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Graduate Admissions

Program Specific Admissions Requirements

General Application Requirements

All graduate applicants are required to supply the following documents:

  1. 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 department 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.

In addition to the above documents, certain departments 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.

Program Specific Application Requirements

Please review program specific required documents and prompts below. In addition to the documents listed below, international applicants will be required to submit results from an English Proficiency exam (such as TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE).

  • Official Transcripts
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  • Résumé
  • Statement of purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
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  • Statement of purpose-Describe what you wish to gain from graduate study in Anthropology and how the program will help you achieve those goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
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  • Statement of Purpose-In a 1-2 page essay, describe your interests in the archival certificate, types of special collections, archives, or repositories of interest, and your potential contributions to the career field.
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  • Up to four, 26-second ZeeMee videos
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Research Interest-Describe your research interests and experiences and career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Research Interest-Describe your research interests and experiences and career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Résumé-work experience is considered an integral part of the application.
  • Statement of purpose-The statement of purpose provides an opportunity to highlight the unique qualities and experiences that distinguish you as an applicant and demonstrates your written communication skills. You may wish to comment on your long-term career objectives and how graduate education will help you attain your goals. Discuss your most important strengths and abilities, as well as the weaknesses or shortcomings you wish to address while in the program. Please limit your essay to two pages.
  • Cover letter-a cover letter addressed to the Graduate Programs Admission Committee.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Research Interest-Describe your motivation to pursue graduate study, your research interest, past research experience, and any faculty members whose research is of interest to you and why. Please limit this statement to 1000 words.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Research Interest-Describe your motivation to pursue graduate study, your research interest, past research experience, and any faculty members whose research is of interest to you and why. Please limit this statement to 1000 words.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-In a 2-3 page essay, describe your educational training, experiences working with children and families, and discuss your professional goals and describe how they are compatible with the program's mission.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of purpose.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-Describe in a brief statement of purpose your goals and research interest.
  • Writing Sample
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-Describe in a brief statement of purpose your goals and research interest.
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  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Other miscellaneous supportive documents
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-The personal statement is an opportunity for you to showcase your strengths and fit with the program as well as your writing abilities. Statements that address professional goals and fit with the field of counseling psychology and program at USM are positively received. Respond to the following questions (limit your response to one page for each question). Question 1: Describe your personal goals and how this program will help you accomplish these goals. As the MS program has a dual mission of training students for eventual practice as a counselor or continued doctoral study, be sure your answer to this question addresses your intention for this degree. If you intend to pursue further doctoral study, please include your research interests and how this program (and particular faculty members) will allow you to pursue research in this area. Question 2: Describe your professional strengths and areas for growth.
  • Faculty ranking inside the application
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-In a brief essay, outline your areas of interest and future career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-In a brief letter of intent (approximately 2 pages), state your professional experience and goals, your reasons for pursuing this degree, and how attainment of this degree would help meet those goals a brief essay outlining your areas of interest and future career goals.
  • Teaching license, if applicable
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-In a letter or essay format, describe your professional experiences and career goals and how they are compatible with the program's mission and purpose.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Teaching License (with at least three years of teaching experience) 
  • Résumé
  • Statement of purpose-In a letter of interest and purpose include statements regarding your beliefs about teaching and leadership, as well as statements about professional goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Teaching License (with at least three years of teaching experience) 
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  • Statement of purpose-In a letter of interest and purpose, include statements regarding your beliefs about teaching and leadership, as well as statements about professional goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Teaching License (documenting at least 3 years of teaching experience)
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  • Statement of purpose-In a letter of interest and purpose include statements regarding your beliefs about teaching and leadership, as well as statements about professional goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Résumé-Highlight your current contact information, educational background, work experience (paid and voluntary), and extra-curricular experiences.
  • Statement of purpose-In a statement of purpose, include career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
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Résumé-Along with your résumé, include any other documents of support, such as research interests, and other relevant licensures.
Statement of Purpose
National Medical Technologist Certificate
Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of purpose-In a 350-750 word statement, indicate your scholarly or creative goals for graduate study. Your statement should highlight your particular academic or creative interests and accomplishments and/or other relevant preparation. Please identify if you are applying for the PhD, MA, or Combo program in Literature or the PhD or MA program in Creative Writing.
  • Writing sample-Applicants to the Literature program should be prepared to upload 15-20 pages of substantial scholarly writing. Applicants to the Center for Writers should be prepared to upload 15-20 pages of fiction or poetry.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of purpose-In a 350-750 word statement, indicate your scholarly or creative goals for graduate study. Your statement should highlight your particular academic or creative interests and accomplishments and/or other relevant preparation. Please identify if you are applying for the PhD, MA, or Combo program in Literature or the PhD or MA program in Creative Writing.
  • Writing sample-Applicants to the Literature program should be prepared to upload 15-20 pages of substantial scholarly writing. Applicants to the Center for Writers should be prepared to upload 15-20 pages of fiction or poetry.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-Include your career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Résumé-Highlight your current contact information, educational background, work experience (paid and voluntary), and extra-curricular experiences.
  • Statement of Purpose-Explain your background, prior experience in student affairs (paid and voluntary), reasons for applying to the program, and career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-Include your career goals.
  • Writing Sample-academic writing sample
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-Include your career goals.
  • Writing Sample-academic writing sample
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-The statement should address the following: reasons this graduate program was chosen, how the applicant plans to relate the specialty area to his or her education and experience, expected career benefits from this program, and any other matters that should be taken into consideration. Minimum of 5 pages, double-spaced
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-The statement should address the following: reasons this graduate program was chosen, how the applicant plans to relate the specialty area to his or her education and experience, expected career benefits from this program, and any other matters that should be taken into consideration. 2-3 pages, double-spaced
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-Include your career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-Outline your areas of interest and future career goals.
 
