human capital development phd


The minimum standards for regular admission include:

  • An applicant must hold a master’s degree from an institution approved by a recognized accrediting agency.
  • The applicant must be eligible to re-enter in good standing the last college or university attended.
  • An applicant must present evidence, by official transcript, of a grade point average of at least 3.5 (figured on an A equals 4.0 scale) for the last two years of undergraduate study.
  • An applicant must have at least three (3) letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study.
  • An applicant must submit test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
  • Applicant must submit proof of immunization for two MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccinations.
  • An applicant whose native language is not English must achieve a TOEFL score of 575 or more.

In exceptional cases, students may be admitted conditionally.  In such instance, students must earn a 3.0 on the first (9) semester hours of coursework in order to qualify for regular admission. The department chair and college dean must approve the recommendation of conditional admission.

Southern Miss Graduate Studies
Graduate Admissions
118 College Dr. #10066
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Submit the following to the Office of Graduate Studies via the online Graduate School Admissions portal:

  • Completed application form
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official report of GRE test scores Immunization Record
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Statement of Qualifications, Goals, and Career Objectives
    • This statement is an important part of the application portfolio. Applicants should use the title, “Statement of Qualifications, Goals, and Career Objectives,” with name and the degree you are applying for in the upper right corner.
    • The statement should address the following: reasons this graduate program was chosen, how the applicant plans to relate the specialty area to his or her education and experience, expected career benefits from this program, and any other matters that should be taken into consideration. Minimum of five pages double-spaced.
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