, and preceptors in outpatient
leading to a Master of Science degree in Food clinics, various inpatient settings, community
Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion with settings, classrooms, and other locations as they
concentrations in Food Science and Technology; build skills and broaden their understanding of
Nutrition; or Health Promotion. The Doctor of modern dietetics. Upon completion of the
Philosophy degree in Food Science, Nutrition and internship, a graduate is prepared for the
Health Promotion is also offered through this Registration Examination of the Commission on
department with concentrations in Food Science Dietetic Registration and successful entry-level
and Technology or Nutrition. practice. Students may also pursue a M.S.
degree at the same time.
Graduate assistantships may be available. For
information, contact the Graduate Coordinator, The Mississippi State University Dietetic
Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Internship Program is currently granted
Health Promotion, PO Box 9805, Mississippi accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation
State, MS 39762-9805 or visit the departmental for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic
Web site: http://www.fsnhp.msstate.edu/. Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite
2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040,
Master of Science in Food Science, ext. 5400. Dietetic interns must be admitted to
Nutrition and Health Promotion graduate studies at MSU. For additional
Food Science and Technology—In 1983 the information contact Dietetic Internship Program
Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Director, PO Box 9805, Mississippi State, MS
Learning designated Mississippi State University 39762-9805 or visit the departmental Web site:
(MSU) as the flagship university for a food http://www.fsnhp.msstate.edu/.
science program in the state of Mississippi. The
designation basically stated that MSU would be Health Promotion—A Master of Science degree
the only university in the state with such a in Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
program. A student may work toward a Master of with a concentration in Health Promotion is
Science in Food Science, Nutrition and Health available. This program is designed to equip
Promotion with a concentration in Food Science students for careers as health educators, health
and Technology by selecting courses from Food promotion specialists, and health scientists.
Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion; Animal Graduates from this program will be trained for
and Dairy Sciences; Poultry Science; careers in school health, public health, and/or
Horticulture; etc., and by completing supporting violence and injury prevention.
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Admission Criteria—A minimum of a 2.75 GPA Nutrition—The Master of Science in Food
(undergraduate work) is required for graduate Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion with a
work if accrued over a four-year average. If Nutrition concentration requires a minimum of 30
accrued over a two-year period, a 3.00 GPA is hours of graduate credit (including 6 hours of
required. Applicants must take the Graduate research/thesis), a research thesis, and a final
Record Examination (GRE). International defense. Core course requirements include BCH
students are required to have a minimum TOEFL 6603, BCH 6613 and ST 8114 or equivalents. A
(Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of graduate program of study should be submitted
550 PBT (213 CBT or 79 iBT) or an IELTS and approved by the student’s graduate
(International English Language Testing committee and graduate coordinator by the end
Systems) score of 6.5 . of the first semester of graduate study. The
graduate committee should be composed of the
Provisional Admission—A student who has not major professor and two committee members.
fully met the requirements stipulated by the
University and the department for admission to Health Promotion—The Master of Science
graduate study may be granted admission as a degree in Food Science, Nutrition and Health
degree-seeking graduate student with provisional Promotion with a Health Promotion concentration
status. Such students must have as his/her initial requires a minimum of 33 hours of graduate
objective advancement to regular status. A credit. A student may select either the thesis or
provisional student must receive a 3.00 GPA on non-thesis option. The student develops, in
the first 9 hours of graduate-level courses on the cooperation with his/her major professor, a
program of study taken at Mississippi State program of study during the first semester. All
University (courses with an S grade, transfer students must successfully complete
credits, or credits earned while in Unclassified comprehensive examinations before being
status cannot be used to satisfy this requirement) awarded the degree of Master of Science in Food
after admission to the program in order to Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion with a
achieve regular status. If a 3.00 is not attained, Health Promotion concentration. The student
the provisional student will be dismissed from must be within 6 hours of graduation, have
graduate study. While in the provisional status, a completed all core courses, and have a 3.00
student is not eligible to hold a graduate GPA after admission to the program to apply for
assistantship. comprehensive examinations.

Program of Study/Completion Requirements: A student pursuing the thesis option is required to


