2017-18 Academic Catalog

Distance Education

Dr. Susan D. Seal, Executive Director
301 Memorial Hall
PO Box 5247
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Telephone: 662-325-3473

Mississippi State University offers a variety of online graduate courses and academic programs for distance students. For a list of academic programs offered via distance, please refer to the section titled Degrees and Majors Offered, where a table lists all graduate programs and indicates the campus (Starkville, Meridian, or Distance) at which each is offered.

The University's Center for Distance Education (CDE) is a service unit that provides working and place-bound individuals with an alternative to traditional on-campus programs and courses and is dedicated to fostering the success of distance students. The website for the Center for Distance Education provides detailed information for prospective and current distance students as well as services that are unique to their needs, such as an online orientation, technical assistance, online tutoring, and information about online exam proctoring. 

CDE is also committed to working with faculty and staff to research, develop, and market distance education programs and to recruit students to those programs. CDE also specializes in quality student and departmental support for any distance needs. All distance courses and programs offered through Mississippi State University are fully accredited and possess the same rigor and standards as the main campus.

Students enrolled in graduate programs offered via distance education and requiring a thesis or dissertation must meet established research requirements as stated in the Mississippi State University Graduate Catalog. Should the student request, or be required, to conduct research at an off-site research facility, appropriate certification must be completed prior to beginning the research process. Details can be found in the Distance Certification subsection of the Academic Requirements section of this catalog.