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Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you're applying to a graduate program at Southern Miss, be sure to check out these frequently asked questions regarding required transcripts, test scores, program-specific required documents, the application, application deadlines and fees, admissions decisions, and other miscellaneous questions! 

Request a Campus Tour

If you're looking for a chance to visit campus and meet with a faculty member in your program of interest, be sure to request a campus tour.



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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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