Frequently Asked Questions

MASTER OF ARTS IN CONVERGENT MEDIA

The department of Mass Communication at Mississippi Valley State University offers a master of Arts degree in Convergent Media that will give students the necessary skills and theoretical knowledge for advanced careers in communication. The degree program is designed to focus on developing trends in communication.  Students will be guided and mentored with state-of-the-art equipment in our radio station, television studio and journalism lab by a diverse and skilled faculty to reach their highest potential. The degree program requires at least a 2.5 GPA on a scale of 4 and no GRE.  It also requires 36 hours of classwork over four semesters.  All Master’s students need to maintain at least a 3.00 GPA to stay in the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the careers available with a degree in Convergent Media?
Graduates will have opportunities to work in broadcast, print and electronic media as reporters, writers, editors, producers, page and Web designers.
  1. What internships and practical experience are available for the students?
Students must complete internships with media outlets during the second half of their curriculum. The majority of classes are on-hand providing practical experience.
  1. Are there any scholarships or tuition assistance?
There is one assistantship that is awarded to the student with the highest GPA and pays for all the tuition and fees. There is no special tuition assistance, but financial aid is available from a variety of sources. There are no out-of-state fees.        

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree introduces the student to the various functional areas (information technology (IT), human resources, management (strategic), accounting, finance, economics, operations, marketing, including global implications for these functional business areas) required to run a successful small, medium, or large organization or prepares the student to successfully pursue an entrepreneurial venture.  The rigors of an MBA program give the student the opportunity to acquire those managerial skills and competencies needed to efficiently and to effectively manage and to lead an organization or an entrepreneurial venture from a system’s perspective.  The student will, also, learn how these organizational “sides” and “facets” fit together, operating in a synergistic fashion all for the purpose of achieving organizational effectiveness.  In addition, the student will be equipped to aid an organization with creating a sustainable competitive advantage in an ever-changing global competitive landscape!

Reasons MBA degrees are highly valued by employers and entrepreneurial investors:

  • MBA students are taught an advanced synergistic and integrated understanding of the knowledge of the functional areas of business concepts.
  • MBA students are exposed to the organizational dynamics of working together in groups or on teams, as many organizations have realized the efficacy and potential strength in multiple ideas being generated in a group or team environment. 
  • MBA students are taught problem-solving techniques from a systems perspective; seeing how all of the “parts” fit together as a whole (asking the question:  what is the end result?) and recognizing the unique contributions all human and non-human resources.
  • MBA students are taught critical thinking skills, which ties into point # 3, where the uniqueness of human and non-human resources and a thorough knowledge of the external environment are weighted as to their impact on decisions for achieving competitive advantage for an organization.

Frequently Asked Questions 

  1. Is the MBA online?
Yes, the MBA at Mississippi Valley State University is 100% online!  All MBA classes are online and there are no face-to-face classroom requirements.  All you will need is a computer, laptop, or Pad and Internet access.
  1. Are there any graduate entrance exam requirements?
No, there are no GRE or GMAT entrance exams or scores required as part of the application process for entry into the Mississippi Valley State University Graduate MBA program.
  1. How many hours are required to complete the MBA program?
The program at Mississippi Valley State University requires only a total of 30 hours to complete or a total of 10 courses.  So, the MBA program could be completed in as little as one year or in no more than one year and one semester.
  1. Are there special requirements for international students for the MBA program?
There may be additional requirements for international students looking to apply to the MVSU Graduate program.  Information for potential additional requirements for international students can be found in the 2019-2021 Graduate Catalog (pg 24, para 2).  Additionally, this information can be obtained from the Mississippi Valley State University Admissions Office at 662-254-3347 or at admsn@mvsu.edu.
  1. Can I apply to the MBA program, even if I do not have an undergraduate degree in business administration?
Yes, you can still apply to the MBA program.  For students who fit into this category of non-business majors, the MVSU Department of Business Administration offers “MBA Foundational Courses” that non-business majors are strongly encouraged to take to give them a background in some of the functional areas of business administration. 

