Future engineers living on the Gulf Coast now have an affordable option for earning a world-renowned education close to home. The Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University is now offering two Bachelor of Science degrees through a collaboration with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Students can complete a two-year Associate of Science degree from MGCCC before enrolling in electrical or mechanical engineering classes that will result in bachelor’s degrees from MSU. The classes will be offered on-campus at MGCCC-Gautier by Bagley College faculty or through synchronous online-delivery from MSU’s Starkville campus.
MGCCC is developing an Associate of Science degree, which new students will apply to and current students can transfer to. The associate degree will satisfy math, chemistry, physics, and general education requirements. Specific instructions are shown below:
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College entrance requirements
Mississippi State University entrance requirements
The Bagley College of Engineering additional requirements
Students who do not meet these requirements may need to apply for regular admission to MGCCC and apply for engineering admission in the next partnership cycle.
Engineering majors should list both MGCCC and Mississippi State University on FASFA application.
Students sign the MSU/MGCCC Financial Aid Consortium to ensure hours are combined at both schools to maximize financial aid opportunities.
Students will be encouraged to apply for full admission with MSU upon completion of 48 hours at MGCCC and the first semester the student is taking less than a full time load with MGCCC, while taking more than one MSU course. This will allow students to be considered for community college transfer scholarships and will ensure their financial aid resides with MSU at that time as well.
Will I need to go to the Starkville campus?
In this program, students can receive a Mississippi State University Bagley College of Engineering degree without going to Starkville. A student may decide to go for a semester or study at the main campus, but that is a personal choice.
Will there be distance education classes?
In this program there will be a mixture of face-to-face and distance instruction. Students will be able to sit in a classroom at MGCCC and synchronously interact with a Mississippi State faculty member and students while they are in class.
What about co-ops or internships?
We anticipate that cooperative education and internship programs will be available. We are working to establish partnerships with companies to create these opportunities for our students.
Do I need a computer?
Mississippi State University requires all engineering students to own a laptop.
Bagley Computer Requirements
What about computer software?
Students will be required to have certain computer software. Some programs can be downloaded for free or purchased at a discount by Mississippi State students as we have certain software licenses. Students will receive information on software needs in their courses.
What if I am a veteran, service member, survivor or dependent of a veteran?
The MSU Center for America’s Veterans is a resource center in support of student veterans, service members, dependents and survivors. Upon admission to MSU, if students are currently using or would like to use VA education benefits, please contact Eddie Scales at 662.325.1496 or Melanie Owens at 662.325.6719 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Students can also visit www.veterans.msstate.edu.
Also, current MGCCC veterans, service members, survivors of dependent of a veteran, who wish to talk about the forms and the procedures of transferring educational benefits to MSU, can contact contact Sheila Lowery at 228.497.7636.