Information and Resources for Current Students
There are three categories of students who take courses within the ESR Department. These include:
- Students seeking a degree within the department
ESR offers several degree options. Refer to Program information for admission and program criteria for each program.
- Students seeking a degree in a different department
ESR offers many courses, especially those with REF prefixes that are required and/or recommended in degree programs outside the department. Additionally, ESR courses are frequently chosen as electives, especially by students who wish to work in higher education settings.
All ESR courses are open to students formally admitted to the university; however, some have prerequisites. Students are advised to review Course Descriptions for the Degree Program in which they are interested and consult with their academic advisor and/or course instructor prior to registering.
Instructors can be identified in SOAR each semester.
- Non-degree students
There are many reasons a student may have a non-degree status and still wish to take courses. Non-degree students may take ESR courses. Refer to the Graduate Bulletin for Regulations Governing Non-Degree Graduate Students
Registering for Classes
Once a student is advised, the advisor flags the student in the system allowing the student to register for courses through SOAR. If a student has not been flagged, he/she cannot register for classes. Registration is open during prescribed times/dates as listed in the university’s Academic Calendar.
SOAR (Southern Online Accessible Records)
- See SOAR for:
- Course Schedules
- Progress to Degree (GRD11)
- See USM Libraries for:
- Databases and Resources
- Books, magazines, films, etc
- Reference materials
- Document delivery services
- Laptop computer checkout
- APA and Plagiarism Tutorials
- See Student Services for:
- Copy Center
- Email Accounts
- Financial Aid
- Dining Services
- Technology Support
Student Support (Writing, Speaking, Presenting, Researching, Stats)
- APA Formatting Instructions
- APA Format for Common Sources in Reference List
- Graduate Student Educational Resarch Fund
- Internet Tutorials– how to conduct online searches
- Learning Enhancement Center (Workshops
- The Speaking Center
- The Writing Center
Important Information and Deadlines
Students are encouraged to plan for the various deadlines they are required to meet. These deadlines come from a variety of sources. The following is a partial list to consider:
- Last day to drop course without academic penalty
- Last day to drop course without financial penalty
- Registration (regular and late)
- Graduation deadlines
- Thesis/dissertation Guidelines
- Exam schedule
- Billing Schedule
- SOAR Registration Insructions
The comprehensive exam is a degree requirement for all graduate students. Comprehensive exams are program-specific and are administered each semester. Students generally take comps during their final semester of coursework. Please contact your advisor and/or program coordinator for more specific information.
- See Graduate School for:
- USM Guidelines for Dissertation
- Graduate Committee Request Form
- Dissertation Proposal Approval Form
- Dissertation Oral Defense Results Form
Handbooks and Policies
- Requirements: Students must meet degree requirements established by the university and ESR Department.
- Application for Degree: Students must apply for their degree by following the policies of the Graduate School.
Application should be made during the semester prior to the anticipated graduation.
- Commencement: Ceremonies are held at the end of the fall and spring semesters on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campuses. Participation is strongly encouraged for all graduates and is a university requirement for doctoral graduates.
Department of Educational Studies & Research
Educational Studies & Research
118 College Drive #5093
Hattiesburg, MS 39406