Business Degrees in Mississippi

Positioned on the Gulf Coast with Louisiana and Arkansas to the west, Tennessee to the north and Alabama to the south, Mississippi is one of the states that many associate deeply with the American South. The state’s economy features a diverse mix, including agriculture, fishing, manufacturing, tourism, and petroleum.

Mississippi has a relatively small population (around 3 million) and is not particularly associated with academics, which accounts for National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) statistics showing only 15 public and non-profit schools that grant undergraduate and graduate business degrees in the state. The good news is that a relatively high percentage of these are accredited: 13 at the undergraduate level and 10 at the graduate level. We always strongly recommend choosing an accredited college wherever you go to school, as this provides assurance that the program you select has clear objectives and has proven that it produces quality outcomes while adhering to national and international standards. Accredited schools also typically offer a richer educational experience via interaction with actual businesses.

All of the schools in this article have been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and/or International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). They are all public or non-profit and regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

This article contains the key data you need to help you choose the Mississippi business school that best suits your unique needs based on a variety of key factors: tuition, financial aid, entrance exam scores, acceptance rates, and more. The three sections that follow describe undergraduate programs, graduate schools, and the job prospects for business school graduates in Mississippi.

Undergraduate Business Schools in Mississippi

Mississippi is a relatively low-income state, and this is reflected in the costs of its institutions: if you are looking for a budget-friendly option for studying business, you’ve come to the right place. The overall average tuition for our 13 schools is just $11,300, one of the lowest in the nation. Of those 13 schools, only two cost more than $20,000: Millsaps College ($37,100) and Belhaven University ($23,000). Nine of the other 11 schools are below $10,000, with the lowest Jones County Junior College at just $3,000.

We were able to obtain acceptance rate data for all of our schools except Jones County Junior College, and the numbers here are very high. The overall average is 68%, with the lowest figure (43%) at Belhaven University and the highest (a student-friendly 99%) at the Mississippi University for Women. There’s a clear split here into two groups: seven schools are below 65% while five schools are close to or above 80%.

Graduation rates for undergraduate business degrees in Mississippi are on the low side. We have data for the same 12 schools as for acceptance rate data, and the overall average is 47%. Millsaps College has the highest figure at 72%, while the lowest is 30% at Alcorn State University. The University of Mississippi and Mississippi University for Women are nearly exactly tied for the best combination of acceptance rate and graduation rate, though they achieve their top scores in rather different ways. The former has an acceptance rate of 78% and the graduation rate of 60%; the latter features the previously mentioned impressive 99% acceptance rate, but a lower graduation rate of 47%.

The table that follows shows you all the important data you need about undergraduate business schools in Mississippi, including annual in-state tuition costs, average aid per student, acceptance rates, SAT and ACT score ranges of accepted students, and graduation rates. Click any column header to sort the table based on its contents.

SchoolCityTuitionAidMedian SATMedian ACTAccept. RateGrad. Rate
Alcorn State UniversityLorman$6,546$8,038810-102016-2178%30%
Belhaven UniversityJackson$23,016$8,02043%36%
Delta State UniversityCleveland$6,418$5,673910-108019-2589%35%
Jackson State UniversityJackson$7,261$7,400820-106017-2163%38%
Jones County Junior CollegeEllisville$3,000$4,463
Millsaps CollegeJackson$37,110$25,5651046-124023-2859%72%
Mississippi CollegeClinton$16,740$11,125940-124321-2849%59%
Mississippi StateStarkville$7,780$8,58721-2856%60%
Mississippi University for WomenColumbus$6,065$6,5861010-115018-2499%47%
Mississippi Valley State UniversityItta Bena$6,116$7,31715-1984%31%
University of MississippiUniversity$7,744$8,6241000-123022-2978%60%
University of Southern MississippiHattiesburg$7,659$6,670940-119020-2660%45%
William Carey UniversityHattiesburg$11,700$5,754860-107021-2751%46%

Graduate Business Schools in Mississippi

We have data on 10 accredited schools for business study at the graduate level in Mississippi. As with their undergraduate counterparts, most of the schools are quite inexpensive compared to those in other states. There’s only one expensive university here: Millsaps College at just over $39,000. The other nine are all between $10,000 and about $18,000, with an average of around $14,000 (excluding Millsaps). So, once again, there are lots of options for those on a budget.

Interestingly, while there are not many high-end business schools in the state, there are some pretty highly ranked online MBA programs in Mississippi, perfect for those who want to expand their options while continuing their careers. Mississippi State University, currently ranked 22nd in the nation for online MBA programs by US News & World Report, offers an entirely-online curriculum with most students completing study within two years. The Ole Miss School of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi is close behind with a 25th place ranking and offers both full-time (one-year) and part-time (two-year) program options, supported by online learning technology to encourage interaction and collaboration with faculty. Online MBAs are also offered by Jackson State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.

The table that follows shows graduate business school tuition costs, average accepted applicant GMAT scores, the percentage of faculty with a doctorate degree, and student-to-faculty ratios. Click any column header to sort the table based on its contents.

