Dec 03, 2021  
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

9. Colleges and Graduate Programs

9.1 College of Arts, Sciences, and Education

Brian B. Anderson, Dean

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education is to provide quality classroom instruction, practical learning experiences, and academic and cultural enrichment opportunities that will lead to successful student learning. Through the programs in its nine departments, the College provides students with a focused course of study that will prepare them for graduate or professional schools or employment. The College also provides students with a solid educational foundation in the liberal arts that will prepare them for continued personal and intellectual growth after graduation.

Department of Education - Graduate Studies

Director of MEd Program: Royal Toy

Education Faculty

Professors: Twila Alpe
Associate Professor: Shelley Bock, Brenda Dickey, Royal Toy
Assistant Professors: Chrystal Hodges

NCATE (CAEP) Accreditation

The MUW Educator Preparation Unit and all programs in education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).The MUW teacher certification programs are also approved by the Mississippi Department of Education, which makes graduates of these programs eligible for Mississippi Educator Licensure in the approved areas. The NCATE accrediting body has merged with another accrediting organization (TEAC) to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The accreditation covers both initial and advanced educator preparation programs. Since many states have reciprocity agreements based on graduation from NCATE/CAEP accredited schools, graduates of NCATE/CAEP accredited institutions will generally find it easier to apply for educator licensure when they move out of state.

Quality Assurance Policy

All teacher education programs are covered by the Mississippi Institution of Higher Learning Quality Assurance Policy. The University warrants the quality of our graduates for a period of two years immediately following graduation. Certain guidelines do apply. Contact the College of Education and Human Sciences for more information.

Program Purpose:

The Graduate Programs in Education provide high quality, advanced professional development and leadership training for educators, which will strengthen their theoretical knowledge, their practice, and increase their accountability for student learning. This reflects the University’s mission of professional education with an emphasis on academic and leadership preparation.

The conceptual framework of the Department of Education has been extended for Graduate Studies in Education to include the five core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The related belief statements that follow each core proposition further characterize the advanced programs in education.

  1. Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
  2. Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  3. Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
  4. Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from their experience.
  5. Teachers are members of learning communities.

The Graduate Programs in Education are: Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education in Gifted Studies, Master of Education in Differentiated Instruction, Master of Education in Reading/Literacy, and Master of Education in Educational Leadership.

Progression in the Program

  1. The potential Graduate student must make formal application for admission, providing official transcripts of all coursework (undergraduate and graduate), 3 letters of recommendation, proof of immunization, teaching license or proof of eligibility, and $25.00 application fee. (MAT applicants must submit passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators OR ACT scores of 21 or above AND Praxis II, content area.)
  2. The Graduate student, in consultation with his/her advisor, works out a proposed program of study.
  3. After the completion of the appropriate number of hours and/or semesters, as indicated in the section on Graduate Admissions in the Graduate Bulletin, the student who has been admitted conditionally must meet with his/her advisor to determine whether the student’s admission status can be changed.
  4. The Graduate student must meet with his/her advisor prior to registration to secure approval for courses to be taken in the ensuing semester.
  5. The Graduate student must submit an official transcript of any transfer credits before his/her last semester of coursework. The Graduate faculty must approve any transfer work applied to the student’s program. No more than 6 hours with minimum grade of B may be transferred.
  6. Withdrawal from a graduate class should be done in consultation with an advisor and must be approved by the College Dean.
  7. Once graduate students have accumulated at least six hours of graduate credit at MUW, they must apply for candidacy by the end of their next semester of enrollment.
  8. All requests for modification of the Candidacy Form must be made in writing to the Program Coordinator whose approval allows the student to proceed with courses as planned.
  9. A minimum of 15 semester hours must be completed following the student’s admission to candidacy.
  10. Before graduation all graduate students will submit a professional portfolio to the Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Education. For August graduates, portfolios are due the first day of the second summer session. For May and December graduates, portfolios are due one month prior to graduation. Students are advised to keep a copy of all contents for their own records.
  11. To take the Comprehensive Examination, the student must submit a written request to the Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Education at the beginning of the semester exams are to be attempted.
  12. The Comprehensive Examination will be given in Room 211, Education/HS Building, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Exams are usually scheduled for the last Saturday in April, the third Saturday in June, and the first Saturday in December. Please confirm date, time, location, and other pertinent information in advance of the exam.
  13. The Graduate student needs to meet with his/her advisor to confirm completion of graduation requirements: all admission and program requirements have been satisfied, all transcripts of transfer credit have been submitted to and processed by the Registrar, the comprehensive examinations have been completed satisfactorily, the MUW cumulative GPA and the overall GPA are at least a 3.0 and no grades of incomplete remain on the student’s academic record.


Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy

Department Chair:  Dr. Bridget Smith Pieschel
Graduate Director of Women’s Studies:  Dr. Bridget Smith Pieschel
Graduate Director of Creative Writing:  Dr. Kendall A. Dunkelberg

Languages, Literature, and Philosophy Faculty

Professors:  Kendall Dunkelberg and Bridget Smith Pieschel
Visiting Assistant Professors:  Thomas Kris Lee and Mary Miller



Department of Theatre

Director of Graduate Studies: William Biddy
Department Chair: David Carter

Theatre Faculty

Professor: William Biddy, David Carter
Associate Professor: Lee Crouse
Instructors:  Kevin Crawford, Scott McGehee


9.2 College of Business and Professional Studies

C. Scott Tollison, Dean

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the College of Business and Professional Studies is to provide advanced education in the field of business and to prepare students for successful and rewarding careers in a global business environment.

