Mississippi State University


The Ph.D. degree program in Community College Leadership is designed to prepare professionals for leadership positions in community colleges. The degree program is designed to prepare the next generation of community college leaders. The program consists of core courses of study in leading and managing in the community college, interdisciplinary courses in a rural context, and courses in research and statistics. The program is offered through the Center for Distance Education.

Admission Criteria— Deadline for admission (March 1 for summer and fall and October 1 for spring). To be eligible for admission to the program, the applicant must hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution, meet the basic requirements specified for graduate students at Mississippi State University, demonstrate interest in the mission of community colleges, and demonstrate academic proficiency based on the following indicators: (a) grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 on a 4.00 scale for all graduate-level credit hours completed; (b) GRE score results; (c) writing sample; (d) three letters of reference, (e) structured interview; (f) at least three years community college work experience; and (g) current résumé.

Some content areas require taking courses on the Main Campus in Starkville, therefore it is not a fully online program.