SchoolCityTuitionAvg. GMATFaculty
with Doct.
Degree
Student/
Faculty
Alcorn State UniversityLorman$14,184
Delta State UniversityCleveland$13,710
Jackson State UniversityJackson$11,01040011.64
Millsaps CollegeJackson$39,07855114.22
Mississippi CollegeClinton$18,270
Mississippi State UniversityStarkville$12,975580
Mississippi University for WomenColumbus$10,000
Mississippi Valley State UniversityItta Bena$12,975
University of MississippiUniversity$17,8505680.9821.29
University of Southern MississippiHattiesburg$14,6884660.8361.62

Job Outlook for Business Graduates in Mississippi

Over the decade spanning 2016 to 2026, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data predicts total growth of at least 5% in 32 of 37 business and management occupations across the US. The highest growth will be for market analysts and marketing specialists, at 22.8% over ten years, with financial managers coming in second at 18.7%.

Mississippi’s economy has had to endure some ups and downs, such as Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the state in 2005, leading to a spike in unemployment that the state needed several years to recover from. Mississippis unemployment rate usually sits around a full point above the national average: at the time of writing it is at 4.6% compared to the US average of 3.8%, though both figures are historically low. About 65,000 people were employed in the business and management sector in Mississippi in 2016. The largest subgroup was general and operations managers at 25,300, which is more than quadruple the number of people in the next-largest group, accountants and auditors (5,450). All other groups were below 5,000, and more than half below 1,000.

Unfortunately, BLS data places Mississippi in last place among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for overall average annual wage across all occupations in 2016: $41,754. This is almost 28% below the national average of $57,617. Business and management occupations fared better, with a weighted average annual salary of around $75,000 that year, but this is well below the figures in most states. Mississippi is unlike most states in that chief executives were not the highest-paid category: they came in at $111,000, second to architectural and engineering managers at $124,000. (Part of this may be attributable to the relatively small sample sizes since both groups number under 1,000.) Most management positions fell between $80,000 and $100,000. The lowest-paid of the groups for which we have data was tax preparers at $27,520. (An average salary figure was not available for agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes.)

Occupation TitleBLS.gov
Code
2017
Total
Employment
Mississippi
Mean
Hourly
Wage
Mississippi
Mean
Annual
Wage
Mississippi
National
Growth
2016-26
Accountants and Auditors13-2011545028.83$59,96010.0%
Administrative Services Managers11-3011299036.43$75,78010.1%
Advertising and Promotions Managers11-201113034.79$72,3605.8%
Architectural and Engineering Managers11-904181059.68$124,1405.5%
Budget Analysts13-203144029.67$61,7106.5%
Business Operations Specialists13-1199300030.92$64,3108.8%
Chief Executives11-101171053.55$111,3908.0%
Compensation and Benefits Managers11-31116042.16$87,6805.0%
Compensation and Job Analysis Specialists13-114127024.83$51,6408.5%
Compliance Officers13-1041230026.43$54,9708.2%
Information Systems Managers11-3021115047.24$98,25011.9%
Construction Managers11-9021113035.13$73,07011.4%
Cost Estimators13-105198029.49$61,34010.6%
Credit Analysts13-204136033.17$69,0008.4%
Credit Counselors13-207130020.76$43,18013.9%
Financial Analysts13-205143037.43$77,85010.8%
Financial Examiners13-206116039.67$82,5209.8%
Financial Managers11-3031347049.67$103,3000.187
General and Operations Managers11-10212533038.65$80,3909.1%
Human Resources Managers11-312196042.7$88,8108.9%
Human Resources Specialists13-1071262024.66$51,2907.1%
Insurance Underwriters13-205330034.28$71,300-5.2%
Labor Relations Specialists13-107522031.36$65,240-7.8%
Loan Officers13-2072213032.29$67,16011.5%
Logisticians13-108172037.79$78,6106.9%
Management Analysts13-1111141035.24$73,30012.0%
Market Research and Marketing Specialists13-1161167026.19$54,47022.8%
Marketing Managers11-202147047.04$97,85010.0%
Meeting and Event Planners13-112130019.22$39,97010.2%
Public Relations11-203124039.39$81,93010.4%
Purchasing Managers11-306152043.22$89,8905.6%
Sales Managers11-2022135052.65$109,5200.074
Tax Examiners and Revenue Agents13-208145021.69$45,110-0.6%
Tax Preparers13-208255013.23$27,52010.8%
Training and Development Managers11-313116044.96$93,52010.3%
Training and Development Specialists13-1151141027.26$56,70011.5%


References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/
2. AACSB, Best Business Schools: https://bestbizschools.aacsb.edu/
3. ACBSP, Business Schools: https://www.acbsp.org/
4. IACBE, Business Schools: http://iacbe.org/
5. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: http://www.sacs.org/
6. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Mississippi: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ms.htm
7. Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning: http://www.ihl.state.ms.us/
8. US News & World Report: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools