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Graduate School

Graduate School's Vision and Mission


Operating within the values of a student-focused, doctoral-level, higher research activity university, the Graduate School at The University of Southern Mississippi will be a model for excellence and accomplishment in public graduate education.



The mission of The Graduate School of The University of Southern Mississippi is to foster a culture of excellence and integrity in graduate education, producing a diverse population of graduates whose competence, conduct, and professional presence set them apart in a competitive workforce and bring distinction to our institution. Our students will receive the highest-quality educational experience in their specific disciplines, along with opportunities for professional and personal development that will enrich their lives. 



  • Focus on recruitment and success of the best and brightest students by:
  1. Increasing visibility and perceived value of a graduate degree from Southern Miss by showcasing student and faculty accomplishments
  2. Developing strategies for proactive recruitment of local, regional, national, and international students
  3. Providing competitive financial support through assistantships and fellowships that attract high quality prospects
  4. Promoting student progress and success by fostering effective mentorship
  • Provide a holistic approach to graduate education through training in the discipline, along with opportunities for the development of transferable skills.  These include:
  1. Adopting policies and practices that promote accountability and an expectation of accomplishment
  2. Advancing professional development programs that enhance transferable skills  
  3. Funding competitive awards to support student travel to national/international conferences to share research or creative accomplishments


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Taking you TO THE TOP!

Elevating you to a higher level of academic and professional achievement

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Graduate School
211 McCain Library
Hattiesburg Campus

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