Masters of Rural Public Policy and Planning (MRPPP)

The Mississippi Valley State University’s Masters of Rural Public Policy and Planning seeks to provide individuals from the broader Delta region, the state of Mississippi and the nation, who are interested in, or currently serving in, various public, administrative or professional capacities in rural and small-town governments, private and nonprofit organizations, as well as those who desire to pursue doctoral studies in public policy, planning, administration, management, and related fields with graduate education in rural public policy and planning. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why should I obtain a graduate degree in Rural Public Policy and Planning?
As you know, public policymaking is an essential function of any level of government to address societal challenges. This responsibility passes from policymakers to policy implementers. A successful public policy-making cycle translates into beneficial laws and regulations for all. For those interested in learning how to implement substantial change in the public sector and beyond, the MVSU Masers of Rural Public Policy and Planning program can help hone relevant skillsets.
  1. What are the program goals?
Three main goals are to prepare professional practitioners who demonstrate state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise in the formulation, implementation, evaluation, and analysis of rural public policies; prepare professional practitioners with the skill set for policy and program planning and evaluation for rural private, public, and nonprofit agencies; and prepare students for doctoral studies.
  1.  What is the Masters of Rural Public Policy and Planning program’s Curriculum?
The curriculum consists of thirty-six (36) credit hours. The program’s core requirements consist of twelve (12) credit hours, six (6) credit hours of research and statistics, and six (6) credit hours of thesis or six (6) credit hours of practicum. The program has three areas of specialization namely: rural health policy, nonprofit policy, and social and economic policy of which students choose one. Plans are underway to introduce Agricultural policy to benefit those working in the agricultural field.
  1. How are the courses offered?
Through its face-to-face and online course offerings, the Masters of Rural Public Policy and Planning program delivers relevant and applicable curricula that allow its students, most of whom are non-traditional and practitioners, to make a positive impact on their workplaces and communities.
  1. What types of jobs do the Masters of Rural Public Policy and Planning program graduates have?
This program’s comprehensive, multi-disciplinary curriculum helps produce graduates with the skills needed to effectively manage the demanding and evolving needs of rural counties, cities and small towns in Mississippi Delta. The program has produced graduates, who hold careers in local, municipal, state, and national government; nonprofits, healthcare agencies; educational administrations; while other graduates have pursued doctoral degrees. Our students have been employed as County Tax Assessors; Director of Sponsored Research at a Junior College; Community Project Manager in a Healthcare Agency; Director of Student Records; County/City Fire Chief; Education Coordinators in Public School Districts, to name a few.
  1. Can I apply for either spring or fall admission?
Admission to a degree program is made in the fall or spring semester. The priority date for fall applications is March 15. The priority date for spring applications is October 15.
  1. I have been working for several years and lost touch with my college professors. Can I get all three letters of recommendation from employers and colleagues?
We advise you to get letters of recommendation from individuals who know you best and can speak about your strengths and your preparedness for graduate study. If you have lost touch with your college professors, letters of recommendation from employers and colleagues are accepted.
  1. What is the average GPA needed for admission to MRPP?
An applicant must satisfy a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  1. Do I have to take all the required Public Policy courses, even if I have taken similar courses previously?
Students are never required to repeat a course that duplicates material they have already mastered. Students may transfer up to 6 credit hours of courses whose material would be duplicative.
  1. Is the GRE required for current graduate students applying to the Masters of Rural Public Policy and Planning program?
The program waives the GRE requirement.
  1. Is the Masters of Rural Public Policy and Planning program degree available for undergraduate seniors?
Undergraduate Mississippi Valley State University students who have completed all required courses thus far and are within six hours of graduation may enroll in a maximum of six semester hours of graduate work. To be eligible to take graduate courses, undergraduate students must have a grade point average of at least 2.50 overall and in their major field.
  1.  Is the Masters of Rural Public Policy and Planning program open only to students currently majoring in Public Policy?
Masters of Rural Public Policy and Planning program is a multi-disciplinary degree and any undergraduate can apply. This program’s comprehensive, multi-disciplinary curriculum helps produce graduates with the skills needed to effectively manage the demanding and evolving needs of rural counties, cities and small towns in Mississippi Delta.
  1. Who are the faculty for the Masters of Rural Public Policy and Planning program?
We draw from the same faculty pool of faculty from the Department of Social Sciences which has more than fifteen full-time and adjunct faculty, trained in some of the finest universities in the world. The faculty is very experienced in what they do, and their primary goal is to educate, motivate and inspire you to be the best you can be.

The Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Program (MAT) is for individuals matriculating from a non-teacher education bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university to obtain certification to teach at the elementary and secondary level through the Alternate Route. The program has the components of testing, course work, and a one-year internship. Testing requirements include twenty-one (21) ACT equivalent or achieve the nationally recommended passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators examination, Praxis II: Subject Area Test in the area you want to teach, and the Foundations of Reading if you are on the elementary track. The course work is thirty-three credit hours for completion to obtain AA licensure. A one-year internship is carried out through the designated school teaching and observation by the Teacher Education Department. Each graduate student will be assigned an advisor for course selection and for monitoring progress. During the course work, the students will be exposed to theories in education, subject knowledge, and best teaching practice through the MAT faculty in the Teacher Education Department. Our conceptual model of the teacher is a Holistic Transformer, i.e. the teacher to be a scholar, a facilitator, a reflective thinker, and a responsible professional as well as foster the dispositions expected of a professional teacher.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What type of license should I obtain upon the completion of the program?
You receive five-year standard teaching licensure after you complete your initial non-renewable three-year license and internship.
  1. Do I receive an elementary education K-6 license through an alternate route?
There is no alternate route for Elementary Education K-6. You must complete an approved program in Elementary Education K-6 to earn that license.
  1. If I do not have ACT 21, could I enroll in the program while preparing for the test?
Yes, but you will be admitted as a none-degree seeker for nine (9) credit hours. Once you obtain the required ACT 21 or Praxis Core passing score, you will be admitted to the MAT program.
  1. Is there any GRE requirement to be accepted to the MAT program?
No, there is no such requirement to be accepted to the MAT program, but you must pass an exit comprehensive examination to graduate from the program.
  1. What type of scholarship is available to applicants?
There are a variety of scholarships available to MAT applicants. You can apply for the diversity scholarship through the admission office. You can also apply for the Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program (METP) through the University of Mississippi and Teacher Education Scholars program.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Master’s Degree Program prepares students for both entry and supervisory level career positions in the federal, state and local criminal justice and juvenile justice agencies. Students who graduate from the program have the competence to assume policy, research, and instructional responsibilities. A strong foundation is also laid for students who plan to pursue a doctorate degree in the discipline or related fields. Although the Criminal Justice Master’s Degree is completely online, it adheres to University’s student-centered focus.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I apply to the Criminal Justice MS program, even if I do not have an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice?
Yes, you can still apply to the MS Criminal Justice program.  For students who fit into this category of non-criminal justice students, the first two classes that you will take are considered “Foundational Courses”. Students are strongly encouraged to take these two classes in their first semester.  
  1. Are there special requirements for international students for the MS Criminal Justice program?
There may be additional requirements for international students looking to apply to the MVSU Graduate program.  Information for potential additional requirements for international students can be found in the 2019-2021 Graduate Catalog (pg 24, para 2).  Additionally, this information can be obtained from the Mississippi Valley State University Graduate Admissions Office at 662-254-3439.
  1. How many hours are required to complete the MS Criminal Justice program?
The program at Mississippi Valley State University requires only a total of 36 hours to complete or a total of 12 courses.  So, this Master's could be completed in four semesters for a full-time student.
  1.  What can I do with an MS degree in Criminal Justice?
Students can find jobs at all levels of government (local, state, federal agencies) in all areas of law, and in the private sector. Students with an MS Degree in Criminal Justice may also teach at the Community College level.
  1. Is there any GRE requirement to be accepted to the MS Criminal Justice Program?
The GRE is not required. However, to be awarded your degree, you must pass the comprehensive examination and an exit survey to graduate.

Master of Science in Environmental Health (MSEH)

Master of Science in Environmental Health (MSEH) is an interdisciplinary program that has roots in several allied branches of science. Students who pursue the field will benefit from attaining the knowledge and practical skills needed for the industry, academia, and government sectors. Students will also enjoy the expertise of faculty members who practiced the field of environmental health and sciences for many years. In the second half of the program, students will have to perform the internship and/or thesis work related to the field with the help of an on-campus or offsite mentor. Internship or thesis experience will help the student in advancing the career in chosen areas of environmental health. Currently, students complete a 43 credit hour rigorous curriculum that takes up to 24-30 months of preparation. Each student will choose an advisor within a semester of admittance into the program. It is a general consensus that students entering the program will have a background in basic natural sciences. Those students who do not meet the general requirements are advised to take courses in natural sciences that help them to develop the background necessary in the field.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What Do Environmental Health Professionals Do?
Simply put “ they work to protect and preserve the environment around us and the public health”.
  1. What should be the minimum GPA required to remain and graduate from the Master of Science in Environmental Health?
EH Students are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above to remain in good standing and graduate from the program.
  1. What job opportunities I could find after receiving the MSEH degree?
Students can find jobs in government (U.S. Public Health Service, CDC, NIH, U.S. EPA, State Health Departments, Research Labs, etc) and in private sectors as environmental and health practitioners.
  1. What Internship and practical training options available for me?
Many students apply for internships from NEHA, APHA, and CDC. Students could also find internships in private companies, Eg. Manufacturing, research institutions, and other businesses. We successfully placed several students in internships in the past at various locations in the USA. Besides out-of-state internships, some students choose to work on thesis and internship projects with the EH faculty at MVSU. Prospective students could explore more about the Environmental Health internships from the links below:
  1. Are there any scholarships or tuition assistance available for me to complete the degree?
Environmental Health Program offers one merit-based scholarship every academic semester (Fall and Spring) through the Division of Academic Affairs. Students can also explore the options for federal loans and other funding opportunities from various funding agencies. There are plenty of scholarships, internships, and fellowships available for students interested in EH careers. Follow the link for further information. https://www.aehap.org/scholarships.html.

Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at Mississippi Valley State University prepares students for professional social work practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.  Through the curriculum, the program instills in students advanced social work knowledge, values, and skills in a manner that enables students to work with diverse populations in a wide range of settings.  Concurrently special emphasis is placed on social work practice with impoverished minorities living in rural regions, such as the Mississippi Delta in which the University is located and in the large, diverse communities elsewhere.  The MSW Program prepares students for practice within the framework of rural social work with an area of concentration in Child and Family Welfare. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are scholarships or paid internships available?

The department does not offer scholarships or paid internships.  There are often scholarship announcements from the University.  They are sometimes placed on the Valley website or your professors may bring the announcement to class when they are available. NASW and NABSW offer scholarships to their members.  See your MSW organizational officers for more information. 
  1. When is the deadline for application submission?
Applications are due March 15th each year for Fall admission and October 15th for Advanced Standing admission.
  1. Do you accept students for the Spring semester?
We only accept advanced standing students for Spring admission.  To qualify for advanced standing, one much have a BSW with a B or better in all social work courses.
  1. Can I complete the degree by taking all online classes?
Although we offer online classes, your course work cannot be completed by only taking online classes. 
  1.  How many hours are needed to complete the MSW degree?
A total of 60 hours, 33 hours of foundation courses and 27 hours of concentration courses.
  1.  Is licensing required for Social Work Practice?
Yes, licensing is required.  The courses and licensure prep offered by the MSW Program assist with preparing students to take their licensure exam prior to graduation.