Hattiesburg, MS

School Details

In 1910, what is now the University of Southern Mississippi was founded as Mississippi Normal College by a legislative act as the state’s first state-supported teachers training school. The college began conferring bachelor's degrees in 1922, and it became the State Teacher's College. Finally in 1962, the college achieved university status and became the University of Southern Mississippi. The institution has a mission "to be a model student-centered public research university that prepares students to thrive in a global society by providing high quality programs and transformative experiences in a community distinguished by inclusiveness."

USM offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and certificates from the following colleges:

  • College of Arts & Letters
  • College of Business
  • College of Education & Psychology
  • College of Health
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Science & Technology

Many degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels can be earned completely online through the department of Online Learning.

Accreditation & Licensing

University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

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Art & Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Liberal Studies Master of Music Education


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Certificate in Casino Management Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations Graduate Certificate in Sport Security Management Master of Business Administration Master of Business Administration / Sport Event Security Management Master of Science in Logistics, Trade & Transportation Master of Science in Sport Management

Computer Science & IT

Bachelor of Science in Applied Technology


Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Bachelor of Science in Library & Information Science Doctor of Education in Education Administration Doctor of Education in Higher Education Graduate Certificate in Archives & Special Collections Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Graduate Certificate in Youth Services & Literature Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages / TESOL Master of Education in Educational Administration & Supervision Master of Education in Educational Curriculum & Instruction / Elementary Education Master of Education in Special Education Master of Library & Information Science Master of Science in Instructional Technology Master of Science in Sport Coaching Education


Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Technology Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Technology


Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Certificate in Management of Child Nutrition Master of Public Health / Health Policy & Administration Master of Science in Kinesiology / Physical Education Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Master of Science in Nutrition & Food Systems

Psychology & Human Services

Bachelor of Science in Child & Family Studies / Child Development Bachelor of Science in Sociology Master of Science in Child & Family Studies

Religion & Philosophy

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy