Graduation requirements are determined by the individual college and major area of
study. Most degrees require a minimum of 124 hours with a minimum USM grade point
average of 2.0. Of the required hours, 50% must be earned at a senior institution,
and 45 hours of the 50% applied to the degree must be upper division (300-400 level)
courses. Students must earn at least 21 of last 30 semester hours from Southern Miss
The Advisement Report (also called the DPR) includes all the degree requirements necessary
to receive an undergraduate degree.
The DPR (with option of PDF view) is available for students to print via their Academic
Requirements link on their SOAR self service page.
Graduate students print their “GRD11” which includes graduate degree requirements
also via SOAR self service page.
Questions concerning your degree requirements should be directed to your college dean’s
office or the Graduate School for graduate students
Some courses may or may not be substituted for other degree requirements depending
on extenuating circumstances, availability, requirements, GPA, etc. Students must
get ALL substitution requests approved and documented PRIOR to completion.
Students begin the process to file for their degree by completing the degree application
form for their major via the Graduation Application link on their SOAR self service
Graduation with Latin designations will be granted to undergraduate students who complete
the requirements for Senior Honors in the Honors College or filing for an Alternate
Honors Designation one calendar year prior to graduation. The Latin designations
are based on completion of various criteria and USM grade point averages. Minimum
grade point averages for Cum Laude requires 3.25-3.49; Magna Cum Laude requires 3.50-3.79;
Summa Cum Laude requires 3.80 or above. The University does not round GPAs.
Undergraduate students who do not participate in the Honors College can obtain an
honors designation at graduation with the USM grade point average of 3.50 or higher;
Highest Honors designation with the USM grade point average of 3.80 or higher
For additional assistance regarding the graduation ceremony, contact the Degree Auditors
in the Registrar’s Office in Kennard-Washington Hall, room 110.
Diplomas are typically mailed to graduates approximately 5 weeks after graduation
barring any financial obligations to the University.
Students who need a replacement or duplicate diploma may request one by completing
the “Replacement Diploma Request” form from the Registrar’s website (www.usm.edu/registrar/forms)
Replacement diplomas cost $30 per diploma
The Academic Council has placed a capstone requirement for all undergraduates completing
their baccalaureate degree. Students are required to complete capstone designated
courses prior to graduation.
Capstone courses are noted in the class notes and on the transcript as ‘Capstone’
Capstone courses that are required for degrees vary depending on the student’s major.
See the University Bulletin for specific degree requirements
The Academic Council has placed a writing intensive requirement for all undergraduates
completing their baccalaureate degree. Students are required to complete a minimum
of 9 hours of writing intensive designated courses prior to graduation.
Writing intensive courses are noted in the class notes and on the transcript as ‘Writing
Writing intensive courses that are required for degrees vary depending on the student’s
major. See the University Bulletin for specific degree requirements.