Mississippi State University (Bagley)

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Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Name: Department:
MS, Computer Science Computer Science and Engineering
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

Programs and courses offer flexibility to online students; most courses are taught by full-time faculty who are active researchers. In a few cases, courses are taught by experts in their respective areas who are evaluated for teaching ability and expertise and hold graduate faculty teaching appointments. Program are rated 11th nationally as a Best Buy by GetEducated.com for cost and quality.

School type Public
Terms Semester

Program Offerings

Online master's in computer information technology programs 1
Concentrations offered
Computer Programming Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications
Data Processing Computer Science
Information Science/Studies Computer Software and Media Applications
Computer Systems Analysis Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
More specialized departments/concentrations offered
Cybersecurity High Performance Computing and Simulation
Biocomputing/Bioinformatics Theoretical Computer Science
Game Design/Development Human Computer Interaction
Systems Development/Management Graphics Design

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 90


Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 39 full-time; 13 part-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 100% full-time; 85% part-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 39
Average experience teaching online courses 6 years
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 2 full-time; 8 part-time

Class Size

Average class size 18
Maximum class size 20

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Yes
Can earn degree entirely abroad N/A
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students Yes
Collaboration among online and campus-based students Encouraged but not mandatory
Students enroll as online students Yes, they are bound to courses as online students after enrollment
Credits earned online equal earned on-campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus All
Same curricula for online and campus students All


One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates


Graduation rates N/A
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate N/A
Program target time to graduate 3.5 years
Required time to earn degree 8 years

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