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Graduate School to Continue Waiving Some Program Test Requirements for Spring 2022 Semester

Thu, 02/04/2021 - 10:10am | By: David Tisdale

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Graduate School will waive requirements for GRE (Graduate Record Exam) and GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) standardized test scores for many Spring 2022 graduate program admission applications.

The USM Graduate School has employed test waivers over the last year for most graduate program applications to accommodate applicants faced with challenges accessing graduate or professional program admission testing due to restrictions or closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. An English proficiency exam is still required for international applicants; however, USM International Admissions will continue to accept the International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP), which currently offers at-home testing. Scores of 4.0 will be accepted to meet USM’s English proficiency requirement.

Programs that will require a standardized exam score for the spring 2022 semester are listed below, along with designated exams. All other programs will continue to waive standardized exam requirements:

*Master of Public Health: GRE

*Nurse anesthesia: GRE

*Doctor of Audiology Au.D.: GRE

*Speech Language Pathology M.S.: GRE

*Educational Studies and Research M.S.: GRE

*Education (Research, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment): Ph.D.

*Higher Education Administration Ph.D.: GRE

*Special Education M.S.: Praxis II

*Special Education Ph.D.: GRE

*Dyslexia Therapy Education M.Ed.: GRE or Praxis II

*Educational Administration M.Ed.: GRE or Praxis II

*Educational Administration Ed.S.: GRE or Praxis II

*Educational Administration Ed.D.: GRE or Praxis II

*Educational Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed.: GRE or Praxis II

*Biological Science M.S. and Ph.D.: GRE

*Biomedical Science M.S.: GRE, MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test), or DAT (Dental Admission Test)

*Environmental Science M.S.: GRE, MCAT, or DAT

*Geography M.S.: GRE

*Geology M.S.: GRE

*Geographic Information Technology Certificate: GRE

*Medical Laboratory Science M.S.: GRE

*History M.A., M.S. and Ph.D.: GRE

*Criminal Justice and Forensic Science: GRE, GMAT, MAT (Miller Analogies Test), or LSAT (Law School Admissions Test)

*Chemistry M.S. and Ph.D.: GRE For more information about USM graduate programs and admissions requirements, contact the USM Graduate School at 601.266.4369; email; or visit