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GRADUATE
CATALOG
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MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE
UNIVERSITY
Itta Bena, Mississippi 38941
The Valley of Scholars
GRADUATE CATALOG
2019-2021
Published by
Mississippi Valley State University
MVSU 7269
14000 Highway 82 West,
Itta Bena, MS 38941-1400
662-254-9041
This Catalog
This catalog, at the time of preparation for printing, accurately describes the academic programs, course
offerings, policies, procedures, and requirements of the University. However, it does not establish
contractual agreements. The University reserves the right to alter or change any statement contained
herein without prior notice. Students starting graduate study during the period covered by this catalog
(Spring 2019 through Spring 2021) are subject to the curricular requirements as specified herein

It is the responsibility of students to learn and meet all requirements established by the degree programs,
the departments and the University. It is the students’ responsibility to become knowledgeable of and to
comply with the policies, procedures and regulations of the Office of Graduate Programs

Any substitution, waiver, or exemption for any established program must be approved by the Department
Chair and the Vice President for Academic Affairs

Failure to read the catalog does not excuse graduate students from the requirements and
regulations of the departments or University

Mississippi Valley State University offers equal educational opportunity to all persons without regard to
sex, race, religion, national origin, physical or mental handicap, or age as specified by applicable laws and
regulations. All policies relating to employees’ rights to freedom from sexual harassment are extended to
students, also

Photo Credits
MVSU Office of Communications and Marketing
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
14000 HIGHWAY 82 WEST
ITTA BENA, MISSISSIPPI 38941-1400
Main Switchboard: 662-254-9041
Admissions: 662-254-3347
Toll free in Mississippi: 800-GO2MVSU
E-mail: [email protected]
On the Web: www.mvsu.edu
Accreditation
Mississippi Valley State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Contact the
Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-697-4500 for
questions about the accreditation of Mississippi Valley State University

The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s
significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. 2019-2021 University Academic Calendar 5
2. Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning 12
3. University Administration 13
4. Administrative Officers 14
5. Academic Administrators 14
6. General Information 15
Historical Milestones 15
Location 16
Institutional Statements 16
Mission
Vision
Valley’s Core Values
Accreditations 17
Memberships 17
Motto 18
Colors 18
The University Seal 18
The University Logo 18
Common Titles 19
University Traditions 19
Alma Mater 19
Administrative Office Hours 19
Physical Facilities 20
Residence Halls 20
7. Admissions Policies, Requirements, and Procedures 21
Admission Requirements 21
Priority Dates for Admission 21
Admission of Undergraduates to Graduate Courses 21
Re-Admission to the University 21
Non-Degree Seeking Graduate Students 21
8. Academic Regulations 22
Advisement 22
Academic Honors 22
Academic Probation and Dismissal 22
Appeal of Grade 22
Audit 22
Course Numbering System 23
Course Load 23
Degree Plan 23
Degree Requirements 23
Federal Regulations 23
Grading System 23
Immunization Requirements 23
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Incomplete Grades 23
International Students 24
Official University Withdrawals 24
Services for Students with Disabilities 24
Student Transfer within Graduate Programs at MVSU 24
The Release of Student Information 24
The Buckley Amendment-The Family Educational and
Privacy Act of 1974 24
