Office of the Graduate School

Prospective Students

Comprised of eight colleges, Mississippi State University offers master's degrees in 69 programs, an educational specialist degree in eight programs, and doctoral degrees in 44 programs. MSU also offers 14 graduate certification programs. For additional information on programs and certificates offered please refer to Graduate Programs. You may also contact a Graduate Coordinator with your questions concerning a specific degree program, department, graduate faculty member(s), or graduate student life at MSU.

Mississippi State is responsive to numerous and rapidly changing constituencies. The University provides rigorous education to the state's citizens, preparing students for careers and positions of leadership in state, regional, national, and world institutions and organizations. MSU's public service mission stresses problem-solving, economic development, social and ethical responsibility, and aesthetic awareness among the individuals, governments, businesses, and communities it serves. Recognizing its legal and ethical responsibilities, the University is committed to enhancing the cultural, artistic, and intellectual life of these multiple constituencies. This commitment includes sharing expertise through cooperative extension, technical assistance, professional development, and technology transfer.

Mississippi State adjoins the city of Starkville, which is 25 miles west of Columbus and 120 miles northeast of Jackson. Highways 82, 12, and 25 provide easy access to the University. Air service is available through the Golden Triangle Regional Airport located between Starkville and Columbus. The University has its own postal designation and zip code: Mississippi State, MS 39762. The zip code of Starkville is 39759.

University Deadlines

University deadlines are listed below. Please check with the academic department for departmental deadlines which may be earlier than University deadlines. All deadlines are at 12:00 midnight unless otherwise stated. All dates and deadlines are subject to change. Please note that your application must be submitted with the non-refundable $60 application fee on or before the deadlines.

  International Programs/ International/Unclassified
Starkville/Meridian
Domestic Program
Starkville/Meridian
Distance Programs
Domestic/International
Unclassified
Domestic/International
Fall May 1 July 1 August 1 August 18
Spring October 1 November 1 December 1 January 11
Summer March 1 May 1 May 15 May 19

Contact Us: (P) 662-325-7400 (F) 662-325-1967