University Studies Degree

University Studies Degree – Complete to Compete Program

The University Studies degree program is a 120 hour Bachelor of Science degree housed in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs).  Any student who wishes to pursue a degree in University Studies must be enrolled in the Complete to Compete (C2C) program and be eligible for admission to the degree program.  To be eligible, the student must meet the criteria of an adult learner, i.e. must be at least 21 years old, have earned at least 90 semester credit hours, have not earned a baccalaureate degree, and must not have attended a postsecondary institution within the last twenty-four months.


The University Studies degree is designed to provide eligible adult learners who have not completed a baccalaureate degree a pathway to return to Mississippi State University to complete a degree.  The curriculum is individualized to meet the needs and career goals of the returning adult learner. An eligible student will meet with a C2C Coach and work with faculty to develop the best degree plan possible. 


University Studies Program of Study

SubjectsCredit Hours
English Composition
EN 1103English Composition I3
EN 1113English Composition II3
MA 1313College Algebra3
See General Education Course Listing6
Social Science
See General Education Course Listing6
Natural Science with labs
See General Education Course Listing6-8
Fine Art
See General Education Course Listing3
Fine Art
Oral Communication3
CO 1003Fundamentals of Public Speaking
CO 1013Intro to Communication
(or another approved speech course)
Computer Literacy2-3
TKT 1273Microcomputer in Education
BIS 1012Intro to Business Information Systems
(or another approved speech course)
Junior/Senior Writing Requirement3
Consult with C2C Coach and/or Faculty Advisor
University Studies Extra Core24
See General Education Course Listing
Major Core
Emphasis Area(s)30
(Upper level courses that must be supported by an academic unit's advisor)
(There can be one, two, or three emphasis areas.)
General Electives27-28
(May include 6 hours of technical electives and experiential learning)
Total Hours120