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  • Writing Sample-a Master’s level writing sample
  • Research interests-Describe your research in a 1000-1500 word statement.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance. (Two individuals should be able to speak to your academic performance.)
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-Describe your purpose in graduate study and future career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Essay-In a 1-2 page essay, describe your personal background and interest in earning a MLIS degree, including what type(s) of librarianship is of interest to you – public, youth services, academic, special librarianship (such as law or medical), or archives and special collections.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-The statement should address the following: reasons this graduate program was chosen, how the applicant plans to relate the specialty area to his or her education and experience, expected career benefits from this program, and any other matters that should be taken into consideration. 2-3 pages, double-spaced
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-Include a description of your career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-Include a description of your career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-In a 2-3 page essay, discuss your educational training and experiences working with children, couples, and families, your professional goals, and your specific interest in this program.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-Describe your purpose, goals, and research interest.
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  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-Describe your purpose, goals, and research interest.
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  • Statement of Purpose-Describe your mathematical background, your career goals, and how Southern Miss’s graduate program will help you meet your educational and professional objectives.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-Describe your mathematical background, your career goals, and how Southern Miss’s graduate program will help you meet your educational and professional objectives.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Résumé-Along with your résumé, include any other documents of support, such as research interests, and other relevant licensures.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • National Medical Technologist Certificate
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Writing Sample-A sample of academic writing, of at least three pages, that demonstrates your ability to write original research. A musical topic is preferred. (The most competitive applications provide a sample of academic writing in an area to which the applicant is applying.) The writing sample may be an assignment from a previous institution.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Writing Sample-A sample of academic writing, of at least three pages, that demonstrates your ability to write original research. A musical topic is preferred. (The most competitive applications provide a sample of academic writing in an area to which the applicant is applying.) The writing sample may be an assignment from a previous institution.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of purpose-Include your area of specialization and your reasons for seeking an advanced degree.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of purpose-Include your area of specialization and your reasons for seeking an advanced degree.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Nursing Application (pdf)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Valid Mississippi RN License
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Nursing Application (pdf)
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Nursing Application (pdf)
  • Registered Nurse License
Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
 
