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Graduate Admissions

Graduate Program Contacts and Application Deadlines

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

Admission Term Last Day to Submit a New Application Last Day to Submit Application Materials
Fall Admissions August 10 August 15
Spring Admissions January 5 January 10
Summer Admissions May 10 May 15

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. Many 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. The following programs require test scores:

        

    Program Accepted Test Scores
    Audiology (Clinical) AuD GRE
    Biological Sciences MS GRE
    Biological Sciences PhD GRE
    Computational Science (Mathematics) PhD GRE
    Computational Science (Physics) PhD GRE
    Dyslexia Therapy Education MEd GRE, MAT, or PRAXIS II
    Education (Educational Administration P-12) EdD GRE, PRAXIS II, or SLLA
    Education (Educational Administration P-12) EdS GRE, PRAXIS II, or SLLA
    Education (Educational Administration P-12) PhD GRE, PRAXIS II, or SLLA
    Education (Educational Studies and Research) MS GRE
    Education (Research, Evaluations, Statistics, and Assessment) PhD GRE
    Educational Administration and Supervision MEd GRE, PRAXIS II, or SLLA
    Educational Curriculum and Instruction (Elementary Education) MEd GRE or PRAXIS II
    Environmental Science MS GRE, DAT, or MCAT
    Higher Education Administration PhD GRE
    Inclusive Elementary Education MAT PRAXIS II and PRAXIS Core, Acceptable ACT scores, or 3.0 on last 60 hours
    Mathematics MS GRE
    Medical Laboratory Science MS GRE
    Nursing (Nurse Anesthesia) DNP GRE
    Physics (Computational Science) MS GRE
    Physics (Polymer Science) MS GRE
    Physics MS GRE
    Secondary Teacher Education (Alternate Route) MAT PRAXIS II and PRAXIS Core, Acceptable ACT scores, or 3.0 on last 60 hours
    Special Education MEd GRE, MAT, or PRAXIS II
    Speech and Hearing Sciences (Speech-Language Pathology) MS GRE
  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 programs, 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
STEM Education PhD

Dr. Rachel Gisewhite

Rachel.GisewhiteFREEMississippi

228.214.3249

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

STEM Education MS

Dr. Kendrick Buford

Kendrick.BufordFREEMississippi

601.266.6845

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

STEM Education Graduate Certificate

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

601.266.5162

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

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

Dr. Kevin Kuehn*

Kevin.KuehnFREEMississippi

601.266.4748

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Biomedical Science MS Dr. Kevin Kuehn

Kevin.KuehnFREEMississippi

601.266.4748

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Environmental Science MS

Dr. Kevin Kuehn

Kevin.KuehnFREEMississippi

601.266.4748

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Geography MS

Dr. Kevin Kuehn

Kevin.KuehnFREEMississippi

601.266.4748

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Geographic Information Technology Certificate

Dr. Kevin Kuehn

Kevin.KuehnFREEMississippi

601.266.4748

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Geology MS

Dr. Kevin Kuehn

Kevin.KuehnFREEMississippi

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. Mariann Taylor

Mariann.TaylorFREEMississippi

601.266.4679

Fall only

Application Requirements

Marriage and Family Therapy MS

Dr. Heath Grames

Heath.GramesFREEMississippi

601.266.4679

Fall only

Application Requirements

School Counseling MEd

Dr. Chelsey Hess-Holden

Chelsey.HoldenFREEMississippi

601.266.5254

Summer Only

Application Requirements

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
International Development PhD

Dr. J.J. St. Marie

J.StmarieFREEMississippi

228.214.3289

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
Computational Science (Computer Science) PhD

Dr. Chaoyang Zhang

Chaoyang.ZhangFREEMississippi

601.266.5510

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Computer Science MS

Dr. Chaoyang Zhang

Chaoyang.ZhangFREEMississippi

601.266.5510

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
Criminal Justice MS

Dr. Charles Scheer

Charles.ScheerFREEMississippi

601.266.4509

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Criminal Justice Certificate

Dr. Charles Scheer

Charles.ScheerFREEMississippi

601.266.4509

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

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

Ms. Alison Webster

Alison.WebsterFREEMississippi

601.266.5223

Summer only

Application Requirements

Educational Administration and Supervision MEd

Dr. Gregg Stall

Gregg.StallFREEMississippi

601.266.5841

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. Gregg Stall

Gregg.StallFREEMississippi

601.266.5841

 Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Educational Administration (P-12) EdD

Dr. Gregg Stall

Gregg.StallFREEMississippi

601.266.5841

 Fall only

Application Requirements

Educational Administration (P-12) EdS

Dr. Gregg Stall

Gregg.StallFREEMississippi

601.266.5841

 Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

 

Educational Curriculum and  Instruction (Elementary Education) MEd

Dr. Kelley Stricklin

Kelley.StricklinFREEMississippi

601.266.5810

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Higher Education Administration EdD

