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Graduate Programs

College of Arts, Sciences, & Education

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Creative Writing, MFA (Low Residency)

Mississippi University for Women has been approved to offer a Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing. Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, we anticipate launching the program in August of 2015. It is a 48-hour program that can be completed in two to three years (or longer if students choose to attend part time). Students take online classes, combined with two types of brief residency classes. Online classes  include Graduate Writing Workshops in Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Playwriting, Translation, and Writing for New Media, as well as Literature and Form classes. 

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Creative Writing MFA Program



Building upon The W’s rich tradition of preparing teacher candidates for the profession, the Graduate Programs in Education offer options for career teachers to expand and improve their expertise in the field – serving gifted populations, expanding reading and literacy, and leading schools. 

Graduates of these programs are consistently recognized for their professionalism and excellence in teaching. All W programs in education are fully accredited through NCATE (CAEP).


Physical Theatre, MFA

At this time, we are not accepting applications to the MFA in Physical Theatre.  Any inquiries concerning this program should be made to David Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Master of Fine Arts program at MUW is offered in partnership with the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo in Italy's Tuscany region. It is the culmination of research and experimentation with diverse yet interrelated European performance trends broadly defined as Physical Theatre.

The school has recently developed a 200-square-meter facility in the historic center of Arezzo, complementing the Villa Godiola - the Accademia's main campus - a short distance from the city walls.

The program brings together some of the most innovative approaches currently available in Europe. Rooted in the spirit of the Commedia dell'arte, the ethos of the actor-creator, the curriculum provides a high level of technical training for actors, while fully preparing them to devise and create their own performance style. It is contextualized by the ongoing study of history, aesthetics and social theory.

The ultimate goal of the program is to launch students into the world as confident, creative and autonomous artists with a strongly developed aesthetic sensibility that unites the wonder of performance with a genuine search for human meaning.

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Women's Leadership, MA

Developing and understanding women’s leadership requires a foundational knowledge of leadership theory, and practical skills. The M.A. in Women’s Leadership combines a first-rate education with a highly qualified, supportive multi-disciplinary faculty, hands-on experience, and career-enhancing skills.

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Women's Leadership MA Program


College of Business & Professional Studies

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Business Administration, MBA (Online)

The W's Master of Business Administration degree is designed to develop the skills required for careers in business; however, is not limited strictly to the business world. It is a beneficial degree choice for working professionals who need to obtain additional education to reach their occupational goals. It prepares students to work in a wide range of industries and professions.

The program teaches students to become progressive business leaders that can analyze a situation and create effective, practical solutions. Critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills are emphasized. The MBA provides a graduate education in foundational business practices, such as accounting, finance, management information systems, marketing and management. The comprehensive core curriculum builds the foundation necessary for success in any field, while electives offer insight into specialized areas of expertise.

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MBA Program


College of Nursing & Health Sciences

The MUW Graduate Nursing Program was established in 1975 to offer a plan of study leading to a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.

This historic program has maintained full nursing accreditation status since its initial accreditation.

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Master of Science in Nursing

Currently, there is one clinical track leading to eligibility to sit for national board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

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M.S.N. Program


Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

The Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology graduate program enables students to develop professional knowledge and clinical skills.

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MS Speech-Language Pathology program


Master of Public Health in Public Health

Graduates of the all-online Master of Public Health in Public Health work in communities, schools, healthcare settings, and government agencies to improve the quality of health.  Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Exam.

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Post Graduate APRN Certificate Program

There are two Post Graduate APRN Certificate Programs (RN to FNP and APRN to FNP Track). One for individuals who are not nurse practitioners but hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree (the RN to FNP option), and one for nurse practitioners who hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree but are nationally certified in another specialty (the MSN APRN to FNP option).

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Post-Graduate Certificate Program


Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is offered specifically for nurse practitioners who wish to increase their knowledge base concerning safe and effective primary patient care for diverse populations.

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D.N.P. Program

Applications are due April 1 for nursing masters level programs and June 1 for the doctoral program.

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Office of Graduate Studies

Eudora Welty Hall, 300
Phone: (662) 329-7142
Toll Free: 877-462-8439 ext. 7142
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