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  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Research Interests-Describe your research interests and goals.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Research Interests-Describe your research interests and goals.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Writing Sample
  • Letter of Interest
  • Contact information for two individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-Include research interests, experience, publications, and awards.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-Address your professional and career goals, research background and interests, and if applicable, clinical experiences.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
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Résumé
Statement of Purpose-Address your professional and career goals, research background and interests, and if applicable, clinical experiences.
Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Any licenses and certifications
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Résumé-Clearly outline your professional healthcare experience.
  • Statement of Purpose-In an essay of approximately 500 words, address the following: your career objectives and how the MPH course offerings will help you in reaching those objectives; a description of how your career has progressed to this point; and your personal view of the current status of our health care system.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Letter of Intent-In a 2-3 page essay, describe your educational training and experiences working with children/adolescents and families. Also, discuss your professional goals and describe how they are compatible with the program's mission.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Résumé-Highlight knowledge, skills, and experiences they believe are relevant to classroom teaching.
  • Letter of Intent-In a formal letter of 750-1250 words, address the following questions: Why are you interested in becoming a secondary teacher? What challenges do you anticipate while engaged in a reading and writing intensive graduate-level program? What knowledge and/or skills do you possess that might help you overcome challenges?
  • Official Praxis Core or ACT score of 21 or better
  • Official Praxis II scores (in alternate route subject offered at USM)
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Letter of Intent-In a formal letter of 750-1250 words, address the following questions: Why are you interested in becoming a secondary teacher? What challenges do you anticipate while engaged in a reading and writing intensive graduate-level program? What knowledge and/or skills do you possess that might help you overcome challenges?
  • Official Praxis Core or ACT score of 21 or better
  • Official Praxis II scores (in alternate route subject offered at USM)
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
 
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  • Licensures
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-In a brief letter of intent (approximately two pages), describe your professional experience and goals, your reason for pursing this degree, and how attainment of this degree would help meet those goals.
  • Writing Sample
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  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-In a brief letter of intent (approximately two pages), describe your professional experience and goals, your reason for pursing this degree, and how attainment of this degree would help meet those goals.
  • Writing Sample-In an essay of 750-1000 words, please present your perspective on the statement below, using relevant reasons and/or examples to support your view: “The study of an academic discipline alters the way we perceive the world. After studying the discipline we see the same world as before, but with different eyes.”
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  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • No letters of recommendation are required.
 
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  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-In a 300-500 word statement, written in the language you are pursuing, describe your career and professional goals and why you wish to pursue graduate study in language teaching. Highlight your particular interests, academic accomplishments, travel abroad and teaching experiences, or any other relevant preparation.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-Include career goals.
  • Portfolio (Submit directly to the School of Performing and Visual Arts.)
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-Include why you are interested in Graduate School.
  • Writing Sample-Please email Lou Rackoff at louis.rackoffFREEMississippi for writing prompt.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-Include why you are interested in Graduate School.
  • Writing Sample-The writing sample may be a research-based, critical or theoretical analysis from any academic discipline.
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  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
 