Time Limit on Work for Master’s Degree 25
Transfer of Graduate Credit from Another Institution 25
Policy and Procedures on Cheating and Plagiarism 25
Academic Sanctions for Cheating or Plagiarism 26
9. Tuition and Fees 27
Fee Schedule 27
Special Fees 27
Cancellation Policy 28
Payments 28
Student Identification Cards 29
University Deferment Policy & Deferment Payment Plan 29
10. Financial Aid Programs 30
Graduate Assistantships 30
Graduate Diversity Grants 30
Federal Work-Study (FSW) 31
College Work Aid (CWA) 31
Direct Student Loans 31
Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress 32
Financial Aid Suspension 33
Financial Aid Probation 33
Appeal Procedures 33
11. Graduate Degree Programs 35
Master of Business Administration 36
Master of Science in Criminal Justice 40
Master of Arts in Teaching 44
Master of Science in Elementary Education 50
Master of Science in Special Education 54
Master of Sciences in Sport Administration 59
Master of Art in Convergent Media 62
Master of Science in Bioinformatics 65
Master of Science in Environmental Health 69
Master of Arts in Rural Public Policy and Planning 73
Master of Social Work 76
12. Distance Education 79
13. Greenville Higher Education Center 80
14. Descriptions of Courses 81
15. Graduate Faculty 104
16. Index 107
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ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2019
SPRING 2019
January 2 Wednesday Faculty & Staff Return to Work
Holmes CC Registration
January 3 Thursday Coahoma CC Registration
January 3 Thursday Online Registration and Academic Advisement
Continues
GHEC Registration
January 4 Friday Residence Halls Open
Academic Advisement/New Student Registration
January 7 Monday Classes Begin
Late Registration Fee $100.00 Assessed
January 11 Friday Weekend College Session I Begins
January 21 Monday Martin Luther King Holiday
January 22 Tuesday Classes Resume
January 28 Monday Registration Closes
Last Day to Drop/Add Courses
January 29 Tuesday Financial Clearance
February 1 Friday Report of Non-Attendance Due
February 7 Thursday MLK/Black History Convocation
February 9 Saturday Weekend College Session I Ends
February 15 Friday Graduation Applications Due to Student Records
Weekend College Session II Begins
March 4-8 Monday-Friday MIDTERM EXAMS
March 11 Monday Deadline to Submit Mid-Term Grades
March 11-15 Monday - Friday Spring Break
March 18 Monday Classes Resume
March 18-20 Monday-Wednesday Academic Advisement
Online Registration begins for Summer I, Summer
II & Fall 2019
March 21 Thursday Honors Convocation
March 23 Saturday Weekend College Session II Ends
March 28 Thursday Last day to Withdraw from a Class
April 4 Thursday Last day to Withdraw from the University
April 5 Friday Weekend College Session III Begins
April 11 Thursday Research Day
April 8 – 12 Monday – Friday Founder’s Week
April 11 Thursday Founder’s Day Convocation
April 19 Friday Good Friday
April 22 Monday Easter Monday
Classes Resume 6:00pm--Monday night
April 23 - 25 Tuesday-Thursday SENIOR FINAL EXAMS
April 26 Friday Senior Final Grades Due
April 29 – May 3 Monday-Friday FINAL EXAMS
May 2 Thursday Retirement & Years of Service Luncheon
May 3 Friday Weekend College Session III Ends
Residence Halls Close at 5pm
MAY 4 SATURDAY COMMENCEMENT
May 6 Monday Deadline to Submit Final Grades
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ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2019-2020
SUMMER I 2019
May 23 Thursday GHEC Registration
May 24 Friday Online Registration and Academic Advisement
New Student Registration
May 26 Sunday Residence Halls Open
May 27 Monday Memorial Day Holiday
May 28 Tuesday Classes Begin
Late Registration Fee - $100.00 Assessed
May 29 Wednesday Registration Closes
Last Day to Drop/Add Courses
May 30 Thursday Financial Clearance (formerly purge)
June 3 Monday Report of Non-Attendance Due
June 10-12 Monday- MID-TERM EXAMS
