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Study in Mississippi, United States

State overview

Dominated by the great Mississippi River, the state of Mississippi gives international students a taste of America’s Deep South, with all the charm and friendliness that offers.

Located in America’s ‘Bible belt’, Mississippi has a long history of welcoming international students who are fascinated by the history, culture and all-American charm of Mississippi. Having previously been ruled by the French, Spanish and British, Mississippians are fiercely proud of their American culture and contribution to America’s history.

Known as the Magnolia State, Mississippi is home to more than twenty public and private universities where you can study a postgraduate course.

Education profile

Mississippi is home to several well ranked universities and colleges offering university courses. You can study a graduate program in Mississippi at the following institutions:

Alongside these institutions, Mississippi has more than thirty other institutions offering programs, from four-year institutions, two-institutions and private colleges.

Professional, or ‘terminal’, masters are designed to lead to employment rather than further study. Popular courses include: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) and Master of Library Science (M.L.S.).

Academic masters, however, are generally designed to lead the way into doctorate/PhD study. Popular courses include: Master of Education (M.Ed.), and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.).

Both last between one and three years, depending on the subject.

Doctoral degrees are the most advanced level of higher education, and usually take between four and eight years to complete, which includes the time it takes to write and present a dissertation. 

Immigration and visas

Before travelling to the USA to study, you will need to apply for a non-immigrant visa.

The most common kind of student visa is the F-1 visa, which entitles the holder to study at any US accredited college or university.
To apply for a student visa, you will need to fill out an application form (found on the US Embassy website) and send appropriate documentation, such as evidence of financial standing and proof of university acceptance and academic qualifications, as well as possibly attending a visa interview at the US Embassy in your home country.

Life in Mississippi

Mississippi is the birthplace of modern American music, having seen the beginnings of gospel, country, blues, jazz and of course, rock and roll. Indeed, Mississippi was the home of legendary musicians like Elvis Presley and BB King, and music continues to play a massive part in the lives of Mississippians, leaking from bars and clubs across the state.

With baking summers, Mississippians like to spend a lot of time outdoors. This is a perfect place for fishing, swimming and boating – and for the less squeamish – hunting.

Working in Mississippi

Although Mississippi has one of the lowest per capita incomes in the US, it also has one of the nation’s lowest living costs. Traditionally home to the production of agricultural cotton and plantations, Mississippi has suffered repeated natural disasters that have put a drain on farming in the region.

Casino gambling was legalised in Mississippi in 1990, leading to major economic gains for the state which quickly became the second largest gambling state in the US behind Nevada. Gambling resorts were set up along the Gulf Coast in Bay St Louis, Gulfport and Biloxi, as well as Tunica on the Mississippi River which the third largest gaming area in the US.

Consequently, casino work and hospitality are major employers in the region.


One of the most popular student cities in Mississippi is Oxford, home to the University of Mississippi. The city was voted the second best college town by, and is renowned for its social scene.

Students coming to study a graduate program in Mississippi will usually choose to live in university accommodation, which gives you a good way to meet fellow students, get settled into university life and is often cheaper than private accommodation.

Expect to pay upwards $2,000 per semester for university accommodation.

Weather and climate

Mississippi has humid, tropical climate with long hot summers and short, mild winters. The hottest summer months are in July and August, when temperatures can reach 35C. Winter is at its coldest January and February, when daytime temperatures average 9C, although they can fall below freezing.

Mississippi is at risk form hurricanes in late summer and early autumn, and also can be hit by tornadoes and sudden thunderstorms.

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