College of BusinessMississippi State University

Frequently Asked Questions


Is the program totally online?

Yes, the program is available completely online. You do not need to visit campus for any part of the program.

Is there a campus residency requirement?

No, there is no campus residency requirement.

Does the degree state distance or online?

No. Your degree will look and read the same as main campus students’ degrees.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The average time to complete the program for working professionals is two years.

How long will it take me to complete the program if I take one class a semester?

It would take you about 5 years to complete the program. You are allowed 8 years to complete the program. We recommend that students begin with no more than two classes per eight week term.

Where can I find information about adding or dropping a course or withdrawing?

You can find this information about Dropping a Course under the Courses tab.

Where can I find information about proctors?

You can find the form and instructions under the Forms tab.

How do I obtain more details about specific degree opportunities in the College of Business Distance Learning Program?

Visit the Distance Business portal to discover all distance degree opportunities in the College of Business. After reviewing this information, contact Hope Durst or call 662.325.0658.

How do I register for distance learning courses?

You can register online by going to mySTATE and selecting the Banner tab, and then the Registration column. If you have difficulty registering, or if the course is full and you would like to be added to a waiting list, use the registration assistance form. Once completed, the registration form should be faxed to Angella Baker at 662.325.8161. For additional registration questions, please contact Hope Durst or call 662.325.0658.

How do I obtain a listing of future courses in my chosen program of study?

For a general list of when courses are offered, view the Course Rotation or contact Hope Durst at


If I have a lot of work experience, do I have to take the GMAT?

Yes, all prospective students applying for classified admission must take the GMAT or send an official GMAT score taken within the last five years.

Can I apply after the deadline?

Contact Hope Durst to see if space is available.

Do you accept the GRE?

Yes. We accept competetive GRE scores.

Have I been admitted?

Check your admission status by contacting Cindy Smith, Graduate Studies in Business.

Who do I contact about my application status?

Contact Kathy Griffin at the Office of the Graduate School at

How do I apply to Graduate School at Mississippi State University?

To apply to Graduate School at MSU check our Application Process page. Please remember it takes approximately three weeks for an official GMAT score to be sent to the university. It may take the college granting your undergraduate degree up to three weeks to send a sealed transcript. Please allow for this during your application process.

I’m not sure if I have registered.

Contact Hope Durst at for questions about your registration status. See our Registration page for more details.

Tuition & Fees

I am an out-of-state student. Do I have to pay out-of-state tuition for the College of Business Distance Learning Program?

No. Although out-of-state tuition does not apply, students will be charged distance fees in addition to a $60 application fee for graduate school.

I have not received my bill for tuition. What should I do?

Please note that Mississippi State University does not mail out student account statements. To view your billing statement, go to MSU’s mySTATE, enter your NetID and NetPassword, select the Banner tab, look under the Personal Information column on the right-hand side, then select VIEW YOUR BILLING STATEMENT.

If you have questions concerning your billing statement, please contact Students Account Services at 662.325.2071 or visit the Office of the Controller website. Specific information regarding payment deadlines and services charges are available on the Student Account Services Payment Information page.

Is the total payment due at the beginning of the semester?

Specific information regarding payment deadlines and services charges are available on the Student Account Services Payment Information page.


How do I access courses on the web?

Please read through our Find Your Class page.

How do I access my course in myCourses?

Mississippi State University uses myCourses, a secure site asking for you NetID and NetPassword, for placing course content on the web.

Why doesn’t my course show up in myCourses?

If it is only a day or two before classes start and your course is still not available, contact Hope Durst at

What is my NetID?

Your NetID is a series of two to three initials and two to three numbers (for example: aaa11), which identify you in the University’s Banner System. To find your NetID, visit NetPassword Maintenance.

I have forgotten my NetPassword/How do I find out my Net Password?

Please visit NetPassword Maintenance.