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Graduate Programs

Speech and Hearing Sciences (Deaf Education) - Master's Program Details


Students work directly with deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families throughout their program of studies under the supervision of faculty and staff.

The final practicum is an out-of-state externship. We have contractual relationships with programs of excellence throughout the country.


This graduate program is supported by a federal grant through the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS). All US citizens accepted into the program are eligible for full-tuition scholarships and book stipends.

The faculty annually selects an outstanding Education of the Deaf graduate student for an award which is sponsored by the Hattiesburg Sertoma Club.

Specific Admission Requirements

Application deadline: April 21st for summer semester admission.

Students with undergraduate degrees in early childhood, education, special education, education of the deaf/hard-of-hearing, speech and hearing sciences or a related field may apply.

Applicants should submit transcripts, official GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, a resume of relevant education and work experiences, and a letter of application to the admissions committee indicating an interest in this field of study.

A minimum TOEFL/iBT score of 79 is required as applicable.

Other Distinctive Program Elements

The University of Southern Mississippi is one of only very few graduate programs in the country that offers an early intervention focus for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and their families.

New students attend an annual fall orientation which covers topics that are pertinent to their graduate studies.