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The University of Southern Mississippi

Apply for a Degree

Investing in an education is like investing in your future, and Southern Miss offers you an affordable pathway toward achieving your academic goals. We provide quality courses at a low cost and can point you in the right direction if you need financial aid.

Apply for a Bachelor's Degree

Ready to apply? Follow these steps for success:

1. Go choose.usm.edu and select Online at the top of the page.

2. Link to Undergrad Apply.

3. Choose the appropriate semester for admission.

4. Choose a status of either first-time freshman, first-time transfer, or previous USM student.

5. Once you choose a status, you will be required to create an account.

6. Complete the Personal and Additional Information sections.

7. When you get to the Major section, you will choose your major from a drop down

box and then you will be prompted to choose a Campus. Choose the ONLINE campus. If online is not an option, then you have chosen a major that is not offered online. For a list of fully online undergraduate degrees, please go to: online.usm.edu .

8. Complete the remaining sections of the application and submit.

9. Once the application has been processed, you will receive an email with your Southern Miss student ID number.  If you have any questions for University personnel, please use this ID number and not your social security number.

10. Deadlines for applying for admission are as follows:

  • A. Spring 2017 ~ January 10th
  • B. Summer 2017~ Not yet available
  • C. Fall 2017 freshmen~ June 30th
  • D. Fall 2017 transfer students~ August 11th

11. View requirements for ACT scores, transcripts, etc.

12. Once your admissions has been processed and you have been accepted, you will receive an email and letter indicating so.

13. After you receive your acceptance information, please email Linda Bass, Online Student Support Specialist, at Linda.Bass@usm.edu, and she will put you in touch with your program chair for advisement.

Apply for a Graduate Degree

Ready to apply? Follow these steps for success:

1. Go choose.usm.edu and select Online at the top of the page.

2. Click the link to Grad Apply.

3. Choose the appropriate semester for admission from the drop down box at the top of the page.

4. Select your degree and program from the appropriate college. You will automatically be directed to a sign in page.

5. Follow the instructions for creating an account and sign in.

6. In the Enrollment Information section you will select your major. Please select online as your campus.

7. As an online student, you will also need to complete a section indicating the city, state or country of your primary residence during your enrollment.

8. Complete the remaining sections of the application and submit.

9. Application deadlines vary by program.

10. Once all required application materials have been received, including application fee, recommendation letters, transcripts, etc., the materials will be made available to the program admissions committee for review. The Graduate School must receive all of the required application materials and fees before your file can be sent to a department or school for processing.

11. The program will send its recommendation back to the Graduate School, and they will notify you in writing of the decision.

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