Requirements for Graduate Students

Graduate application materials for international applicants are maintained by the International Student and Scholar Services office.  Admission to a graduate program must first be approved by the chair of the department in which the student plans to study. After approval by the department admission decisions must then be approved by the college dean and The Graduate School.

Prospective international students must provide proof of English proficiency through a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam.  They must also take an exam appropriate to the department to which they are applying. Most departments require the GRE. The College of Business and a few selected other degree programs require the GMAT. Programs in the education and psychology fields may accept the MAT. You should check you’re your particular department to find out which exam is required for admission to your proposed program. Please be certain to request a copy of your test scores be sent to Southern Miss. The ETS code used for test reporting to The University of Southern Mississippi is 1479.

Eligibility for admission will be determined when all required application materials have been submitted. These items should be received before the deadline date of the semester for which the student is applying.

Applicants to a graduate program should submit the following:

  •          Online Application
  •          $60 application fee
  •          Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores
  •          Official copy of GRE, GMAT, or MAT score from testing service
  •          Official copies of all previous colleges or universities attended
  •          Official copies of degree certificates or diplomas for all previous degrees completed
  •          Three letters of recommendation (upload to application file)
  •          Statement of Purpose (upload to application file)

Please visit the Graduate School Website for further information on graduate admissions.

Please mail official transcripts to:

The University of Southern Mississippi

International Student and Scholar Services
118 College Drive # 5151

Hattiesburg, MS 39406