Food Science and Technology—The Master of complete 6 thesis research/thesis hours as part
Science degree in Food Science, Nutrition and of the 33 required hours. A thesis committee,
Health Promotion with a Food Science and consisting of the student’s major professor and
Technology concentration requires a minimum two other graduate faculty members, must be
number of 30 hours of graduate credit, a established.
research thesis, and a final defense. Of the 30
hours, 24 must be coursework, half of which must A student pursuing the non-thesis option may
be at the 8000 level or above. The program must choose to complete a Directed Individual Study
also contain at least 6 hours of thesis and 33 required hours. A student choosing a
research/thesis. If a minor is approved, at least 9 Directed Individual Study must establish a
hours of coursework in the area are required. committee consisting of the student’s major
The program of study should be submitted and professor and one other graduate faculty
approved by the student’s graduate committee member.
and graduate coordinator by the end of the first
semester of graduate study. The graduate The following courses are required: FNH 8513
committee should be composed of the major Theory and Practice of Health Education; FNH
professor and two committee members. A 8523 Health Promotion Techniques; FNH 8553
committee member from the minor area is Behavioral Epidemiology; FNH 8613 Design and
required. A degree candidate must be thoroughly Administration of Health Promotion Programs;
familiar with the literature in the field of major and FNH 8653 Implementation and Evaluation of
interest, must show the relation of special subject Health Promotion Programs.
to allied subjects, and the level of general
knowledge and training, including the use of oral Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science,
and written communication. At the conclusion of Nutrition and Health Promotion
research, the student will present her/his A Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered within
research work in the form of a seminar to an the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and
open audience and to the committee as part of Health Promotion with concentrations in Food
the examination requirements. Science and Technology or Nutrition. Graduate
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additional information contact the Graduate A committee member from the minor area is
Coordinator, Department of Food Science, required.
Nutrition and Health Promotion, PO Box 9805,
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9805. The The student must demonstrate competence in at
departmental Web site can be accessed at least, but not limited to, the following areas:
http://www.fsnhp.msstate.edu/. Food Microbiology, Food Chemistry, Nutrition,
Food Processing, Statistics (beyond Statistical
A student may work toward a concentration in Methods), and Biochemistry (decided by
Food Science and Technology by selecting graduate committee). Great reliance is placed on
courses from Food Science, Nutrition and Health the student’s graduate committee and especially
Promotion; Animal and Dairy Sciences; Poultry the major professor to develop a program of
Science; Horticulture; etc. and by completing study commensurate with the goals and
supporting work in other disciplines. Faculty, background of the student while maintaining the
staff members, and facilities of the cooperating standards of the department.
departments are utilized. A Master of Science in
Food Technology, Food Science, or related areas A Ph.D. candidate must demonstrate mastery of
will be considered to meet the prerequisites for a particular field of knowledge, the techniques of
study towards a doctorate. Students from other research, and of the correlation of his/her
disciplines may be required to take leveling specialty with the larger areas of knowledge,
courses generally not to exceed 15 semester especially those directly related to his/her own
hours. field of interest. At the conclusion of the
dissertation research, the student will present
Nutrition—A Ph.D. degree in Food Science, his/her research in the form of a seminar to an
Nutrition and Health Promotion with a open audience and to the committee as part of
concentration in Nutrition is offered by selecting the examination requirement.
courses in Food Science, Nutrition and Health
Promotion and in Biochemistry. A Master of Department Representatives/ Title
Science in Nutrition or Health Promotion will be J. M. Behrends, Assistant Professor, Food
considered to meet the prerequisites for study Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
towards a doctorate. A student from other C. A. Briley, Assistant Professor, Food Science,
disciplines may be required to take leveling Nutrition and Health Promotion
courses generally not to exceed 15 semester S. H. Byrd, Associate Professor, Food Science,
hours. Nutrition and Health Promotion
J. M. Clary, Extension Professor, Food Science,
Admission Criteria—For regular admission to Nutrition and Health Promotion
the Ph.D. program in Food Science, Nutrition and P. C. Coggins, Assistant Research Professor,
Health Promotion, an applicant must have a Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
minimum grade point average of 2.75 B. J. Fountain, Assistant Extension Professor,
(undergraduate) if accrued over a four-year Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
average. If accrued over a two-year period, a W. T. Gillis, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Food
3.00 grade point average is required. An Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
applicant must have a minimum grade point M. E. Hall, Assistant Professor, Food Science,
average of 3.00 on M.S. work. In addition, the Nutrition and Health Promotion
applicant must submit Graduate Record Z. Z. Haque, Professor, Food Science, Nutrition
Examination (GRE) verbal and quantitative and Health Promotion
scores. International students are required to A. F. Hood, Extension Food Technologist, Food
have a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
Foreign Language) score of 550 PBT (213 CBT B. P. Hunt, Professor, Food Science, Nutrition
or 79 iBT) or an IELTS (International English and Health Promotion
Language Testing Systems) score of 6.5. D. M. Little, Associate Extension Professor, Food
Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
Program of Study/Completion Requirements- J. M. Martin, Assistant Professor, Food Science,
The minimum number of coursework hours for a Nutrition and Health Promotion
Ph.D. student varies according to the specific W. B. Mikel, Professor and Head, Food Science,
requirements of the department and the student’s Nutrition and Health Promotion
needs. In establishing the Ph.D. candidate’s R. Nannapaneni, Assistant Professor, Food
program, the graduate committee assists the Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
student in arranging his/her major and may M. W. Schilling, Associate Professor, Food
specify a minor as well. When required, a minor Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
in a doctoral program requires at least 12 hours J. L. Silva, Professor and Graduate Coordinator,
of graduate coursework in the chosen discipline. Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
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D. K. Tidwell, Associate Professor, Food FNH 6393 Prevention and Control of Disease.
Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion 3 hours
J. B. Williams, Assistant Professor, Food FNH 6414 Microbiology of Foods (BIO 3404)
Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion [same as BIO 6414]. 4 hours
FNH 6513 Poultry Processing [Same as PO
Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion 6513]. 3 hours
Courses—Course prerequisites are noted in FNH 6573 Food Engineering Fundamentals
parentheses. (MA 1713, PH 1123 or consent of
FNH 6114 Analysis of Food Products (CH instructor). 3 hours
2503). 4 hours FNH 6583 Food Preservation Technology
FNH 6123 Fermented Foods Processing (BIO [same as PSS 4583/6583]. 3 hours
3304). 3 hours FNH 6593 New Food Product Development. 3
FNH 6143 Dairy Foods Processing. 3 hours hours
FNH 6153 Food Plant Management (Consent FNH 6613 Seafood Processing. 3 hours
of instructor). 3 hours FNH 6990 Special Topics in Food Science and
FNH 6164 Quality Assurance of Food Technology. 1-9 hours
Products (BIO 3304). 4 hours FNH 7000 Directed Individual Study
FNH 6173 Food Packaging (Consent of FNH 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and
instructor). 3 hours credits to be arranged; minimum of
FNH 6193 Social and Cultural Aspects of 6 hours required for degree.
Food. 3 hours FNH 8111-8141 Food Science Seminar. 1 hour
FNH 6223 Sports Nutrition (FNH 2293 or FNH 8113 Advanced Food Microbiology
consent of instructor). 3 hours (FNH/BIO 4414/6414). 3 hours
FNH 6233 Medical Nutrition Therapy (FNH FNH 8143 Advanced Food Chemistry (FNH
4263/6263 or consent of instructor). 4243/6243). 3 hours
3 hours FNH 8153 Wellness and Aging (PE 3303 or
FNH 6241 Applied Food Chemistry (BCH 3613 PSY 4403/6403 or consent of
and prior credit for/or current Department). 3 hours
enrollment in FNH 4243/6243). 1 FNH 8163 Flavor and Food Acceptance (CH
hour 2503). 3 hours
FNH 6243 Composition and Chemical FNH 8193 Problems in Health Education. 3
Reactions of Foods (CH 1053 and hours
CH 2503 or equivalent)[same as FNH 8233 Maternal, Infant, and Child
ADS 6243]. 3 hours Nutrition. 3 hours
FNH 6253 Nutritional Biochemistry of Foods FNH 8243 Community Nutrition (FNH 3213 or
(CH 2503 or equivalent with consent of instructor). 3 hours
consent of instructor [same as BCH FNH 8253 Nutrition and Food Science
6253]. 3 hours Research Techniques. 3 hours
FNH 6263 Nutrition and Chronic Disease (FHN FNH 8261 Dietetic Internship Seminar
2293, FNH 4253, or consent of (Admission into the Dietetic
instructor) [same as HS 6263]. 3 Internship/Graduate Studies
hours Program). 1 hour
FNH 6273 Nutrition Assessment (BCH 3613 FNH 8273 Advanced Clinical Nutrition
and FNH 4233 or equivalent). 3 (Consent of instructor) . 3 hours
hours FNH 8286 Supervised Practice Experience
FNH 6274 Advanced Food Service (Admission into the Dietetic
Management (FNH 3274, FNH Internship/Graduate Studies
4283). 4 hours Program). 6 hours
FNH 6283 Purchasing Food and Equipment FNH 8423 Meat Science (CH 4513/6513 or
for Foodservice Systems. 3 hours equivalent and BIO 3304 or
FNH 6293 Vitamins, Minerals and equivalent). 3 hours
Supplements (CH 2503 or FNH 8333 Food Safety and Security in Public
equivalent with consent of Health (Enrolled in graduate school,
instructor). 3 hours MPH program, or consent of
FNH 6314 Meats Processing [Same as ADS instructor). 3 hours
6314]. 4 hours FNH 8513 Poultry and Food Science Readings
FNH 6333 Food Law (Consent of instructor). 3 (PO 6513 or 3 hours in related
hours courses offered in Animal and Dairy
FNH 6353 Nutrition/Life Cycle (BIO 4253/6253 Sciences or Horticulture) [Same as
or consent of instructor) [same as PO 8513]. 3 hours
HS 4353/6353]. 3 hours FNH 8523 Health Promotion Techniques. 3
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FNH 8543 Health Education for Diverse Provisional Admission—A student who has not
Populations. 3 hours fully met the requirements stipulated by the
FNH 8553 Behavioral Epidemiology. 3 hours University and the appropriate department for
FNH 8563 Principles of Epidemiology and admission to graduate study (GPA 2.75) may be
Health Science Research. 3 hours granted admission as a degree-seeking graduate
FNH 8572 Advanced Food Technology (FNH student with provisional status. Such student
6583 and/or consent of instructor). must have as his or her initial objective
2 hours advancement to regular status.
FNH 8593 Theory and Practice of Health
Education. 3 hours A provisional student must receive a 3.00 GPA
FNH 8613 Design/Administration of Health on the first 9 hours of graduate-level courses on
Promotion Programs. 3 hours the program of study taken at Mississippi State
FNH 8623 Current Issues in School Health. 3 University (courses with an S grade, transfer
hours credits, or credits earned while in Unclassified
FNH 8653 Implementation/Evaluation of status cannot be use to satisfy this requirement)
Health Promotion. 3 hours in order to achieve regular status. If a 3.00 is not
FNH 8983 Ingredient Technology. 3 hours attained, the provisional student will be dismissed
FNH 8990 Special Topics in Food Science, from graduate study. While in the provisional
Nutrition and Health Promotion. 1-9 status, the student is not eligible to hold a
hours graduate assistantship.
FNH 9000 Dissertation Research/Dissertation.
Hours and credits to be arranged; Academic Performance—A candidate for a
minimum of 20 hours required for degree must average B or higher on all courses
degree. attempted for graduate credit after admission to
the program. No grade under C will be accepted
for graduate credit; thus, a student will be
Genetics terminated if he or she obtains more than two
An Interdisciplinary Curriculum grades below a C in courses taken for graduate
credit or fails to obtain a C or better in any
Dr. David Peebles, Graduate Coordinator repeated course. With the approval of the
208 Hill Poultry Science Building graduate coordinator and the college dean, a
PO Box 9665 student may retake one course per degree
Mississippi State, MS 39762 except for those approved for repeated credit
Telephone: 662-325-3379 (e.g. internships, special topics, individual
E-mail: dpeebles@poultry.msstate.edu studies, thesis, dissertation, etc.). Both courses
will remain on the permanent transcript and both
An opportunity is offered to the student who grades will be computed in final averages. This
wishes to work toward a degree in Genetics. policy applies to all courses (even those not on
MSU offers a Master of Science degree in the program of study) taken as a graduate
Agricultural Life Sciences with a concentration in student related to a specific program. Repeated
Genetics and a Doctor of Philosophy in Life courses must be taken at Mississippi State
Sciences with a concentration in Genetics. The University. No additional program credit hours
Genetics program is an interdisciplinary will be generated from a repeated course.
curriculum which utilizes the staff and facilities Graduate students are not permitted to enroll for
available in the various departments and courses carrying pass/fail credit.
colleges. A wide array of plant and animal
material is available for genetic investigation. Prerequisite—Individuals with a Bachelor of
Science in the biological or physical sciences will
The student’s complete program will be be considered.
formulated in the department of his/her choice.
Courses contributing to the major in genetics are Master of Science Program of Study/
listed below. Completion Requirements—A comprehensive
exam, 24 total hours of coursework, and a thesis
Admission—Minimum required TOEFL (Test of (minimum of 6 hours) are required for completion
English as a Foreign Language) score: of 500 of the thesis degree. A comprehensive exam
PBT (173 CBT or 61 iBT) or an IELTS and 30 total hours of coursework are required for
(International English Language Testing the non-thesis degree. Specific courses and a
Systems) score of 5.5. A written cooperative graduate seminar class may be required as part
agreement with a major advisor prior to of the 6 additional course credits in the non-
admission is essential. thesis option as specified by the graduate
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minor in genetics should select the GNS prefix for E. D. Peebles Professor/Coordinator, Poultry
each course when applicable. Science
G. T. Pharr Assistant Professor, Veterinary
Doctor of Philosophy Program of Study/ Medicine
Completion Requirements—Written preliminary N. Reichert Professor, Plant and Soil
and oral comprehensive examinations, a Sciences
dissertation, and coursework designated by the D.E. Rowe Professor, Plant and Soil
student’s graduate committee, including 20 Sciences, Experimental Statis-
Research/Dissertation hours, are required for the tics
doctor’s degree. T. Smith Assistant Professor, Animal
and Dairy Sciences
Graduate Courses—Course prerequisites are T. P. Wallace Associate Professor, Plant and
noted in parentheses. Soil Sciences
Genetics: W. P. Williams Adjunct Professor, USDA-ARS
GNS 6123 Animal Breeding (PO 3103) [same D. A. Wise Professor, Biological Sciences
as ADS 6123]. 3 hours
GNS 6133 Human Genetics (same as BIO
4133/6133). 3 hours School of Human Sciences
GNS 6713 Molecular Biology (BCH 4613/6613) Dr. Gary Jackson, Director
[same as BCH 4713/6713]. 3 hours
GNS 6804 Biochemical Methods (BCH
128 Lloyd Ricks
4613/6613) [same as BCH PO Box 9745
4805/6805]. 5 hours Mississippi State, MS 39762
GNS 6990 Special Topics in Genetics. 1-9 Telephone: 662-325-2950
hours E-mail: humansci@humansci.msstate.edu
GNS 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours
GNS 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and Agricultural and Extension
credits to be arranged; minimum of
6 hours required for degree. Education
GNS 8143 Biometrical Genetics in Plant Dr. Jacquelyn Deeds, Graduate
Breeding [same as PSS 8143]. 3 Coordinator
hours 128 Lloyd Ricks
GNS 8453 Statistical Genetics [same as PSS PO Box 9745
8453]. 3 hours Mississippi State, MS 39762
GNS 8643 Molecular Genetics (PO 3103 or Telephone: 662-325-2950
BIO 3103 and coregistration in BCH
4613/6613) [same as BCH 8643
E-mail: humansci@humansci.msstate.edu
and PHY 8643]. 3 hours
The Agricultural Information Science and
GNS 8990 Special Topics in Genetics. 1-9
Education Program in the School of Human
hours
Sciences offers graduate courses leading to the
GNS 9000 Dissertation Research/Dissertation.
following degrees:
Hours and credits to be arranged;
1) Master of Science in Agricultural and
minimum of 20 hours required for
Extension Education
degree.
2) Educational Specialist with a major in
Education and a concentration in Agricultural
Department Representative/ Title
and Extension Education
B. S. Baldwin Professor, Plant and Soil
3) Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Science
Sciences
with a concentration in Agricultural and
M. A. Caprio Assistant Professor,
Extension Education
Entomology
Three options are available in the Master of
D. J. Chevalier Assistant Professor, Biological
Science in Agricultural Extension Education:
Sciences
Research, Leadership, and Teacher Certification.
W. J. Diehl Professor, Biological Sciences
D.M. Gordon Assistant Professor, Biological
Admission Criteria—To obtain admission to the
Sciences
graduate program, the applicant must meet all
L. Hanson Associate Professor,
the general requirements of the Office of the
Veterinary Medicine
Graduate School. A student applying to the
J. N. Jenkins Adjunct Professor, USDA-ARS
Master of Science teacher certification option
Din-Pow Ma Professor, Biochemistry
must have an undergraduate degree in an
J. C. McCarty, Jr. Adjunct Professor, USDA-ARS
agricultural science and submit GRE scores. The
Erdogan Memili Assistant Professor, Animal
student must qualify for admission to teacher
and Dairy Sciences
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(SAT equivalent of 860) with no sub-score below certification option may be required to take three-
18, or by obtaining at least the following scores: six additional hours of prerequisite coursework.
Specific course requirements for the teacher
Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) certification option are EPY 6313, EPY 6033,
Reading 170 EDF 8353, EDF 8363, EDX 8173, AIS 6403 or
Writing 172 AIS 8503, AIS 8403, and AIS 8606. Faculty in
Mathematics 169 the Department of Agricultural Information
OR Science and Education must approve
Computer-Based Test substitutions for any of the above courses. A
Reading 316 student must have earned at least a 3.00 GPA on
Writing 318 coursework taken on the program to be eligible to
Mathematics 314 student teach. An Application for Admission to
Student Teaching form must be submitted to the
The applicant to the educational specialist degree Director of Clinical/Field Based Instruction one
program must have a 3.20 GPA, and for the semester prior to student teaching. The student
doctoral degree a 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale in all must submit a Praxis-Principles of Learning and
prior graduate study is required. Teaching (PLT) score of at least 152 to the
Mississippi State University College of Education
Provisional Admission—The student who has to meet graduation requirements and to the
not fully met the requirements stipulated by the Mississippi Department of Education to obtain
University and the appropriate department for licensure. To be eligible for graduation, students
admission to graduate study may be granted must also have a 3.00 GPA after admission to
admission as a degree-seeking graduate student the program.
with provisional status. Such students must have
as their initial objective advancement to regular To secure a Mississippi educator’s license, the
status. student must request that ETS send a copy of his
or her score on the Principles of Learning and
A provisional student must receive a 3.00 GPA Teaching (PLT) to Mississippi State University
on the first 9 hours of graduate-level courses on (Code R1480) or to MSU Meridian (Code
the program of study taken at Mississippi State R3336). It is imperative that the student retains
University in order to achieve regular status. the originals of test scores in a safe place.
Courses with an S grade, transfer credits, or
credits earned while in Unclassified status cannot In accordance with statutory provisions, the
be used to satisfy this requirement. If a 3.00 is Mississippi Department of Education, Jackson,
not attained, the provisional student may be Mississippi, has adopted the rules and
dismissed from graduate study. While in the regulations on issuing and renewing teaching
provisional status, a student is not eligible to hold licenses, which are set forth in Guidelines for
a graduate assistantship. Mississippi Educator Licensure, July 1999. The
licensure program is applicable to all teacher
Program of Study/Completion Requirements - licenses. Satisfactory completion of any teaching
Master of Science (M.S.)—A minimum of 30 curriculum offered by the College of Education
hours of coursework in a planned program of will enable the graduate to apply for teaching
study must be completed for the M.S. degree. A licensure in Mississippi, but this institution can
minimum of one-half the total credit hours on the neither waive any licensure requirements nor
program of study must be at the 8000 level. In authorize substitutions for mandatory courses.
the thesis option, the student must take at least 6 Mississippi State University has submitted and
hours of research/thesis (up to 6 hours of these received approval for its programs.
substitute for coursework hours). The required Consequently, a student who plans to transfer
courses for the research option are: AIS 8803, from another university or college to the College
AIS 8000, AIS 8403. AIS 8503, and ST 8114 or of Education should consult with the Director of
EPY 6214 or other graduate level statistics Clinical/Field-Based instruction or an advisor in
courses. The required courses for the leadership the College of Education to ascertain the general
option are AIS 8803 or AIS 8703, AIS 8403, AIS education, professional educational, and
8503, AIS 8523, and AIS 8263 or AIS 8203. The specialized education courses which must be
remaining courses in the research and leadership completed to obtain a teaching license in the field
options may be a combination of approved or fields of his or her choice. Since teacher
electives or those to comprise a minor. A faculty licenses are issued by the Mississippi
member from the minor area should also be a Department of Education only, and not by the
member of the student’s graduate committee. teacher education institutions, applications for
licensure and original test scores must be filed
Depending on the courses taken at the with the Mississippi Department of Education by
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licensure can be obtained from the Office of The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Clinical/Field-Based Instruction. defines “unsatisfactory” as making more than two
grades below C. A student forced to withdraw
A written or oral final comprehensive examination can appeal to department faculty. If upheld by
is required for the student in the teaching and the faculty, then the student can submit a written
leadership degree options. A student in the appeal to the director. If upheld there, the
thesis option must pass a final thesis examination student may appeal the dean of the college.
and submit the thesis.
Prerequisites and Core Courses:
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)—The program of AIS 6103 Objectives and Procedures of
study for the educational specialist degree must Programs in Agricultural Information
contain a minimum of 30 semester hours above Science and Education. 3 hours
the master’s degree. Required courses are AIS AIS 6203 Applications of Computer
7003, AIS 8203, or AIS 8263, AIS 8703, AIS Technology to Agricultural
8803, AIS 6403, or AIS 8243. A 3-hour Directed Information Science and Education.
Individual Study (AIS 7003) and a final written or 3 hours
oral comprehensive examination are required. AIS 6303 Applications of Information
Technologies in Agricultural
Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.)—The minimum Learning Systems. 3 hours
requirement for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) AIS 6403 Development of Youth Programs. 3
degree is the completion of 90 semester hours of hours
graduate credit on an approved program of study AIS 6443 Vo-Ed Curricula and Techniques of
above the bachelor’s degree. Required courses Teaching the Rural Disadvantaged.
for the Ph.D. include 24-36 hours of graduate 3 hours
credit in Agricultural and Extension Education, AIS 6453 Cooperative Programs in
(AIS 8593 is required), 23-26 graduate credits in Occupations Served by Agricultural
College of Education core courses, 15 to 18 Information Science and Education.
graduate credits in a minor or supporting area, 11 3 hours
to 13 hours of elective credits, and 20 semester AIS 6503 International Agricultural Education.
hours of dissertation research/dissertation. 3 hours
Students must pass a written and an oral AIS 6990 Special Topics in Agricultural
comprehensive examination in both the major Information Science and Education.
and minor/supporting area. Students must also 1-9 hours
pass the final dissertation examination. The AIS 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours
student’s graduate committee supervises the AIS 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and
dissertation and examinations. credits to be arranged; minimum of
6 hours required for degree.
Academic Performance—Unsatisfactory AIS 8113 Planning, Organizing, and
performance may be defined as the failure to Managing AEST Programs. 3 hours
maintain a B average in graduate courses AIS 8203 Advanced Communication in
attempted after admission to the program, a Agricultural Information Science
grade of U, D, or F in any course, more than two and Education. 3 hours
grades below a B, failure of the AIS 8213 Comprehensive Instructional
comprehensive/preliminary examination, an Programs. 3 hours
unsatisfactory evaluation of a thesis or AIS 8243 Administration and Supervision in
dissertation, failure of the research defense, or Agricultural Information Science
any other failure of a required component on and Education. 3 hours
one’s program of study. Any one of these or a AIS 8263 Public Relations in Agricultural
combination of these may constitute the basis for Information Science and Education.
the termination of a student’s graduate study in a 3 hours
degree program. AIS 8403 Directing Learning Experiences in
Agricultural Information Science
To be eligible for the comprehensive/preliminary and Education. 3 hours
examination, a graduate student must have a AIS 8503 Program Planning and
3.00 GPA on all graduate courses taken after Development in Agricultural
being admitted to the degree program. Information Science and Education.
3 hours
Upon the recommendation of the major professor AIS 8523 Teaching Out-of-School Groups in
or the graduate coordinator, and the dean, a Agricultural Information Science
student whose academic work is unsatisfactory at and Education. 3 hours
any period during a given semester or term may
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AIS 8593 History, Philosophy, and Policy of HS 6403 Introduction to Gerontology. 3 hours
Agricultural Information Science HS 6813 Adult Development: The Middle
and Education. 3 hours Years. 3 hours
AIS 8606 Student Teaching in Agricultural PE 8153 Wellness and Aging. 3 hours
Information Science and Education PSY 6983 Psychology of Aging. 3 hours
(admission to the graduate SO 6413 Aging and Retirement in American
certification program, teacher Society. 3 hours
education and student teaching). 6 SO 6433 Sociology of Death and Dying. 3
hours hours
AIS 8703 Evaluation of Agricultural Up to two of the following (may include courses
Information Science and Education from above list):
Programs. 3 hours HS/FNH/NTR 6353 Nutrition Throughout the Life
AIS 8803 Applying Research Methods to Cycle. 3 hours
Agricultural Information Science HS 6333 Families, Legislation, and Public
and Education. 3 hours Policy. 3 hours
AIS 8990 Special Topics in Agricultural FNH/NTR 8243 Community Nutrition. 3 hours
Information Science and Education. PSY 8313 Developmental Psychology. 3 hours
1-9 hours SO 6423 Health and Society. 3 hours
AIS 9000 Dissertation Research/Dissertation. ------ Directed Individual Study/Readings
Hours and credits to be arranged; Course in Gerontology. 3 hours
minimum of 20 hours required for
degree.
Human Sciences
Dr. Jan Cooper Taylor, Graduate
Gerontology Certificate Coordinator
An Interdisciplinary Program 108 Moore Hall
Dr. Lynne Cossman, PO Box 9745
Graduate Coordinator Mississippi State, MS 39762
289 Bowen Hall Telephone: 662-325-0911
PO Box C E-mail: jctaylor@humansci.msstate.edu
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Telephone: 662-325-7880 The School of Human Sciences offers graduate
E-mail: cossman@soc.msstate.edu courses for a minor and selected certificates in
Human Sciences in cooperation with other
The graduate-level Gerontology certificate is a degree programs. Areas of emphasis are
multidisciplinary approach to provide students available in the following program areas in
with current factual and theoretical data relating Human Sciences: apparel, textiles and
to aging. The program is available both to degree merchandising; and human development and
and non-degree graduate students. A certificate family studies. The School also participates in
is awarded upon the completion of 9 hours of the graduate Gender Studies Certificate by
specified coursework, 6 hours of approved offering HS 6313, HS 6403, and HS 6513; and
electives, and 3 hours of research or directed the Gerontology Certificate by offering HS 6353,
individual study. For those students earning the HS 6333, HS 6403, HS 6813, and HS 6863. To
certification in conjunction with an advanced secure additional information about graduate
degree in such disciplines as sociology, offerings in the School of Human Sciences,
psychology, counseling, etc., the program would contact Dr. Jan Cooper Taylor, Professor and
also constitute a gerontology concentration within Graduate Coordinator, by mail at PO Box 9745,
the respective discipline. Mississippi State, MS 39762-9745 or by e-mail at
jctaylor@humansci.msstate.edu.
For further information, contact Dr. Lynne
Cossman, Coordinator, Graduate-Level Graduate Courses—Course prerequisites are
Gerontology Certificate, 289 Bowen Hall, PO Box noted in parentheses.
C, Mississippi State, MS 39762, 662-325-7880. HS 6313 Family Resource Management
(Junior/senior writing or consent of
Requirements include 18 credit hours. instructor). 3 hours
At least three of the following: HS 6323 Consumer Issues and Policy (HS
ABE 6513 Dynamics of Aging. 3 hours 3303 or consent of instructor). 3
COE 6713 Issues in Aging. 3 hours hours
COE 8813 Counseling Elderly Clients. 3 hours HS 6333 Families, Legislation and Public
HS 6863 Consumer Aspects of Aging. 3 Policy( Junior/senior writing or
hours consent of instructor). 3 hours

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HS 6343 Apparel Design II (HS 1533 or Landscape Architecture
consent). 3 hours Prof. Sadik C. Artunc, Department Head
HS 6353 Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle.
(BIO 4253/6253). 3 hours
Prof. Chris Campany, Graduate
HS 6403 Introduction to Gerontology (HS Coordinator
1813 and junior/senior writing, or Landscape Architecture Building
consent of instructor). 3 hours PO Box 9725
HS 6424 Teaching Methods in Agricultural Mississippi State, MS 39762
and Human Sciences. 4 hours Telephone: 662-325-3012
HS 6440 Workshop in Human Sciences. 1-3 E-mail: gww@ra.msstate.edu
hours
HS 6513 Social-Psychological Aspects of The Master of Landscape Architecture Program
Clothing (3 hours sociology or 3 provides an opportunity for students with
hours psychology). 3 hours undergraduate degrees in landscape architecture
HS 6583 Entrepreneurship for Human and related disciplines to refine and develop
Sciences. 3 hours professional strengths in three areas of
HS 6710 Study Tour. 1-3 hours emphasis: watershed planning and management;
HS 6733 Computer-Aided Design. 3 hours landscape planning, management and design;
HS 6803 Parenting (HS 1813 and and community-based initiatives. In addition,
junior/senor writing, or consent of students from other disciplines may enter the
instructor). 3 hours Master of Landscape Architecture as a first
HS 6813 Adult Development: The Middle professional degree. The educational objective
Years (HS 1813 and consent of of the program is to prepare individuals for
instructor). 3 hours management roles within the profession of
HS 6823 Development and Administration of landscape architecture.
Child Service Programs. 3 hours
HS 6843 Family Interaction (HS 4853 or Admissions—The applicant to the M.L.A.
consent of instructor). 3 hours program should have a minimum GPA of 2.80 on
HS 6853 The Family: A Human Ecological a 4.00 scale and a bachelor’s degree in a design
Perspective (HS 1813 and or planning-related field such as landscape
junior/senior writing, or consent of architecture, urban planning, environmental
instructor). 3 hours design, or architecture. A student with a
HS 6863 Consumer Aspects of Aging (HS bachelor’s degree in non-design fields may
3303 or consent of instructor). 3 undertake the M.L.A. as a first professional
hours degree and is eligible to apply but is required to
HS 6873 Positive Youth Development (HS undertake additional “leveling” coursework to
1813 and junior/senior writing, or ensure competency in the field. Submission of
consent of instructor). 3 hours Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores is
HS 6883 Risk, Resilience, and Preventive not necessary if the applicant has attained a
Interventions (HS 1813 and minimum of a 3.00 GPA in upper division major
junior/senior writing, or consent of emphasis courses from an accredited university.
instructor). 3 hours An international student must have a TOEFL
HS 6990 Special Topics in Human Sciences. (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of
1-9 hours 600 PBT (250 CBT or 100 iBT) or an IELTS
HS 7000 Directed Individual Study in Human (International English Language Testing
Sciences. 1-6 hours Systems) score of 7.5. The applicant’s
HS 8990 Special Topics in Human Sciences. submission should include a letter of interest
1-9 hours which includes a written statement (no more than
1500 words) explaining why his or her interest in
pursuing graduate studies in landscape
architecture at Mississippi State University.
Three letters of recommendation from individuals
familiar with the applicant’s academic work,
motivation, and character should accompany the
application. The applicant should also submit a
curriculum vitae.

