Admissions Requirements

January 2012 In-person session

Dear Prospective Student,

To apply to the Masters of Political Science Emphasis Program you must have an undergraduate degree in a social science field though other undergraduate degrees will be considered.  

Our program is fully online which means that students are not required to come to campus but all students are welcome on campus anytime and are encouraged to attend graduation.

Classes are offered once a week for a set two-hour time period, Monday - Thursday, 5-7PM or 7-9PM, CST. 

The program is 30 semester hours, Master of Science non thesis, with 6 hours of core classes, 15 hours of IDV core classes and 9 hours of an major emphasis area. Each course is 3 hours each. Most students take on average 2 classes per semester. After completion of the classes, students will sit for an on-campus comprehensive exam. The program is very doable for a working professional and most of our students meet that description. The university residency requirement can be met by taking two classes (6 hours) for 4 consecutive semesters including summer.

The University of Southern Mississippi is a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accredited institution and celebrated its 100 anniversary recently. We have two main campuses, one in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and the other in Long Beach, Mississippi. The university has nearly 20,000 students total and a football team, the Golden Eagles, that play in Conference USA.

Below is a list of items needed to apply for the International Development Masters of Political Science Emphasis Program. All items must be submitted online at the Graduate Admissions website.

  1. Graduate School Application
  2. GRE scores sent directly to the Graduate School (see address below)
  3. At least two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess your academic achievements and qualifications for graduate studies.
  4. Resume/CV Received
  5. Applicants must submit a letter of interest and a writing sample
  6. Undergrad Transcript sent to the Graduate School (see address below). An overall GPS of at least 3.0 during the final two years of undergraduate study is preferred.

Graduate School
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5024
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

The MS - Political Science, International Development Program currently utilizes a rolling admissions process.

Tuition for the International Development Masters of Political Science Emphasis is at in state rates since the program is online. The university has the standard sources for federal student financial aid that all traditional universities have in place to serve student’s needs.

If you have any additional questions about the program or the application process, please let me know.


Dr. Robert Pauly