• Fall Admission - June 1
  • Spring Admission - November 1
  • Summer Admission - March 1



To be considered for a graduate assistantship, all application materials must be in by February 1. Application materials available at the Graduate School Web page. Candidates should click here to submit the Graduate Assistant Intent Form.


Master Candidates:

  • Master of Music Education (Traditional and Online/Hybrid) Click here for more information
  • Master of Music Education (Track II Seeking Licensure)
  • Master of Music, History & literature
  • Master of Music, Performance
  • Master of Music, Performance - Collaborative Piano, Conducting
  • Master of Music, Theory
  • Master of Music, Woodwind Performance and Pedagogy


Doctoral Candidates:

  • Dissertation and Recital Guidelines
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Conducting
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Performance and Pedagogy
  • Ph.D. in Music Education Information sheet (.pdf)

View all Masters & Doctoral programs at the Graduate School website here.

For questions regarding specific degree plans, please contact Dr. Kimberley Davis, School of Music Graduate Coordinator.



Click here (.pdf) to download course rotation guide (updated September 2016)



Thanks to state assistance and careful management, The University of Southern Mississippi keeps tuition rates at a very reasonable cost for students. Tuition estimates are $4,109/semester for full-time Mississippi resident students and $5,109/semester for full-time non-residents. Online students qualify for in-state tuition, regardless of location. Some instructional fees may apply.  Check the Admissions and the Financial Aid website for more information about costs of attending Southern Miss.



Click here for a student story.



You will find a wide variety of programs and opportunities to help you pay for your education at the Southern Miss School of Music.  To explore these options, we recommend the following four steps.

1. APPLY FOR ADMISSION to the Graduate School.  The Graduate School publishes a list of departmental deadlines for admission to help prospective students in their planning.  Application materials must be complete by February 1 to receive priority consideration for and Assistantship in the School of Music for the Fall Semester.

2. AUDITION at the School of Music.  Register for one of our audition days by clicking on the link at the top of the page.  Inquire at the School of Music about assistantship opportunities that can help you pay for your education.  Again, priority consideration will be given to applicants who complete this process by February 1.

3. FILE THE FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) if you are interested in federal financial aid, including federal grants and student loans.  The USM School Code for FAFSA is 002441.  Financial aid application deadlines are listed here, and students who complete their applications by February 1 will receive priority consideration for the Fall semester. 

4. RESEARCH LOCAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES as well as the national funding opportunities noted in step three (above).  Your plan to pay for graduate school may include a fellowship, assistantship, scholarships, grant funds, student loans, student employment or any combination of these options each year.



School of Music Assistantships are available to full-time graduate students who qualify. Please contact for more information.

Candidates should click here to submit the Graduate Assistant Intent Form.



Find a list of on-campus, off-campus and work-study employment opportunities here.


Federal Work-Study

Find typical award amounts listed on the Federal Aid Programs page of the Financial Aid Office. Step-by-step instructions on how to apply can be found on the Student Employment Web site.


TEACH Grants

Graduate students who will be studying in the education field may be eligible for a federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education grant.  This program is administered by USM Financial Aid Office and can be found on their Federal Student Aid Programs page