Program of Study—The M.L.A. program offers a


wide latitude of study for students and their
faculty advisers to craft educational objectives
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Mississippi State, and their thesis work. When from the Department of Landscape Architecture.
undertaken as a first professional degree, the The candidate’s graduate committee must
M.L.A. also requires a rigorous program of study approve the thesis and administer a final oral
designed to ensure candidates are competent in examination or thesis defense. The thesis must
the profession of Landscape Architecture. Since be submitted to the members of the committee
a number of “leveling” courses are required in for approval at least fourteen days prior to a
order to achieve a level of expertise, the M.L.A. scheduled defense.
as a first professional degree normally takes
three years rather than two to complete.
Plant and Soil Sciences
All students in Landscape Architecture are Dr. Jac Varco, Interim Department Head
required to have their own personal computer.
Students should check with the department for
Dr. William L. Kingery, Graduate
equipment specifications prior to purchasing. Coordinator
117 Dorman Hall
Academic Performance—A student is expected PO Box 9555
to achieve a grade of B or better in his or her Mississippi State, MS 39762
coursework after admission to the program. The Telephone: 662-325-2311
student’s grade record may contain a maximum E-mail: wkingery@pss.msstate.edu
of two C grades in courses at the graduate level.
More than two C grades will result in dismissal Graduate study offered in the Department of
from the program. Plant and Soil Sciences leads to the Master of
Science in Agriculture degree with concentrations
Core Courses—Courses required of all students in Agronomy, Horticulture, or Weed Science and
in the program include: also to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in
LA 8512 Landscape Architecture Graduate Agricultural Science with a concentration in
Studio I. 2 hours Agronomy, Horticulture, or Weed Science. The
LA 8711 Seminar in Watershed Planning department has an extensive research program
and Management. 1 hour which provides a diversity of problems for thesis
LA 8522 Landscape Architecture Studio II. 2 and dissertation research under the supervision
hours of experienced and highly trained scientists. The
LA 8721 Seminar in Landscape Department of Plant and Soil Science offers
Management. 1 hour graduate programs in Plant Breeding and
LA 8532 Landscape Architecture Studio III. 2 Genetics, Molecular Biology, Crop Modeling,
hours Agronomy, Soil Science, Crop Physiology, Weed
LA 8731 Seminar in Community Based Science, Turfgrass Science, Remote Sensing,
Planning. 1 hour and Horticulture. Graduate programs are
LA 8741 Seminar in Landscape Architecture designed to develop skills in research techniques
Thesis. 1 hour in reference to the individual needs of each
LA 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and student. This program is developed and
credits to be arranged; minimum of administered by a departmental committee within
6 hours required for degree. the student’s area of specialization and may
LA 8613 Research Methods in Landscape include courses in mathematics and statistics,
Architecture. 3 hours biology, chemistry, biochemistry, remote sensing,
ST 8114 Statistical Methods. 4 hours etc., as well as agronomic, horticultural, and
weed science courses. Graduate assistantships
Electives—Elective courses are selected from are provided, subject to availability of funds. An
across the University to adapt the degree undergraduate grade average of B or better is
program to the individual student’s professional required to be eligible for an assistantship.
interests and area of concentration. Request for additional information should be
addressed to Head of the Department of Plant
Completion Requirements—A thesis is required and Soil Sciences, PO Box 9555, Mississippi
for the granting of the Master of Landscape State, MS 39762.
Architecture degree. The student must complete
a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit, 24 of Departmental Admission Criteria
which must be non-research course hours. Half M.S. in Agriculture and Ph.D. in Agricultural
of the non-research courses hours must be 8000 Science with concentrations in Agronomy,
level and above. A thesis proposal will be Horticulture, or Weed Science:
developed for presentation to and approval by  GPA—For Master of Science: Agronomy
the graduate committee. The graduate 2.75; Horticulture 2.75; Weed Science 3.00.
committee is comprised of not fewer than three For Doctor of Philosophy: Agronomy 3.00;
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Horticulture 3.00; Weed Science 3.25 on Master of Science-Non-Thesis—A student in
graduate work the M.S. non-thesis option program must
 TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign successfully complete 30 hours of graduate level
Language) or IELTS (International English courses of which at least 15 must be courses
Language Testing Systems) score— numbered 8000 or above. Three credit hours of
Agronomy: TOEFL score of 500 PBT (173 Directed Individual Study (PSS 7000) are
CBT; 61 iBT) or IELTS score of 5.5 required, and the student must develop a
Horticulture: TOEFL score of 500 PBT (173 research paper approved by the student’s
CBT; 61 iBT) or IELTS score of 5.5 graduate committee. An oral comprehensive
Weed Science: TOEFL score of 550 PBT exam is required.
(213 CBT; 79 iBT) or IELTS score of 6.5
 GRE—Weed Science requires submission of Doctor of Philosophy Degree—For the Ph.D.
GRE scores. degree, the student must successfully complete a
program of study as presented by the student’s
Provisional Admission—A student who has not major advisor and graduate committee. Twenty
met the requirements stipulated by the University hours of research/dissertation (PSS 9000) and
for admission to graduate study (GPA of 2.75) two seminars (PSS 811-8831) are required.
may be granted admission as a degree-seeking
graduate student with provisional status. The Academic Performance—Students in the M.S.
student will be eligible for advancement to regular and Ph.D. degree programs must maintain a 3.00
status after attaining a 3.00 GPA on the first 9 GPA after admission to the program. No grade of
hours of graduate-level courses taken at less than a C will be accepted for graduate credit.
Mississippi State University (courses with an S Two or more than two grades of C or below
grade, transfer credits, or credits earned while in constitute grounds for dismissal from the
Unclassified status cannot be used to satisfy this program.
requirement). Normally, it is expected that a
student will remove the provisional admission Prerequisite and Core Courses—As specified
status during his or her initial semester of by the student’s major professor and graduate
enrollment. If a GPA of 3.00 is not attained, the committee.
provisional student may be dismissed from the
graduate program. Completion Requirements—For the Ph.D.
degree, original research, a preliminary
Program of Study: General examination, a dissertation, and an oral defense
Departmental Requirements are required. The preliminary examination will be
Master of Science Degree—The minimum administered when coursework is completed.
number of credit hours required is 30, with 12
credit hours at 8000 level or above plus 6 hours Graduate Courses—Course prerequisites are
of research/thesis. A thesis defense is required. noted in parentheses.
An exit seminar describing thesis research is also Crops:
required. PSS 6103 Forage and Pasture Crops. 3 hours
PSS 6123 Grain Crops. 3 hours
Doctor of Philosophy Degree—A qualifying PSS 6133 Fiber and Oilseed Crops. 3 hours
examination is required at the beginning of the PSS 6414 Turf Management. 4 hours
student’s third semester. The student must PSS 6423 Golf Course Operations (PSS
successfully complete a program of study as 6414). 3 hours
approved by the major advisor and graduate PSS 6443 Athletic Field Management (PSS
committee. The student must pass a preliminary 3303, PSS 4414, or consent of
examination presented by the graduate instructor). 3 hours
committee. A dissertation is required of all PSS 6444 Plant Tissue Culture (BIO
candidates for the doctorate. Two departmental 4214/6214 or equivalent). 4 hours
seminars are required. The first seminary, which PSS 6483 Introduction to Remote Sensing
is to be done in the early stages, will present the Technologies. 3 hours
research proposal and include a review of PSS 6503 Plant Breeding (PO 3103 or
relevant literature, and the second, or exit equivalent). 3 hours
seminar, will describe the dissertation research. PSS 6823 Turfgrass Weed Management. 3
hours
Program of Study: Agronomy PSS 6990 Special Topics in PSS. 1-9 hours
Concentration Requirements PSS 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours
Master of Science—See General Departmental PSS 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and
Requirements. credits to be arranged; minimum of
6 hours required for degree.
PSS 8103 Pasture Development. 3 hours

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PSS 8123 Crop Ecology (BIO 4213/6213 or hours of Directed Individual Study (PSS 7000)
permission of instructor). 3 hours are required, in which the student must develop a
PSS 8163 Environmental Plant Physiology. 3 research paper approved by the student’s
hours graduate committee. An oral comprehensive
PSS 8513 Advanced Plant Breeding(PSS exam is required.
4503/6503 or equivalent) [Same as
GNS 8113]. 3 hours Doctor of Philosophy Degree—A minimum
PSS 8543 Biometrical Genetics in Plant number of 30 hours of coursework is required.
Breeding (PSS 4503/6503 and ST After two semesters, the student is required to
8114) [Same as GNS 8143]. 3 take a qualifying examination. After completing
hours coursework, an oral preliminary examination will
PSS 8623 Genomes and Genomics (BCH be administered. Original research and a
4113/6113 or BCH 4713/6713 or dissertation are also required, including a
BCH 8643 or consent of instructor) dissertation defense and final examination.
[Same as BCH 8623]. 3 hours
PSS 8631 Topics in Genomics (PSS/BCH Academic Performance—The general
8623 or BCH 4713/6713 or BCH academic performance and continued enrollment
8643 or consent of instructor) policies as stipulated by the Office of the
[Same as BCH 8613]. 1 hour Graduate School will be followed.
PSS 8811-8831 Seminar. 1-3 hours
PSS 8990 Special Topics in PSS. 1-9 hours Prerequisite and Core Courses—As stipulated
PSS 9000 Dissertation Research/Dissertation. by the major professor, the departmental
Hours and credits to be arranged; graduate coordinator, and the dean.
minimum of 20 hours required for  M.S. specific requirements—Statistics (ST
degree. 8114) and Seminar (PSS 8811)
Soils:  Ph.D. specific course requirements—
PSS 6313 Soil Fertility and Fertilizers (PSS Biochemistry (BCH 6603), Design and
3303 and junior standing). 3 hours Analysis of Experiments (ST 8214), and
PSS 6314 Soil Microbiology(BIO 3304) Same Seminar (PSS 8811- 8831)
as [BIO 4324/6324]. 4 hours
PSS 6323 Soil Classification (PSS 3303). 3 Completion Requirements:
hours  M.S.—A thesis and thesis defense are
PSS 6333 Soil Conservation and Land Use required. M.S. candidates are required to
(PSS 3303). 3 hours take an oral examination, a written
PSS 6373 Geospatial Agronomic Management examination, or both.
(PSS 3303 and PSS 3133). 3 hours
 Ph.D.—The dissertation is required of all
PSS 6603 Soil Chemistry (PSS 3303). 3 hours
candidates for the doctorate, and a minimum
PSS 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours
of 20 semester hours of research for the
PSS 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and
dissertation must be scheduled. The
credits to be arranged; minimum of
graduate committee must approve the
6 hours required for degree.
dissertation topic, the outline, and final
PSS 8314 Clay Mineralogy. 4 hours
product.
PSS 8333 Advanced Soil Fertility. 3 hours
PSS 8343 Model Watershed Hydrology (PSS
Graduate Courses—Courses prerequisites are
3301/3303 or consent of instructor).
noted in parentheses.
3 hours
PSS 6143 Advanced Fruit Sciences (PSS
PSS 8990 Special Topics in PSS. 1-9 hours
3043 or equivalent). 3 hours
PSS 9000 Dissertation Research/Dissertation.
PSS 6343 Greenhouse Management (BIO
Hours and credits to be arranged;
1203, PSS 3301 and PSS 3303). 3
minimum of 20 hours required for
hours
degree.
PSS 6353 Arboriculture and Landscape
Maintenance. 3 hours
Program of Study: Horticulture
PSS 6363 Nursery Management (PSS2423,
Concentration Requirements
PSS 3473 and PSS 3923). 3 hours
Master of Science—See General Departmental
PSS 6444 Plant Tissue Culture (BIO 1203 or
Requirements.
equivalent and BIO 4214/6214). 4
hours
Master of Science-Non-thesis—A student in the
PSS 6453 Vegetable Production (PSS 3303,
M.S. non-thesis option program must
PSS 3301 and BIO 4204). 3 hours
successfully complete 30 credit hours of graduate
PSS 6503 Plant Breeding (PO 3103) [Same as
level courses of which at least 15 must be
PSS 4503]. 3 hours
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PSS 6613 Floriculture Crop Programming Prerequisite and Core Courses—As specified
(PSS 4343/6343). 3 hours by the student’s major professor and graduate
PSS 6990 Special Topics in PSS. 1-9 hours committee.
PSS 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours
PSS 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and Completion Requirements—For the M.S.
credits to be arranged; minimum of degree, a thesis and an oral thesis defense are
6 hours required for degree. required. For the Ph.D., original research, a
PSS 8513 Advanced Plant Breeding (PSS dissertation, a preliminary exam and an oral
4503/6503)[same as GNS 8113]. 3 defense are required.
hours
PSS 8553 Plant Growth and Development Graduate Courses—Course prerequisites are
(BIO 4214/6214 and CH 2503). 3 noted in parentheses.
hours PSS 6483 Introduction to Remote Sensing
PSS 8554 Plant Genetic Engineering (PSS Technologies (Senior or Graduate
6444 and BCH 6713). 4 hours standing, or consent of instructor).
PSS 8563 Post Harvest Physiology of 3 hours
Horticultural Plants (Organic PSS 6633 Weed Biology and Ecology (BIO
Chemistry and BIO 4214/6214 or 1203, PSS 3133). 3 hours
equivalent). 3 hours PSS 6813 Herbicide Technology (PSS 3133).
PSS 8573 Morphology of Horticultural Plants 3 hours
(BIO 4204/6204). 3 hours PSS 6823 Turfgrass Weed Management. 3
PSS 8613 Methods of Horticultural Research. hours
3 hours PSS 7000 Directed Individual Study. 3 hours
PSS 8623 Genomes and Genomics (BCH PSS 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and
4113/6113 or BCH 4713/6713 or credits to be arranged; minimum of
BCH 8643 or consent of instructor) 6 hours required for degree.
[Same as BCH 8623]. 3 hours PSS 8634 Environmental Fate of Herbicides
PSS 8631 Topics in Genomics (PSS/BCH (CH 4513/6513,PSS 4813/6813). 4
8623 or BCH 4713/6713 or BCH hours
8643 or consent of instructor) PSS 8701-8724 Current Topics in Weed Science
[Same as BCH 8613]. 1 hour (PSS 4813/6813) or consent of
PSS 8811-8831 Seminar. 1-3 hours instructor). 1-9 hours
PSS 8990 Special Topics in PSS. 1-9 hours PSS 8724 Herbicide Physiology and
PSS 9000 Dissertation Research/Dissertation. Biochemistry (PSS 4813/6813, BIO
Hours and credits to be arranged; 4214/6214 CH 4513/6513 or
minimum of 20 hours required for consent of instructor). 4 hours
degree. PSS 8811-8831 Seminar. 1-3 hours
PSS 9000 Dissertation Research/Dissertation.
Program of Study: Weed Science Hours and credits to be arranged;
Concentration Requirements minimum of 20 hours required for
Master of Science—See General Departmental degree.
Requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy—The student must Poultry Science


