General Information & Application Process

General Admissions Information New students are normally admitted only in the fall semester. The deadline for receipt of admissions materials is January 3, for admission the following fall semester. Applications received by January 3rd will receive a full review. Applications received after that date will be considered if openings are still available. A USM Graduate School Catalog and an Application for Admission can be obtained from the Graduate School website at www.usm.edu/graduate-school. You must create a personal account. At the Graduate School homepage click on "Apply" and then "Application for Graduate Admissions". Please note that the University is a fully online application process.  

Daniel H. Tingstrom
Professor and Director
School Psychology Training Program
Department of Psychology (#5025)
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive, #5025
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Because we do not have a terminal master’s program, we do not admit students who desire a terminal master’s degree. Students with bachelor’s degrees are admitted with the expectation that they will continue through our Ph.D. program. A master's degree (with thesis) in psychology is required of all School Psychology graduate students. Students entering with a master's degree or higher from another institution must remediate any master's deficiencies (including a research project if the previous master's program did not include a thesis) before proceeding to doctoral study.

Students are admitted to graduate study based on an assessment of the likelihood that they will be able to attain the doctorate and make a contribution to the discipline. We seek to attract a geographically and culturally diverse student body interested in Scientist-Practitioner training. The School Psychology Admissions Committee is particularly interested in receiving applications from qualified students from underrepresented groups. We do not have automatic cut-off scores, but rather look for an overall record that suggests a good fit with the training program and a likelihood of success. Applicants are judged on the basis of prior academic record, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, evidence of creative scholarship, a self-statement of goals and career objectives, and a resume/vita.


Although an undergraduate major in psychology is not required, students should have completed appropriate undergraduate foundation courses in psychology (e.g., statistics, experimental, history and systems). Prospective students should specify School Psychology as their major on the University application form. Applicants need to submit at least three letters of recommendation regardless of their degree objective. In addition to the formal application materials, applicants should submit a personal goals statement discussing reasons for their interest in school psychology, their career goals and objectives, and what they expect to receive from their graduate training. Finally, applicants should submit a resume addressing the activity in which the applicant has been involved, relevant work experience, certification as a teacher or school psychologist, membership in professional organizations, and prior undergraduate or graduate thesis experience. Applicants are also encouraged to include any other information they think should be considered by the admission committee.

Contact:


The Graduate School
McCain Library
118 College Drive #5024
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

(601) 266-4369

Fax: (601) 266-5138

 
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Contact:

Daniel H. Tingstrom , Ph.D.
Professor and Director
School Psychology Training Program
Department of Psychology;#5025
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Dr, #5025
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

601-266-4594


daniel.tingstrom@usm.edu