Academic Advising

After gaining admission to the university, you must contact one of your advisors to determine the courses that are most appropriate for you to take. Two months prior to the upcoming semester, one of your advisors will send an email to your MSU account, making course recommendations based on your program of study.

Mississippi State University uses email as its official means of communication with all MSU students. Please check your MSU email account ( daily. Information on setting up your MSU email can be found at the link for student services. You can access your email at


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Kali Dunlap
BSIS Coordinator/Advisor
(P) 662.325.8029
(F) 662.325.2657

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Evan Hawkins
BSIS Coordinator/Advisor
(P) 662.325.2655
(F) 662.325.2657

Program Reminders

  • If you are BSIS Committee approved and want to deviate from your signed and approved program of study at all, check with one of your advisors first because you will need permission to do so from your faculty sponsor. Doing so without permission invalidates the non-approved course.
  • If you take courses not on the list of our suggestions (non-approved), there is a risk that these courses will NOT count toward your BSIS program of study.
  • Only one (1) "D" per emphasis area is allowed, and you must maintain a 2.0 within each area.

All programs of study are subject to review by the Registrar's Office for graduation, even from a signed program of study. Courses that do not equal MSU courses exactly may or may not apply to your program as core courses. You can see these course translations through the CAPP report found at To access the report, log into your myState account and click on the "hamburger" icon in the top left corner in order to access the Banner tab; click or hover over the myBanner for Students tab in order to view the Academic Records column where you can click on the CAPP Compliances link.