Application Requirements

 All graduate applicants are required to supply the following documents:

  1. Official transcripts from all institutions from which a bachelor’s degree or higher degree was obtained AND official transcripts for all work completed after obtaining the bachelor’s degree, including undergraduate and graduate coursework. Junior/community college transcripts are NOT required. (Applicants who are applying for nursing programs and have earned an Associate’s of Science-Nursing should include those transcripts.)
  2. Results from a standardized, graduate-level exam (typically the GRE or GMAT). Applicants may contact the program of their major to determine whether other results are acceptable.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s academic performance. Applicants may contact the program of their major to determine if the program will accept non-academic recommenders.
  4. Other supplemental materials as required by programs, such as a résumé, statement of purpose, writing sample, etc. Applicants may  contact the program of their major for additional information regarding these supplemental documents or review requirement prompts and descriptions below.
  5. In addition to the documents listed on this page, international applicants will be required to submit results from an English Proficiency exam (such as TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE).

In addition to the above documents, certain programs may conduct interviews or auditions as part of their application process. Applicants will be contacted at a later date if selected to interview or audition.

Please see the current Graduate Bulletin for complete admissions requirements. Documents submitted to the Graduate School for application purposes will not be returned to the applicant.

 

 *Please note: Per the Mississippi IHL Board, all students are required to submit proof of immunization to measles, mumps, and rubella. All admitted graduate students will be required to submit health records indicating immunity before enrolling in coursework.


