Due to the cancellations and/or postponements of the GMAT and GRE exams in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of the Graduate School is waiving the GMAT/GRE admission requirement for the Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021 for some programs. This program will be waiving the GRE. To see the list of programs that are still requiring the GRE, please visit the Office of the Graduate School’s Test Score Requirements Notice.

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The Ph.D. program in Community College Leadership is designed to prepare professionals for leadership positions in community colleges. The program consists of courses in history and philosophy of the community college, leadership and organizational theory, leading and managing a community college, and research and statistics.

Program highlights:

The Doctor of Philosophy in Community College Leadership consists of a minimum of 61 credit hours above the master's degree.

What are some potential careers?

Those interested in careers in community college administration and higher education leadership should apply for this degree program.

Who should pursue this degree?

To be eligible for admission to the program, you must hold a master's degree from an accredited institution, meet the basic requirements specified for graduate students at Mississippi State University, demonstrate interest in the mission of community colleges and demonstrate academic proficiency.

"The CCL PhD Program prepared me well for the next level of leadership. The professors are highly respected leaders in higher education; the coursework is applicable, relevant, and accessible; and the friends I made in the program are some of my most trusted and closest friends today. I would recommend this great program to anyone seeking to grow their influence and leadership in education."

Michael J. Heindl, PhD, JD, Perkinston, MS
President at Northwest Mississippi Community College

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