Funding Resources

Graduate Assistantships

At present, the university has approximately 900 university assistantships in all areas. Stipend amounts for assistantships vary from department to department and interested applicants should contact the specific department for information regarding stipend levels available. In addition to academic departments, graduate service assistantships are available in other areas including but not limited to Alumni Association, Athletics, Career Services, Center for Community & Civic Engagement,  Financial Aid, Human Resources, Institutional Effectiveness, McNair Scholars Program, Moffett Health Clinic, Recreational Sports, and the USM Foundation.

To maintain an assistantship a student must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.  General tuition and the non-resident fee are waived for graduate assistantship holders. To qualify for this waiver, students on assistantships must be registered for courses totaling nine (9) hours during a fall/spring semester (three hours during the summer term). Courses taken as audit do not count toward these hours. Inquiries regarding assistantships should be directed to the school director of the program to which the student is applying and assistantship applications must be filed by the programs’s deadline. Check with the graduate director for deadlines and additional materials.

 

Fellowships

Southern Miss also participates in several national fellowship programs. The Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) offers competitively selected fellowships to minority doctoral students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics who plan to become university professors. Additionally, several departments participate in the Government Assistance in Areas of National Need (GANN) program that provides fellowships to doctoral students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics also. We are also introducing the Ford Foundation fellowship, which is offered to minority students in various majors.

 

Scholarships

The USM Foundation awards a variety of scholarships for eligible students through the Golden Opportunity Scholarship and Competitive Program Application System. By completing one application, students are reviewed for any scholarship for which they are eligible. You must complete a new application each academic year.

 

Financial Aid

Applicants should contact Financial Aid at financial.aid@usm.edu regarding aid available to graduate students. 

 

Academic Common Market

Do you want to pursue a degree program that is not available in your state? Have you found a degree program at an institution that is located outside your home state, but out-of-state tuition is a hindrance?  If so, Academic Common Market could be for you.

SREB Academic Common Market is administered through the Office of Financial Aid.