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Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In an effort to assist prospective students who are dealing with the effects of testing center closures, the Graduate School will be authorizing standardized test waivers (excluding English proficiency exams) to applicants to the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 terms. Please be aware that applicants to certain programs will not be eligible for the waiver due to accrediting or state and/or federal admission guidelines.

Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 applicants who are applying to an eligible program will have a waiver added to their application after submitting.

In addition to the above, International Admissions will be accepting the International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) for Fall 2020 applicants, which is currently offering at-home testing. Scores of 4.0 will be accepted to meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Send your test results to the Office of International Admissions at intladmissionsFREEMississippi.

Through an extensive selection of top-ranked degree and certificate programs and quality professional development opportunities, our graduates impact the world in diverse fields such as ocean science, psychology, social work, nursing, business and the arts.        

Our exceptional faculty experts provide quality mentorship and advisement and are dedicated to fostering a culture of discovery, creativity and diversity, where opportunities for innovation abound.

Our research achievements and our strong dedication to our community set us apart as a highly ranked program, recognized by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Our responsive administration is paving a solid pathway for each graduate student to acquire the knowledge and skills for success at Southern Miss and beyond.

Applying to graduate school is easy, and our staff are eager to assist if you have questions.

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Step by Step Guide to Applying

Admission is competitive and based on a holistic review of the applicant’s credentials by departments.

Graduate Program Information

Application deadlines vary by academic department and/or program and by semester for which admission is desired. Prospective students should contact departments for details.


More about Tuition & Costs

Tuition and fees at Southern Miss are among the lowest in Mississippi, the Gulf Coast region, and the Southeast – particularly for out-of-state students, who may find attending Southern Miss to be more affordable than attending an institution in their home state.


Funding Resources

Students may apply through academic departments for graduate teaching or research assistantships.  Graduate assistants receive waivers for both in-state and out-of-state tuition.  Domestic graduate assistants also have the option of enrolling in health insurance through United Health Care.  International students must enroll in health insurance.  USM subsidizes 50% of the cost of health insurance for GAs.



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Domestic Graduate Application

Select this application if you are a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green card holder) and wish to apply for admission to any degree or certificate program.

International Graduate Application

Select this application if you are NOT a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green card holder) and wish to apply for admission to any degree or certificate program.

Application for Readmission

Select this application if you wish to return to a program to which you were previously admitted, enrolled, and attended. If you previously attended Southern Miss as an undergraduate or in another program of study, please complete the Graduate Application.

Application for Non-Degree

Select this application if you wish to take graduate level coursework, but do not intend on earning a certificate or degree at this time.

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