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  • Statement of Purpose-Outline your areas of interest and future career goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program Requirements
Biology PhD, MS
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  • Research Interest-Describe your research interests and experiences and career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Counseling Psychology MS
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  • Statement of Purpose - The personal statement is an opportunity for you to showcase your strengths and fit with the program as well as your writing abilities. Statements that address professional goals and fit with the field of counseling psychology and program at USM are positively received. Respond to the following questions (limit your response to one page for each question). Question 1: Describe your personal goals and how this program will help you accomplish these goals. As the MS program has a dual mission of training students for eventual practice as a counselor or continued doctoral study, be sure your answer to this question addresses your intention for this degree. If you intend to pursue further doctoral study, please include your research interests and how this program (and particular faculty members) will allow you to pursue research in this area. Question 2: Describe your professional strengths and areas for growth.
  • Faculty ranking inside the application
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Educational and Curriculum Instruction (Elementary Education) MEd
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  • Résumé-  Along with your résumé, include any other documents of support, such as research interests, and other relevant licensures.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • National Medical Technologist Certificate
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
English PhD, MA
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  • Statement of purpose - In a 350-750 word statement, indicate your scholarly or creative goals for graduate study. Your statement should highlight your particular academic or creative interests and accomplishments and/or other relevant preparation. Please identify if you are applying for the PhD, MA, or Combo program in Literature or the PhD or MA program in Creative Writing.
  • Writing sample - Applicants to the Literature program should be prepared to upload 15-20 pages of substantial scholarly writing. Applicants to the Center for Writers should be prepared to upload 15-20 pages of fiction or poetry.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Geography MS
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  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Geology MS
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  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Geographic Information Technology Certificate
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  • Statement of Purpose
Medical Laboratory Science MS
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  • Résumé - Along with your résumé, include any other documents of support, such as research interests, and other relevant licensures.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • National Medical Technologist Certificate
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Music Performance DMA
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  • Statement of purpose - Include your area of specialization and your reasons for seeking an advanced degree.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Music Performance MM
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  • Statement of purpose - Include your area of specialization and your reasons for seeking an advanced degree.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Music MM
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  • Writing Sample - A sample of academic writing, of at least three pages, that demonstrates your ability to write original research. A musical topic is preferred. (The most competitive applications provide a sample of academic writing in an area to which the applicant is applying.) The writing sample may be an assignment from a previous institution.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Music Education MME
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  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Writing Sample - A sample of academic writing, of at least three pages, that demonstrates your ability to write original research. A musical topic is preferred. (The most competitive applications provide a sample of academic writing in an area to which the applicant is applying.) The writing sample may be an assignment from a previous institution.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Nurse Anesthesia DNP
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vita - See instructions on Additional Applicant Information Sheet below.
  • Statement of purpose
  • Nursing Application (pdf)
  • Clinical Competency Checklist (pdf)
  • Shadowing Log (pdf)
  • Additional Applicant Information Sheet (pdf)
  • Registered Nurse License
  • BLS, ACLS, PALS, and CCRN Certification
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Psychology (Brain and Behavior) PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Psychology (Clinical) PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose - Address your professional and career goals, research background and interests, and if applicable, clinical experiences.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Psychology (Counseling) PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose - Address your professional and career goals, research background and interests, and if applicable, clinical experiences.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Psychology (School) PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Any licenses and certifications
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Secondary Teacher Education (Alternate Route) MAT
  • Official Transcripts
  • Résumé-  Highlight knowledge, skills, and experiences they believe are relevant to classroom teaching.
  • Letter of Intent - In a formal letter of 750-1250 words, address the following questions: Why are you interested in becoming a secondary teacher? What challenges do you anticipate while engaged in a reading and writing intensive graduate-level program? What knowledge and/or skills do you possess that might help you overcome challenges?
  • Official Praxis Core or ACT score of 21 or better
  • Official Praxis II scores (in alternate route subject offered at USM)
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Secondary Education and Teaching (Teach Mississippi Institute) Certificate
  • Official Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Letter of Intent - In a formal letter of 750-1250 words, address the following questions: Why are you interested in becoming a secondary teacher? What challenges do you anticipate while engaged in a reading and writing intensive graduate-level program? What knowledge and/or skills do you possess that might help you overcome challenges?
  • Official Praxis Core or ACT score of 21 or better
  • Official Praxis II scores (in alternate route subject offered at USM)
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Social Work MSW
  • Official Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Follow carefully the instructions for the Statement of Purpose and Career Goals (pdf).
  • Writing Sample-Respond to the assigned Case Vignette (pdf).
  • Professional Statement-Complete Social Work Professional and Technical Standards (pdf).
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Special Education MEd
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE, MAT, or Praxis II Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose - In a brief letter of intent (approximately two pages), describe your professional experience and goals, your reason for pursing this degree, and how attainment of this degree would help meet those goals.
  • Writing Sample - In an essay of 750-1000 words, please present your perspective on the statement below, using relevant reasons and/or examples to support your view: “The study of an academic discipline alters the way we perceive the world. After studying the discipline we see the same world as before, but with different eyes.”
  • Licensures
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Theatre (Design and Technology) MFA
  • Official Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Include career goals.
  • Portfolio (Submit directly to the School of Performing and Visual Arts.)
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Theatre (Directing) MFA
  • Official Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Include why you are interested in Graduate School.
  • Writing Sample-Please email Lou Rackoff at louis.rackoff@usm.edu for writing prompt.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Theatre (Performance) MFA
  • Official Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Include why you are interested in Graduate School.
  • Writing Sample-The writing sample may be a research-based, critical or theoretical analysis from any academic discipline.
  • Headshot
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.