successfully complete a program of study as Dr. Michael T. Kidd, Department Head
presented by the student’s major advisor and
graduate committee. Twenty hours of Research/
Dr. Christopher D. McDaniel, Graduate
Dissertation (PSS 9000) and two seminars (PSS Coordinator
8811- 8831) to include an exit seminar describing Hill Poultry Science Building
the student’s dissertation research are required. PO Box 9665
A qualifying examination after completion of two Mississippi State, MS 39762
semesters, a preliminary exam after completion Telephone: 662-325-3416
or within 6 hours of completing coursework, and E-mail: mkidd@poultry.msstate.edu
an oral exam are required.
Master of Science (M.S.)—The Poultry Science
Academic Performance—Students in the M.S. Department offers the Master of Science degree
and Ph.D. degree programs must maintain a 3.00 (M.S.) in Agriculture with a concentration in
GPA after admission to the program. No grade Poultry Science. The department also offers
below C will be accepted for graduate credit. M.S. and Ph.D. programs with concentrations in
More than two grades of C or below constitute the interdisciplinary programs of genetics, animal
grounds for dismissal. physiology, animal nutrition, and food science.
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information for those interdisciplinary degree to make no more than two Cs in courses taken
programs can be found listed separately under for graduate credit. The student will be
each of the individual programs. recommended for dismissal if he or she receives
a third C or any grade below a C. In addition, the
Admission Criteria—Admission requirements student’s committee reserves the right to
for the M.S. in Agriculture degree with a establish a “core” course or courses whereby any
concentration in Poultry Science are the same as grade below a B in one of those courses is not
those listed in the General Requirements of the accepted. The student will be recommended for
Graduate School in the College of Agriculture dismissal if he or she receives a C or any grade
and Life Sciences (CALS) except that any below a C in a core course. The student must
request for Graduate Record Examination (GRE) have a final GPA of 3.00 or higher after
test scores is dependent upon the faculty admission to the program to graduate.
member who will serve as the thesis director
(major professor) but the GRE score is not a Completion Requirements—Requirements for
Department of Poultry Science requirement. completion of the M.S. in Poultry Science are the
same as those for CALS except that students in
Program of Study: Thesis Option—The Poultry Science are required to participate in a
program of study requires a minimum of 24 limited teaching capacity, such as a guest
semester hours of coursework (at least one-half lecturer, in one course during work on the
of which are at the 8000 level or above), a degree. That limited teaching capacity will be
comprehensive examination and a thesis. The determined by the student’s graduate committee
thesis director and graduate committee will when the student’s program of study is
determine specific course requirements for the established.
student’s program. Before the end of the first
semester of graduate work, the student must To secure additional information write to Dr. Mike
establish his or her graduate committee, Kidd, Department Head, Poultry Science
complete the necessary paperwork, and gain the Department, Box 9665, Mississippi State, MS
faculty members’ consent to participate on the 39762 or e-mail at mkidd@poultry.msstate.edu.
committee. Once the student’s research plan has
been established, the student is required to Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)—The Poultry
present his/her research plan to the faculty in the Science Department offers the Ph.D. in
form of a departmental seminar. Agricultural Sciences with a concentration in
Poultry Science. The Ph.D. requires a minimum
Program of Study: Non-Thesis Option—The of three academic years beyond the B.S. degree
program of study requires a minimum of 30 with the number of hours varying as determined
semester hours of coursework with at least 15 by the student and major professor. Course
hours at the 8000 level or above and a requirements may include BCH 6603, BCH 6613,
comprehensive examination. The major ST 8114m and ST 8214. A minor is not required,
professor and graduate committee will determine but if selected an additional 12 hours of graduate
specific course requirements for the student’s credit is required. The preliminary examination
program. Before the end of the first semester of must be attempted by the end of the fifth
graduate work, the student must establish his/her semester of the program. A Graduate Program
graduate committee, complete the necessary of Study should be submitted and approved by
paperwork and gain the faculty members’ the student’s graduate committee and Graduate
consent to participate on the committee. Coordinator by the end of the first semester of
graduate study. The graduate committee should
Provisional Admission—If a student does not be composed of at least five members including
fully meet the admission requirements of the the major professor, who must be a full member
program, it may be possible for that student to be of the graduate faculty, one member from the
provisionally admitted. If provisionally admitted, minor field, if selected, and at least three other
the student must attain a 3.00 GPA on the first 9 members, two of whom are from the student's
hours of graduate courses at Mississippi State major field of interest. Additional committee
University after admission to the program. members may be included at the discretion of the
Courses with an S grade, transfer credits, or major professor.
credits earned while in Unclassified status cannot
be used to satisfy this requirement. If a 3.00 Admission Criteria—Admission requirements
GPA is not attained, the student may be for the Ph.D. degree concentration in Poultry
dismissed from the graduate program. Science are the same as those listed in the
General Requirements of the Graduate School in
Academic Performance—Satisfactory academic the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
performance standards are the same as for (CALS) except that any request for Graduate
CALS except as follows: The student is allowed Record Examination (GRE) test scores is

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dependent upon the faculty member who will PO 6513 Poultry Processing [same as FST
serve as the thesis director (major professor), but 4513/6513]. 3 hours
the GRE score is not a Department of Poultry PO 6523 Advanced Poultry Processing (PO
Science requirement. 4513/6513). 3 hours
PO 6824 Poultry Physiology [same as PHY
Provisional Admission—If a student does not 6614]. 4 hours
fully meet the admission requirements of the PO 6833 Poultry Anatomy. 3 hours
program, it may be possible for that student to be PO 6990 Special Topics in Poultry. 1-9 hours
provisionally admitted. If provisionally admitted, PO 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours
the student must attain a 3.00 GPA on the first 9 PO 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and
hours of graduate courses at Mississippi State credits to be arranged; minimum of
University. Courses with an S grade, transfer 6 hours required for degree.
credits, or credits earned while in Unclassified PO 8513 Poultry and Food Science Readings
status cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. (PO 4513/6513 or three hours in
If a 3.00 GPA is not attained, the student will be related courses offered in Animal
dismissed from the graduate program. Science, Dairy Science or
Horticulture) [same as FST 8513]. 3
Academic Performance—Satisfactory academic hours
performance standards are the same as those for PO 8823 Physiology of Digestion and
CALS, except as follows: The student is allowed Metabolism (CH4523/6523) [same
to make no more than two C grades in courses as PHY 8823]. 3 hours
taken for graduate credit. The student will be PO 8990 Special Topics in Poultry. 1-9 hours
recommended for dismissal if he/she receives a PO 9000 Dissertation Research/Dissertation.
third C or any grade below a C. In addition, the Hours and credits to be arranged;
student’s committee reserves the right to minimum of 20 hours required for
establish a “core” course or courses whereby any degree.
grade below a B in one of those courses is not
accepted. The student will be recommended for
dismissal if he/she receives a C or any grade
below a C in a core course. To be eligible for the
comprehensive/preliminary examination, a
graduate student must maintain an overall B
average in all graduate courses attempted. The
student must have a final GPA of 3.00 or higher
to graduate.

Completion Requirements—Requirements for


completion of the Ph.D. in Poultry Science are
the same as those for CALS except that each
student in Poultry Science is required to
participate in a limited teaching capacity, such as
guest lecturer, in one course during his/her
graduate study. That limited teaching capacity
shall be determined by the student’s graduate
committee when the student’s program of study
is established.

To secure additional information write to Dr. Mike


Kidd, Department Head, Poultry Science
Department, Box 9665, Mississippi State, MS
39762 or e-mail at mkidd@poultry.msstate.edu.

Graduate Courses—Course prerequisites are


noted in parentheses.
PO 6313 Management of Commercial
Layers. 3 hours
PO 6323 Management of Broiler Breeders. 3
hours
PO 6333 Broiler Production. 3 hours
PO 6413 Poultry Nutrition. 3 hours
PO 6423 Feed Manufacturing [same as NTR
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COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE, ART, AND DESIGN

Prof. James L. West, Dean


Dr. David C. Lewis, Associate Dean
240 Giles Hall
Telephone: 662-325-2202
Fax: 662-325-8872
Mailing Address: 899 Collegeview Street, PO Box AQ,
Mississippi State, MS 39762
E-mail: jwest@caad.msstate.edu
Web site: http://www.caad.msstate.edu/
_____________________________________________________________________
Degree Programs IELTS (International English Language Testing
(T=thesis; NT=non-thesis) Systems) score of 7.5 or above and should
School of Architecture submit GRE scores. Each applicant must submit
Master of Science an essay stating intent and aspirations for study.
Major: Architecture (T; NT)
Provisional Admission—The applicant who has
not fully met requirements stipulated by the
University and the department for admission to
School of Architecture graduate study may be granted admission as a
Prof. Michael Berk, Interim Director degree-seeking graduate student with provisional
240 Giles Hall status. The student must have as his or her
899 Collegeview St., PO Box AQ initial objective advancement to regular status.
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Telephone: 662-325-2202 A provisional student must receive a 3.00 GPA
E-mail: spittman@caad.msstate.edu on the first 9 hours of graduate-level courses on
the program of study taken at Mississippi State
Graduate study is offered in the College of University in order to achieve regular status.
Architecture, Art, and Design leading to the Courses with an S grade, transfer credits, or
degree of Master of Science in Architecture. This credits earned while in Unclassified status cannot
program provides conceptual and technical skills be used to satisfy this requirement. If a 3.00 is
in digital design. This is a post-professional not attained, the provisional student may be
degree and does not lead to licensing in dismissed from graduate study. While in
Architecture. provisional status, a student is not eligible to hold
a graduate assistantship.
For additional information, contact:
Graduate Program Coordinator Academic Performance—A student must
Mississippi State University maintain a 3.00 GPA after admission to the
School of Architecture, program. A student with a GPA below 3.00 will
P. O. Box AQ, 240 Giles Hall continue study on a probationary basis and be
Mississippi State, MS 39762 given one semester to achieve a GPA of 3.00.
Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the
Admission Criteria—Applicants must have a program.
GPA of at least 3.00 and should have an
undergraduate degree in architecture, landscape The student in Option One – Thesis (see
architecture, fine arts, interior design, industrial Program of Study below) must pass a general
design, graphic design, or other related exam for the thesis by the end of the first year.
professions. Prospective students should be Failure to do so will result in a probationary
competent in relevant 2D and 3D computer status, and the student will not be allowed to
applications in their fields. This competence may register for second year classes until a pass is
be demonstrated through grades of B or better in received from the committee. Failure to pass
design and computer science courses or through may ultimately result in dismissal from the
the submission of a portfolio. GRE scores must program.
be submitted. International students must have a
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Program of Study—The M.S. degree may be
score of 600 PBT (250 CBT or 100 iBT) or an earned via two study track options:

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Option One - Thesis: Requires 30 credit hours ARC 8444 Interactive Media (ARC 8990). 4
(24 graduate level course hours with half at the hours
8000 level and 6 credit hours of research/thesis), ARC 8124 Digital Design II (ARC 8113). 4
and a comprehensive examination. hours
Option Two - Non-Thesis: Requires 32 graduate ARC 8463 Digital Storytelling. 3 hours.
level credit hours and a comprehensive ARC 6162 Digital Design II Lab. 2 hours
examination. At least 15 hours must be at the Second Year – Fall Semester
8000 level. ARC 8990 Computer-Aided-Design and Manu-
facturing (ARC 8113, 8123). 3
The Master of Science degree in Architecture hours
offers an interdisciplinary, research-oriented Optional Electives
academic experience for students from various ARC 7000 Directed Individual Studies (hours
fields who wish to use digital methods and tools of credit vary)
in design, visualization, fabrication, and ARC 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. 6 hours
information technology as a method of inquiry ARC 8990 Special Topics (hours of credit vary)
and problem solving. The degree program is
appropriate for the student who has Graduate Courses—Course prerequisites are
demonstrated a high level of success and noted in parentheses.
potential for further development beyond ARC 6114 Professional Practice Strategies. 4
undergraduate studies. The entering class may hours
include students from various design fields. ARC 6142 Digital Design Fund Lab
Diversity if preferred in the student composition. (Undergraduate-consent of instruct-
An applicant must submit a portfolio of design, tor; Graduate-none. Co-requisite
preferably in digital form (CD, DVD, website, ARC 8104). 2 hours
etc.). Interviews via e-mail, phone or in person ARC 6152 Digital Design I Lab
may be required at the discretion of the applicant (Undergraduate-permission of
review committee. instructor; Graduate-none). 2 hours
ARC 6162 Digital Design II Lab (ARC
Students will have access to the School’s 4152/6152). 2 hours
Research and Informatics Laboratory (DRIL), the ARC 6633 Arc & Virtual Spaces. 3 hours
Fabrication Lab, and Plot Lab, which include ARC 6763 Intro to Industrial Design (Consent
workstations, digital fabrication tools, hand and of instructor). 3 hours
power tools, printers, plotters, scanners, etc. All ARC 6764 Furniture Design Manufacturing
students must purchase personal computers. (Undergraduate-permission of
The Master of Science Degree in Architecture is instructor; Graduate-none). 3 hours
not a professional degree; it does not lead to ARC 6990 Special Topics in Architecture.
architectural licensing as does the school’s five- Hours and credits to be arranged.
year Bachelor of Architecture Degree. Rather, ARC 7000 Directed Individual Study. Hours
this program offers the student an opportunity for and credits to be arranged.
exploration and research of architecture or a ARC 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and
related field and utilizes digital technology as a credits to be arranged; minimum of
conceptual provocation as well as a problem- 6 hours required for degree.
solving tool. ARC 8104 Digital Design Fund (Co-requisite:
ARC 6142). 4 hours
Completion Requirements: ARC 8114 Digital Design I. 4 hours
Option One - Thesis: Requires completion of the ARC 8124 Digital Design II (ARC 8114). 4
thesis to the satisfaction of the Thesis Committee hours
and a thesis defense. ARC 8134 Digital Design III. 4 hours
Option Two – Non-Thesis: Requires 32 credit ARC 8143 Physical-Based Modeling. 3 hours
hours and a comprehensive examination. ARC 8172 Digital Design III Lab. 2 hours
ARC 8224 Architectural Research & Writing. 4
Graduate Courses—Course prerequisites are hours
noted in parentheses. ARC 8444 Interactive Media (ARC 6633). 4
First Year – Fall Semester hours
ARC 6114 Professional Practice Strategies. 4 ARC 8463 Story Telling in Comp Animation
hours (Consent of instructor). 3 hours)
ARC 6633 Architecture and Virtual Spaces. 1- ARC 8990 Special Topics in Architecture.
9 hours Credit and title to be arranged.
ARC 8114 Digital Design I. 4 hours
ARC 6152 Digital Design I Lab. 2 hours
First Year – Spring Semester
ARC 8224 Research and Writing. 4 hours

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COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Dr. Gary Myers, Dean


Dr. David Breaux, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
and Student Services
Dr. Walter Diehl, Associate Dean
208 Allen Hall
Telephone: 662-325-2646
Fax: 662-325-8740
Mailing Address: PO Box AS, Mississippi State, MS 39762
E-mail: ereed@deanas.msstate.edu
Web site: http://www.cas.msstate.edu/
___________________________________________________________________
Degree Programs Doctor of Philosophy
(T=thesis; NT=non-thesis) Major: Earth and Atmospheric Science

Department of Anthropology and Middle Department of History


Eastern Cultures Master of Arts
Master of Arts Major: History (T; NT)
Major: Applied Anthropology (T) Doctor of Philosophy
Major: History
Diversity Graduate Certificate
Department of Biological Sciences
Master of Science
Major: Biological Sciences (T)
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Master of Science
Master of Science [online only]
Major: Mathematics (T; NT)
Major: General Biology (NT)
Master of Science
Master of Arts [online only]
Major: Statistics (T; NT)
Major: Interdisciplinary Sciences (NT)
Master of Arts [online only]
Emphasis: Biological Sciences
Major: Interdisciplinary Sciences (NT)
Doctor of Philosophy
Emphasis: Mathematics & Statistics
Major: Biological Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy
Major: Mathematical Sciences
Department of Chemistry
Master of Science
Major: Chemistry (T) Department of Physics and Astronomy
Master of Arts [online only] Master of Science
Major: Interdisciplinary Sciences (NT) Major: Physics (T; NT)
Emphasis: Chemistry
Doctor of Philosophy Department of Political Science and
Major: Chemistry Public Administration
Master of Arts
Department of English Major: Political Science (T; NT)
Master of Arts Master of Public Policy and Administration
Major: English (T; NT) Major: Public Policy and Administration (NT)
Doctor of Philosophy
Department of Foreign Languages Major: Public Policy and Administration
Master of Arts
Major: Foreign Language (T; NT) Department of Psychology
Master of Science
Department of Geosciences Major: Psychology (T)
Master of Science Doctor of Philosophy
Major: Geoscience (T; NT) Major: Cognitive Science
Master of Arts [online only]
Major: Interdisciplinary Sciences (NT)
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Department of Sociology A request to waive the internship requirement
Master of Science must be provided in writing to the anthropology
Major: Sociology (T; NT) graduate coordinator by the graduate student.
Doctor of Philosophy The request must give details of previous jobs
Major: Sociology and experience in applied settings, including
Gender Studies Graduate Certificate length of each, employer, supervisor, and kinds
of anthropology-related tasks performed. The
student must arrange for submission of a letter
Anthropology and Middle from each agency or firm for which the student
claims paid or volunteer work. Such letters must
Eastern Cultures detail the kinds of work performed, the
Dr. Paul F. Jacobs, Department Head anthropological knowledge required, and must
Dr. Evan Peacock, Graduate Coordinator attest to the student’s satisfactory performance of
108 Cobb Institute of Archaeology the work. This material will become part of the
PO Box AR student’s file. The waiver request will be
Mississippi State, MS 39762 considered by the anthropology graduate
Telephone: 662-325-1663 coordinator in consultation with other
Anthropology faculty. If the request is granted, a
E-mail: peacock@anthro.msstate.edu signed copy of the waiver agreement will be
placed in the student’s file. Credit will not be
Graduate study leading to a Master of Arts
awarded for waived internships.
degree in Applied Anthropology is offered by the
Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern
Assistantships—Applications for assistantships
Cultures.
must be completed separately from admission
applications and be submitted directly to the
Admission Criteria:
Anthropology Graduate Coordinator.
 A complete application for graduate study at Assistantship applications may be obtained from
MSU the coordinator (contact information below). An
 Official transcripts showing credits earned at academic writing sample is required as part of
institutions of higher education the assistantship application. Assistantship
 A 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours of application deadlines are April 1 (for fall
baccalaureate work semester) and October 15 (for spring semester).
 A statement of purpose explaining why the
applicant wishes to study anthropology at Program of Study—Degree requirements
MSU include a thesis, a one-semester- or one-
 Scores on the General Graduate Record summer-long internship (6 hours credit), an oral
Examination (GRE) exam, and 24 hours of graduate coursework, at
 Three letters of recommendation from people least half of which is at the 8000 level or above,
who know the applicant’s academic ability for a total of 36 hours of graduate credit. A
and potential student may elect to specialize either in applied
A student who is admitted to the program without archaeology/bioarchaeology or in applied cultural
a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and who has anthropology. The program exposes students to
not completed Introduction to Archaeology, proposal writing, consulting practices, and ethics.
Introduction to Biological Anthropology, and
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology will be The emphasis in applied archaeology/
required to take them. These courses are not bioarchaeology focuses on cultural resource
offered for graduate credit. A student who has management. Specialty areas include
not taken Anthropological Theory (AN 6123) or its archaeological surface survey and excavation
equivalent must take it for graduate credit. A methods; artifact analysis; settlement pattern and
student who plans to specialize in spatial analysis; environmental archaeology;
archaeology/bioarchaeology must complete zooarchaeology; and osteoarchaeology. The
archaeology field school, including both survey area emphasis is the Southeastern U.S. although
(AN 2516) and excavation (AN 3516) portions, if principles and methods are adaptable to
he or she has not had equivalent courses or field application anywhere. Required courses include
experience. AN 8203 Readings and Research in Applied
Anthropology, AN 6523 Public Archaeology, and
A student enters the graduate program in the fall AN 8533 Readings in Archaeology: Theory. Six
or spring semester. To be considered for to seven credit hours of technical elective
admission, all application materials must be courses at the graduate level also are required.
received by April 15 (fall admission) or November The applied cultural anthropology specialization
1 (spring admission). emphasizes medical anthropology; program
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development; and communication in multi-cultural Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern
settings. Ethnographic and qualitative research Cultures, PO Box AR, Mississippi State, MS
methods, as practiced in applied settings, are 39762, visit the Web site at
stressed. Required courses include AN 8203 http://www.amec.msstate.edu/, or telephone 662-
Readings and Research in Applied Anthropology. 325-2013.

