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 Office of Graduate Admissions at the address below. Please note that the University is a fully online application process. However, we would encourage you to still send hard copies of materials directly to the program: 

Daniel H. Tingstrom
Professor and Interim 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 two 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.
 

1. Application for Admission to the Graduate School

Complete the Online Application located on the Graduate School's web site

2. Official Transcripts

All official transcripts should be mailed directly to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive; #5024
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

3. Official GRE Scores

Arrangements should be made to have the applicant's official GRE* scores sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive; #5024
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

The 4 digit school code is 1479, the department code is not required. *If you need more information on the GRE, visit their web site: http://www.gre.org

4. Letters of Recommendation

At least three (3) letters of recommendation should be sent directly to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive; #5024
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

5. Personal Goals Statement

A personal goals statement discussing reasons for the applicant's interest in school psychology, career goals and objectives, and what he/she expects to receive from graduate training should be sent directly to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive; #5024
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

6. Resume/Vita

A resume/vita addressing the activity in which the applicant been involved, relevant work experience, certification as a teacher or school psychologist, membership in professional organizations, and prior undergraduate or graduate thesis experience should be sent directly to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive; #5024
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

7. Program Application Form

To help us process your application, please download and complete the following Application Summary Form and Checklist and send directly to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive; #5024
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

8. Application for Graduate Assistantship

* Visit the Graduate School's website for more information on assistantships.

(click on "Assistantships" at the top of their main page): http://www.usm.edu/graduatestudies/

 

Questions?

If you have any questions (or need further information) regarding the following:

Application for Admission to the Graduate School

  • Transcripts
  • GRE Scores
  • Graduate Assistantship


Contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive; #5024
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

(601) 266-5137

If you have any questions (or need further information) regarding the following:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal Goals Statement
  • Resume/Vita
  • School Psychology Program


Contact:

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

daniel.tingstrom@usm.edu

 

After you have Applied...

If you would like to check the status of the following: Application for Admission to the Graduate School

  • Transcripts
  • GRE Scores
  • Graduate Assistantship


Contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive; #5024
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

(601) 266-5137

 
If you would like to check the status of the following:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal Goals Statement
  • Resume/Vita

Contact:

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


daniel.tingstrom@usm.edu