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Graduate Education at Southern Miss

Covid-19 fact sheet: Graduate Students

COVID-19 Update to Graduate Admissions Requirements

The Graduate School has continued to authorize the waiver of standardized exams for applicants to most programs for Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and now for Spring 2022. Certain programs will be requiring standardized test scores again starting with Spring 2022. For a complete list of programs that will be requiring standardized tests for Spring 2022, 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.

February 1: Identifying Potential Sources for Grant Support

February 11: Proposal Writing Basics

February 26: Deadline to submit Letter of Intent (send LOI to Ms. Shelby Flores (Shelby.BrownFREEMississippi).


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

Sign-up now! Registration TBD

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. Registration dates TBD.

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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.