Department of Business-Graduate Studies In Business

Department Chair: Dr. Martha A. Brock

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Dee A. Larson


Professor: Kimberly D. Dorsey, Dee A. Larson, C. Scott Tollison
Associate Professors: Martha A. Brock, Wesley H. Garrett,  Andrew Luccasen


9.3 College of Nursing and Health Sciences

 Sheila V. Adams, Dean

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences is reflected in the philosophies and outcomes of each program. The college provides high quality graduate professional programs in nursing and speech-language pathology. Classes are small, emphasizing a personalized learning environment that prepares graduates for competitive professional careers at the master’s or doctoral levels or admission to doctoral programs. This mission is directly related to the University’s mission to provide high quality graduate education in a variety of professional programs. 

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers graduate programs in nursing at the master’s and doctoral levels and in speech-language pathology at the master’s level.

Department of Nursing

Mission Statement

The mission of the Nursing program is to provide education that prepares nurses for several levels of practice. Preparation is offered at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels in a personalized and stimulating environment conducive to strong academic and leadership preparation, community service, achievement of clinical expertise, and life-long learning. As a part of the educational process, students develop an awareness of gender-related issues and multicultural diversity. The mission relates to the Mission of the University by providing professional education for several levels of students with an emphasis on academic and leadership preparation for women and men in a personalized environment. The mission, philosophies, and outcomes of the department and the four nursing programs are consonant with the purpose and aims of the University and are derived from the faculty’s beliefs about the nature of education and nursing practice. Information on the undergraduate nursing programs is in the MUW Undergraduate Bulletin. Information on comparison of expenses and fees with other Mississippi Nursing Schools can be found in Nursing Education Opportunities in Mississippi at the web site .

Department of Health and Kinesiology

Department Chair: Mark Bean

Health and Kinesiology Faculty

Professor: Mark Bean
Associate Professors: K. Randell Foxworth
Assistant Professors: Chad Murphy, Caroline Payne-Purvis, Irene T. Pintado, Krista Woods


Department of Graduate Nursing

Department Chair:  Teresa Hamill


The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program have state accreditation from the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211; 601-432-6486, In addition, the Master of Science in Nursing program and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program has national accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (655 K Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001. 1-404-975-5000, or via the web at


The MSN and DNP program courses are taught on the Columbus campus of Mississippi University for Women in Martin Hall. Graduate nursing students clinical experiences are individually established as close as possible to the student’s home. Students are not guaranteed an assignment in any one clinical area. 

Graduate Nursing Faculty

DNP Program Co-Coordinator: Lorraine Gaddis/Shonda Phelon
MSN Program Coordinator: Carey McCarter

Professors: Sheila V. Adams, Tammie M. McCoy
Associate Professors: Sueanne Davidson, Lorraine Gaddis, Carey McCarter
Assistant Professors: Alena Lester, Teresa Hamill, Sally Pearson, Shonda Phelon
Instructor: Brandi Lambert,


Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Department Chair: Joy Townsend, Interim

Speech-Language Pathology Faculty

Professors: Marie Byrne, Michelle Harmon, Hortencia Kayser
Assistant Professors: Carrie Smith
Instructors: Tiffany Bowman, Lynn M. Hanson, Stephanie Kelley, Joy Townsend

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-language pathologists specialize in the screening, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human communication disorders. They work in a variety of professional settings, such as public and private schools, hospitals, universities, nursing homes, other health care facilities, and in private practice. They work with persons of all ages, from infancy to elderly. Upon completion of the program, graduates will meet the academic and clinical requirements for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification and for Mississippi Department of Health (MDH) and Department of Education (MDE) licensure.

Mission and Objectives

The Mississippi University for Women graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology is committed to offering the necessary coursework and clinical practicum experiences that will qualify students to meet the academic and clinical requirements for national certification and state licensure.

The program emphasizes the clinical aspects of the profession and requires that all students demonstrate their ability to understand the normal communicative processes as well as to diagnose and treat individuals with communicative disorders. Students are also expected to develop the skills to communicate diagnostic results, treatment effects, and prognoses to other professionals and family members in both oral and written forms.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program is to advance students’ professional knowledge regarding human communication and its disorders. Through academic and clinical training, students are prepared to become professional and competent speech-language pathologists who will utilize evidence-based therapy and provide quality services to people with communication disorders and their families and who will be prepared to assume leadership positions in the workplace. Students will meet all requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the Council of Clinical Certification and for Mississippi State Board of Health and Educator’s licenses.
The graduate program enhances service to the community through the provision of clinical services offered at the MUW Speech and Hearing Center.


The Master’s education program in Speech-Language Pathology at Mississippi University for Women is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville Maryland 20850. 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.


The program is taught in Cromwell Communication Center, the Speech and Hearing Center, and various clinical sites in health care facilities and schools.

Admission Policy and Dates:

See Graduate Admissions  in this Bulletin for information concerning admission policies. The application process opens on October 1 and must be completed by March 1, for fall admission.