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Graduate Education at Southern Miss

4 + 1 = Done

Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Options at The University of Southern Mississippi

Many of today's well-paying Bright Outlook jobs* require extensive training and preparation, and applicants holding master's degrees have the advantage in the job market. Yet, many college students complete their education with a bachelor's degree because of the time and financial investment required to continue in a master's degree program. At The University of Southern Mississippi, we help students earn a master's degree more quickly and at lower cost by offering accelerated bachelor's to master's degree options. By completing a bachelor's degree in four years while sharing some coursework with a master's degree program, students can earn a master's degree in as little as one addition year: 4 + 1 = Done!

*Bright Outlook occupations are ones expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, or will have large numbers of job openings, according to O*NET Online.

  • Chemistry (Biochemistry) BS to Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) MPH (face-to-face)
  • Child and Family Sciences BS to MS (fully online)
  • Criminal Justice BS to MS (BS is face-to-face; MS is fully online)
  • English BA to MA (face-to-face)
  • Library and Information Science BS to MLIS (fully online)
  • Mathematics BS to Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) MPH (face-to-face)
  • Public Health (Health Education) BS to Public Health (Health Promotion and Health Behavior) MPH (BS is face-to-face; MPH is fully online)
  • Public Health (Health Policy and Administration) BS to MPH (BS is face-to-face; MPH fully online)

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Through an extensive selection of outstanding degree and certificate programs and professional development opportunities, graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi acquire the knowledge and skills for success. Our graduates impact the world in such diverse fields as ocean science, psychology, social work, nursing, business, and the arts. Currently, nearly 2800 students from across the globe are pursuing degrees in a broad variety of degree and certificate programs across all academic colleges.

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Opportunities for Professional Development

As part of its commitment to educating future professionals both academically and practically, The Graduate School offers you opportunities to build the necessary skills to be successful both within the academe and outside.

The Proposal Project aims to strengthen grant-writing skills of graduate students through training and practice and increase the number of externally-funded fellowships and traineeships awarded to graduate students at Southern Miss.

February 1: Grant Proposal Development for Graduate Students  Register Here!

February 3: Identifying Funding Resources for Graduate Students Register Here!

March 4: Deadline to submit Letter of Intent. Please click here to upload your Letter of Intent.


The 8th Annual Three-Minute Thesis will be taking place November 3-5, 2021.  Find out more about prizes, rules, and eligibility!

Registration Now Open! To register for 3MT click here

3MT competitors are asked to explain their thesis or dissertation in a three-minute presentation; effectively communicating the complexity of their topic and research to a non-academic audience. The competition is a great opportunity for students to hone their 30-second elevator pitch and win prizes while doing so. Check out previous winners!

Professionals in Preparation is a professional development program designed to help participants improve their transferable skills (leadership, effective communication, problem solving, management, etc.) that will make you more marketable and effective in an increasingly competitive job market. The two-semester program consists of:

• Bimonthly seminars and workshops
• Mentor-ship training 
• Participation in communication competitions


The 2022 Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Research Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2022.
The symposium provides graduate students with an opportunity to present their research to faculty, staff and students in a competitive environment through oral and poster presentations. The symposium is designed to enhance the scholarly environment for graduate students and highlight the innovative and scholarship being done by Southern Miss graduate students. 

Register now! Registration closes on Monday, January 31, 2022 at  p.m.

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Graduate School
143 JB George
Hattiesburg Campus

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 A R1 research university, USM garnered $74 million in sponsored funds.


USM students represent 72 countries and all 50 states. 


USM offers 81 doctoral, 126 master's, 2 specialist, and 20 certificate programs.