Courses and Research Questions
- Are there any required classes? There are no required courses at the graduate level in the department. Rather, students devise an individualized program of study in conjunction with their major professor, tailoring the courses to be taken to match the needs of the student's research activities.
- Will I have an adviser assigned to me? The department does not assign advisers to students. Students consult with faculty in their area of research and study interest during their first semester of enrollment and choose an adviser who is willing to work with them. Registration for courses takes place during a departmental orientation for incoming graduate students—you will receive information about the departmental and university orientations several weeks before the start of your first semester of enrollment.
Distance Education Questions
- Are the distance programs identical to their on-campus counterparts? Our department offers MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.S. ECE and Ph.D. ECE, respectively). In essence, the distance degrees are operated identically to their on-campus counterparts; distance students simply participate in the distance-campus sections of the classes they are taking. In particular, the admission requirements and the degree requirements are the same. Complete admissions requirements can be found at our departmental website.
- Will I have to come to campus at any time as a distance student? The distance-education programs do not have any residency requirement. Courses use a variety of technologies to deliver course content to distance students, including websites, streaming video, and interactive video conferencing. Department-approved proctors may be required to administer examinations to distance students; such examinations include course exams as well as others such as the doctoral qualifying examination. Oral examinations (e.g., oral preliminary examination, thesis/dissertation defense) may be conducted via on-campus visit by the student, interactive video conferencing, or some other method subject to the approval of the student's graduate committee and the graduate program director.
- Is there an orientation for distance students? Unfortunately, we have no incoming-student orientations for distance students at the moment. You will want to contact professors in your area of research interest for suggested courses to take. Our faculty and there research interests are listed at our departmental faculty page.
- How do distance students conduct research? Students enrolled in graduate programs offered via distance learning and requiring a thesis or dissertation must meet established research requirements which include the completion of ECE 8000 and ECE 9000 hours. Distance students engaged in research will be provided the same student-support services given to on-campus students, including access to Library resources, as well as thesis and dissertation workshops. Distance students may conduct thesis/dissertation research within on-campus research facilities, or, if appropriate, through remote access to on-campus systems. Alternatively, research may be conducted at an off-campus site. The student's graduate committee must approve the procedures which the student will follow in order to ensure the quality and integrity of the research process at the proposal, data-collection/analysis, and final-defense stages.
There is a large spectrum of degree programs offered online at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Visit the Academic Programs page for a full list.
- Log onto myState
- Choose the Banner tab
- Under the Academic Records menu, choose Apply for a Degree
Watch this video for a quick tutorial:
Online courses and programs follow the same academic year that on-campus courses do. Fall, spring and summer classes are offered. Check out the Academic Calendar.
We have a great answer to that in the eLearnReady assessment we’ve made available to all students considering online learning. It evaluates the level to which an online education in a technology dominant environment would be a good fit for you.
You may enroll in online education courses; however, tuition is charged per credit hour and may exceed the full term maximum. Online courses do not fit into the tuition cap. An instructional support fee and additional fees may also apply. Be sure to consult your academic advisor prior to registering for any online education course.
To view all available online classes offered each semester, visit the Master Class Schedule. On the Campus drop down menu, select Online Education.
Yes, online courses/programs are of the same academic quality, rigor and equivalency of main campus courses. Approval from the University Committee on Courses and Curricula and the administration is required before any online class or program can be offered. All programs are held to university and the state’s Institutions of Higher Learning regulations.
Yes. Please visit the Online Orientation page.
Yes, you can!
No, your diploma will read “Mississippi State University” and is the same as the diploma received by an on-campus student.
Application & Admission to MSU
Applications for admission are always available online, so you may apply at any time.
Undergraduate applicants may apply through the Office of Admissions and Scholarships.
Graduate applicants will find instructions on how to apply through the Office of the Graduate School.
Please consult the Academic Calendar for semester dates and deadlines.
Yes, online undergraduate students qualify for the same scholarships as on-campus students. To learn more about the scholarships, their requirements and deadlines, visit the Office of Admission and Scholarships website.
Yes. More information is found on the Resources page of this website. Head to ourStudent Servicespage for more information.
Online Student Services
Coordinators are online students’ best resource. They serve as your liaisons with the academic departments and are your main points of contact for all online programs.
Yes. Visit Online Tutoring for more information.
Community college and university testing centers and libraries are preferred. If one of these is not an option, you may acquire a proctor based on specific guidelines.
If you’re in Starkville, MSU Online has a testing center in 205 Memorial Hall. A testing time must be scheduled. You may contact Gail Miller at 662-325-2677 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
myState & Class Registration
myState is a one-stop, personal portal that connects you to all aspects of your life as a Mississippi State student. You can check general information such as news and campus directory, and more importantly, you can register for classes, check course information, pay invoices and more. This video tutorial is an excellent help in understanding what myState will do for you.
This is your login information for myState, Canvas, and your Office365 e-mail account. Your NetID will be assigned to you, and you will create your own NetPassword. Undergraduates will receive this information in your acceptance letter, and graduate students will receive it in a registration information email that follows your admittance letter.
New students will receive an e-mail with registration instructions upon acceptance to the university. Returning students must set up an advising appointment with their academic advisors each semester before they can register for classes, after which the advisors will release them for registration. Registration takes place on myState. Click on the Banner tab, and registration options will appear in the first column. This Guide to Registration video is quite helpful.
On myState, go to the Banner tab, and select Register for Classes under the Registration Menu. When you click on Add a Class, the course description will appear at the top of the page. This is confirmation of your registration. You may view and print out your class schedule. It is also found at View Your Class Schedule & Grades under Academic Records Menu.
There may be a number of reasons.
- Error code: Error codes are most often the result of a class being full, a pre-requisite being needed or a major restriction on the course. Note the error code number and contact your academic advisor or coordinator with that information along with the course name for assistance.
- Hold on your account: For assistance with this issue, contact Account Services, 662.325.2071.
- Incomplete application: If you have an incomplete element on your application, you may contact Lisa Carraway, email@example.com if you’re an undergraduate and the Office of the Graduate School if you’re are in grad school.
- Prerequisites: You’ll need to meet all the prerequisites of the course for which you want to register. If you’re not sure you’ve met them, you should contact your advisor.
- Specific registration time slots: Students are assigned a designated time slot for registration and will not be allowed to register before that. You may contact your advisor to acquire your time.
After registering for your classes, choose Order or Reserve Your Textbooks in the Registration menu. Review the video below. You may also visit Barnes & Noble at MSU to search and order.
Access to online courses is not available until the first day of class. On that first day, log into Canvas Canvas where you’ll find your courses under the Course List module in the center of the page.
On the myState website, click the “hamburger” menu icon at the top left. Choose the Banner tab. Then under Academic Records Menu, choose View Your Class Schedule and Grades.
Visit Technical Assistance for a complete overview of the requirements.
Tuition & Fees
All online students receive the applicable in-state tuition rate for their classes! Distance fees may apply and are nonrefundable. Current tuition and fees are under the Distance Education tab at the Office of the Controller and Treasurer. Textbooks and course materials are not included in tuition costs.
In general, financial aid is available to online students. All decisions are made by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Please visit their website for details.
Contact us at:Center for Distance Education
365 Barr Avenue | P.O. Box 5247
Mississippi State, MS 39762
662.325.3473 or Toll Free: 844.362.3706