As you start your graduate career, you should be aware of the following policies, procedures and deadlines.
As an institution, The University of Southern Mississippi is committed to educating future professionals both academically and through preparation for research-oriented careers. The Graduate School offers a number of opportunities for you to build the necessary skills to be successful both within the academe and outside of it.
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These instructions are to help guide you through completing the requirements for your dissertation, thesis, or doctoral project.
These steps are to assist with the completion of a Thesis, Dissertation, or Doctoral Project.
You must use one of the following USM Templates for your dissertation, thesis, or doctoral project.
An application for degree must be filed with the Graduate School no later than the published deadlines as set by the University Registrar's Office.
Candidates for a graduate degree (Doctoral, Specialist, and Master’s) are celebrated in their own commencement ceremony. The Fall 2019 ceremony will take place Thursday, December 12 at 6:00 PM in Reed Green Coliseum.
Candidates for specialist and master’s degrees should reserve a seat for participation in commencement using the online form during their final semester of their graduate career. For the Fall 2019 ceremony, all graduate candidates should make their seating request before October 31, 2019. Any seating reservation made between November 1 and November 29, 2019 will be assessed a $100 late seating charge. Seating requests after November 29, 2019 will not be honored and those students will not be allowed to participate in the Fall 2019 Commencement Ceremony.
Doctoral candidates are required to attend commencement unless excused by the Dean of the Graduate School. Doctoral candidates should complete the commencement form by the deadline on the Graduate School website. The form can be found here.
Prior to commencement, the Documents Specialist will send additional information to
doctoral candidates regarding line-up procedures. All other graduate candidates will
be contacted by the Registrar’s Office.
Additional information about commencement can be found at the commencement webpage.
The University of Southern Mississippi and the Graduate School are committed to helping students reach their personal and professional goals, including financial ones. Because graduate students face important financial choices as they pursue their studies and transition to careers, the Graduate School has provided a list of sites below designed to provide guidance on topics regarding financial literacy.