At The University of Southern Mississippi graduate education is more than just advanced study in a specific discipline.  Graduate education at Southern Miss also encourages the holistic development of our students through opportunities for personal and professional growth that enrich their lives.  Professionals in Preparation, a professional development program for graduate students, is designed to cultivate “transferable skills” that cross disciplinary boundaries, set our graduates apart from others in the increasingly competitive job market, and prepare them to be a positive force in our global society.

    • Master's Students
    • Doctoral Students
    • Specialist Students
    Skills Emphasized
    • Effective communication
    • Writing
    • Professional networking
    • Academic and non-academic job opportunities and entrepreneurship
    • Job interviews and etiquette
    • Mentoring
    • Leadership
    • Research ethics
    Services Offered
    • Seminars
    • Workshops
    • Panel and group discussions
    • Communications competitions
    • Graduate/undergraduate mentorship
    • University and/or community service opportunities
    External Partners
    • No external partners identified.
    University Collaborations
    • The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation
    • Learning Enhancement Center
    • University libraries
    • Office of Research Integrity
    • Offices of the Provost, Research, External Affairs, Student Affairs
    • Speaking and Writing Centers


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