An Ode to M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I

Mississippi colleges and universities offer students unique degree programs and affordable tuition. (Photo courtesy of Robert Pollack on flickr)

Mississippi colleges and universities offer students unique degree programs and affordable tuition. (Photo courtesy of Robert Pollack on flickr)

Mississippi College first opened its doors to students as Hampstead Academy in 1826. Throughout its existence the catered to only women before becoming coeducational, suffered both physically and financially during the Civil War, withstood the Great depression,  

Degree Programs

  • Communication (Bachelor of Science)
  • Nursing (Bachelor of Science)


Tuition at Mississippi College is currently $397 per credit hour plus and a registration fee of $80 per session. Additional fees may be applicable depending on degree program, method of study, degree program, etc.  

  • ·Tuition - $397/hour
  • ·Registration Fee - $80/session

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Mississippi is the oldest college in the state of Mississippi and the second-oldest Baptist-affiliated University in the world.

Undergraduate Programs – Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University is a land-grant university located near the central Mississippi town of Starkville. Regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, MSU is a collection of over 160 buildings centered around Drill Field, a quadrangle used by the Corps of Cadets before the end of WWII.  

Degree Programs

  • Elementary Education Distance Learning Program (Bachelor of Science)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (Bachelor of Science)
  • Geosciences, Emphasis in Operational Meteorology (Bachelor of Science)


Current tuition is $261.00 per credit hour for undergraduate classes and $348.00 per credit hour for graduate coursework when taking between 1 and 11 credits in a given term. For students enrolled full time (12-18 credits per term) flat rate tuition of $3,132.00 if in-state.  

Fun Facts

An alumnus of Mississippi State University, John Grisham current has work that occupies more than 42 cubic feet of space in Mitchell Memorial Library.

Graduate Programs – The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi, located in Hattiesburg Mississippi, offers unique blend of online graduate degree programs not typically found via distance education. Nestled just over a hundred miles away from New Orleans, Hattiesburg offers students a small town environment with big pride for the Golden Eagles.

Degree Programs

  • Child and Family Studies
  • Educational Administration and Supervision
  • Library and Information Science
  • Logistics, Trade, and Transportation
  • Medical Technology
  • Music Education
  • Nutrition and Food Systems
  • Polymer Science and Engineering
  • Political Science
  • Special Education
  • Sport Coaching Education
  • Sport Management
  • Teaching of Languages


Tuition is reasonably priced compared to other online institutions. Per credit hour, graduate classes are $352.00 for residents of Mississippi and $451 for those living outside of the state. Two classes per quarter will cost $2112 in-state and $2706 out-of-state.

Fun Facts

The University of Southern Mississippi is one of few schools that recognize Mardi Gras as a holiday and provide two days off (Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday) each year.

Ashley Benson is a distance education professional with five years of experience in the for-profit sector. She has worked coast-to-coast within the United States as an academic advisor, an adjunct teaching assistant and, most recently, a campus Registrar. Through formal education and industry experience, Ashley practices staying informed on the current events and changes within higher education and the students involved.

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