Benefits & Perks
Mississippi State values every employee. That’s why we work hard to give you and your family a benefits package and perks that will keep you thriving, happy, and healthy.
Representing the highest level of research activity for doctorate-granting institutions, Mississippi State University is designated by the Carnegie Foundation as an R1-Very High Research Activity university. Also a National Science Foundation "Top 100" research university, MSU shelters a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society, and values the talents of our distinguished faculty, staff and student scholars. Here, a culture of inclusion is fostered and we're driven each day to make a difference at the local, state, regional, national and global levels. At Mississippi State, we're seeking qualified, career-minded individuals like you to continue our momentum of excellence in research, teaching and service.
Mississippi State offers both a defined benefit and a defined contribution plan, (optional retirement plan*).
We also offer a supplemental retirement plan through the Mississippi Deferred Compensation Plan and Trust 457 for all benefits eligible employees.
Learn more about our retirement, including employee contributions and employer matching.
* Only certain positions qualify for the optional retirement plan.
You are covered from Day 1. Whether you are searching for health, life, dental, vision, disability, cancer, critical care, long term care, or pre-tax flexible spending account plans, we’ve got you covered.
Learn more about the various insurance plans and rates.
Mississippi State University offers tuition remission benefits to all benefits eligible employees and eligible retirees and their dependents.
Benefits eligible employees can take up to six hours per semester, upon approval from their supervisor.
Learn more detailed information regarding this benefit.
18 days/per year (144 hours) from the first month until 3 years of service.
Nine Month faculty earn major medical leave in lieu of personal leave. (15 days/year.)
12-month Faculty and Staff earn 12 days/year from the first month until 3 years of service.
University employees are afforded 15 paid holidays. Check out all our holidays.
For many MSU employees, Bulldog sports are an important part of campus life. MSU employees can purchase discounted season tickets – 20 percent off baseball, men's and women's basketball, and football tickets.
Regularly ranked as one of the nation's best golf courses, the 6,927 yard MSU Golf Course is an 18 hole, par 72, PGA sanctioned, championship course. MSU employees receive discounts on green fees and semester golf passes.
The Mississippi State University Work Life Balance Committee aims to act as liaisons and advocates for faculty, staff and administration looking to balance work and life issues by offering support, information, resources and affecting new policies. Several particular topics fall under the scope of this committee, which include but are not limited to dependents, mental and physical health, and workplace policies and procedures.
With its small town charm, great food and a thriving main street, Starkville lets you enjoy Southern hospitality while being within hours to Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville, and New Orleans