Graduate School

Ready to take the next step in your academic journey? Check out Mississippi State’s Graduate School, where there is an academic program to meet almost anyone's career goals.

With more than 200 summer programs, including many distance options, our graduate-level courses lead the way in inspiring and preparing today's rising stars to become tomorrow's successful leaders.

And for summer 2022 and fall 2022 applicants, Mississippi State is waiving the GRE and GMAT testing requirements for many of its programs. 

Summer is also a great time to get started in MSU’s Thrive in Five program, an accelerated degree program allowing students to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in only five years. 

So, take a look at MSU’s Graduate School summer courses, where you’ll experience educational innovations, guidance on best practices, and growth in a vibrant and diverse graduate student community that’s second to none.


Graduate Programs

Courses Tuition Financial Aid FAQs Apply

Summer Advantage Overview

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates for 2022 Summer Sessions?

May 16 – June 1

Summer Ten Week Term:
June 2 – August 4

Summer First Term:
June 2 – June 30

Summer Second Term:
July 6 – August 4

* Pre-registration for summer sessions opens April 4.

What classes and professors will be available this summer?

Access MSU’s courses for Summer 2022

Current students may choose from an array of summer courses based on your campus of record, which is noted in the General Student Information tab in Banner. Maymester courses are open to all current students. Please reference the table below to determine which campuses you are eligible to register for, depending on your campus of record.

Students must have a bachelor’s degree or about to receive one before they can apply to MSU’s Graduate School. New students should select Starkville, Gulf Coast or Meridian.

  Campus Offerings
First, Second and Ten Week Sessions
Students' Campus of Record Starkville Meridian Online Gulf Coast
Starkville Can register Can register Can register Can register
Meridian Can register Can register Can register Can register
Online Cannot register Cannot register Can register Cannot register
Gulf Coast Can register Can register Can register Can register

Be sure to check the Master Class schedule regularly as courses may be added up to the first day of classes.

What are the tuition rates?

MSU’s affordable summer tuition rates are available to all current, new and prospective students. Fees for undergraduate and graduate-level courses for all campuses, including Starkville, Meridian, Gulf Coast and Online, are included in the table below.

Summer rates do not include the university’s capital improvement fee of $4.17/credit hour for undergraduate students or $5.56 for graduate students. The CVM technology fee is not discounted, and the Instructional support fee and other applicable distance fees for Online students are not discounted.

Student Type Summer 2022 Fee/per credit hour
Undergraduate - resident $379.75
Undergraduate – non resident $1,033.25
Graduate – resident $506.25
Graduate – non resident $1,377.50

Additional information can be found at Controller's Tuition page.

Any questions may be emailed to

Can I use my current scholarships?

Academic scholarships are awarded for the fall and spring semesters. If a current graduate student wishes to use one semester of scholarship eligibility in the summer, please contact the scholarship office at Only students who have remaining semesters of eligibility will be eligible to receive their academic award as a graduate student.

What kind of financial aid is available?

Students who register for MSU’s summer classes may qualify for financial aid assistance to help cover their educational costs. 

Keep in mind that summer is the end of the financial aid year; thus, individual aid eligibility is based on each student’s remaining annual limits for federal grants and loans. 

Students needing financial aid assistance for the summer term should complete the 2021/2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enroll in at least six credit hours. The Financial Aid Office will then identify each of these students, do an analysis of the student’s aid package, and make an award to the student. 

New students for Fall 2022 who are taking summer classes must complete the 21/22 FAFSA (for the summer 2022 term) as well as the 2022/2023 FAFSA (fall 2022 spring 2023 terms). Both FAFSA’s are available online at

For financial aid summer awards, please see details in the table below.

Type of Aid Basic Qualifications Award Amounts
Subsidized Loans Enroll in at least 6 credit hours. Complete the 2021-22 FAFSA. Have unmet need. Award varies based on student classification
Unsubsidized Loans Enroll in at least 6 credit hours. Complete the 2021-22 FAFSA. Have unmet need. Award varies based on student classification
PLUS Loans Enroll in at least 6 credit hours. Complete the 2021-22 FAFSA. Complete the PLUS application. Award varies based on cost of attendance
Forbes Loans Undergraduate student enrolled with overall GPA of 3.0 or greater. Must have completed 24 hours and enrolled in at least 6 credit hours. Up to $2,500 (funds awarded until exhausted)
Scribner Loan Have unmet financial aid need. Enrolled in at least 6 credit hours. Home address must be north Mississippi. Up to $2,500 (funds awarded until exhausted)

For more information on financial aid, please visit Student Financial Aid.

Can I still apply for a Thrive in Five program for the fall of 2022 and register for graduate courses for the program this summer?

Students can still apply for a Thrive in Five program for fall 2022. These programs are designed to help undergraduate students earn both undergraduate and graduate credit concurrently. Students can register for graduate courses in these programs this summer while being enrolled in Thrive in Five for fall 2022.

For more information, visit Thrive in Five or contact the Graduate School at

Will on-campus housing be available? 

Yes, on-campus housing will be available. Please visit Housing and Residence Life to complete the housing application for Summer 2022.