It is an exciting time to pursue a graduate degree at Southern Miss! One of 146 universities holding the Carnegie Classification “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity,” USM continues to garner substantial, external funding from federal agencies, industry, and private foundations. Receiving nearly $74 million in sponsored funding in 2017, our talented faculty engage students in their original research and creative projects. Students find their passion from among a broad array of doctoral, specialist, master’s, and certificate programs in all our academic colleges. Our academic structure intentionally positions faculty and resources within multidisciplinary schools to enhance opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborative research and graduate programs.
Our diverse graduate student population of 3165 (Fall 2020), comprises nearly 22% of the total student population and includes international students from across the globe, working professionals, non-traditional and traditionally-aged students, and face-to-face, hybrid, and fully online students. Our campuses include the main campus in Hattiesburg and the Gulf Park Campus on the Gulf Coast in Long Beach, Mississippi, and two research campuses, Gulf Coast Research Laboratories (GCRL) in Ocean Springs and Stennis Space Center, near Picayune, which are home to unique programs in Coastal and Marine Sciences. We continue to add fully online, hybrid, and executive-format programs to meet the needs of working professionals.
At Southern Miss, we believe graduate education should be much more than knowledge gained in a specific discipline. We believe graduate education should enrich the student holistically by also providing opportunities for personal and professional growth. We support professional development programs aimed at strengthening transferable skills that transcend disciplines such as Three Minute Thesis, Professionals in Preparation, Graduate Competitive Travel Awards, and others. Our goal is to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and professional presence that will set them apart in today’s competitive job market.
I am so glad you are considering graduate study at Southern Miss. I hope you find your passion within our programs and pursue it eagerly. If you do, the Graduate School staff is ready to help you achieve your goals, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us. I am looking forward to shaking your hand as you receive your graduate diploma from Southern Miss in a just few years.
Karen S. Coats, Ph.D.
Focus on recruitment and success of the best and brightest students.
Provide a holistic approach to graduate education through training in the discipline, along with opportunities for the development of transferable skills.
Director of Graduate School Operations
Administrative Assistant to the Dean, Graduate Council, and Faculty Credentials
Assistant to the Dean for Finance and Administration
Maintains all Graduate School accounts and oversees all graduate assistantships
Progress-to-degree for students in the College of Education & Human Sciences, School of Communication, School of Humanities, School of Music, School of Performing & Visual Arts, School of Social Science & Global Studies
Assistant Director for Graduate Program Management
Progress-to-degree for students in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences (except students in the schools listed above), Business and Economic Development, and Nursing and Health Professions; degree progress report maintenance; graduate coordinator training; electronic form upgrades and trouble-shooting
Assistant Director for Professional Development and Outreach
Graduate student professional development coordination, recruiting, and outreach to prospective students
Graduate Communications and Documents Specialist
Thesis, dissertation, and doctoral project formatting and review
Associate Director for Graduate Admissions
Admissions and PeopleSoft Process, Slate set-up, maintenance, and training
Graduate Admissions Evaluator
Graduate Admissions Evaluator