University of Southern Mississippi

Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi opened its doors as a small teachers’ college. Today, the University has grown into a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven institution with a proud history and an eye on the future.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Journalism & Media (1)
Law (1)



March 30, 1910: Mississippi Normal College is founded by a legislative act as the state’s first state-supported teachers training school. The school’s five original buildings are built on 120 acres of cutover timber land donated by H.A. Camp, A.A. Montague and Dr. T.E. Ross.


Undergraduate: 90+ academic programs, convenient locations, active student life, affordable value.Graduate: 80+ academic programs and the Carnegie Foundation's designation of "high research activity."The most fully online degree programs and online courses in Mississippi. Degree-seeking students must meet admission requirements.Southern Miss hosts international students from 60+ countries and welcomes international applicants.


Office of Research Administration contributes to the university’s responsibilities for education, research and service by assisting members of the campus community as they seek external support for their research, creative and other scholarly activities. ORA is also responsible for post award administration of contracts and grants awarded to the university.The USM Center for Undergraduate Research was established in October 2011. The overall mission of the center is to enhance the undergraduate experience by promoting and supporting student-faculty collaborations in research, creative projects and scholarship.


  • Pre-professional programs are available for law and a variety of health-related fields.
  • Career Services hosts job fairs, resume-writing and job-interview workshops and etiquette lessons for formal dining in a business setting.
  • The Southern Miss Alumni Association can help graduate members network for jobs.

University Ranking

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Housing services

The Department of Residence Life at Southern Miss offers a safe place for students to live, while making the most of their social and academic lives. With 24 residence halls housing more than 3,000 students, living on campus is convenient and is a great way to get involved!

Library services

The Gulf Coast Library in Long Beach and Gunter Library in Ocean Springs serve The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast campus.Cook Library, located on the Hattiesburg campus, contains the principal collections of books, periodicals, microforms, government documents, and other materials which directly support the research and instructional programs at all levels.

Student Life

Campus life

Home to The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg blends a college town atmosphere with an upscale entertainment district downtown and numerous outdoor opportunities.You'll see plenty of black and gold in local shops and restaurants that support Southern Miss. Dining opportunities abound, particularly local flavors such as New Orleans-style seafood, fried catfish and barbecue.

Student clubs

International Student Organizations:

  • Chinese Students & Scholars Association
  • Indian Student Association at Hattiesburg, MS
  • Korean Student Association
  • Vietnamese Student Association

West Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States