The program focuses on preparing students for Graduate Courses:


placement in the public and private sectors as AN 6123 Anthropological Theory. 3 hours
cultural resource specialists, public health AN 6133 Medical Anthropology. 3 hours
analysts, and program evaluators, as well as AN 6143 Ethnographic Methods. 3 hours
preparing them for further graduate study. AN 6163 Anthropology of International
Development . 3 hours
Graduate Minor—The department offers a AN 6173 Environment and Society [same as
graduate minor in anthropology consisting of 12 SO 6173]. 3 hours
graduate hours including AN 6123 AN 6303 Human Variation and Origins. 3
Anthropological Theory. The minor is flexible in hours
content and designed to complement the AN 6313 Forensic Anthropology. 3 hours
student’s work in other fields. Courses taken for AN 6403 Introduction to Linguistics (AN 1103
a graduate minor in anthropology must be taught or consent of instructor) [same as
by anthropology faculty. A student selecting this EN 6403]. 3 hours
minor must include a minor committee member AN 6523 Public Archaeology. 3 hours
on his/her graduate committee. AN 6623 Language and Culture (AN 1103 or
consent of instructor) [same as
Academic Performance—Unsatisfactory EN/SO 6623]. 3 hours
performance in the program will result in AN 6633 Sociolinguistics (AN 1103 or
dismissal. Unsatisfactory performance is defined consent of instructor) [same as
as the failure to maintain a B average in graduate EN/SO 6633]. 3 hours
courses attempted after admission to the AN 6990 Special Topics in Anthropology. 1-9
program, a grade of U, D, or F in two courses, hours
failure of the oral thesis defense, an evaluation of AN 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-3 hours
unsatisfactory on the thesis, or any other failure AN 8103 Seminar in Applied Cultural
of a required component of the program of study. Anthropology. 3 hours
Evaluation of graduate grade point averages will AN 8203 Readings and Research in Applied
occur following the first two regular semesters of Anthropology. 3 hours
coursework and every semester thereafter. AN 8216 Internship in Applied Anthropology.
6 hours
Provisional Admission—Students who have not AN 8303 Bioarchaeology. 3 hours
fully met the requirements stipulated by the AN 8513 Southeastern Archaeology. 3 hours
University and the Anthropology program for AN 8523 Environmental Archaeology. 3
admission may be granted admission as a hours
degree-seeking graduate student with provisional AN 8533 Readings in Archaeology: Theory. 3
status. Such students must have as their initial hours
objective advancement to regular status. AN 8553 Readings in Archaeology:
Applications. 3 hours
Provisional students must receive a 3.00 GPA on AN 8990 Special Topics in Anthropology. 1-9
the first 9 hours of graduate-level courses on hours
their program of study taken at Mississippi State
University (courses with an S grade, transfer
credits, or credits earned while in Unclassified Biological Sciences
status cannot be used to satisfy this requirement) Dr. Nancy Reichert, Department Head
in order to achieve regular status. If a 3.00 is not
attained, the provisional student will be dismissed
Dr. Gary Ervin, Graduate Coordinator
from graduate study. While in the provisional Dr. Dwayne Wise, MSGB Coordinator
status, students are not eligible to hold a 114 Harned Biology, 295 Lee Blvd
graduate assistantship. PO Box GY
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Completion Requirements—A thesis is required Telephone: 662-325-3120
for completion of the Master of Arts degree in E-mail: grad_studies@biology.msstate.edu
anthropology.
Graduate study leading to the Master of Science
Information—To obtain additional information, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees is offered in
contact the Anthropology Graduate Coordinator; Biological Sciences. Major areas of emphasis

