Mississippi State University

Engineering students at the John C. Stennis Space Center can pursue several engineering degrees through the Mississippi State University Distance Education program:

Master of Engineering

The Master of Engineering (M Eng) is a professional degree designed for students seeking a non-specific discipline degree in engineering who do not normally have access to traditional degree granting programs at the graduate level. No “core” courses are required as part of the M Eng degree program; each individual program of study will be developed from a list of available courses, student interests, educational background, work experience, and needs.

The primary objective of this inter-disciplinary program is to allow professional engineers to pursue a flexible graduate degree in a web-based format. The program will uphold the same rigorous academic requirements as programs offered on the Mississippi State University Campus.

Cost is the same for in-state or out-of-state residents.

The Master of Engineering program at Mississippi State University is unique in the state of Mississippi.

Students enrolled in this program may use courses to satisfy continuing education hours for the Mississippi Engineering Board of Registration as well as requirements for Licensed Professional Engineers in other states.

Program Requirements:

  • B.S. Degree in Engineering (Will consider Mathematics or Science on case by case basis)
  • 3.0 Undergraduate GPA for Regular Admission
  • GRE (if B.S. degree received from a non-ABET accredited institution)
  • Requires 33 semester hours15 hours upper-level classes (8000-level)
  • Non-thesis, online onlyCourses available in numerous disciplines
  • May transfer 9 (approved) hours to program
  • Up to 6 (approved) hours may be from outside the engineering field, e.g., business, mathematics, science; other areas by student petition to Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Masters in Industrial Engineering

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering offers the Master of Science (Industrial Engineering), with both thesis and non-theses options. The M.S. (Thesis Option) is a research-oriented degree, and serves to prepare students for positions in industry or government or for further graduate study in industrial and systems engineering or related areas. The M.S. (Non-Thesis Option) is designed to prepare students for positions in business and industry that require a graduate education. Major areas of study are: industrial systems, operations research, manufacturing systems, management systems engineering, and human factors and ergonomics.

Selecting a Master's Degree Concentration

When applying to the MS program, you will be required to specify a “concentration”. These concentrations provide you with the opportunity to specialize in an area of Industrial and Systems Engineering.  The selected concentration will be noted on your transcript along with the title of the degree – Masters of Industrial Engineering. If you change your mind after you are in the program, you can always change your concentration at any time by completing a “Request to Change Degree Level or Concentration” form found on the Office of the Graduate School webpage, under Admission forms. However, you will need to complete all the requirements specified for the newly selected concentration.

Download our departmental graduate program guide for more details on our program.

Masters in Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis option) degree.  Major areas of study include:  structures; geotechnical; water resources; transportation; construction materials; and environmental engineering.  Research laboratories include:  capabilities in the areas of structures and wind analysis; geotechnical engineering; water quality and environmental engineering; surveying; transportation; and construction materials.

Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis option) in Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Most research in the department is supported by government agencies or industries.

Admission Criteria

  • a GPA of 3.00/4.00 on a B.S. degree for admission to an M.S. degree
  • a TOEFL score of 79 iBT, 213 CBT, or 550 PBT or a IELTS score of 6.5 for the student whose native language is not English unless he or she has earned a degree from a U.S. institution
  • satisfactory performance on the GRE for students with an undergraduate degree from a program that is not EAC/ABET accredited

Application Process

Students apply for admission to graduate study at Mississippi State University online at the Office of the Graduate School. Since the Office of the Graduate School handles all application materials, send all materials to the Office of the Graduate School; do not send any materials directly to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering or to the Bagley College of Engineering. Contact the Office of the Graduate School for questions regarding the application for admission process or what materials are required to be submitted with an admission application.

Distance Education at Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University (MSU) is a comprehensive land-grant institution founded in 1878 and located in north-central Mississippi near Starkville. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the university awards baccalaureate, master’s, educational specialist, educational doctorate, doctor of philosophy, and the doctor of veterinary medicine degrees.Fall 2015 enrollment totaled 20,3873 with a graduate student body of 3,602 in Fall of 2014. The faculty of MSU are formally engaged in juried and refereed scholarly creative activity, as proven by the university’s Doctoral Very High Research Activity ranking with the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. MSU holds SREB-Four Year 1 status.

The School of Engineering was created at MSU in 1902. The Bagley College of Engineering is committed to pursuing excellence in education, as well as providing an environment for personal growth and development. BCoE-Online Learning is ranked 7th in the US News & World Report 2016 Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs. Fall 2015 graduate enrollment totaled 205. It is the goal of BCoE to increase doctoral enrollment to 400 within the next 5 years. In support of this goal, the programs direct admit qualified BS graduates to doctoral programs. The college is comprised of eight academic departments and offers 12 master’s degrees and 12 doctoral degrees; excellence in research is a high priority for faculty. The college is comprised of 104 tenure-track faculty members and 60 research faculty, instructors, and post-docs. Research faculty play an active role in both teaching and research for graduate students. The BCoE ranks 51st nationally among colleges of engineering in NSF-national rankings by research expenditures. With several state-of-the-art research centers and laboratories to provide hands-on experience for master’s and doctoral students, excellence extends beyond the classroom offerings. The BCoE Strategic Plan focuses on the recruitment of MSU Engineering graduates by major multinational companies and top research universities, as well as top academic universities. BCoE is committed to a diverse student body and seeks to enrich graduate education by providing a multiplicity of views and perspectives that enhance research, teaching, and the development of new knowledge.

The delivery of BCoE online courses and programs began in the mid-1980s primarily with faculty in Industrial Engineering and Electrical Engineering. With the introduction of its first interactive classroom in 1995, the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University was able to enrich students’ educational experiences by utilizing technology to expand classroom delivery options. The methods of distributing course content, synchronous and asynchronous, have certainly evolved since the time of mailing physical VHS tapes. Over the past few decades, the content has made a transition from an analog to a purely digital format.

Currently, the online program is taught from five rooms on the Starkville campus, as well as a satellite location in Vicksburg, MS. While some courses originate from Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)-Vicksburg, all courses are recorded at the Starkville campus and uploaded to OpenCast. This digital repository stores all of our course content for each semester. Recordings of class lectures are available to students 24/7 in either an mp4 or flv file format, both of which can be viewed in a large variety of modern, freely-available video players. For more information, please read our set up page.

Contact Information

For more information on Mississippi State University engineering degree programs, please contact:

Tamra Swann
Distance Education Coordinator
Bagley College of Engineering
Mississippi State University
Phone: 662.325.3786
Email: tswann@bagley.msstate.edu