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, nearly 2800 students from across the globe are pursuing degrees in a broad variety of degree and certificate programs across all academic colleges.
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.
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
Click here for additional information: https://www.usm.edu/graduate-school/professionals-preparation.
Each year the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Senate host the Susan A. Siltanen
Graduate Student Research Symposium.
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.
For additional information, visit: https://www.usm.edu/graduate-school/susan-siltanen-graduate-student-research-symposium.
Students wanting to develop their communication skills should check out the Three
Minute Thesis Challenge.
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. For information regarding the competition history and rules, visit: https://www.usm.edu/graduate-school/three-minute-thesis-competition.