Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admission Process

How to be a Successful Graduate Student

  • Choose a program of study. At the graduate level, students may complete the Master of Library and Information Science or the MLIS with School Library Media Specialist (AA Level).  Non-degree programs at the graduate level include the School Library Media Endorsement, the Graduate Certificate in Archives and Special Collections, and the Graduate Certificate in Youth Services and Literature (see graduate non-degree admission for more information on these).
  • Refer to the Graduate School for the most current admission information.
  • Read the Graduate Bulletin for specific degree requirements and information concerning admissions policies and procedures, room and board, and tuition.
  • Apply Online at the Graduate School.
  • Check The University of Southern Mississippi Academic Calendar for important application and registration deadlines.
  • To research or apply for Financial Aid at The University of Southern Mississippi, go to the university's Financial Aid page.
  • For students with disabilities, contact the Office for Disability Accommodations (ODA) for a coordination plan.

Admission Requirements

A graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science must meet the general requirements for admission to the university graduate program as outlined in the graduate bulletin. The Southern Miss Graduate School applications are fully online effective fall 2011.  Please submit your application, all required documentation listed below, and required fees via the online application found at the Graduate School for admission consideration.

Applications for admission are evaluated by a combination of the following criteria:

Undergraduate Record - Recently, students qualifying for regular admission to the master's program have had a 3.0 (4.0 scale) grade point average for the last two years of undergraduate study. For conditional admission, the School of Library and Information Science adheres to the policies of the Graduate School as stated in the graduate bulletin.

Graduate Record Examination - The student must submit GRE scores for Verbal, Quantitative, and Written Analytical exams.  This is submitted electronically with your online application.

Letters of Recommendation - Three letters of recommendation by professionals in the field assessing the readiness of the applicant for graduate work must be submitted to the School of Library and Information Science. These are submitted electronically with your online application.

Statement of Purpose - (minimum 1,000 words) Letter of application discussing the development of the student's interest in library and information science, the types of libraries or other information environments in which they are interested and statements about the student's potential contributions to the field. This is submitted electronically with your online application.

Resumé - This is submitted electronically with your online application.

Immunization Requirements- Beginning in summer 2015 all graduate students (including online-only students) are required to submit proof of immunization for measles and rubella.


Admission Deadlines

Summer -- May 15
Fall -- August 1
Spring -- January 1

Be aware that applications must complete the review process before the semester begins.  Please review the academic calendar for class start dates.  

Students wishing admission as non-degree students may apply until the second day of class of the semester or of the mini semester, or the eight week, five week, etc. semster configurations.