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include molecular, developmental, cellular and Provisional Admission—In rare cases, if a
organismal biology. An emphasis in biological student does not meet the minimum admission
sciences will be interdisciplinary, drawing from requirements, an individual faculty member may
courses in and out of the department relating to a sponsor the student, if the student’s record is
single unifying field, such as cell biology, close to the minimum requirements and he/she
evolutionary biology/ecology, or microbiology. has exceptional academic promise. In such a
Graduate research and teaching assistantships case, the student will be admitted provisionally as
are available. recommended by the graduate committee. The
provisional student must earn at least a 3.00
A Master of Science degree in General Biology is GPA while carrying a full load (6 hours summer/9
offered through distance learning. This degree hours fall or spring, exclusive of special problems
program is designed for practicing K-12 teachers and thesis research hours) of graduate-level
who need graduate-level comprehensive coursework during the first semester (if the
instruction in biology. This web-based degree student is a full-time student). Courses with an S
program culminates with a capstone hands-on grade, transfer credits, or credits earned while in
learning experience in lab and field settings. Unclassified status cannot be used to satisfy this
requirement. The graduate committee will review
A Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary the student’s progress toward the end of his/her
Sciences (Teachers in Interdisciplinary Sciences) first semester and decide whether regular
is also available through distance learning. A 21- admission or dismissal should be recommended;
hour emphasis in Biological Sciences is this review will also involve the student’s advisory
complemented by 15 required hours from committee, if it has been formed. A student will
Chemistry; Geosciences; and Mathematics & not be retained on provisional status for more
Statistics in the two-year, 36-hour program than two semesters. While in the provisional
intended primarily for K-12 teachers. Detailed status, a student is not eligible to hold a graduate
admission, program completion, and course assistantship.
information is found in this publication under
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Sciences. Academic Performance—The graduate student
must maintain an average of B (3.00) or higher
Admission Criteria—Requirements for entrance for all courses after admission to the program.
into the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in the Only grades of C or higher will be accepted for
Department of Biological Sciences are credit. One course of the approved graduate
1. a GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 system for all program can be repeated; the two grades will be
undergraduate work and a GPA of 3.00 for all averaged. All grades earned will be employed in
coursework in the biological sciences; overall GPA calculations. Failure to demonstrate
2. three letters of recommendation from satisfactory progress toward completion of
individuals familiar with the applicant’s degree requirements, including earning two or
academic performance; more Cs or earning a grade of D or F, may be
3. submission of scores from the Graduate considered by the Graduate Committee in
Record Examination (GRE) General Test; consultation with the student’s advisory
4. a statement of professional interests and committee to be sufficient cause for dismissal
goals from the applicant. from the graduate program. If the student’s GPA
falls below 3.00, he/she will have a one-semester
Requirements for admission to the Master of grace period in which to retain a teaching
Science in General Biology include assistantship. By the end of this grace period,
1. a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 system on the student must have achieved an overall 3.00
the last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree GPA. This 3.00 GPA must be maintained for the
and a GPA of 3.00 for all coursework in the duration of the graduate program, or the student
biological sciences; will be terminated from the graduate program.
2. three letters of recommendation from The student may retain a teaching assistantship
individuals familiar with the applicant’s during this probationary semester. During the
academic performance; probationary semester, the student must be
3. a statement of purpose, professional goals enrolled in approved program requirements or, if
and interests, and work experience. the program has not yet been approved, in
courses appropriate for the program.
Contingent Admission—In some cases, a
student can be accepted pending a particular Program of Study and Completion
condition, such as completion of a B.S. or M.S. Requirement—A minimum of 30 hours of
degree or other conditions such as determined by graduate study, including 24 hours of coursework
the faculty and/or the Office of the Graduate and 6 hours of research/thesis, is required for the
School. A student accepted on a contingent Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences.
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and ST 8114 (or appropriate substitute, as BIO 6414 Microbiology of Foods (BIO 3304).
approved by the advisory committee). In 4 hours
addition, a mandatory exit seminar, a final BIO 6433 Principles of Virology (BCH 4603
comprehensive examination and a thesis are and BIO 3103 or equivalents). 3
required. hours
BIO 6442 Bacterial Genetics Lab (BCH 4603,
Course requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy BIO 3304 and concurrent
are determined by the student’s advisory enrollment in BIO 4443/6443). 2
committee. Required courses are the same as hours
for the master’s degree and an exit seminar is BIO 6443 Bacterial Genetics (BCH 4603, BIO
required. A comprehensive examination and 3304 or consent of instructor). 3
dissertation are also required. Mandatory hours
academic performance is the same as specified BIO 6463 Bacterial Physiology (BIO 3404 and
by graduate school policy. BCH 4603). 3 hours
BIO 6473 Medical Virology (BIO 3304). 3
Requirements for the Master of Science in hours
General Biology include a 33-hour program of BIO 6503 Vertebrate Histology (BIO 1134 and
coursework and a written comprehensive BIO 1144). 3 hours
examination administered at the beginning of the BIO 6504 Comparative Vertebrate
final term. Each student will be required to Embryology (BIO 1134 and BIO
complete Capstone in Modern Biology, an 1144). 4 hours
intensive face-to-face course of planned, hands- BIO 6514 Animal Physiology (10 hours of
on lab- and field-based activities. zoology and organic chemistry). 4
hours
For additional information, write to the Graduate BIO 6673 Industrial Microbiology. 3 hours
Coordinator, Department of Biological Sciences, BIO 6990 Special Topics in Biology. 1-9 hours
PO Box GY, Mississippi State, MS 39762. BIO 7000 Directed Individual Study. (BIO
4326/6326). Hours to be arranged.
Biological Sciences—Course prerequisites are BIO 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. [Same as
noted in parentheses. GCRL Zoology 561.] Hours and
BIO 6113 Evolutionary Biology. 3 hours credits to be arranged; minimum of
BIO 6114 Cellular Physiology (7 hours of 6 hours required for degree.
biological sciences and two BIO 8011 Seminar. 1 hour
semesters of organic chemistry) BIO 8013 Scientific Writing for Biological
[same as PHY 4114/6114]. 4 hours Scientists. 3 hours
BIO 6133 Human Genetics (BIO 1134, and BIO 8021 Seminar. 1 hour
BIO 1144 or BIO 2113 or consent of BIO 8103 Advanced Ecology (BIO 3104). 3
instructor). 3 hours hours
BIO 6203 Taxonomy of Spermatophytes (BIO BIO 8113 Biogeography. 3 hours
2113 and BIO 2213). 3 hours BIO 8123 Physiological Ecology (One
BIO 6204 Plant Anatomy (BIO 2113 and BIO semester of physiology or consent
2213). 4 hours of instructor). 3 hours
BIO 6213 Plant Ecology (BIO 4203). 3 hours BIO 8163 Invasion Ecology. 3 hours
BIO 6214 General Plant Physiology (BIO BIO 8213 Plant Water and Mineral Relations
2113 and CH 1213). 4 hours (BIO 4214). 3 hours
BIO 6224 Aquatic Botany (BIO 2113 and one BIO 8223 Plant Metabolism (BIO 4214 and
of BIO 3104, BIO 4213, WF 3133; organic chemistry). 3 hours
or graduate standing; or consent of BIO 8233 Molecular Applications. 3 hours
instructor). 3 hours BIO 8453 Advanced Virology (Cell Biology or
BIO 6303 Bioinstrumentation (BIO4304/6304). equivalent). 3 hours
3 hours BIO 8990 Special Topics in Biology. 1-9 hours
BIO 6304 Quantitative Methods. 4 hours BIO 9000 Dissertation Research/Dissertation.
BIO 6314 Quantitative Methods II (BIO Hours and credits to be arranged;
4304/6304). 4 hours minimum of 20 hours required for
BIO 6324 Soil Microbiology (BIO 3304) [Same degree.
as PSS 4324/6324]. 4 hours
BIO 6404 Environmental Microbiology (BIO Distance Courses in Biological Sciences—
3304). 4 hours Intended for K-12 science teachers, these
BIO 6405 Pathogenic Microbiology (BIO courses cannot be used to satisfy degree
3304). 5 hours requirements in a non-distance degree program.
BIO 6413 Immunology (BIO 3304 and CH BIO 6013 Genetics & Molecular Biology
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K-12 science teachers. Course BIO 8083 Capstone Bio MAIS (15 hours of
cannot be used to satisfy degree BIO graduate work and consent of
requirements in a non-distance instructor. Intended for K-12
degree program.) 3 hours science teachers. Course cannot be
BIO 6023 Principles of Evolutionary Biology used to satisfy degree requirements
(consent of instructor. Intended for in a non-distance degree program.)
K-12 science teachers. Course 3 hours
cannot be used to satisfy degree BIO 8093 Experimental Biology & Biostatistics
requirements in a non-distance (consent of instructor. Intended for
degree program.) 3 hours K-12 science teachers. Course
BIO 6033 Fundamentals of Biotechnology cannot be used to satisfy degree
(BIO 6013 and BIO 8033, or requirements in a non-distance
consent of instructor. Intended for degree program.) 3 hours
K-12 science teachers. Course BIO 8183 Capstone in Modern Biology (30
cannot be used to satisfy degree hours of BIO graduate work and
requirements in a non-distance consent of instructor. Intended for
degree program.) 3 hours K-12 science teachers. Course
BIO 6043 Developmental & Reproductive cannot be used to satisfy degree
Biology (BIO 6013 and BIO 8033 or requirements in a non-distance
consent of instructor. Intended for degree program.) 3 hours
K-12 science teachers. Course
cannot be used to satisfy degree
requirements in a non-distance Chemistry
degree program.). 3 hours Dr. Ed Lewis, Department Head
BIO 8023 Modern Microbiology (consent of
instructor. Intended for K-12
Dr. Stephen Foster, Graduate
science teachers. Course cannot be Coordinator
used to satisfy degree requirements 1115 Hand Chemical Laboratory
in a non-distance degree program.) PO Box 9573
3 hours Mississippi State, MS 39762
BIO 8033 Advanced Cell Biology (consent of Telephone: 662-325-3584
instructor. Intended for K-12 E-mail: grad@chemistry.msstate.edu
science teachers. Course cannot be
used to satisfy degree requirements The Department of Chemistry provides a flexible
in a non-distance degree program.) and dynamic environment in which to pursue a
3 hours Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy
BIO 8043 Ecology & the Environment degree in chemistry. Students have the
(consent of instructor. Intended for opportunity to work with faculty with interests in
K-12 science teachers. Course Biochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, and
cannot be used to satisfy degree Materials Science, as well as in Analytical,
requirements in a non-distance Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry. The
degree program.) 3 hours faculty has active research programs in
BIO 8053 Comprehensive Study of Animals Synthesis (inorganic, organic, polymer and
(BIO 6023 or consent of instructor. supramolecular synthesis), Surface Chemistry
Intended for K-12 science teachers. (catalysis and corrosion studies), Spectroscopy
Course cannot be used to satisfy (IR laser spectroscopy and bioanalytical
degree requirements in a non- applications for Raman and Surface Enhanced
distance degree program.) 3 hours Raman methods), Structural Biology (using NMR
BIO 8063 Comprehensive Study of Plants and computational methods), and Biophysical
(BIO 6023 or consent of instructor. studies (including cancer drug discovery).
Intended for K-12 science teachers. Environmental research programs focus on the
Course cannot be used to satisfy development of novel miniature chemical sensors
degree requirements in a non- and on pesticide and herbicide transport while
distance degree program.) 3 hours computational chemists are developing Ab initio
BIO 8073 Bio Methods MAIS (15 hours of BIO and semiempirical methods to study complex
graduate work and consent of biological systems and important chemical
instructor. Intended for K-12 processes. The research is supported by an
science teachers. Course cannot be array of in-house equipment. NMR
used to satisfy degree requirements spectrometers include 600-MHz and 300-MHz
in a non-distance degree program.) instruments. An EPR spectrometer and single
3 hours crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers with
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Students also have access to a wide range of Provisional Admission—Provisional admission
instruments including UV-vis, FT-IR, and is granted to a student with some deficiency in
UV/Vis/near-IR spectrophotometers, as well as her/his chemistry background. Students admitted
mass spectrometers, including GC-MS, LC-MS, to provisional status are eligible for advancement
and quadrupole ion trap instruments. Individual to regular status after receiving a 3.00 GPA on
research labs maintain an array of instruments the first 9 hours of regular graduate-level courses
including: lasers, an atomic force microscope, a taken after admission to the program. Courses
Laser Raman microscope, ITC and DSC with an S grade, transfer credits, or credits
microcalorimeters, a stopped-flow UV/vis system, earned while in Unclassified status cannot be
a spectrofluorimeter, a Circular Dichroism used to satisfy this requirement. The specific
spectropolarimeter, a scanning electrochemical courses used to overcome these deficiencies are
microscope, and numerous GC’s and HPLC’s. chosen by the department’s graduate committee
Research and teaching assistantships are on a case-by-case basis.
available. The department also offers five
GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of Academic Performance—All entering students
National Need) fellowships to qualified U.S. take placement exams to demonstrate
residents. For more information access competency in the four of the five major areas of
http://www.msstate.edu/dept/chemistry or write to chemistry. Competency is demonstrated by
the Graduate Coordinator, Department of scoring at or above the 50th percentile level on
Chemistry, PO Box 9573, Mississippi State, MS each exam. If the student fails to show this level
39762, or send electronic mail to of knowledge, he or she is required to take
grad@chemistry.msstate.edu. advanced undergraduate classes in the failing
area(s) and achieve a B or better in each course.
A Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary If the student does not achieve a B in the
Sciences (Teachers in Interdisciplinary Sciences) remedial class, he or she can retake the
is available through distance learning. A 21-hour placement exam. Failure to score above the 50th
emphasis in Chemistry is complemented by 15 percentile on a second attempt will result in
required hours from Biological Sciences; dismissal from the program.
Geosciences; and Mathematics & Statistics in the
two-year, 36-hour program intended primarily for An overall GPA of 3.00/4.00 on all graduate
K-12 teachers. Detailed admission, program courses taken after being admitted to the
completion, and course information is found in program is required by the University to remain in
this publication under Master of Arts in good standing. The Department of Chemistry
Interdisciplinary Sciences. requires a B average on all chemistry courses
above the 6000 level. If a student fails to meet
Admission Criteria—Although not required, the either criterion, he or she is placed on probation.
admissions committee encourages students to If the student does not correct the deficiency
take the GRE general test. Foreign students may within one semester, the student may be
be admitted with a TOEFL (Test of English as a dismissed from the program.
Foreign Language) score of 477 PBT (153 CBT
or 53 iBT) or an IELTS (International English Core Courses
Language Testing Systems) score of 4.5 Analytical
(University minimum), but a TOEFL score of at CH 8313 Advanced Analytical
least 550 PBT (213 CBT or 79 iBT) or an IELTS
score of 6.5 is required for a student to be CH 8333 Advanced Instrumental
considered for financial aid. CH 8990 Special Topics: Chemical
Separations
Program of Study/Completion Requirements-
For the M.S. degree, the department requires 30
hours of credit (6 hours of research, 23 hours of Organic
coursework and one seminar credit). For the CH 8553 Theoretical Organic
Ph.D., the department requires one core course CH 8513 Synthetic Organic
in four of the five major areas of chemistry
(analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic,
Inorganic
physical) and three seminars. In addition, each
student must pass a series of cumulative exams CH 8203 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry II
and take additional coursework as determined in CH 8990 Special topic: Organometallic
consultation with the doctoral committee. Each Chemistry
graduate student must complete a research
CH 8990 Special topic: Inorganic Structures
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Physical CH 8343 Electroanalytical Chemistry
CH 8423 Molecular Structure (consent of instructor). 3 hours
Biochemistry:
CH 8623 Physical Biochemistry Any course numbered 6000 or above as offered
by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular
Graduate Courses—Course prerequisites are Biology is accepted for major credit.
noted in parentheses. Inorganic Chemistry:
CH 6212 Advanced Inorganic Laboratory CH 8203 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry II
(prior credit or concurrent (CH 4213/6213, and CH
enrollment in CH 4213/6213). 2 4423/6423). 3 hours
hours Organic Chemistry:
CH 6213 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I FP 8121 Advanced Wood Chemistry
(consent of the instructor and CH Laboratory (concurrent registration
4413/6413). 3 hours FP 8123). 1 hour
CH 6303 Environmental Chemistry I (CH FP 8123 Advanced Lignocellulosic
4523/6523). 3 hours Chemistry. 3 hours
CH 6351 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II CH 8513 Synthetic Organic Chemistry. 3
(concurrent registration in CH hours
4353/6353). 1 hour CH 8553 Theoretical Organic Chemistry. 3
CH 6353 Analytical Chemistry II (CH 2313 or hours
CH 2314). 3 hours Physical Chemistry:
CH 6411 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I CH 8423 Molecular Structure (CH 4423/6423
(CH 4413/6413). 1 hour and MA 2913). 3 hours
CH 6413 Physical Chemistry I (CH 1223, PH CH 8473 Quantum Chemistry I. (PH 4723,
2213 or PH 1113 and MA 1723). 3 MA 3353, MA 4153). 3 hours
hours Chemical Physics:
CH 6421 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II Any course numbered 6000 or above as offered
(CH 4413/6413). 1 hour by the Department of Physics is accepted for
CH 6423 Physical Chemistry II (CH 1223, PH major credit.
2213 or PH 1113, MA 1723). 3
hours
CH 6511 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (CH
2221 and CH 2223). 1 hour
Communication
CH 6513 Organic Chemistry I (CH 2223). 3 Dr. John E. Forde, Department Head
hours 130 McComas Hall
CH 6521 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II PO Box PF
(CH 4511/6511 and CH Mississippi State, MS 39762
4513/6513). 1 hour Telephone: 662-325-3320
CH 6523 Organic Chemistry II (CH 4513). 3 E-mail: jforde@comm.msstate.edu
hours
CH 6533 Intermediate Organic Chemistry The following courses may be taken for graduate
(CH 4523/6523). 3 hours credit by qualified students majoring in other
CH 6990 Special Topics in Chemistry. 1-9 subjects. At the present, there is no graduate
hours program in communication. For additional
CH 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours information, write to the Department of
CH 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and Communication, PO Box PF, Mississippi State,
credits to be arranged; minimum of MS 39762.
6 hours required for degree.
CH 8111 Professional Chemistry. 1 hour Graduate Courses—Course prerequisites are
CH 8711-8741 Seminar. 1-4 hours noted in parentheses.
CH 8990 Special Topics in Chemistry. 1-9 CO 6053 Internship in Communication (CO
hours 2323 or CO 2333 for Radio/TV
CH 9000 Dissertation Research/Dissertation. students or communication majors
Hours and credits to be arranged; only). 3 hours
minimum of 20 hours required for CO 6203 Nonverbal Communication (CO
degree. 1223 or PSY 1013). 3 hours
Analytical Chemistry: CO 6213 Political Communication (CO 1223).
CH 8313 Advanced Analytical Chemistry 3 hours
(consent of instructor). 3 hours CO 6223 Advanced Communication Theory
CH 8333 Advanced Instrumental Analysis (CO 1223). 3 hours
(CH 4353/6353 or consent of CO 6243 Rhetorical Theory (CO 1223). 3
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CO 6253 Elements of Persuasion (CO 1223). applicant must submit all materials by March 15
3 hours to be considered for an assistantship.
CO 6273 Intercultural Communication (CO
1223). 3 hours Program of Study/Completion Requirements-
CO 6313 Mass Media Law. 3 hours The Mississippi State University English
CO 6323 Mass Media and Society. 3 hours Department offers two options in the M.A.
CO 6373 Practicum in Television News (CO program: the traditional curriculum, calling for 24
2333, 15 additional hours hours of coursework plus thesis, and a non-thesis
communication courses and option, calling for 33 hours of coursework.
consent of instructor). 3 hours Students may pursue concentrations in Creative
CO 6403 Journalism Ethics (CO 2413). 3 Writing or the Teaching of English as a Second
hours Language. External minors are also available.
CO 6504 History of the Theatre. 4 hours
CO 6524 Directing (CO 2524). 4 hours General Program Requirements
CO 6533 Advanced Acting (CO 2503). 3  A seminar in bibliography and research
hours methods, offered each fall, is required of
CO 6573 Theatre Management. 3 hours every student.
CO 6583 Playwriting (CO 1503). 3 hours  All students must display a reading
CO 6803 Research in Public Relations and knowledge of a foreign language, usually by
Advertising (CO 3853 or MKT 3013 having completed four undergraduate
or consent of instructor). 3 hours semesters in that language with a B average
CO 6813 Public Relations in Organizations or higher.
(CO 3813 and CO 3863). 3 hours  All students, regardless of their fields of
CO 6990 Special Topics in Communications. concentration, must take a comprehensive
1-9 hours examination in British and American literature.
CO 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours The exam must be taken at the beginning of
CO 8213 Seminar in Communication Theory the student’s fourth full semester.
(CO 4223/6223). 3 hours
CO 8253 Seminar in Persuasion (CO Provisional Admission—If a student does not
4253/6253). 3 hours fully meet the admission requirements of the
CO 8990 Special Topics in Communication. program, it may be possible for that student to be
1-9 hours admitted provisionally. If provisionally admitted,
the student must attain at least a 3.00 GPA on
the first 9 hours of graduate courses at
English Mississippi State University (courses with an S
Dr. Richard Raymond, Department Head grade, transfer credits, or credits earned while in