Please review program specific required documents and prompts below

Accounting MPA
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Anthropology MA
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of purpose-Describe what you wish to gain from graduate study in Anthropology and how the program will help you achieve those goals
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Archives and Special Collections Certificate
  • Official Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Outline your areas of interest and future career goals.
Audiology AuD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Biological Sciences PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Research Interest-Describe your research interests and experiences and career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Biological Sciences MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Research Interest-Describe your research interests and experiences and career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Business Administration MBA
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE or GMAT Scores
  • Résumé-work experience is considered an integral part of the application.
  • Statement of purpose-The statement of purpose provides an opportunity to highlight the unique qualities and experiences that distinguish you as an applicant and demonstrates your written communication skills. You may wish to comment on your long-term career objectives and how graduate education will help you attain your goals. Discuss your most important strengths and abilities, as well as the weaknesses or shortcomings you wish to address while in the program. Please limit your essay to two pages.
  • Cover letter-a cover letter addressed to the Graduate Programs Admission Committee.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Business Foundations Certificate
  • Official Transcripts
Chemistry PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Research Interest-Describe your motivation to pursue graduate studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry, your research interest, past research experience, and any faculty members whose research is of interest to you and why. Please limit this statement to 1000 words.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Chemistry MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Research Interest-Describe your motivation to pursue graduate studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry, your research interest, past research experience, and any faculty members whose research is of interest to you and why. Please limit this statement to 1000 words.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Child and Family Studies MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Describe your purpose in graduate study and future your future career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Coastal Sciences PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Coastal Sciences MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Communication Studies PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Describe in a brief statement of purpose your goals and research interest.
  • Writing Sample
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Communication Studies MS/MA
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Describe in a brief statement of purpose your goals and research interest.
  • Writing Sample
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Community College Leadership Certificate
  • Official Transcripts
Computer Science PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Computer Science MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Other miscellaneous supportive documents
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Counseling Psychology MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-The personal statement is an opportunity for you to showcase your strengths and fit with the program as well as your writing abilities. Statements that address professional goals and fit with the field of counseling psychology and program at USM are positively received. Respond to the following questions (limit your response to one page for each question). Question 1: Describe your personal goals and how this program will help you accomplish these goals. As the MS program has a dual mission of training students for eventual practice as a counselor or continued doctoral study, be sure your answer to this question addresses your intention for this degree. If you intend to pursue further doctoral study, please include your research interests and how this program (and particular faculty members) will allow you to pursue research in this area. Question 2: Describe your professional strengths and areas for growth.
  • Faculty ranking inside the application
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Criminal Justice PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Writing Sample-Submit a professional writing sample or master’s thesis.
  • Statement of Purpose-In a 750-1000 word statement, summarize your motivation for applying to the program, as well as the professional contribution you plan to make assuming successful completion of the degree.
  • Research interest-In a a 750-1000 word statement, summarize a possible dissertation topic, including a thoughtful discussion of the need for research within the proposed area, as well as a rough description of the methodology to employed.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Criminal Justice Certificate
  • Official Transcripts
Criminal Justice MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-In a brief essay, outline your areas of interest and future career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Dyslexia Therapy MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-In a brief letter of intent (approximately 2 pages), state your professional experience and goals, your reasons for pursuing this degree, and how attainment of this degree would help meet those goals a brief essay outlining your areas of interest and future career goals.
  • Teaching license, if applicable
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Economic Development Certificate
  • Official Transcripts
Economic Development MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE or GMAT Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Education (Research, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment) PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-In your a statement of purpose, include your career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Educational Administration (P-12) PhD/EdD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Teaching License
  • Résumé-In a résumé, document a minimum of three years of successful teaching experience.
  • Statement of purpose-In a letter of interest and purpose include statements regarding your beliefs about teaching and leadership, as well as statements about professional goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Educational Administration (P-12) EdS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Teaching License
  • Résumé-In a résumé, document a minimum of three years of successful teaching experience.
  • Statement of purpose-In a letter of interest and purpose, include statements regarding your beliefs about teaching and leadership, as well as statements about professional goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Educational Administration and Supervision MEd
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Teaching License
  • Résumé-In a résumé, document a minimum of three years of successful teaching experience.
  • Statement of purpose-In a letter of interest and purpose include statements regarding your beliefs about teaching and leadership, as well as statements about professional goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Educational Studies and Research MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé-Highlight your current contact information, educational background, work experience (paid and voluntary), and extra-curricular experiences.
  • Statement of purpose-In a statement of purpose, include career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Elementary Education MEd
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé-If you don’t have a résumé, please upload a document that reads, “No résumé.”
  • Statement of purpose-In a formal letter of intent of 750-1250 words, address the following questions” Why are you interested in becoming an elementary teacher? What challenges do you anticipate while engaged in a reading and writing intensive graduate-level program? What literacy skills and learning strategies do you bring that will enable you to overcome challenges and lead to your academic success?
  • Licensures
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
English PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Statement of purpose-In a 350-750 word statement, indicate your scholarly or creative goals for graduate study. Your statement should highlight your particular academic or creative interests and accomplishments and/or other relevant preparation. Please identify if you are applying for the PhD, MA, or Combo program in Literature or the PhD or MA program in Creative Writing.
  • Writing sample-Applicants to the Literature program should be prepared to upload 15-20 pages of substantial scholarly writing. Applicants to the Center for Writers should be prepared to upload 15-20 pages of fiction or poetry.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
English MA
