Admissions Process

To be eligible for admission to the program, the applicant must hold a bachelor'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 college and/or workforce issues, and demonstrate academic proficiency based on the following indicators:

  1. grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale on the last half of the bachelor's degree
  2. three letters of reference
  3. purpose statement

How to Apply

  1. Apply Online on the Office of the Graduate School website.
  2. Submit the following with your online application:
    • A statement of purpose describing your interest in the degree program and career goals.
    • Email contact info for three references. They will be asked to submit electronic letters of reference.
  3. Have sent to MSU official transcripts from all institutions attended

Transfer Credit

A total of 12 credit hours can be shared or transferred to a student’s program of study. The three potential sources of credit hours are one or a combination of the following: those earned as a student in a graduate program at another university, whether or not used to satisfy the requirements of a previously earned degree (transferred); those earned in another graduate program at MSU, whether or not used to satisfy the requirements of a previously earned degree (shared); and those earned as an unclassified student at MSU (transferred to a degree program). See the Graduate Catalog for more information.


Once enrolled in graduate study, a student who fails to meet the continuous enrollment requirement must complete an Application for Readmission to register for classes. Continuous enrollment is defined as enrollment in two of three semester terms (Fall, Spring, or Summer) with Fall enrollment required. Students who have not been enrolled for a period of three years or longer and are in good academic standing, are eligible to reapply to through the Lapsed Student Program. Readmission is not guaranteed and must be approved by the Department Head, Academic Dean, and Dean of the Graduate School. Interested students or academic departments should contact the Graduate School for more information.