Wednesday
June 14 Friday New Student Orientation and Registration
(Valley Bound)
June 18 Tuesday Last Day to Withdraw from a Class
June 21 Friday Last Day to Withdraw from the University
June 27 Thursday FINAL EXAMS
Residence Halls Close
June 28 Friday Deadline to Submit Final Grades
SUMMER II 2019
June 26 Wednesday GHEC Registration
June 27 Thursday Online Registration and Academic Advisement
June 30 Sunday Residence Halls Open
July 1 Monday Classes Begin
Late Registration Fee $100.00 Assessed
Jul 2 Tuesday Registration Closes
Last Day to Drop/Add Classes
July 3 Wednesday Financial Clearance (formerly purge)
July 4 Thursday Independence Day Holiday
July 8 Monday Report of Non-Attendance Due
July 12 Friday New Student Orientation and Registration
(Valley Bound)
July 15-17 Monday- MID-TERM EXAMS
Wednesday
July 23 Tuesday Last Day to Withdraw from a Class
July 26 Friday Last Day to Withdraw from the University
July 29 Monday New Student Orientation and Registration
(Valley Bound)
August 1 Thursday FINAL EXAMS
August 5 Monday Deadline to Submit Final Grades
Residence Halls Close
FALL 2019
August 18 Sunday Residence Halls Open to New Students
August 18-25 Sunday – Sunday Freshman Academy/Transition Week
August 19 Monday Faculty Returns
August 20 Tuesday GHEC Registration
Residence Halls OPEN to ALL Students
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(4:00 pm)
August 21 Wednesday Coahoma CC Registration
Online Registration and
Academic Advisement Continue
August 22 Thursday Holmes CC Registration
August 26 Monday Classes Begin
Late Registration Fee $100.00 Assessed
August 26- Sept 1 Monday - Sunday Sophomore Year Experience (SYE) Week
August 30 Friday Weekend College Session I Begins
September 2 Monday Labor Day Holiday
September 3 Tuesday Classes Resume
September 16 Monday Last Day to Drop/Add Classes
Registration Closes
September 17 Tuesday Financial Clearance
September 20 Friday Report of Non-Attendance Due
December Graduation Applications Due
September 28 Saturday Weekend College Session I Ends
October 4 Friday Weekend College Session II Begins
October 7-11 Monday-Friday MID-TERM EXAMS
October 14 Monday Deadline to Submit Mid-Term Grades
October 14-16 Monday-Wednesday Academic Advisement
October 17 Thursday Online Registration begins for Spring 2020
November 2 Saturday Weekend College Session II Ends
November 8 Friday Last Day to Withdraw from a Class
Weekend College Session III Begins
November 15 Friday Last Day to Withdraw from the University
November 25-26 Monday-Tuesday Fall Break for Faculty and Students
November 27-29 Wednesday-Friday Thanksgiving Holidays
December 2 Monday Classes Resume
December 13 Friday Weekend College Session III Ends
December 9-13 Monday-Friday FINAL EXAMS
December 14 Saturday Residence Halls Close
December 16 Monday Deadline to Submit Final Grades
WINTER 2019
December 16 Monday Winter Term Classes Begin
Late Registration Fee $100.00 Assessed
December 24-25 Tuesday-Wednesday Christmas Break for Winter Term
December 26 Thursday Winter Term classes resume
January 3 Friday FINAL EXAMS
January 6 Monday Deadline to Submit Final Grades
SPRING 2020
January 6 Monday Faculty & Staff Return to Work
Holmes CC Registration
January 7 Tuesday Coahoma CC Registration
January 8 Wednesday GHEC Registration
January 9 Thursday Online Registration and
Academic Advisement Continue
January 10 Friday Residence Halls Open
Academic Advisement/New Student Registration
January 13 Monday Classes Begin
Late Registration Fee $100.00 Assessed
January 17 Friday Weekend College Session I Begins
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January 20 Monday Martin Luther King Holiday
January 21 Tuesday Classes Resume
January 27 Monday Registration Closes
Last Day to Drop/Add Courses
January 28 Tuesday Financial Clearance
January 31 Friday Report of Non-Attendance Due
February 6 Thursday MLK/Black History Convocation
