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Graduate Admissions

Graduate Program Contacts and Application Deadlines

 The applications for graduate study are available through the following dates:

  • August 15* for Fall admissions
  • January 15* for Spring admissions
  • May 15* for Summer admissions

However many programs have priority deadlines for reviewing applications. Please contact the office of your prospective major for additional information.

*To be eligible to receive an assistantship, new students should be admitted and enrolled in courses by July 1 for Fall admission, December 1 for Spring admission, or May 1 for Summer admission.

Application Requirements

All graduate applicants will be required to supply the following documents:

  1. A completed online application and $60 application fee.
  2. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions from which a bachelor’s degree or higher degree was obtained AND official transcripts for all work completed after obtaining the bachelor’s degree, including undergraduate and graduate coursework. Junior/community college transcripts are NOT required. (Applicants who are applying for nursing programs and have earned an Associate’s of Science-Nursing should include those transcripts.)
  3. Most programs require results from a standardized, graduate-level exam (typically the GRE or GMAT). Applicants may contact the office of their major to determine whether other results are acceptable.
  4. Most programs require 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s academic performance. Applicants may contact the program of their major to determine if the program will accept non-academic recommendations.
  5. Other supplemental materials as required by departments, such as a résumé, statement of purpose, writing sample, etc. Please review the list below for the specific documents required by your program of interest. Please refer below for links to program specific requirements or to the Graduate Bulletin.

In addition to the above documents, certain programs may conduct interviews or auditions as part of their application process. Applicants will be contacted at a later date if selected to interview or audition.

Graduate Programs

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
Science Education PhD

Dr. Julie Cwikla

Julie.CwiklaFREEMississippi

601.266.4739

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Science Education MS

Dr. Julie Cwikla

Julie.CwiklaFREEMississippi

601.266.4739

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
Accounting MPA

Ms. Amber Hatten

Amber.HattenFREEMississippi

601.266.4641

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
Biological Science PhD, MS

Dr. YanLin Guo*

Yanlin.GuoFREEMississippi

601.266.4748

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Geography MS

Dr. YanLin Guo

Yanlin.GuoFREEMississippi

601.266.4748

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Geographic Information Technology Certificate

Dr. YanLin Guo

Yanlin.GuoFREEMississippi

601.266.4748

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Geology MS

Dr. YanLin Guo

Yanlin.GuoFREEMississippi

601.266.4748

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Medical Laboratory Science MS

Dr. Cynthia Handley

Cynthia.HandleyFREEMississippi

601.266.4909

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

*Applicants to programs in Biological Science should research and contact faculty members with whom they wish to work.

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
Child and Family Sciences MS

Dr. Lindsay Wright

Lindsay.WrightFREEMississippi

601.266.6436

Fall only

Application Requirements

Marriage and Family Therapy MS

Dr. Pam Rollins

Pamela.RollinsFREEMississippi

601.266.5643

Fall only

Application Requirements

School Counseling MEd

Dr. Chelsey Hess-Holden

Chelsey.HoldenFREEMississippi

601.266.4679

Summer Only

Application Requirements

 
Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
Communication Studies PhD, MA

Dr. Kathryn Anthony

Kathryn.AnthonyFREEMississippi

601.266.4272

Fall, Spring, Summer

PhD Application Requirements

MA Application Requirements

Mass Communication PhD, MA/MS

Dr. Kathryn Anthony

Kathryn.AnthonyFREEMississippi

601.266.4272

Fall, Spring, Summer

PhD Application Requirements

MA/MS Application Requirements

Public Relations MS

Dr. Cheryl Jenkins

Cheryl.JenkinsFREEMississippi

601.266.6241

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
Criminal Justice MS

Dr. Joshua Hill

Joshua.B.HillFREEMississippi

601.266.4509

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Criminal Justice Certificate

Dr. Joshua Hill

Joshua.B.HillFREEMississippi

601.266.4509

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Program Program Contacts Terms of Admission and Requirements
Dyslexia Therapy Education MEd

