Students may apply for university, college and departmental scholarships through one application. You can find the scholarship application once you logon to myState. Under the banner tab, select Financial Aid and Scholarships. The application is listed as Submit/Revise General Scholarship Application (16/17).
Highly qualified undergraduates in the Poultry Science Department at Mississippi State University are encouraged to consider applying to the Accelerated Program. This program permits students to earn up to 9 hours of graduate-level coursework during their final year of undergraduate studies. Students take graduate-level courses and earn both undergraduate credit and graduate credit simultaneously. Students must consult with a potential major professor (graduate advisor) to ensure graduate credit could be applied to a program of study for the graduate degree. Application to this program may be made as early as the end of the junior year (i.e., after completion of 90 or more hours of graded undergraduate courses). Students interested in applying to the Accelerated Program should contact the Department's Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Aaron Kiess, for more details.
Requirements for entrance into the Accelerated Program include the following.
- A GPA of 3.50 or higher for all undergraduate work
- A minimum of 60 hours toward a bachelor's degree
- Three letters of recommendation
- Selection of a potential major professor from the departmental graduate faculty
- A statement of purpose that describes their academic and professional goals as well as how their prior academic and professional experiences have prepared them for the Accelerated Program and graduate study
Once the student is accepted into the combined program, the student and the advisor may select up to 9 hours that will satisfy both undergraduate and graduate requirements. These courses may be split-level (i.e., 4000-6000 level) or 8000 level classes, and the student should take the courses for graduate credit (i.e., 6000-level or higher). To do so, he/she must submit a completed form to the Office of the Graduate School requesting such permission: www.grad.msstate.edu/forms/pdf/accel.pdf. The OGS will notify the student by MSU email when the request is approved. The combination of undergraduate and graduate credit hours may not exceed 16 hours within a semester. After successfully completing the graduate-level classes, the student and undergraduate advisor will submit a request to the Registrar’s Office to grant credit for the course also at the undergraduate level with the same grade awarded as received for the graduate course. In the case of a split-level class, the transcript will show credit for both the 4000- and 6000-level on the transcript. In the case of an 8000-level class, a special topics undergraduate course of the same title will be entered on the transcript to allow dual credit.
Students are permitted to opt out of the combined program at any time, at which point they could complete only the undergraduate portion of the program. No additional dual counting of courses would occur after the student leaves the combined program.
Students will receive the bachelor’s degree once the requirements for that degree are met. Students will be required to complete all of the requirements for both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in order to receive both degrees, and those requirements will be identical to the requirements for students enrolled in the traditional B.S. and M.S. programs. Students will be classified as undergraduates until they fulfill at the requirements for the undergraduate degree. At that time they will be classified as graduate students and will be subject to the guidelines pertaining to the M.S. degree.