All credits earned at Mississippi State University are in semester hours. In most curricula, taking an average load of 16-18 hours for a regular semester will enable a student to make normal progress toward graduation. Year or quarter hours transferred from another institution are converted into semester hours for purposes of uniformity in determining graduation requirements. Transfer credits are accepted only from institutions accredited by or in candidate status with a regional accrediting body, such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
A total of not more than 25 percent of any curriculum may be earned by advanced standing examinations, evaluated military service credits, correspondence, tutorial, extension, and USAFI courses. Evaluated military service credits are classified as extension work, and USAFI credits are classified as correspondence work.
Not more than 20 percent of any curriculum may be earned through correspondence courses. Correspondence courses must be approved by the dean before being taken by students in residence.