February 15 Saturday Weekend College Session I Ends
February 21 Friday Graduation Applications Due to Student Records
Weekend College Session II Begins
March 2-6 Monday-Friday MIDTERM EXAMS
March 9 Monday Deadline to Submit Mid-Term Grades
March 9-13 Monday - Friday Spring Break
March 16 Monday Classes Resume
March 16-18 Monday-Wednesday Academic Advisement
Online Registration begins for Summer I, Summer II
& Fall 2020
March 19 Thursday Honors Convocation
March 26 Thursday Last day to Withdraw from a Class
March 28 Saturday Weekend College Session II Ends
April 2 Thursday Research Day
Last day to Withdraw from the University
April 3 Friday Weekend College Session III Begins
April 10 Friday Good Friday
April 13 Monday Easter Monday
Classes Resume 6:00pm--Monday night
April 13-17 Monday– Friday Founder’s Week
April 16 Thursday Founder’s Day Convocation
April 23 Thursday Retirement & Years of Service Luncheon
April 27-30 Monday-Thursday SENIOR FINAL EXAMS
May 1 Friday Senior Final Grades Due
May 2 Saturday Weekend College Session III Ends
May 4-8 Monday-Friday FINAL EXAMS
May 8 Friday Residence Halls Close at 5pm
MAY 9 SATURDAY COMMENCEMENT
May 11 Monday Deadline to Submit Final Grades
ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2020-2021
SUMMER I 2020
May 20 Wednesday GHEC Registration
May 21 Thursday Online Registration and Academic Advisement
New Student Registration
May 24 Sunday Residence Halls Open
May 25 Monday Memorial Day Holiday
May 26 Tuesday Classes Begin
Late Registration Fee - $100.00 Assessed
May 27 Wednesday Registration Closes
Last Day to Drop/Add Courses
May 28 Thursday Financial Clearance (formerly purge)
June 1 Monday Report of Non-Attendance Due
June 8-10 Monday-Wednesday MID-TERM EXAMS
June 12 Friday New Student Orientation and Registration
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(Valley Bound)
June 16 Tuesday Last Day to Withdraw from a Class
June 19 Friday Last Day to Withdraw from the University
June 25 Thursday FINAL EXAMS
Residence Halls Close
June 26 Friday Deadline to Submit Final Grades
SUMMER II 2020
June 24 Wednesday GHEC Registration
June 25 Thursday Online Registration and Academic Advisement
June 28 Sunday Residence Halls Open
June 29 Monday Classes Begin
Late Registration Fee $100.00 Assessed
July 2 Thursday Registration Closes
Last Day to Drop/Add Classes
July 3-4 Friday-Saturday Independence Day Holiday
July 6 Monday Financial Clearance (formerly purge)
July 7 Tuesday Report of Non-Attendance Due
July 10 Friday New Student Orientation and Registration
(Valley Bound)
July 13-15 Monday-Wednesday MID-TERM EXAMS
July 20 Monday Last Day to Withdraw from a Class
July 24 Friday Last Day to Withdraw from the University
July 27 Monday New Student Orientation and Registration
(Valley Bound)
July 30 Thursday FINAL EXAMS
Residence Halls Close
August 3 Monday Deadline to Submit Final Grades
FALL 2020
August 16 Sunday Residence Halls Open to New Students
August 16– 23 Sunday – Sunday Freshman Academy/Transition Week
August 17 Monday Faculty Returns
August 18 Tuesday GHEC Registration
Residence Halls Open to ALL Students
(4:00 pm)
August 19 Wednesday Coahoma CC Registration
Online Registration and
Academic Advisement Continue
August 20 Thursday Holmes CC Registration
August 24 Monday Classes Begin
Late Registration Fee $100.00 Assessed
August 24-30 Monday - Sunday Sophomore Year Experience (SYE) Week
August 28 Friday Weekend College Session I Begins
September 7 Monday Labor Day Holiday
September 8 Tuesday Classes Resume
September 14 Monday Last Day to Drop/Add Classes
Registration Closes
September 15 Tuesday Financial Clearance
September 18 Friday Report of Non-Attendance Due
December Graduation Applications Due
September 26 Saturday Weekend College Session I Ends
October 2 Friday Weekend College Session II Begins
October 5-9 Monday-Friday MID-TERM EXAMS
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