Online Programs & Professional Licensure

Pursuant to the Federal Program Integrity Rules (34 CFR (B)(VI)(668)(F) and NC-SARA (Rule 7.2.1), the University of Southern Mississippi lists below the online programs that may lead to licensure, information obtained from the professional licensing boards relative to such programs and contact information for the professional licensing boards, with whom we still recommend a student confirm professional licensure.


NOTE: The following additional professional licensure disclosures will go into effect in July 1, 2018 (for additional information click this link to review a detailed article):

34 CFR 668.50(b)(7)-disclose if a program leads to licensure 

34 CFR 668.50(c)(1)(i))- disclose individually via email or correspondence if a program does not meet state licensure requirements and students will need to obtain an acknowledgment from the student before they enroll in the program

34 CFR 668.50(c)(2)-if a program ceases to meet state licensure requirements



All licensed programs are approved in Mississippi to lead to initial licensure.  To obtain a license in another state, the candidate should contact their state's professional licensing board as each state has different requirements for licensure.  Typically, state licensing boards will have added requirements including generally a criminal background check, added fees, and specifically the following types of requirements based on the type of license:

  • Engineering- most states require additional years of experience following graduation for candidates who apply for licensure with an Applied Technology, B.S. (which is only accepted in a few states) or an Engineering Technology, B.S. or an Industrial Engineering Technology, B.S. Typically, this would be an additional four years of experience for a total of eight years of professional experience, instead of the four years required for those who graduate with an Engineering degree.   
  • Medical Laboratory Science- ASCP certification is required by the states (see list-California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, West Virginia) that require licensure.  
  • Nursing- Mississippi is part of the enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (e-NLC) along with the following states:  Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming. For additional information about the e-NLC see the following website: e-NLC Implementation 
  • Teaching- additional course work (i.e. a state history and state culture course), and distinct test scores.  Those seeking a license as an administrator may need to have a specific number of years of experience.   There may be additional qualifications and/or disqualifications applicable in order to work as a teacher with any local, state or federal entity. 




  • Child and Family Studies, B.S.
  • Elementary Education, B.S.
  • Library and Information Science, B.S. (licensure as a school  ilbrary media specialist)
  • Special Education, B.S. 

State Departments of Education (they handle licensure for education)


  • Nutrition and Food Systems (Dietetics Practice) M.S. *
  • Nutrition and Food Systems, M.S. (Management of Child Nutrition Programs)


  • Applied Technology, B.S. * (in some states may lead to professional engineering licensure with added experience and potentially with a Masters in addition to the Bachelors)  
  • Construction Engineering Technology, B.S. 
  • Industrial Engineering Technology (Logistics), B.S.
  • Industrial Engineering Technology, B.S. 

List of Engineering Boards


Medical Laboratory Technology:

Medical Laboratory Science BS

ASCP List of State Licensing Boards for MLS and MLT


Nursing (RN-BSN)

Professional Licensing Boards for Nursing




  • Child and Family Studies, M.S.
  • Educational Administration and Supervision, M.Ed.
  • Educational Curriculum and Instruction (Elementary Education) M.Ed.
  • Library and Information Science (Licensure) M.L.I.S.
  • Music Education M.M.E.
  • Special Education M.Ed.
  • Teaching of Languages (French) M.A.T.L.*
  • Teaching of Languages (Spanish) M.A.T.L.*
  • Teaching of Languages (TESOL) M.A.T.L.*
* do not lead to licensure in Mississippi
  • Management of Child Nutrition Programs Graduate Certificate *
  • Management of Child Nutrition Programs Undergraduate Certificate

Medical Laboratory Science: 

Medical Laboratory Science, M.S. 


  • Nursing (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner), M.S.N.
  • Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner), M.S.N.

(Nursing programs require a Mississippi nursing license as a requirement of admission)


LICENSURE QUESTIONS:  Please contact the department or contact professional for assistance with licensure questions.