Welcome from the Dean

 

It is never too early to plan for your future, and there are so many reasons why earning a graduate degree should be a part of these plans.  Let me mention just a few.  First, a graduate degree will equip you with the advanced education and skillset necessary to set you apart in the increasingly competitive workforce.  Second, those who hold graduate degrees typically earn higher salaries and face lower unemployment rates than workers with baccalaureate or lower degrees. Third, in many fields, an advanced degree is associated with more rapid career advancement. Fourth, the personal accomplishment and fulfillment associated with having earned an advanced degree cannot be matched. The commitment you will make to completing your degree will be time and effort well spent.

While earning your degree should be your first priority, a USM graduate education is more than just study in your field.  We offer professional development opportunities to enrich your personal and professional development, including training to foster communication skills, academic and research integrity, and programs to prepare you to enter the academic and non-academic workforce.

We are excited that you are considering pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Southern Mississippi.  We offer numerous graduate programs leading to the master’s, specialist, and/or doctoral degree in six colleges including Arts & Letters, Business, Education & Psychology, Health, Nursing, and Science & Technology.  Our faculty produce the highest quality research and creative works, providing you with opportunities to be at the front line of innovation, discovery, and creativity.  They are well equipped to mentor you toward a successful graduate school experience.  I encourage you to visit departmental websites to identify those faculty whose research interests you and to contact them directly.

We encourage you to learn more about our programs by browsing through our website.  In addition, the Graduate School staff is available to answer your questions or assist you in applying. If you have questions, please contact us at 601.266.4369 or at graduateschool@usm.edu.  I look forward to having you as a graduate student here at USM.

Karen S. Coats, Ph. D.

Professor and Dean of the Graduate School