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Higher Education

Higher Education

The state of Mississippi has demonstrated its commitment to education and has received national recognition for introducing the first state-supported school for the handicapped, the first state college for women, the first coeducational college to grant degrees to women, and the oldest land-grant college for black Americans. Mississippi continues to lead the nation in its commitment to education, constantly upgrading the skills of teachers, familiarizing them with the latest national teaching techniques and trends, and maintaining competitive salary levels. This is why you can find some of the nation's finest educators in Mississippi.

Community and Junior Colleges

Mississippi was one of the first states to develop a statewide community college system. Today, this system has fifteen public community and junior colleges represented by thirty-six centers across the state to ensure that all Mississippians have access to the advantages of a college education. Programs offered at the community colleges include academic, technical, vocational, adult basic education, adult continuing education, general education development, job training partnership, and industry-related courses.

Technical Programs: Advanced Machining and Manufacturing Technology, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology, Automation and Control Technology, Automotive Machinist Technology, Automotive Technology, Automotive Vehicles and Accessories Marketing Operations, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Civil Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, Computer Networking Technology, Computer Programming Technology, Construction Engineering Technology, Construction Equipment Operation, Diesel Equipment Technology, Drafting and Design Cluster, Electrical Technology, Electronics and Related Engineering Technology, Electronics Technology, General Drafting, Geographic Information Systems Technology, Heating, Industrial Electronics Technology, Industrial Maintenance Trades, Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology, Information Systems Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Microcomputer Technology, Occupational Safety & Health Technician, Precision Manufacturing and Machining Technology, Process Technology, Tool and Die Technology, Ventilation, Welding and Cutting Technology.

The widespread mission of the community college system is to provide academic (college transfer) programs that parallel the first two years of four-year college studies and to provide occupational programs preparing students for employment. Students benefit from programs in computer programming technology, business and office technology, and supervision and management technology. The community colleges offer extensive vocational programs to meet the hiring demands of Mississippi business and industry.


Mississippi has nationally recognized research programs housed at universities across the state. These senior universities are engaged in basic and applied research with the main goal of fueling the science and engineering industries.

University of Southern Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg

Established 1910
Serves 14,845 Students

Science Degree Programs:
Science Degree Programs, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Industrial Engineering Technology, Polymer Science, Polymer Science and Engineering

College of Business Degree Programs:
Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management and Marketing.

Centers of Excellence:
Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship
Call Center Research
Laboratory Services

Certificates Offered:
Geographic Information Technology.

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University, Starkville

Established 1878
Serves 20,138 Students
3,780 Engineering Students

Engineering Degree Programs:
Aerospace, Biological, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Computer Science, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical and Software.

College of Business Degree Programs:
Accounting, Business Administration, Business Information Systems, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management and Marketing.

Centers of Excellence:
National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research
Center of Excellence in Computer Security Education
Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems
The Raspet Flight Research Laboratory

Certificates Offered: Automotive Engineering, Computational Biology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Information Assurance, Manufacturing, Materials Program in Engineering and Six Sigma.

The University of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi, Oxford

Established 1848
Serves 20,112 Students
1,419 Engineering Students

Engineering Degree Programs:
Chemical, Civil, Computer & Information Science, Electrical, Geology & Geological and Mechanical.

College of Business Degree Programs:
Finance, Marketing, Management, Insurance, Management Operations Systems, and Production Operations Management.

Certificates Offered:
Geographic Information Systems

William Carey University, Hattiesburg

Established 1892
Serves 4,145 Students

College of Business Degree Programs:
Business Administration

Jackson State

Jackson State

Established 1877
Serves 9,508 Students

Engineering Degree Programs:
Engineering and Computation & Data Enabled Science & Engineering

College of Business Degree Programs:
Accountancy and Business Administration