Dr. Richard F. Patteson, Graduate Unclassified status cannot be used to satisfy this
requirement). If a 3.00 GPA is not attained, the
Coordinator
student may be dismissed from the graduate
316 Lee Hall program.
PO Box E
Mississippi State, MS 39762 Unsatisfactory Performance—Unsatisfactory
Telephone: 662-325-3644 performance in the graduate program in English
E-mail: rfp1@ra.msstate.edu may be defined as any of the following: failure to
maintain a B average in attempted graduate
Graduate Study is offered in the Department of courses after admission to the program, a grade
English leading to the Master of Arts degree. of U or F in any one course, failure of the
Teaching assistantships are available. comprehensive examination, unsatisfactory
evaluation of a thesis, or failure of a required
Admission Criteria—Prerequisites for admission component of the program of study. Any one of
into the graduate program include all the general these or a combination of these may constitute
requirements of the Office of the Graduate the basis for review for possible dismissal. The
School and an undergraduate English degree (or graduate coordinator will review the record along
18 hours of undergraduate English courses with the student’s graduate committee and take a
beyond freshman composition, with a B average final course of action which will be immediate
or higher). Applicants are strongly encouraged to dismissal or the establishment of a probationary
submit GRE scores. International students must period in which corrective action must take place.
obtain a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Appeal of dismissal can be made by submitting a
Language) score of 625 PBT (263 CBT or 106 written appeal statement to the department head.
iBT) or an IELTS (International English Language If the dismissal is upheld by the department head
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submit a written appeal to the dean of the EN 6733 Eighteenth-Century Literature. 3
College of Arts & Sciences. hours
EN 6803 Types of Drama Since 1900. 3
Graduate Courses—Course prerequisites are hours
noted in parentheses. EN 6813 The World Novel Since 1900
EN 6013 Internship in Compositional Theory (completion of English requirements
and the Teaching of College in the student’s major). 3 hours
Writing. 3 hours EN 6823 Poetry Since 1900. 3 hours
EN 6223 Principles of Legal Writing. 3 hours EN 6863 The Romantic Poets and Prose
EN 6233 Composition Pedagogy. (EN 1113 Writers. 3 hours
or consent of instructor). 3 hours EN 6883 Victorian Poets and Prose Writers.
EN 6243 Writing Center Tutor Training (B or 3 hours
better in EN 1113 and consent of EN 6903 American Literature: 1800-1860. 3
instructor). 3 hours hours
EN 6303 Craft of Poetry (EN 3303 or consent EN 6913 American Literature: 1860-1900. 3
of instructor). 3 hours hours
EN 6313 Craft of Fiction (EN 3903 or consent EN 6923 The American Novel Since 1900. 3
of instructor). 3 hours hours
EN 6323 Literary Criticism from Plato to the EN 6933 Survey of Contemporary Literature.
Present. 3 hours 3 hours
EN 6333 Literature of the South. 3 hours EN 6943 Form and Theory of Fiction. 3 hours
EN 6343 African American Literature EN 6953 Form and Theory of Poetry. 3 hours
(completion of English requirements EN 6990 Special Topics in English. 1-9 hours
in the student’s major). 3 hours EN 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-3 hours
EN 6353 Critical Theory Since 1900. 3 hours EN 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and
EN 6403 Introduction to Linguistics [same as credits to be arranged; minimum of
AN 4403/6403]. 3 hours 6 hours required for degree.
EN 6413 History of the English Language. 3 EN 8103 Seminar in Graduate Research
hours Methods. 3 hours
EN 6433 Teaching of English as a Second EN 8333 Studies in Southern Literature. 3
Language (EN 4403 or EN 3423 or hours
consent of instructor). 3 hours EN 8513 Studies in English Literature to
EN 6443 English Syntax (EN 3423 or 1485. 3 hours
consent of instructor). 3 hours EN 8523 Studies in English Literature 1485-
EN 6453 Methods in TESOL (EN 4403/6403 1660. 3 hours
or permission of instructor). 3 hours EN 8533 Studies in English Literature 1660-
EN 6463 Studies in Second Language 1832. 3 hours
Acquisition (EN 4403/6403 or EN 8543 Studies in English Literature 1832-
consent of instructor). 3 hours 1900. 3 hours
EN 6503 Shakespeare. 3 hours EN 8553 Studies in American Literature to
EN 6513 Shakespeare. 3 hours the Civil War. 3 hours
EN 6523 Chaucer. 3 hours EN 8563 Studies in American Literature from
EN 6533 Milton. 3 hours the Civil War to 1914. 3 hours
EN 6623 Language and Culture (EN EN 8573 Studies in Literature Since 1900. 3
4403/6603 or consent of instructor). hours
3 hours EN 8583 Selected Topics in Language and
EN 6633 Sociolinguistics (EN 4403/6403 or Literature. 3 hours
consent of instructor). 3 hours EN 8593 Studies in Post-Colonial Literature.
EN 6643 The Eighteenth-Century British 3 hours
Novel. 3 hours EN 8990 Special Topics in English. 1-9 hours
EN 6653 The Nineteenth-Century British
Novel. 3 hours
EN 6663 The British and Irish Novel Since
1900 (completion of English
Requirements in the student’s
major). 3 hours
EN 6703 English Literature of the Sixteenth
Century. 3 hours
EN 6713 English Literature of the
Seventeenth Century. 3 hours
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Foreign Languages be dismissed from graduate study. A provisional
Dr. Jack Jordan, Department Head student is ineligible to hold a graduate
assistantship.
Dr. Edward Potter, Graduate Coordinator
300 Lee Hall Academic Performance-Continuous enrollment
PO Box FL in the University or in a specific graduate
Mississippi State, MS 39762 program is dependent upon a satisfactory
Telephone: 662-325-3480 evaluation of academic performance and
E-mail: jordan@.ra.msstate.edu progress toward the completion of a specified
degree. A student’s progress is considered
Graduate study is offered in the Department of satisfactory unless judged to be unsatisfactory by
Foreign Languages leading to the degree of the department and/or the dean of the college
Master of Arts. Areas of study are French, offering the program. Unsatisfactory performance
German, and Spanish. may be defined as the failure to maintain a B
average in graduate courses attempted after
Admission Criteria—The Graduate Record admission to the program, a grade of U, D, or F
Examination (GRE) is not required for admission in any course, more than two grades below a B,
to the M.A. program in Foreign Languages. failure of the comprehensive/preliminary
International students are required to have a examination, an unsatisfactory evaluation of a
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) thesis or dissertation, failure of the research
score of 525 PBT (193 CBT or 70 iBT) or an defense, or any other failure of a required
IELTS (International English Language Testing component of one’s program of study. Any one
Systems) score of 6 or better for consideration. of these, or any combination of these, may
constitute the basis for the termination of a
Program of Study/Completion Requirements- student’s graduate study in a degree program;
Thesis and non-thesis options are available. The individual programs have the right to establish
thesis option requires satisfactory completion of their own criteria.
24 semester hours of coursework and 6 semester
hours of thesis research/thesis, for a total of 30 To be eligible for the comprehensive/preliminary
semester hours. The non-thesis option requires examination, a graduate student must maintain
satisfactory completion of 33 semester hours in an overall B average in all graduate courses
one language or 36 semester hours in two attempted after admission to the program.
languages for students wishing a double major
(18 semester hours in each language). Also Graduate teaching assistantships, awarded on a
required for the degree is a comprehensive oral competitive basis, are available. For additional
examination based upon all coursework taken information, contact the head of the Department
and (where applicable) an oral defense of the of Foreign Languages, PO Box FL, Mississippi
thesis. One course, FL 8103 (Bibliography and State, MS 39762 or fax 662-325-8209.
Research Methods), is required of all master’s
candidates. A minimum of 21 semester hours in Graduate Courses—Course prerequisites are
one language must be taken for the M.A.; this noted in parentheses.
allows a student to work in a minor field, such as French:
History, Education, the Teaching of English as a FLF 6063 French Drama of the 19th Century
Second Language, and Foreign Language (FLF 3523 or consent of instructor).
Methodology. 3 hours
FLF 6073 French Drama of the 20th Century
Provisional Admission—A student who has not (FLF 3523 or consent of instructor).
fully met the requirements stipulated by the 3 hours
University and the department for admission to FLF 6083 Survey of French Lyric Poetry (FLF
graduate study may be granted admission as a 3513 or consent of instructor). 3
degree-seeking graduate student with provisional hours
status. Such a student must have as his or her FLF 6093 French Novel and Short Story of the
initial objective advancement to regular status. 19th Century (FLF 3523 or consent
of instructor). 3 hours
A provisional student must receive a 3.00 GPA FLF 6103 French Novel and Short Story of the
on the first 9 hours of graduate-level courses on 20th Century (FLF 3513 or consent
his or her program of study taken at Mississippi of instructor). 3 hours
State University (courses with an S grade, FLF 6113 French Stylistics (FLF 3114 and
transfer credits, or credits earned while in FLF 3124 or consent of instructor).
Unclassified status cannot be used to satisfy this 3 hours
requirement) in order to achieve regular status. If FLF 6143 French Classicism (FLF 3513 or
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FLF 6153 French Classicism (FLF 3513 or FLG 6473 German Novel and Short Story of
consent of instructor). 3 hours the 20th Century (FLG 3523). 3
FLF 6213 Historical Grammar (FLF 3114 and hours
FLF 3124 or consent of instructor). FLG 6483 Survey of German Lyric Poetry
3 hours (FLG 3513). 3 hours
FLF 6313 Intensive Advanced French for FLG 6513 Nietzsche: Literature and Values
Teachers (Teacher certification in (taught in English). 3 hours
French or consent of instructor). 3 FLG 6563 German Readings for Graduate I. 3
hours hours
FLF 6563 French Readings for Graduates I. 3 FLG 6573 German Readings for Graduates II
hours (FLG 6563 or consent of instructor).
FLF 6573 French Readings for Graduates II 3 hours
(FLF 6563 or consent of instructor). FLG 6990 Special Topics in German. 1-9
3 hours hours
FLF 6990 Special Topics in French. 1-9 hours FLG 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours
FLF 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours FLG 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and
FLF 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and credits to be arranged; minimum of
credits to be arranged; minimum of 6 hours required for degree.
6 hours required for degree. FLG 8213 Seminar in Middle High German. 3
FLF 8063 Seminar in French Drama of the hours
19th Century. 3 hours FLG 8413 German Literature of the Middle
FLF 8073 Seminar in French Drama of the Ages. 3 hours
20th Century. 3 hours FLG 8423 German Literature of the
FLF 8093 Seminar in the French Novel of the Reformation and Baroque. 3 hours
19th Century. 3 hours FLG 8433 Seminar in German Drama of the
FLF 8103 Seminar in the French Novel of the Classical Period. 3 hours
20th Century. 3 hours FLG 8453 Seminar in German Drama of the
FLF 8113 Seminar in French Classical and 19th Century. 3 hours
Neo-Classical Comedy. 3 hours FLG 8463 Seminar in German Drama of the
FLF 8123 Seminar in the French Novel and 20th Century. 3 hours
Short Story of the Renaissance and FLG 8473 Seminar in the German Novel and
Classical Period. 3 hours Short Story of the 20th Century. 3
FLF 8213 Old French. 3 hours hours
FLF 8223 Seminar in French Classical and FLG 8990 Special Topics in German. 1-9
Neo-Classical Tragedy. 3 hours hours
FLF 8990 Special Topics in French. 1-9 hours Greek:
German: FLH 6990 Special Topics in Greek. 1-9 hours
FLG 6113 German Stylistics (FLG 3124). 3 FLH 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours
hours FLH 8990 Special Topics in Greek. 1-9 hours
FLG 6153 Applied Linguistics: German Japanese:
Phonology and Morphology (FLG FLJ 6990. Special Topics in Japanese. 1-9
3124 or consent of instructor). hours
3 hours FLJ 8990 Special Topics in Japanese. 1-9
FLG 6163 History of the German Language hours
(FLG 3124). 3 hours Latin:
FLG 6193 Introduction to Middle High German FLL 6990 Special Topics in Latin. 1-9 hours
(FLG 3513 or consent of instructor). FLL 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours
3 hours FLL 8990 Special Topics in Latin. 1-9 hours
FLG 6413 Early German Literature (FLG 3513 Russian:
or consent of instructor). 3 hours FLR 6990 Special Topics in Russian. 1-9
FLG 6423 German Literature of the Age of hours
Luther (FLG 3513 or equivalent). 3 FLR 8990 Special Topics in Russian. 1-9
hours hours
FLG 6433 Enlightenment and Storm and Spanish:
Stress (FLG 3513 or equivalent). 3 FLS 6223 Spanish Novel of the Golden Age
hours (FLS 3513). 3 hours
FLG 6443 German Classicism and FLS 6233 Cervantes (FLS 3513). 3 hours
Romanticism (FLG 3513). 3 hours FLS 6253 Spanish Novel and Short Story of
FLG 6453 l9th Century German Literature the 19th Century (FLS 3523). 3
(FLG 3213 or equivalent). 3 hours hours
FLG 6463 German Drama of the 20th Century
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FLS 6263 Spanish Novel and Short Story of FLS 8323 Seminar in the Drama of the
the 20th Century (FLS 3523). 3 Golden Age. 3 hours
hours FLS 8333 Seminar in the Drama of the 19th
FLS 6283 The Contemporary Spanish- Century. 3 hours
American Novel and Short Story FLS 8343 Seminar in the Drama of the 20th
(FLS 3523 or consent of instructor). Century. 3 hours
3 hours FLS 8443 Modernismo. 3 hours
FLS 6323 Spanish Drama of the Golden Age FLS 8513 Spanish Literature of the Middle
(FLS 3513 or consent of instructor). Ages (FLS 8663). 3 hours
3 hours FLS 8663 Old Spanish. 3 hours
FLS 6333 Spanish Drama of the 19th Century FLS 8990 Special Topics in Spanish. 1-9
(FLS 3523 or consent of instructor). hours
3 hours Special Graduate Courses:
FLS 6343 Spanish Drama of the 20th Century FL 6013 Major Themes or Movements in
(FLS 3523 or consent of instructor). Comparative Germanic and
3 hours Romance Literatures. 3 hours
FLS 6423 Survey of Spanish Lyric Poetry FL 6123 Scandinavian Mythology [Same as
(FLS 3513). 3 hours REL 4123/6123]. 3 hours
FLS 6433 Intensive Advanced Spanish for FL 6143 Classical Mythology [Same as REL
Teachers (teacher certification in 4143/6143]. 3 hours
Spanish or consent of instructor). 3 FL 6613 Phonetics and Phonology. 3 hours
hours FL 6623 The Vikings [same as HI
FLS 6443 Modernismo (FLS 3523 or consent 4623/6623]. 3 hours
of instructor). 3 hours FL 6990 Special Topics in Foreign
FLS 6523 The Renaissance (FLS 3513 or Language. 1-9 hours
consent of instructor). 3 hours FL 8103 Seminar in Bibliography and
FLS 6543 Survey of Spanish-American Research Methods. 3 hours
Literature (FLS 3523 or consent of FL 8990 Special Topics in Foreign
instructor). 3 hours Language. 1-9 hours
FLS 6553 Survey of Spanish-American
Literature (FLS 3523 or consent of
instructor). 3 hours Geosciences
FLS 6563 Beginning Spanish Readings for Dr. Darrel W. Schmitz, Department Head
Graduates. 3 hours
FLS 6573 Spanish Readings for Graduates II
Dr. Chris Dewey, Graduate Coordinator
(FLS 6563 or consent of instructor). Hilbun 109
3 hours PO Box 5448
FLS 6623 Spanish Stylistics (FLS 3113 and Mississippi State, MS 39762
FLS 3233 or consent of instructor). Telephone: 662-325-3915
3 hours E-mail: mary@geosci.msstate.edu
FLS 6633 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
(FLS 3233 or consent of instructor). Admission—The Department of Geosciences
3 hours offers graduate study leading to the Master of
FLS 6643 Spanish Phonology (FLS 3233 or Science degree in Geoscience and the Doctor of
consent of instructor). 3 hours Philosophy degree in Earth and Atmospheric
FLS 6653 History of the Spanish Language Science. An applicant to the program must have
(FLS 3513 or consent of instructor). an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 on a scale
3 hours of 4.00 for entry to the master’s program and at
FLS 6990 Special Topics in Spanish.1-9 hours least 3.00 at both the undergraduate and
FLS 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours graduate level for entry to the doctoral program.
FLS 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and The general GRE is required of all on-campus
credits to be arranged; minimum of applicants.
6 hours required for degree.
FLS 8223 Seminar in the Picaresque Novel. 3 Although helpful, an undergraduate background
hours in Geosciences is not a prerequisite for
FLS 8253 Seminar in the Novel of the 19th admission into the M.S. in Geoscience program.
Century. 3 hours Applicants to the master’s program in the
FLS 8263 Seminar in the Novel of the 20th meteorology emphasis area are required to have
Century. 3 hours passed Calculus I prior to arrival on campus, and
FLS 8283 The Contemporary Spanish- the completion of Calculus II will greatly improve
American Novel and Short Story. 3 the chances of being accepted. All other
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master’s applicants are recommended to have The doctoral program will include 38 hours
completed Calculus I. beyond the master’s and the completion of a
dissertation. Written and oral comprehensive
It is expected that applicants to the doctoral
examinations are administered at the end of
program will have a completed thesis-based
required coursework. A dissertation proposal
master’s degree and have a background in one
defense is also required.
of the departmental emphasis areas. Applicants
from other science disciplines will be considered
The department also offers a suite of distance-
on a case by case basis. All applicants for the
learning courses through the Teachers In
Doctoral program must identify a mentor
Geosciences (TIG) master’s program as well as a
(dissertation supervisor) prior to acceptance into
certificate in Geographic Information Systems
the program. Some mentors may require a
(GIS) by utilizing DVDs, streamed video, and the
qualifying examination prior to acceptance into
internet for course instruction. The TIG program
the program. Depending on the applicant’s
is primarily designed for in-service teachers, and
emphasis area of interest, Calculus I and II may
additional graduate coursework in the
be required for admission.
Geosciences is available to students who have
The application package must contain the completed the Teachers in Geosciences
application for admission; at least two letters of program.
reference; official bachelor’s degree transcript;
official transcripts from all colleges attended after A student who is admitted in the graduate
earning the bachelor’s degree (both program in Geosciences with an emphasis area
undergraduate and graduate work); and a of broadcast meteorology must successfully
statement of purpose. An applicant for the Main complete a background assessment test in
Campus program is required to take the GRE. A meteorology. The test will be administered
student admitted to the Broadcast Meteorology during the spring of each year. A student failing
emphasis area can only begin studies in the fall this test must successfully complete (grade of B
term. The application deadline for consideration or better) the GR 1603 Intro to Meteorology
for assistantship funding is March 15. course from MSU by Distance Learning before
starting his or her initial enrollment on campus for
A Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary study in broadcast meteorology.
Sciences (Teachers in Interdisciplinary Sciences)
is also available through distance learning. A 21- Provisional Admission—A student with an
hour emphasis in Geosciences is complemented undergraduate GPA of 2.50 to 2.74 may gain
by 15 required hours from Biological Sciences; provisional admission to the program.
Chemistry; and Mathematics & Statistics in the Provisional students must receive a 3.00 GPA on
two-year, 36-hour program intended primarily for the first 9 hours of graduate-level courses on the
K-12 teachers. Detailed admission, program program of study taken at MSU in order to
completion, and course information is found in achieve regular admission status. Courses with
this publication under Master of Arts in an S grade, transfer credits, or credits earned
Interdisciplinary Sciences. while in Unclassified status cannot be used to
satisfy this requirement.
Program of Study/Completion Requirements-
The department has emphasis areas in Academic Performance—A graduate student in
Climatology, Geography, Geographic Information Geosciences must maintain a cumulative 3.00
Systems (GIS), Geology, and Meteorology GPA on the program of study after admission to
(including both OMP and BMP). the program. A maximum of two C grades is
allowed during the entire program of study, with
Both a thesis track and a non-thesis track are the student being placed on probation after the
available at the master’s level. The master’s second C grade. A third C grade will result in
thesis option requires 24 hours of coursework dismissal from the program. A student in the
including GR 8542 or GG 8572, GG 8561, a Broadcast Meteorology emphasis area who
comprehensive exam, 6 hours of thesis research, earns a C or lower grade in the first year of
and a thesis. The master’s non-thesis option graduate study will be required to take a
(normally for students in Broadcast Meteorology proficiency exam in the summer before the
only) requires 36 hours of coursework including a second year. Unsatisfactory performance on the
research methods course, a research project exam will result in dismissal from the program.
presentation, and a written and oral
comprehensive examination. Both options Graduate Courses—Course prerequisites are
require competency in statistics or a foreign noted in parentheses.
language. GG 6033 Resources and the Environment
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GG 6063 Development of Fossil Fuel GG 8223 Advanced Paleontology (GG
Resources (consent of instructor). 3 4203/6203 or equivalent). 3 hours
hours GG 8233 Environmental Geoscience (GG
GG 6113 Micropaleontology (GG 1123 or 8113 or consent of instructor). 3
equivalent). 3 hours hours video and online
GG 6114 Mineralogy (GG 1113 and CH 1223 GG 8333 Planetary Science (GG 8113 or
or equivalents). 4 hours consent of instructor). 3 hours video
GG 6123 Petrology (GG 4114/6114 or and online
equivalent). 3 hours GG 8443 Advanced Structural Geology
GG 6133 Principles of Paleoecology (GG (major in geology including GG
1123 or equivalent or consent of 4413/6613 or equivalent). 3 hours
instructor). 3 hours GG 8561 Geoscience Seminar. 1 hour
GG 6153 Engineering Geology (GG 1113 or GG 8572 Geologic Literature (major in
equivalent). 3 hours geology). 2 hours
GG 6201 Practicum in Paleontology (GG GG 8613 Hydrology (GG 8113 or consent of
1123 or equivalent). 1 hour instructor). 3 hours video and online
GG 6203 Principles of Paleobiology (GG GG 8713 Regional Geology of Eastern North
1123 or equivalent). 3 hours America (major in geology). 3 hours
GG 6233 Applied Geophysics (consent of GG 8723 Regional Geology of Western North
instructor). 3 hours America (major in geology). 3 hours
GG 6304 Principles of Sedimentary Deposits GG 8990 Special Topics in Geology. 1-9
I(GG 4114/6114 or consent of hours
instructor). 4 hours GR 6103 Geography of Tourism (GR 1123 or
GG 6333 Geowriting. 3 hours equivalent). 3 hours
GG 6403 Gulf Coast Stratigraphy (GG GR 6123 Urban Geography. 3 hours
4304/6304 or consent of instructor). GR 6203 Geography of North America. 3
3 hours hours
GG 6413 Structural Geology (GG 4123/6123 GR 6213 Geography of Latin America. 3
