Step by Step Guide to Applying for Graduate Study

As a Carnegie Higher Research Activity University, The University of Southern Mississippi Graduate School offers nearly 75 different certificate, master's, specialist's, and doctoral degree programs through the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Business, Education and Psychology, Health, Nursing, and Science and Technology. Read more below about how to apply to a program of graduate study here at Southern Miss!

Step 1: Prepare and collect your application materials. (Documents submitted to the Graduate School for application purposes will not be returned to the applicant.) Identify and contact references for letters of recommendation. If you have not taken the GRE or other acceptable standardized test, you should schedule a test date at least 6 weeks prior to the application deadline.  Our ETS code is 1479.

For additional information regarding program specific requirements, please review these descriptions and prompts and contact the department of your desired major.

Step 2: Complete the online graduate application. Select the term to which you wish to apply. After selecting your entry term, find your degree and major below the appropriate major. Once you have created your account, you will receive a verification email with a link you must click before beginning your application.

After submitting your application, log back into your application self-service portal to upload your resume, statement of purpose and other department specific required documents and to track the progress of your application and other outstanding application requirements. Please be aware that application materials will not be returned to the applicant nor forwarded to other institutions.

Your application must be submitted and the application fee must be paid before the program application deadline.

Step 3:  Request official test scores from the appropriate testing agency.

Step 4: Request official transcripts through the registrar’s office of your previous institutions. The Graduate School only accepts official transcripts for admissions purposes. Transcripts indicating in-progress work are acceptable for admissions evaluation.

The Graduate School’s Escript code is 002441Grad. Official transcripts may also be delivered to or mailed to,

The University of Southern Mississippi
Graduate Admissions
118 College Drive #5024
Hattiesburg, MS  39406

International applicants may submit their official transcripts to electronically or via postal mail to,

The University of Southern Mississippi
Office of International Admissions
118 College Drive #5135
Hattiesburg, MS  39406

Please Note: Admissions decisions are made by the academic unit. Therefore the Graduate School is unable to disclose reasons for denial of admissions. Applicants can submit a signed, written request (in the form of a physical letter) to the department to which they applied. However, departments may or may not choose to disclose this information to the applicant. Please see departmental websites for mailing information.