Make the most of your summer break by completing courses through MSU Summer Advantage. It’s a great time to accelerate your degree, complete a minor, or explore a new area of interest. Attend lectures and presentations from outstanding faculty and work closely with them in small cohorts. Hear from experts in a variety of study fields. Discover amazing online opportunities. Participate in real-world experiences – research lab work, study abroad, and more. Customize a schedule that works for you today.


Our Students' Perspectives

If you’re looking to get ahead academically this summer, consider MSU Summer Advantage. Each year, hundreds of students participate in our sessions for a variety of reasons. But all agree that the casual and more-relaxed environment of summer, coupled with the individual attention they receive, make Mississippi State a perfect choice.

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Current Students

MSU Summer Advantage offers current students a variety of options for getting a head start on the fall semester, finishing core course requirements, taking classes within majors, or picking up extra credits to accelerate graduation. Take some time to explore a new subject area, concentrate on difficult courses, and benefit from smaller classes taught by MSU’s world-class faculty.  Meanwhile, enjoy dozens of cultural and recreational activities that include the best in Southern cuisine, exceptional hiking and biking trails, and warm summer evenings on one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses.

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Incoming Students

Making a successful transition through the first year of college is important to any incoming student. That’s why MSU Summer Advantage provides incoming freshmen and transfers with a head start on their college careers through summer courses, residence hall living, and opportunities to meet fellow Bulldog students and professors. Outside the classroom, students are introduced to relevant campus organizations. Meanwhile, faculty and staff work to ensure students feel confident during the transition to a four-year university.

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Distance Education

MSU Summer Advantage gives you the flexibility to take online courses from anywhere in the world. Whether you are looking to complete your undergraduate education, obtain a graduate degree, or earn a certificate, we offer a variety of convenient options to suit your needs. Our online courses emphasize the high-quality instruction, student-centered curricula, interactive learning, and collaborative study activities. And because the degree and certificate programs are developed and taught by MSU faculty who teach on our main campus, you can count on high-quality education and academic excellence.

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Study Abroad

Imagine spending your summer studying agriculture in New Zealand, alternative energy sources in Iceland, art and design in Paris, or wildlife conservation in the heart of Africa.  MSU Summer Advantage makes this possible through its comprehensive focus on studying abroad. Students can travel with MSU classmates to take MSU courses led by MSU faculty members, take advantage of MSU’s exchange agreements with other universities, or pursue additional options via our affiliated third-party companies. While students are responsible for tuition and travel costs, you will receive full academic credit at MSU for your studies abroad while enjoying an experience you will never forget and perhaps discovering a career path you never anticipated.

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Beyond College

Why not take a refresher course or learn something new this summer? Even if you’re past your undergraduate days, MSU Summer Advantage allows you to immerse yourself in a topic you love or concentrate your efforts on a challenging one. Our summer schedule includes multiple campuses and online courses of varying lengths between May and August to accommodate your needs. Whether you’re a teacher in pursuit of educational recertification or a business professional seeking to expand your skills, MSU has plenty of beyond-college options to consider.