Dr. Sandra Nichols

Sandra.NicholsFREEMississippi

601.266.5810

Summer only

Application Requirements

Educational Administration and Supervision MEd

Dr. Noal Cochran

Noal.CochranFREEMississippi

601.266.4621

Fall only

Application Requirements

Educational Studies and Research MS

Dr. Kyna Shelley

Kyna.ShelleyFREEMississippi

601.266.4578

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Education (Research, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment) PhD

Dr. Kyna Shelley

Kyna.ShelleyFREEMississippi

601.266.4578

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Educational Administration (P-12) PhD

Dr. Noal Cochran

Noal.CochranFREEMississippi

601.266.4621

 Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Educational Administration (P-12) EdD

Dr. Noal Cochran

Noal.CochranFREEMississippi

601.266.4621

 Fall only

Application Requirements

Educational Administration (P-12) EdS

Dr. Noal Cochran

Noal.CochranFREEMississippi

601.266.4621

 Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

 

Educational and Curriculum Instruction (Elementary Education) MEd

Dr. Sandra Nichols

Sandra.NicholsFREEMississippi

601.266.5810

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Higher Education Administration PhD, EdD

Dr. Holly Foster

Holly.FosterFREEMississippi

601.266.5810

Fall only

PhD Application Requirements

EdD Application Requirements

Higher Education Administration (Student Affairs) MEd

Dr. Holly Foster

Holly.FosterFREEMississippi

601.266.5810

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Institutional Research Certificate

Dr. Kyna Shelley

Kyna.ShellyFREEMississippi

601.266.4578

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Secondary Teacher Education (Alternate Route) MAT

Dr. Jay Howell

James.B.HowellFREEMississippi

601.266.6570

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Secondary Education and Teaching (Teach Mississippi Institute) Certificate

Dr. Jay Howell

James.B.HowellFREEMississippi

601.266.6570

Summer only

Application Requirements

Special Education PhD, EdS, MEd

Dr. Sandra Nichols

Sandra.NicholsFREEMississippi

601.266.5801

Fall, Spring, Summer

PhD Application Requirements

EdS Application Requirements

MEd Application Requirements

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
Economic Development MS

Dr. Chad Miller

Chad.R.MillerFREEMississippi

601.266.6666

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Economic Development Certificate

Dr. Chad Miller

Chad.R.MillerFREEMississippi

601.266.6666

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Program Program Contacts Terms of Admission and Requirements
English PhD, MA

Dr. Alexandra Valint

Alexandra.ValintFREEMississippi

601.266.4320

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

 

History PhD, MA/MS

Dr. Kyle Zelner

Kyle.ZelnerFREEMississippi

601.266.6196

Fall only

Application Requirements

Public History Certificate

Dr. Kyle Zelner

Kyle.ZelnerFREEMississippi

601.266.6196

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
Human Capital Development PhD

Dr. Cyndi Gaudet

Cyndi.GaudetFREEMississippi

228.214.3491

Fall, Spring Summer

Application Requirements

Human Capital Development MS

Dr. Heather Annulis

Heather.AnnulisFREEMississippi

228.214.3517

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Human Capital Development (Instructional Technology and Design) PhD, MS

Dr. Shuyan Wang

Shuyan.WangFREEMississippi

Fall, Spring, Summer

PhD Application Requirements

MS Application Requirements

Instructional Technology Certificate

Dr. Shuyan Wang

Shuyan.WangFREEMississippi

601.266.5214

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Logistics, Trade, and Transportation MS

Dr. Cyndi Gaudet

Cyndi.GaudetFREEMississippi

228.214.3491

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Program Program Contacts Terms of Admission and Requirements
Kinesiology MS

Dr. Melissa Thompson

M.ThompsonFREEMississippi

601.266.6999

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Nutrition and Food Systems (Dietetic Practice) MS

Dr. Melissa Thompson

M.ThompsonFREEMississippi

601.266.6999

Fall only

Application Requirements

Nutrition and Food Systems (Applied Nutrition and Food Systems) MS

Dr. Melissa Thompson

M.ThompsonFREEMississippi

601.266.6999

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Sport Coaching Education MS

Dr. Melissa Thompson

M.ThompsonFREEMississippi

601.266.6999

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
Library and Information Science MLIS

