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Graduate School Application Deadlines

Term Deadline
Fall Admission August 15*
Spring Admission January 15*
Summer Admission May 15*

*To be eligible to receive an assistantship, new students should be admitted and enrolled in courses by July 1 for Fall admission, December 1 for Spring admission, or May 1 for Summer admission.

Assistantship Deadlines

To be eligible to receive an assistantship, new students should be admitted and enrolled in courses by: 

Term Deadline
Fall Admission July 1  (February 1-March 15 priority deadline for consideration)
Spring Admission December 1
Summer Admission May 1
  • Admission and enrollment in courses by July 1 is required.
  • Mid-year assistantships are not usually awarded to new students; consideration is contingent upon availability.
  • School of Music Assistantships are available to full-time graduate students who qualify.
  • Candidates should submit the Graduate Assistant Intent Form below. 

Graduate Assistantship Form


Thanks to state assistance and careful management, The University of Southern Mississippi keeps tuition rates at a very reasonable cost for students. 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. 

Paying for Your Education 

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. 

Step 1

Apply for Admissions. 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.



Step 2

Audition. Register for one of our audition days.  Have someone at the School of Music if you need to request an alternate audition date.



Step 3

File FAFSA. if you are interested in federal financial aid, including federal grants and student loans.  The USM School of Music 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. 



Step 4

Research Funding Opportunities. 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. See all funding resources.

ScholarshipsAssistantship FEDERAL AID TEACH GRANTS


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