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Statement of purpose-In a 350-750 word statement, indicate your scholarly or creative goals for graduate study. Your statement should highlight your particular academic or creative interests and accomplishments and/or other relevant preparation. Please identify if you are applying for the PhD, MA, or Combo program in Literature or the PhD or MA program in Creative Writing.
  • Writing sample-Applicants to the Literature program should be prepared to upload 15-20 pages of substantial scholarly writing. Applicants to the Center for Writers should be prepared to upload 15-20 pages of fiction or poetry.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Forensics MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Writing Sample
  • Research Interest
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Geographic Information Technology Certificate
  • Official Transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
Geography PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Geography MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Geology MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Higher Education MEd
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé-Highlight your current contact information, educational background, work experience (paid and voluntary), and extra-curricular experiences.
  • Statement of Purpose-Explain your background, prior experience in student affairs (paid and voluntary), reasons for applying to the program, and career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Higher Education PhD/EdD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Include your career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
History PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Include your career goals.
  • Writing Sample-academic writing sample
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
History MS/MA
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Include your career goals.
  • Writing Sample-academic writing sample
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Human Capital Development PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE or MAT Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Human Capital Development MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE or MAT Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Hydrographic Science MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Include your career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Institutional Research Certificate
  • Official Transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose-A brief statement of interest.
Instructional Technology Certificate
  • Official Transcripts
Instructional Technology MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE or MAT Scores
  • Résumé-In addition to your résumé, include any documents that would showcase your accomplishments (copies of certificates/workshops, technology-based projects, etc.)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Supplemental documents
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
International Development PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE or MAT Scores
  • Résumé
  • Writing Sample-a Master’s level writing sample
  • Research interests-Describe your research in a 1000-1500 word statement.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance. (Two individuals should be able to speak to your academic performance.)
Kinesiology PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Describe your purpose in graduate study and future career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Kinesiology MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Describe your purpose in graduate study and future career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Library and Information Science MLIS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE or MAT Scores
  • Résumé
  • Essay-In a 1-2 page essay, describe your personal background and interest in earning a MLIS degree, including what type(s) of librarianship is of interest to you – public, youth services, academic, special librarianship (such as law or medical), or archives and special collections.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Logistics, Trade, and Transportation
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Marine Science PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Include a description of your career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Marine Science MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Include a description of your career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Marriage and Family Therapy MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Describe your purpose in graduate study and future career goals.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Mass Communication PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Describe your purpose, goals, and research interest.
  • Writing Sample
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Mass Communication MS/MA
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Describe your purpose, goals, and research interest.
  • Writing Sample
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Mathematics PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Describe your mathematical background, your career goals, and how Southern Miss’s graduate program will help you meet your educational and professional objectives.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Mathematics MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Describe your mathematical background, your career goals, and how Southern Miss’s graduate program will help you meet your educational and professional objectives.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Medical Laboratory Science MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé-Along with your résumé, include any other documents of support, such as research interests, and other relevant licensures.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • National Medical Technologist Certificate-Applicants planning to pursue the MS with practicum option are not required to submit this certificate. Instead those applicants should upload a document indicating their intent to pursue the MS with practicum option.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Music Education PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Writing Sample-A sample of academic writing, of at least three pages, that demonstrates your ability to write original research. A musical topic is preferred. (The most competitive applications provide a sample of academic writing in an area to which the applicant is applying.) The writing sample may be an assignment from a previous institution.
  • Teaching video (Please submit directly to the School of Music.)
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Music Education MEd
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Writing Sample-A sample of academic writing, of at least three pages, that demonstrates your ability to write original research. A musical topic is preferred. (The most competitive applications provide a sample of academic writing in an area to which the applicant is applying.) The writing sample may be an assignment from a previous institution.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Music MM
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Writing Sample-A sample of academic writing, of at least three pages, that demonstrates your ability to write original research. A musical topic is preferred. (The most competitive applications provide a sample of academic writing in an area to which the applicant is applying.) The writing sample may be an assignment from a previous institution.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Music Performance MM
  • Official Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Statement of purpose-Include your area of specialization and your reasons for seeking an advanced degree.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Music Performance DMA
  • Official Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Statement of purpose-Include your area of specialization and your reasons for seeking an advanced degree.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Nonprofit Studies Certificate
  • Official Transcripts
Nurse Practitioner BSN-DNP
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Nursing Application (pdf)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Valid Mississippi RN License
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Official Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Statement of purpose
  • Nursing Application (pdf)
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of purpose
  • Nursing Application (pdf)
  • Registered Nurse License
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Nursing DNP/PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of purpose
  • Nursing Application (pdf)
  • Registered Nurse License
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Nurse Anesthesia DNP
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé-Please be prepared to upload a curriculum vita as describing all work experience as a registered nurse, both full-time and part-time, during the last five years (be sure to include beginning and end date, position/title/unit, employer name, city/state, and a description of job responsibilities), all professional membership, awards, & service (include organization, position, and dates), all awards, achievements, and accolades (please highlight distinctions, awards, honors, publications, scholarships, and other recognitions), community service (include organization, role, and dates)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Nursing Application (pdf)
