Skip navigation

Graduate School

Graduate Education at Southern Miss

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, over 3440 students from across the globe are pursuing degrees in a broad variety of degree and certificate programs across all academic colleges.

Pay Graduate School FeesApply for Student Travel Award

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.

Fall 2022

Tuesday, September 20: Identifying Funding Resources for Graduate Students Register Here!

Thursday, September 22: Grant Proposal Development for Graduate Students Register Here!

Friday, October 21: Deadline to submit Letter of Intent. Click here to upload your Letter of Intent.

The 9th Annual Three-Minute Thesis will be taking place November 2-4, 2022.  Find out more about prizes, rules, and eligibility!

Registration Now Open!

To register for the 3MT click here. Deadline to register is Monday, October 3, 2022.

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 Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Research Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2023.
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 30, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Contact Us

Graduate School
143 JB George
Hattiesburg Campus

Campus Map





 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.