Mississippi State University Review

Mississippi State University is home to a quality information systems management program that ranks among the most affordable in the field.

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The Good

Very affordable tuition rates

Mississippi State University (MSU) offers one of the most affordable information technology degree programs in the country, charging students online tuition of about $371 per credit. If you’re looking for a program that combines technical training in information systems with practical business and management training, you won’t find a better quality program at a better price. Among the dozen other top information technology programs in the nation, six charge more than $1,000 per credit, about three times the tuition rate at MSU. Aside from Sam Houston State University, which charges about $245 per credit, the rest of the top programs charge tuition rates of more than $700. Although the university offers only one degree option, if you are interested in the subject, MSU makes a very solid choice.

Experienced, well-trained faculty

In the most recent survey of online graduate information technology programs by U.S. News & World Report, the MSU information technology faculty ranks among the top 15 in the nation. This ranking is based on a study of instructor credentials, classroom and online teaching experience, and the amount of continuing training in online teaching practices required of program instructors. MSU excels in all of these areas. In fact, the MSU faculty averages six years of online teaching experience, ranking it among the most experienced information technology faculties in the nation.

High admissions standards

The U.S. News & World Report survey of information technology programs also reveals that Mississippi State University is one of the most selective programs in the nation. As a student in this small program, you’re very likely to take all your required core courses with the same classmates, each of whom has been selected as a top-quality student. While it may be difficult to get into MSU, if you’re successful, you’re sure to appreciate the quality of both the instructors and the other students in the program.

Simple application process

Mississippi State University really makes it easy to complete and submit an online application. Like most other graduate programs in the field, you’ll first need to collect information about your past studies and work experience, and prepare a personal statement and a resume. Once you have those documents prepared and you’re ready to complete your MSU application, simply click the “Apply Now!” button located to the right side of every page on the program website. The application tool leads you through the process, which you should be able to complete in less than 30 minutes. Note that you must arrange for official GMAT test scores and sealed university transcripts to be sent directly to MSU.

The Bad

Numerous business prerequisites

To begin as a student in the MSU graduate information systems program, you must complete a number of undergraduate courses in business. Six business courses are required in total, including principles of management, business statistics, accounting, and financial management. Given this substantial requirement, many students who enroll in this program hold a bachelor’s degree in business. Unlike other top information system management programs, which don’t require so many business prerequisites, the MSU program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), one of the world’s most respected business school accreditation agencies. Under AACSB standards, graduate students in an accredited program must show substantial prior training in business topics.

Only one degree subject available

Mississippi State University has a lot to offer students who are interested in pursuing a career as an information systems manager. However, because this is the only graduate program at MSU in the information technology field, you must be confident in your plans. Other top programs with more flexibility may prove to be a better fit for those who are not rock-solid in their commitment to information systems management. For example, Boston University charges tuition of nearly $1,100 per credit, about three times the tuition cost at MSU.

The Details

General Information

  • Academic Year Founded: 1993-1994
  • Application Deadline: Domestic: July 1, International: May 1
  • Application Fee: $60
  • Location: MS
  • Number of Graduate Info Tech Programs: 1
  • Region: Southeast
  • School Type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Semester

Tuition Rates (Per Credit)

  • In-State: $371
  • Out-of-State: $371


  • Master of Science in in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering


  • N/A

Class Profile

  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Average Student Age: 25
  • Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.98
  • Avg. GRE Analytical Writing: 4.0
  • Avg. GRE Quantitative: 162
  • Avg. GRE Verbal: 158
  • Gender Ratio: 27.3% female, 72.7% male
  • Maximum Class Size: 20
  • Total Enrollment: 11


  • Average Online Teaching Experience: 6 years
  • Full-Time Instructional Faculty: 39
  • Part-Time Instructional Faculty: 13

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2009): N/A
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2010): N/A
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2011): 75%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2013): 100%
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2009-2010): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2010-2011): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2011-2012): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2012-2013): N/A

U.S. News Rankings

  • Admissions Selectivity Rank: 14
  • Admissions Selectivity Score: 43/100
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Rank: 15
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Score: 70/100
  • Student Engagement Rank: 18
  • Student Engagement Score: 56/100
  • Student Services and Technology Rank: 13
  • Student Services and Technology Score: 54/100

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