or consent of instructor). 3 hours hours
GG 6433 Subsurface Methods (GG GR 6223 Geography of Europe. 3 hours
4304/6304 or equivalent). 3 hours GR 6233 Geography of Asia. 3 hours
GG 6443 Principles of Sedimentary Deposits GR 6243 Geography of Russia and the
II (GG 4304/6304 or equivalent). 3 Former Soviet Republics. 3 hours
hours GR 6253 Geography of Africa. 3 hours
GG 6503 Geomorphology (consent of GR 6263 Geography of the South. 3 hours
instructor). 3 hours GR 6273 Geography of Mississippi. 3 hours
GG 6523 Coastal Environments (GG 1113, GR 6283 Geography of Islamic World. 3
GR 1114 or consent of instructor). 3 hours
hours GR 6303 Principles of GIS (consent of
GG 6613 Physical Hydrogeology (GG 3613 instructor). 3 hours
or consent of instructor). 3 hours GR 6313 Advanced GIS (GR 4303/6303 or
GG 6623 Chemical Hydrogeology (CE 3523, consent of instructor). 3 hours
CE 8563, or GG 4613/6613 or GR 6323 Cartographic Sciences (consent of
consent of instructor). 3 hours instructor). 3 hours
GG 6990 Special Topics in Geology. 1-9 GR 6333 Remote Sensing of the Physical
hours Environment (GR 3303, 3311, or
GG 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours consent of instructor). 3 hours
GG 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and GR 6363 Geographic Information Stems
credits to be arranged; minimum of Programming (GR 3313 or consent
6 hours required for degree. of instructor). 3 hours
GG 8113 Processes and Products (consent GR 6402 Weather Analysis I (GR 1603 or
of instructor). 3 hours video and equivalent). 2 hours
online GR 6411-6441 Remote Sensing Seminar Junior
GG 8123 Geology II: Earth and Time (GG standing). 1 hour
8113 or consent of instructor). 3 GR 6412 Weather Analysis II (GR
hours video and online 4402/6402). 2 hours
GG 8164 Earth Sciences I (consent of GR 6422 Weather Forecasting I (GR
department head). 4 hours 4412/6412). 2 hours
GG 8203 Ocean Science (GG 8113 or GR 6432 Weather Forecasting II (GR
consent of instructor). 3 hours video 4422/6422). 2 hours
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GR 6502 Practicum in Broadcast GR 8553 Research Methods in Geosciences
Meteorology I (GR 1603 or (consent of instructor). 3 hours
equivalent). 2 hours GR 8990 Special Topics in Geosciences. 3
GR 6512 Practicum in Broadcast hours
Meteorology II (GR 4502/6502). 2
hours
GR 6522 Practicum in Broadcast History
Meteorology III (GR 4512/6512). 2 Dr. Alan I. Marcus, Department Head
hours
GR 6532 Practicum in Broadcast
Dr. Richard Damms, Graduate
Meteorology IV (GR 4522/6522). 2 Coordinator
hours 214 Allen Hall
GR 6603 Climatology (GR 1114 or GR 1123, PO Box H
or equivalent). 3 hours Mississippi State, MS 39762
GR 6613 Applied Climatology (GR 1603 or Telephone: 662-325-3604
equivalent). 3 hours E-mail:
GR 6623 Physical Meteorology (GR 1603). 3 correspondence@history.msstate.edu
hours
GR 6633 Statistical Climatology (GR The Department of History offers programs
1603 or GG 1113 or equivalent and leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of
MA 1313 or MA 1713). 3 hours Philosophy degrees. Fields for the master’s
GR 6640 Meteorological Internship (consent degree are: United States, Europe, Latin
of instructor). 1-6 hours America, Asia, Africa, and World. Fields for the
GR 6713 Synoptic Meteorology I (GR 1603 or PhD. Degree are: United States and Europe. A
equivalent). 3 hours student may choose a minor field of study outside
GR 6723 Synoptic Meteorology II (GR the History Department with concurrence of his or
4713/6713). 3 hours her advisor. Not all of the fields listed above are
GR 6753 Satellite and Radar Meteorology available for dissertation research or as the major
(GR 1603). 3 hours field for a Master of Arts degree.
GR 6813 Natural Hazards and Processes
(GR 1114 or equivalent). 3 hours Admission Criteria—The History Department
GR 6823 Dynamic Meteorology I (GR expects an applicant to have a GPA of 3.00 in the
4733/6733). 3 hours last two years of undergraduate study. The
GR 6913 Thermodynamic Meteorology (GR prerequisite for admission to a graduate program
4723/6723 or equivalent). 3 hours in history is a minimum of 18 hours of
GR 6923 Severe Weather (GR 4913/6913 or undergraduate history courses; for a graduate
equivalent). 3 hours minor in history, 12 hours of undergraduate
GR 6933 Dynamic Meteorology II (GR history courses are required. A Ph.D. applicant
4823/6823 and MA 2733). 3 hours must submit the Graduate Record Examination
GR 6963 Mesoscale Meteorology (GR (GRE) and must submit a writing sample directly
4913/6913). 3 hours to the Graduate Coordinator of the History
GR 6990 Special Topics in Geosciences. 1-9 Department. Applicants who received the M.A. in
hours History from MSU are not required to take the
GR 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours GRE. Examples of acceptable writing samples
GR 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and are publications, chapters from a thesis, or a
credits to be arranged; minimum of seminar paper.
6 hours required for degree.
GR 8113 Meteorology I: Observations An international student intending to pursue a
(consent of instructor). 3 hour video graduate degree in history must meet all regular
and online requirements and, in addition, present a Test of
GR 8123 Meteorology II: Forescasting and English as a Foreign Language score of 550 or
Storms (GR 8113 or consent of higher. This requirement does not apply to
instructor). 3 hours video and online international students with degrees from an
GR 8303 Geodatadase Systems (consent of American institution nor to students from
instructor). 3 hours countries where English is the primary language.
GR 8313 Advanced Cultural Geography The applicant should understand that the History
(consent of instructor). 3 hours Department uses the statement of purpose as a
GR 8323 Geography for Teachers. 3 hours major factor in making admissions decisions. It is
GR 8400 Field Methods in Geoscience to the applicant’s advantage to take special care
(consent of instructor). 1-3 hours in completing this statement. The applicant
GR 8542 Geographic Literature (major or should add additional pages to the statement of
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Department admits a student, a member of the conjunction with his or her advisor will develop a
graduate faculty must personally agree to serve program of study describing all courses, research
as that student’s major professor and graduate skill requirements, and activities that must be
advisor. To facilitate the selection of an advisor completed in order to earn a degree. Each
the applicant should explain his/her fields of student must have a graduate committee
interest in the statement of purpose. An composed of three graduate faculty members
applicant whose quantitative credentials meet the who will oversee the student’s progress toward
stated criteria may still be denied admission the M.A. degree and conduct a written
because of qualitative factors. Completed comprehensive examination and an oral defense
applications must be received in the History of it at the conclusion of the student’s graduate
Department by November 1 for admission for the studies. At least two of the committee members
spring semester and by April 1 for admission for must be members of the History Department’s
the fall semester. Normally, applicants will graduate faculty. If a minor from outside the
receive an admission decision within 30 days department is selected, one member must be
after the receipt of all required materials by the from the minor area of study.
department.
Each master’s degree candidate will complete a
Program of Study/Completion Requirements: four-hour comprehensive examination at the
Master of Arts Degree-The History Department completion of graduate studies. The examination
offers the Master of Arts degree with an will cover both primary and secondary fields and
emphasis in United States, European, Latin will be taken at a time and in a format determined
American, African, Asian, or World History. A by the student’s graduate committee. The
student may choose between a thesis and a non- student choosing the thesis option will also be
thesis degree program. Each student will choose expected to provide an oral defense of the thesis
a primary and a secondary area of emphasis. at the conclusion of her/his graduate studies.
The primary field will be drawn from one of the
department’s areas of emphasis: United States, Doctor of Philosophy Degree—The History
European, Latin American, Asian, African, or Department offers the Ph.D. degree with a
World History. The secondary field for a thesis primary emphasis in either United States or
student will be drawn from either another one of European History. The student will choose a
the department’s areas of emphasis, or a topical primary field of emphasis in either United States
field related to a particular region or historical History or European History. Students are
phenomenon. A minor is available in a field required to prepare for examination in four fields
outside of history and will include at least nine of emphasis. Two fields of emphasis will be
semester hours. The thesis degree program chronological fields within the primary area of
should be elected by those contemplating further emphasis (U.S. or European) and the other two
graduate work in history or by those who want to fields will be topical or regional fields or in a
explore a particular topic in depth. A degree discipline other than history. Fields of emphasis
candidate with a thesis must also demonstrate outside of the History Department must include at
proficiency in one research skill which may be least 12 hours. The student should refer to the
either reading proficiency in a foreign language or History Department’s list of available fields of
proficiency in quantitative methods. The non- emphasis for more information. Each student
thesis program is designed for students planning must hold a master’s degree and/or possess
to enter secondary education or who want to other qualifications that demonstrate an ability to
develop a broad understanding of history for a do graduate work at the doctoral level.
variety of other reasons. The secondary area of
emphasis for a non-thesis degree candidate must The department expects that the student will
be drawn from a geographic region other than the normally complete at least 60 hours of
one the student has selected for the primary field. coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree for the
The non-thesis program does not require a Ph.D. degree in history. Credit earned in a
research skill. master’s degree program at Mississippi State or
elsewhere may be used to satisfy requirements
Each candidate for the M.A. degree must for the doctoral program if it is appropriate to the
complete HI 8923 Historiography and Historical candidate’s doctoral fields and acceptable to the
Method and complete one research seminar at student’s graduate committee. Each student
Mississippi State. Each candidate for the M.A. pursuing the Ph.D. degree in history must
degree whose primary field of emphasis is in demonstrate proficiency in at least one research
United States History must also complete two of skill by the end of the fourth semester of his or
the four Graduate Colloquia in United States her enrollment in the program. This requirement
History, one in the period before 1877 and one in may be fulfilled by demonstrating a reading
the period after 1877. During the first semester knowledge of a foreign language or by
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skill appropriate to the student’s field of study. examinations. Students will be allowed one day
Each candidate is required to complete, or have for each field, and the four examinations must be
completed, HI 8923 Historiography and Historical completed within a two-week period. Faculty
Method at Mississippi State and two research members who have collaborated in preparing a
seminars. Each student is also required to select student for a particular field of emphasis may
a specialization in one of the Department’s three contribute to one examination. The student’s
core areas: International Security and Internal committee will then decide if the quality of the
Safety, or History of Science and Technology, or written examinations warrants proceeding to the
Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History. oral examination. If a student fails either the
Students will be expected to complete one written or oral part of the comprehensive
seminar in their chosen specialization (HI 8873, examination, she or he may retake it after the
or HI 8893, or HI 8883) and three related courses passage of four months. A second failure will
chosen in consultation with the student’s result in termination from the program.
graduate committee. Students whose primary After passing comprehensive examinations, the
field of emphasis is in United History will also be student must submit a dissertation proposal
expected to complete all four of the Department’s which must be approved in writing by all
Graduate Colloquia in United States History (HI members of the student’s graduate committee
8933, HI 8943, HI 8953, HI 8963) or an before the student will be admitted to candidacy
equivalent acceptable to the student’s graduate for the Ph.D. The dissertation proposal must
committee. include at least the topic, historical question to be
answered, hypothesis answering that question,
The prospective Ph.D. candidate must and sources to be consulted. The dissertation
understand that work toward a Ph.D. degree is proposal must specify both the director and the
different from other academic work he or she second reader. No candidates will be granted a
may have undertaken. The holder of a Ph.D. dissertation fellowship until the approved
degree is assumed to have mastered his or her dissertation proposal is on file in the History
field of study and to have developed an ability to Department office.
do original research and to make original
contributions to knowledge. It is the responsibility The composition of the candidate’s graduate
of the student’s major professor and committee committee for the dissertation need not be
members to determine when this level of identical to the committee which conducts the
understanding has been reached. It cannot be comprehensive examination. The second reader
measured by the number of courses completed, of a dissertation will be actively involved in the
and the exact amount of coursework required of dissertation process. The second reader will be
each student in the History Department may vary. kept informed of the progress the candidate is
Each student must have a graduate committee making in the research and will comment upon
composed of at least four graduate faculty drafts of outlines and chapters as the candidate
members. The chairman must be from the writes them.
student’s major field of emphasis and must be a
full member of the graduate faculty. He or she The dissertation must show the candidate’s
will normally be the student’s future dissertation mastery of research methods in history and must
director. The committee will include a second make an original contribution to scholarship in the
reader, who will assist the dissertation director, candidate’s field. The dissertation must reflect at
and at least two other members. Four members least 20 semester hours of dissertation research.
of the committee must be members of the History
Department’s graduate faculty. The candidate’s graduate committee must
approve the dissertation and administer a final
When the student and his or her major professor oral examination (defense). The dissertation
agree that adequate preparation has been made, must be provided to the members of the
the major professor will schedule a committee at least fourteen days before the
comprehensive examination. Full-time Ph.D. defense.
students should normally take their
comprehensive examinations within three years For additional information contact the Graduate
of enrollment, and part-time Ph.D. students Coordinator, Department of History, PO Box H,
should take their comprehensive examinations Mississippi State, MS 39762, e-mail
within four years of enrollment. The student must histgradco@org.msstate.edu or call 662-325-
have either completed all coursework or be within 3604 and obtain the Department’s Handbook.
six hours of completing the coursework. The
student must have fulfilled the research skill Academic Performance—Although one C grade
requirement and must have met all other History may be included in a graduate program, the
Department and Graduate School requirements. History Department views C grades as evidence
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second C grade will be dismissed from the HI 6283 History of Southern Women. 3
program. Students earning one grade of D or F hours
will also be dismissed from the program. A HI 6293 History of Gender and Science. 3
candidate for degree must have achieved a B hours
average by the end of the coursework. HI 6303 The Old South. 3 hours
HI 6313 The New South. 3 hours
Provisional Admission—An applicant not HI 6323 The American West. 3 hours
satisfying the minimum quantitative requirements HI 6333 Native American History to 1830
or lacking an adequate background in history (completion of any 1000 level
may be granted provisional admission. An history course). 3 hours
applicant admitted on a provisional basis must HI 6343 Native American History Since
earn a 3.00 GPA in his or her first 9 hours of 1830 (completion of any 1000 level
graduate work at MSU after admission to the history course). 3 hours
program. Courses with an S grade, transfer HI 6363 African-American History and
credits, or credits earned while in Unclassified Culture. 3 hours
status cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. HI 6373 History of the Modern Civil Rights
Students admitted provisionally because of Movement. 3 hours
inadequate undergraduate preparation in history HI 6403 The Ancient Near East. 3 hours
may be asked to take additional courses at the HI 6413 Ancient Greece and Rome. 3 hours
undergraduate level. HI 6423 Medieval Civilization. 3 hours
HI 6443 Renaissance and Reformation. 3
Prerequisites and Core Courses: hours
HI 6003 Professional Development for HI 6523 Europe, 1789-1914. 3 hours
th
Historians (Admission in the 5 HI 6563 Viet Nam Between Revolution and
Year M.A. program) [May be taken War, 1940-1990. 3 hours
more than once for credit; students HI 6583 China Since 1800. 3 hours
may enroll in up to two sections of HI 6593 Japan Since 1600. 3 hours
this course in one semester]. 3 HI 6603 Medieval Civilization. 3 hours
hours HI 6613 History of the Soviet Union
HI 6103 Colonial America. 3 hours (Completion of any 1000-level
HI 6113 U.S. History 1783-1825. 3 hours history course). 3 hours
HI 6123 Jacksonian America, 1825-1850. 3 HI 6623 The Vikings. 3 hours
hours HI 6643 Renaissance and Reformation. 3
HI 6133 Civil War and Reconstruction. hours
1850-1877. 3 hours HI 6653 The History of Science and
HI 6143 Revolutionary America. 3 hours Technology. 3 hours
HI 6153 U.S. History, 1877-1917. 3 hours HI 6673 Europe, 1789-1914. 3 hours
HI 6163 U.S. History, 1917-1945. 3 hours HI 6683 Europe: The First World War to
HI 6173 U.S. History Since 1945. 3 hours Hitler. 3 hours
HI 6183 U.S. Economic History. 3 hours HI 6693 Europe: The Second World War to
HI 6193 U.S. Environmental History the Common Market. 3 hours
(Completion of any 1000-level HI 6703 England to 1485. 3 hours
history course). 3 hours HI 6713 Tudor and Stuart England. 3 hours
HI 6203 Diplomatic History of the U.S. 3 HI 6723 History of Britain Since 1688. 3
hours hours
HI 6213 History of Grand Strategy and HI 6733 Constitutional and Legal History of
International Security. (Completion England. 3 hours
of any 1000-level history course or HI 6743 Evolution of International Politics. 3
consent of instructor). 3 hours hours
th
HI 6223 Intelligence Gathering in the 20 HI 6753 History of Russia. 3 hours
Century (Completion of any 1000- HI 6763 History of Modern Germany. 3
level history course or consent of hours
instructor). 2 hours HI 6773 History of Modern France. 3 hours
HI 6233 American Military History HI 6783 African Civilization to 1880. 3 hours
(Completion of any 1000-level HI 6793 Modern Africa. 3 hours
history course). 3 hours HI 6813 History of Modern Civil Rights
HI 6243 American Life and Thought. 3 hours Movement. 3 hours
HI 6253 Religion in America (HI 1063 or HI 6833 Colonial Latin America. 3 hours
1073). 3 hours HI 6843 Latin-American Republics. 3 hours
HI 6263 America’s Viet Nam War. 3 hours HI 6853 Modern Mexico. 3 hours
HI 6273 Women in American History. 3 HI 6903 The Far East. 3 hours
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HI 6913 The Administration of Archives and HI 8753 Readings in Russian History. 3
Manuscript Collections. 3 hours hours
HI 6923 A Practicum in Archival HI 8763 Readings in the Far East. 3 hours
Administration (HI 4913/6913). 3 HI 8773 Issues in Women’s History
hours (Graduate standing and enrollment
HI 6990 Special Topics in History. 1-9 hours in Diversity Certificate program). 3
HI 7000 Directed Individual Study. 1-6 hours hours
HI 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and HI 8803 Graduate Colloquium. 3 hours
credits to be arranged; minimum of HI 8813 Seminar in U.S. History Before
6 hours required for degree. 1877. 3 hours
HI 8103 Readings in Colonial American HI 8823 Seminar in U.S. History Since 1877.
History. 3 hours 3 hours
HI 8113 Readings in U.S. History, 1783- HI 8833 Seminar in Southern History. 3
1825. 3 hours hours
HI 8123 Readings in Jacksonian America. 3 HI 8843 Seminar in Latin-American History.
hours 3 hours
HI 8133 Readings in the Civil War and HI 8853 Seminar in European History
Reconstruction. 3 hours Before 1789. 3 hours
HI 8153 Readings in U.S. History, 1877- HI 8863 Seminar in European History Since
1917. 3 hours 1789. 3 hours
HI 8163 Reading in Contemporary United HI 8873 Seminar in the History of Science
States. 3 hours and Technology. 3 hours
HI 8203 Readings in American Diplomatic HI 8883 U.S. Agricultural History, 1500-
History. 3 hours 2000. 3 hours
HI 8233 Readings in American Military HI 8893 Seminar in the History of
History. 3 hours International Security and Internal
HI 8263 Readings in American Economic Safety (Graduate standing). 3 hours
Developments. 3 hours HI 8913 Seminar in Quantitative Methods for
HI 8273 Readings in Women in American Historical Research. 3 hours
History. 3 hours HI 8923 Historiography and Historical
HI 8283 Readings in Women in Southern Method. 3 hours
History. 3 hours HI 8933 Colloquium in Colonial and
HI 8293 Readings in History of American Revolutionary America. 3 hours
Families. 3 hours HI 8943 Colloquium in U.S. History from
HI 8303 Readings in the Old South. 3 hours 1787-1877. 3 hours
HI 8313 Readings in the New South. 3 HI 8953 Colloquium in U.S. History from
hours 1877-1945. 3 hours
HI 8323 Readings in the American West. 3 HI 8963 Colloquium in U.S. History from
hours 1945-Present. 3 hours
HI 8353 Readings in African-American HI 8973 Colloquium in U.S. Environmental
History and Culture. 3 hours and Agricultural History. 3 hours
HI 8403 Readings in Ancient History. 3 HI 8990 Special Topics in History. 1-9 hours
hours HI 9000 Dissertation Research/Dissertation.
HI 8423 Readings in Medieval History. 3 Hours and credits to be arranged;
hours minimum of 20 hours required for
HI 8443 Readings in Renaissance and degree.
Reformation. 3 hours
HI 8503 Readings in European History,
1600-1789. 3 hours Diversity Certificate Program
HI 8523 Readings in European History, Dr. Alan I. Marcus
1789-1914. 3 hours 214 Allen Hall
HI 8533 Readings in European History, PO Box H
1914-Present. 3 hours
HI 8613 Readings in English History, 1485-
Mississippi State, MS 39762
1714. 3 hours Telephone: 662-325-7075
HI 8623 Readings in English History Since E-mail: aimarcus@history.msstate.edu
1714. 3 hours
HI 8733 Readings in Colonial Latin America. The Diversity