Information and Resources for Current Students




Registering for Classes

Once a student is advised, the advisor flags the student in the system allowing the student to register for courses through SOAR. If a student has not been advised, he/she should not register for classes. Registration is open during prescribed times/dates as listed in the university’s Academic Calendar.

SOAR (Southern Online Accessible Records)

  • See SOAR for:
    • Grades
    • Registration
    • Transcripts
    • Course Schedules
    • Progress to Degree (GRD11)

Student Services


  • See USM Libraries for:
    • Databases and Resources
    • Books, magazines, films, etc.
    • Reference materials
    • Document delivery services
    • Laptop computer checkout
    • APA and Plagiarism Tutorials

Student Services

  • See Student Services for:
    • Copy Center
    • Email Accounts
    • Financial Aid
    • Housing
    • Dining Services
    • Technology Support

Student Support (Writing, Speaking, Presenting, Researching, Stats)

Important Information and Deadlines

Students are encouraged to plan for the various deadlines they are required to meet. These deadlines come from a variety of sources. The following is a partial list to consider:

The comprehensive exam is a degree requirement for all graduate students. Comprehensive exams are program-specific and are administered each semester. Students generally take comps during their final semester of coursework. Please contact your advisor and/or program coordinator for more specific information.

Dissertation Information

Handbooks and Policies


  • Requirements: Students must meet degree requirements established by the university and ESR Department.

    General Degree requirements can be located in the Graduate Bulletin and program-specific requirements can be found under ESR Programs.

  • Application for Degree: Students must apply for their degree by following the policies of the Graduate School.

     Application should be made during the semester prior to the anticipated graduation.

  • Commencement: Ceremonies are held at the end of the fall and spring semesters on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campuses. Participation is strongly encouraged for all graduates and is a university requirement for doctoral graduates.

Department of Educational Studies & Research

Owings-McQuagge Hall 135
Phone: 601.266.4621
Fax: 601.266.4233

Mailing Address
Educational Studies & Research
118 College Drive #5093
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Department E-Mail