U.S. News Rates MC Among Nation’s Finest Universities; Engineering, Psychology Programs Among State’s Best
Graduates of the Electrical Engineering Program at Mississippi College are known for their integrity and expertise in the technical workforce, demonstrating problem-solving skills, professionalism, the ability to communicate effectively, and the ability to engage in life-long learning and service to society.
Students who obtain a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Mississippi College learn to model and apply modern psychological principles from a Christian perspective within a variety of professional paths within the discipline.
Each program has garnered a sterling reputation for producing high-quality professionals. One of the nation’s leading consumer reporting companies has confirmed its status within the Magnolia State.
While including Mississippi College among its authoritative Best Colleges Rankings for the third consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report listed MC’s undergraduate engineering program (no doctorate) as best in Mississippi and MC’s psychology program as tops among private universities in the state.
U.S. News released its rankings today (Monday, Sept. 18). The organization also listed MC’s undergraduate business program and undergraduate nursing program among the state’s best, and included the University among the nation’s top performers in social mobility.
U.S. News has cited MC Business and the Electrical Engineering Program for three straight years, while MC Nursing has been included in each of the two years the organization has released nursing program rankings.
Chris Maggio, associate professor and chair of engineering, computer science, and physics at MC, credited the engineering faculty for helping to obtain the distinction.
“The faculty in our electrical engineering program strive to enhance a quality educational experience to our students, not only through classroom instruction and interaction, but also through accessibility outside of the classroom,” Maggio said.
“We believe strongly in promoting all aspects of the mission of the University, which includes promoting the spiritual, social, emotional, and physical development of our students, and encouraging them to utilize their skills, talents, and abilities as they pursue meaningful careers, life-long learning, and service to God and others.”
Likewise, Michael Mann, professor and chair of psychology at MC, attributed his department’s high statewide ranking to its faculty.
“It is gratifying to see our undergraduate program in psychology so highly ranked,” Mann said. “I think this can be attributed to the strong teaching ability of our faculty and instructors. They tend to be very student-centered in their teaching. They get to know their students well and nurture their interest and understanding of psychology.
“All of our faculty have seen clients or have worked in their specialty area of psychology, so it is not an abstract endeavor for them. I think undergraduates who are drawn to the discipline of psychology want to help others in the future through counseling or therapy.”
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