Dr. Holly Foster

Holly.FosterFREEMississippi

601.266.5810

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Higher Education Administration PhD

Dr. Holly Foster

Holly.FosterFREEMississippi

601.266.5810

Fall only

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

Special Education MEd

Dr. Audra Classen

Audra.ClassenFREEMississippi

601.266.4239

Fall, Spring, Summer

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
Non-Profit Studies Certificate

Dr. Ann Marie Kinnell

Ann.KinnellFREEMississippi

601.266.4496

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

 

 

Program Program Contacts Terms of Admission and Requirements
Kinesiology MS

Dr. Riley Galloway

R.GallowayFREEMississippi

601.266.5386

Fall, Spring

Application Requirements

Nutrition and Food Systems MS

Dr. Stephanie McCoy

Stephanie.McCoyFREEMississippi

601.266.5386

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Coaching and Sport Performance MS

Dr. Morgan Eckenrod

Morgan.EckenrodFREEMississippi

601.266.5386

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Program Program Contact Admission Terms and Requirements
Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner BSN-DNP) DNP

Dr. Carolyn Coleman

Carolyn.ColemanFREEMississippi

601.266.5462

Fall only

Application Requirements

Nursing (Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner BSN-DNP) DNP

Dr. Carolyn Coleman

Carolyn.ColemanFREEMississippi

601.266.5462

Fall only

Application Requirements

Nursing (Nurse Anesthesia) DNP

Dr. Nina McLain

Nina.McLainFREEMississippi

601.266.5462

Spring only

Application Requirements

Nursing Graduate Certificates

Dr. Carolyn Coleman

Carolyn.ColemanFREEMississippi

601.266.5462

Contact program

Application Requirements

Nursing (Clinical) DNP

Dr. Carolyn Coleman

Carolyn.ColemanFREEMississippi

601.266.5462

Fall only

Application Requirements

Nursing (Leadership or BSN to PhD Leadership) PhD

Dr. Marti Jordan

Marti.JordanFREEMississippi

601.266.5462

Fall only

Application Requirements

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

Dr. Stacy Creel

Stacy.CreelFREEMississippi

601.266.4228

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Archive and Special Collections Certificate

Dr. Stacy Creel

Stacy.CreelFREEMississippi

601.266.4228

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Youth Services and Literature Certificate

Dr. Stacy Creel

Stacy.CreelFREEMississippi

601.266.4228

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements

Sport Management MS

 

Dr. Brandon Allen

Brandon.L.AllenFREEMississippi

601.266.6057

Fall, Spring, Summer

Sport Management Application Requirements

 

Sport Security Management Certificate

Dr. Brandon Allen


Brandon.L.AllenFREEMississippi

601.266.6057

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

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

Dr. Lindsey Maxwell

Lindsey.ConlinFREEMississippi

601.266.5833

Fall, Spring, Summer

PhD Application Requirements

MA Application Requirements

Public Relations MS

Dr. Lindsey Maxwell

Lindsey.ConlinFREEMississippi

601.266.5833

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission and Requirements
Music Performance DMA

Dr. Richard Perry

Richard.H.PerryFREEMississippi

601.266.6534

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Music MM

Dr. Richard Perry

Richard.H.PerryFREEMississippi

601.266.6534

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Music (Performance) MM

Dr. Richard Perry

Richard.H.PerryFREEMississippi

601.266.6534

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Music Education MME

Dr. Richard Perry

Richard.H.PerryFREEMississippi

601.266.6534

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

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

Mr. Craig Dettman

Craig.DettmanFREEMississippi

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.Hayes@usm.edu

601.266.4994

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. Bonnie Nicholson

Bonnie.NicholsonFREEMississippi

601.266.4177

Fall only

Application Requirements

Psychology (Brain and Behavior) PhD

Dr. Mark Huff

Mark.HuffFREEMississippi

601.266.4177

Fall only

Application Requirements

Psychology (Clinical) PhD

Dr. Nora Charles

Nora.CharlesFREEMississippi

601.266.4592

Fall only

Application Requirements

Psychology (Counseling) PhD

Dr. Emily Yowell

Emily.YowellFREEMississippi

601.266.6603

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

Political Science MA

Dr. Iliyan Iliev

Iliyan.IlievFREEMississippi

601.266.4310

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Teaching of Languages MATL

Dr. Katie Angus

Katie.AngusFREEMississippi

601.266.4964

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate

Dr. Katie Angus

Katie.AngusFREEMississippi

601.266.4964

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Requirements

Program Program Contact Terms of Admission
Social Work MSW

Dr. Michelle Brazeal

Michelle.BrazealFREEMississippi

601.266.5804

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

601.266.5216

Fall only

Application Requirements

Speech Language Pathology MS

Dr. Steven Cloud

Steven.Cloud@usm.edu

601.266.5216

Fall only

Application Requirements