  • Clinical Competency Checklist (pdf)
  • Shadowing Log (excel)
  • Registered Nurse License
  • BLS, ACLS, PALS, and CCRN Certification
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Nutrition and Food Systems MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Physics PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Research Interests-Describe your research interests and goals.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Physics MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Research Interests-Describe your research interests and goals.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Political Science MA
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Writing Sample
  • Letter of Interest
  • Contact information for two individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Polymer Science PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Statement of Purpose-Include research interests, experience, publications, and awards.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Psychology (Applied Behavior Analysis) MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-The statement of purpose is an opportunity for you to showcase your strengths and fit with the program, as well as your writing abilities. Statements that address professional goals and fit with the field of applied behavior analysis program at USM are positively received. This statement should be no more than two pages, typed, double-spaced. Please upload a personal statement that addresses your professional and career goals, research background and interests, and if applicable, clinical experiences. Also, address why you wish to pursue training in the ABA program at USM.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Psychology (Brain and Behavior) PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Psychology (Clinical) PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-Address your professional and career goals, research background and interests, and if applicable, clinical experiences.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Psychology (Counseling) PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-The personal statement is an opportunity for you to showcase your strengths and fit with the program as well as your writing abilities. Statements that address professional goals and fit with the field of counseling psychology and program at USM are positively received. Respond to the following questions (limit your response to 1 page for each question). Question 1: Describe your personal goals and how this program will help you accomplish these goals. Question 2: Describe your research interests and discuss how this program will allow you to pursue research in this area (tip: connect your response to a specific faculty member; also address your flexibility in working with your 2nd choice faculty member). Question 3: Describe your professional strengths and areas for growth.
  • Writing Sample-This sample should be an example of your best, original writing and may be a paper that has been published or submitted for a class assignment.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Psychology (School) MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Any licenses and certifications
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Public Health MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE or GMAT Scores
  • Résumé-Clearly outline your professional healthcare experience.
  • Statement of Purpose-In an essay of approximately 500 words, address the following: your career objectives and how the MPH course offerings will help you in reaching those objectives; a description of how your career has progressed to this point; and your personal view of the current status of our health care system.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Public History Certificate
  • Official Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
Public Relations MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
School Counseling MEd
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE or Praxis II Scores
  • Résumé
  • Letter of Intent-Indicate why the Southern Miss School Counseling program is a good fit for you.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Science Education PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE or Praxis II Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Science Education MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE or Praxis II Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Secondary Education and Teaching Certificate
  • Official Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Letter of Intent-In a formal letter of 750-1250 words, address the following questions: Why are you interested in becoming a secondary teacher? What challenges do you anticipate while engaged in a reading and writing intensive graduate-level program? What knowledge and/or skills do you possess that might help you overcome challenges?
  • Official Praxis Core or ACT score of 21 or better
  • Official Praxis II scores (in alternate route subject offered at USM)
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Secondary Education and Teaching MEd
  • Official Transcripts
  • Résumé-Highlight knowledge, skills, and experiences they believe are relevant to classroom teaching.
  • Letter of Intent-In a formal letter of 750-1250 words, address the following questions: Why are you interested in becoming a secondary teacher? What challenges do you anticipate while engaged in a reading and writing intensive graduate-level program? What knowledge and/or skills do you possess that might help you overcome challenges?
  • Official Praxis Core or ACT score of 21 or better
  • Official Praxis II scores (in alternate route subject offered at USM)
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Social Work MSW
Special Education PhD
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample
  • Licensures
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Special Education EdS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-In a brief letter of intent (approximately two pages), describe your professional experience and goals, your reason for pursing this degree, and how attainment of this degree would help meet those goals.
  • Writing Sample
  • Licensures
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Special Education MEd
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE, MAT, or Praxis II Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose-In a brief letter of intent (approximately two pages), describe your professional experience and goals, your reason for pursing this degree, and how attainment of this degree would help meet those goals.
  • Writing Sample-In an essay of 750-1000 words, please present your perspective on the statement below, using relevant reasons and/or examples to support your view: “The study of an academic discipline alters the way we perceive the world. After studying the discipline we see the same world as before, but with different eyes.”
  • Licensures
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Speech and Hearing (Deaf Education) MS
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Speech and Hearing Science (Speech Pathology) MS
  • Official Transcripts
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  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • No letters of recommendation are required.
Sport Coaching MS
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  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Sport Management MS
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  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Sport Management Certificate
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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate
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Teaching of Languages MATL
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  • Statement of Purpose-In a 300-500 word statement, written in the language you are pursuing, describe your career and professional goals and why you wish to pursue graduate study in language teaching. Highlight your particular interests, academic accomplishments, travel abroad and teaching experiences, or any other relevant preparation.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Theatre Design and Technology MFA
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  • Statement of Purpose-Include career goals.
  • Portfolio (Submit directly to Department of Theatre and Dance.)
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Theatre Directing MFA
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  • Statement of Purpose-Include why you are interested in Graduate School.
  • Writing Sample-Please email Lou Rackoff at louis.rackoff@usm.edu for writing prompt.
  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Theatre Performance MFA
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  • Statement of Purpose-Include why you are interested in Graduate School.
  • Writing Sample-The writing sample may be a research-based, critical or theoretical analysis from any academic discipline.
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  • Contact information for three individuals who can speak to your academic or professional performance.
Youth Services and Literature Certificate
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  • Statement of Purpose-Outline your areas of interest and future career goals.