Dr. Teresa Welsh

Teresa.WelshFREEMississippi

601.266.4228

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Library and Information Science (Licensure) MLIS

Dr. Teresa Welsh

Teresa.WelshFREEMississippi

601.266.4228

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Archive and Special Collections Certificate

Dr. Teresa Welsh

Teresa.Welsh@usm.edu

601.266.4228

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Youth Services and Literature Certificate

Dr. Teresa Welsh

Teresa.WelshFREEMississippi

601.266.4228

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
Music Performance DMA

Dr. Kimberley Davis

Kimberley.DavisFREEMississippi

601.266.6941

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Music MM

Dr. Kimberley Davis

Kimberley.DavisFREEMississippi

601.266.6941

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Music (Performance) MM

Dr. Kimberley Davis

Kimberley.DavisFREEMississippi

601.266.6941

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Music Education MME

Dr. Kimberley Davis

Kimberley.DavisFREEMississippi

601.266.6941

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
Coastal Sciences PhD, MS

Ms. Lisa Potter

Lisa.PotterFREEMississippi

228.818.8815

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Hydrographic Science MS

Ms. Linda Downs

Linda.DownsFREEMississippi

228.688.7097

Fall only

Application Requirements

Marine Science PhD, MS

Ms. Linda Downs

Linda.DownsFREEMississippi

228.688.7097

Fall only

Application Requirements

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
Theatre (Design and Technology) MFA

Mr. Stephen Judd

Stephen.JuddFREEMississippi

601.266.4994

Fall only

Application Requirements

Theatre (Directing) MFA

Mr. Louis Rackoff

Louis.RackoffFREEMississippi

601.266.4994

Fall only

Application requirements

Theatre (Performance) MFA

Ms. Monica Hayes

Monica.HayesFREEMississippi

Fall only

Application requirements

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
Polymer Science PhD

Bret Calhoun

Bret.CalhounFREEMississippi

601.266.6557

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
Counseling Psychology MS

Dr. Emily Yowell

Emily.YowellFREEMississippi

601.266.6603

Fall only

Application Requirements

Psychology (Brain and Behavior) PhD

Dr. Donald Sacco

Donald.SaccoFREEMississippi

601.266.4592

Fall only

Application Requirements

Psychology (Clinical) PhD

Dr. Sara Jordan

Sara.JordanFREEMississippi

601.266.4177

Fall only

Application Requirements

Psychology (Counseling) PhD

Dr. Melanie Leuty

Melanie.LeutyFREEMississippi

601.266.4165

Fall only

Application Requirements

Psychology (School) PhD

Dr. Brad Dufrene

Brad.DufreneFREEMississippi

601.266.5256

Fall only

Application Requirements

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
Anthropology MA

Dr. Marie Danforth

M.DanforthFREEMississippi

601.266.5629

Fall, Spring (for dual programs only)

Application Requirements

International Development PhD

Dr. J.J. St. Marie

J.StmarieFREEMississippi

228.214.3254

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Non-Profit Studies Certificate

Dr. Ann Marie Kinnell

Ann.KinnellFREEMississippi

601.266.4496

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Political Science MA

Dr. Joseph Weinberg

Joseph.WeinbergFREEMississippi

601.266.4797

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Teaching of Languages MATL

Dr. Laurel Abreu

Laurel.AbreuFREEMississippi

601.266.4964

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate

Dr. Laurel Abreu

Laurel.AbreuFREEMississippi

601.266.4964

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission
Social Work MSW

Dr. Jerome Kolbo

Jerome.KolboFREEMississippi

601.266.5913

Fall

Summer and Spring (Advanced Standing only)*

Application Requirements

*Contact The School of Social Work regarding Advanced Standing.

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
Audiology AuD

Dr. Charles Marx

Charles.MarxFREEMississippi

601.266.5577

Fall only

Application Requirements

Speech Language Pathology MS

Dr. Steven Cloud

Steven.CloudFREEMississippi

Fall only

Application Requirements