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Graduate Education at Southern Miss

COVID-19 Update

The University of Southern Mississippi has been busy making plans to keep our community safe as we return to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. The University is continuing to update plans for the fall as the situation changes, so be sure to keep an eye on the Flight Path: Fall 2020 website for the most current information. Also be sure to check out these fact sheets about safety measures, available campus resources, and important reminders for making progress towards your degree:

Flight Path: Fall 2020 Action Plan

Covid-19 fact sheet: Graduate Students

COVID-19 Update to Fall 2020 Graduation Deadlines

In response to the changes to the Fall 2020 Academic Calendar, The Graduate School has made the following adjustments to deadlines for students planning to graduate in December 2020:

October 5:

  • Results of Oral Defense Form

October 11:

  • Turnitin Originality Report
  • First submission of thesis/dissertation/doctoral project through Aquila

November 21:

  • Final submission of thesis/dissertation/doctoral project through Aquila

Please refer to the Graduate School Deadlines page for all other pertinent deadlines.

COVID-19 Update to Graduate Admissions Requirements

The Graduate School has authorized the waiver of standardized exams for applicants for Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and now Summer 2021 and Fall 2021. Most programs will qualify for these exam waivers. For additional information regarding this limited waiver, please visit Graduate Admissions.


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.

September 15: Proposal Writing Basics

September 22: Identifying Potential Sources for Grant Support

October 13: Deadline to submit Letter of Intent

The 7th Annual Three-Minute Thesis will be taking place November 4-6, 2020. This year's competition will be taking place virtually. Find out more about prizes, rules, and eligibility!

Sign-up now! Registration closes October 12, at 8:00 am.

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

Applications to join the 2020-2021 cohort are closed.

The 2020 Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Research Symposium has been canceled.
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.

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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.