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Graduate International Admissions

International Admissions

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Mailing Address:

The University of Southern Mississippi
Office of International Admissions
118 College Dr. #5135
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Graduate application materials for international applicants are maintained by the International Admissions office.  Admission to a graduate program must first be approved by the chair of the department in which the student plans to study. After approval by the department admission decisions must then be approved by the college dean and The Graduate School.

Prospective international students must provide proof of English proficiency through a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam.  They must also take an exam appropriate to the department to which they are applying. Most departments require the GRE. The College of Business and a few selected other degree programs require the GMAT. Programs in the education and psychology fields may accept the MAT. You should check your particular department to find out which exam is required for admission to your proposed program. Please be certain to request a copy of your test scores be sent to Southern Miss. The ETS code used for test reporting to The University of Southern Mississippi is 1479.

Eligibility for admission will be determined when all required application materials have been submitted. These items should be received before the deadline date of the semester for which the student is applying.

Admission is competitive and based on a holistic review of the applicant’s credentials by departments.  The University sets minimum requirements for regular admission into graduate school, including:

  • Online Application
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75/4.00 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Good standing at last university attended
  • Official transcripts and degree certificates or diplomas from all previous colleges or universities attended
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores
  • Official copy of GRE, GMAT, or MAT score from testing service
  • Three letters of recommendation (upload to application file)
  • Statement of Purpose or writing sample (according to departmental requirements)
  • Immunization records (required prior to enrolling in classes if admitted)

Individual graduate programs may have additional or more stringent requirements. Departmental websites should be consulted for more details about program-specific expectations for admission.

Please mail official transcripts to:

The University of Southern Mississippi

International Student and Scholar Services
118 College Drive # 5135

Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001 

Standardized tests are required for most applicants to any academic program at the graduate and undergraduate level. All applicants who are from countries other than the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, and certain Caribbean Islands, must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or meets one of the qualifying exceptions.

A minimum TOEFL score of 71 (IBT), 525 (PBT), or minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required for undergraduate admission. Official scores are accepted directly from the testing agency. TOEFL ETS code: 1479, IELTS scores should be sent to the address below.

The University of Southern Mississippi
International Student and Scholar Services
118 College Drive, Box 5135
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the student satisfies one of the following:

  • Student has graduated from a high school in the U.S. with attendance in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades with a minimum grade of C in all of their English courses.
  • Student has completed a secondary school in which English is the language of instruction, in a country where English is the native language (such as U.K., Canada, Australia), with a minimum grade equivalent to a C in all of their English courses and with attendance in the final three years offered.
  • Student has completed a secondary international school (such as the International Baccalaureate, e.g., or an American high school abroad) in which English is the language of instruction, with a minimum grade equivalent to a C in all of their English courses and with attendance in the final three years offered.
  • Student has attended the Southern Miss English Language Institute, has earned a Proficiency 1 or 2 on the ELI Proficiency battery, and has the recommendation of the ELI manager.
    Student has an SAT verbal score of 500 or an ACT English score of 20.

The deadlines for filing international applications are as follows:

  • Fall admission (August start date) – June 1
  • Spring admission (January start date) – November 1

Applications must be received in the International Student and Scholar Services on or before the deadline date to be considered. Some departments have different deadlines for graduate applications. Graduate applicants should contact their major department for more information.

Graduate assistantships are awarded by the academic department to which you apply. Assistantships are limited and are granted on a competitive basis. If you are interested in applying for an assistantship it is recommended you submit a letter of interest and a resume with your application materials. Assistantships cover the cost of tuition and non-resident fees, however, stipends awarded with assistantships usually are not enough to cover all living expenses. Many times funds from an outside source are necessary to supplement living expenses and to meet the estimated expenses necessary to be issued an I-20.

Students who have previously attended the university and have a break in attendance of one or more terms must file an application for readmission.

Readmission documents required include the following:

  • Application for Readmission
  • $60 readmission fee
  • Official transcript from each institution attended since leaving Southern Miss
  • Updated financial support information for issuance of the I-20 form

Other Important Links

International Student and Scholar Services

Graduate Bulletin
Cost of Study