Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to The University of Southern Mississippi’s Graduate School web page and thank you for your interest in graduate study at the university. As a Carnegie research university - specifically a Carnegie Doctoral Research Extensive institution - the Southern Miss Graduate School offers nearly 75 different master’s, specialist’s, and doctoral degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Letters, Business, Education and Psychology, Health, and Science and Technology. Our approximately 500 graduate faculty are outstanding scholars, researchers, and creative artists who are committed to excellence in teaching, research, and creative activities and to their students’ success. Through its graduate programs, the university provides students opportunities and preparation for leadership roles in an interdependent global society. I hope you enjoy this web page and that it helps you identify programs of interest. If you have questions, please contact us at graduateschool@usm.edu.


The Graduate School is committed to providing leadership, advocacy, and administrative and financial support designed to enhance the academic and scholarly environment for graduate students, faculty, and staff, and to facilitating the development and maintenance of high quality, innovative, diverse graduate programs at The University of Southern Mississippi that meet societal needs for professional competence beyond the baccalaureate degree and benefit the state, region, and world.

In enacting this mission, the Graduate School promotes, enhances, monitors, and supports graduate studies at the university by providing efficient, effective, accurate procedures and communication with students, faculty, and staff in processing of initial inquiries, graduate applications, graduate assistantships, progress-to-degree assessments, degree audits, dissertation research grants, and finalization of dissertations and theses. The Graduate School sponsors and is an advocate for the Graduate Student Senate. Provides leadership to the colleges and departments and assists the Graduate Council in the development, communication, and implementation of its policies that ensure high standard of excellence in graduate education at The University of Southern Mississippi.


Maureen Ryan, Ph. D.
Professor and Interim Dean of the Graduate School