Mississippi Public Universities
Dual Enrollment System
(Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit)

 Legislation
 Definitions
 Eligibility
 For School Districts and Colleges/Universities
 Additional Links

Legislation

§ 37-15-38 A local school board, the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, and the State Board for Community Colleges shall establish a dual enrollment system under which students in the school district who meet the prescribed criteria of this section may be enrolled in a postsecondary institution in Mississippi while they are still in school.

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Dual Enrollment

A Dual Enrolled Student is a student who is enrolled in a community/junior college or state institution of higher learning while enrolled in high school.

Dual Enrolled students can earn up to a semester's worth of college credit in high school.  A semester’s worth of college credit equals 15 credit hours at Mississippi community/junior colleges or 12 credit hours at Mississippi public universities.

One (1) three-hour university or community/junior college course is equal to one (1) high school Carnegie unit. (MS Code 37-15-38 (13))

Dual Credit

A Dual Credit Student is a student who is enrolled in a community/junior college or state institution of higher learning while enrolled in high school and receiving high school and college credit for postsecondary coursework.

Dual Credit students can earn an unlimited number of college credits while in high school.

Any course that is required for subject area testing as a requirement for graduation from a public school in Mississippi is not eligible for dual credit. (MS Code 37-15-38(11))

Developmental education or remediation courses are not eligible for dual credit.

Courses eligible for dual credit include, but are not limited to, foreign languages, advanced math courses, advanced science courses, performing arts, advanced business and technology, and career and technical courses. Click here for the current list of courses.
Academic Eligibility Criteria for Participation in Mississippi’s Dual Enrollment System
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all high school courses and
  • Successful completion of 14 core high school units and/or junior status and
  • Written recommendation from school principal or guidance counselor

OR

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all high school courses and
  • Minimum composite ACT score of 30 or the equivalent SAT score and
  • Written recommendation from school principal or guidance counselor
School Districts and Universities or Community/Junior Colleges
  • Memorandums of Understanding must be signed between the school district and the postsecondary institution in Mississippi.
  • Dual enrolled/dual credit students must meet the same admission criteria as traditional students.
  • Academic Dual Credit Courses currently approved by all 15 community colleges and 8 public universities are listed here.  Additional courses may be added.
  • The community/junior college decides the following:
    • Course pre-requisites
    • Placement (for college-readiness)
    • Instructor
    • Teaching site
    • Teaching schedule
    • Tuition & fees (sometimes negotiable)
  • The school district shall determine how to apply Carnegie Units earned through dual credit courses towards high school graduation requirements based on the content area of the postsecondary course.
Additional Resources
Contact Information
Joan Haynes, Ph.D.
Associate Executive Director
Academic and Student Affairs
Mississippi Community College Board
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
601.432.6106
Casey Turnage, Ph.D.
Director of P-20 Initiatives
Academic and Student Affairs
Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
3825 Ridgewood Road, Suite 912
Jackson, MS 39211
601.432.6458