University of Southern Mississippi Graduate Programs and Assistantships -- Applications Open for Fall 2023

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January 1, 2023 to February 5, 2023
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Military History, Public History, Women's & Gender History / Studies


The University of Southern Mississippi invites applications to our MA and PhD programs in History, as well as our public history graduate certificate program, beginning in Fall 2023. Southern Miss offers graduate assistantships that include full tuition remission and competitive stipends at both the MA and PhD levels, and graduate students have opportunities for specialized training in digital humanities through USM's Center for Digital Humanities. Opportunities for specialized training in military history is available through the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society, and specialized training in Southern and Gulf South histories is available through the Center for the Study of the Gulf South.

Southern Miss History offers a wide breadth of courses taught by our talented faculty, coupled with their dedication to closely mentoring graduate students at every level. Our graduate students regularly present their work at conferences and actively publish their scholarship. We have had students go on to outstanding universities for further study and have placed students in notable academic, military, and public history jobs across the country. The size of our History programs allows for close faculty-student interaction and mentoring on issues such as historic content and historiography, research methods and digital scholarship, writing and editing, teaching, and professional development. Our students work closely with their chair, graduate committee members, and other members of the faculty throughout their time in the program. We care not only about what our students learn in the classroom, but also their ability to be productive and fulfilled scholars, teachers, and citizens when they leave Southern Miss.

Our thematic and methodological strengths include war & society, military history, the study of the Gulf South, race and ethnicity, Black history, women and gender, oral history, public history, and digital humanities. We also offer dual MA programs with Anthropology and Library and Information Science. USM’s internationally renowned Dale Center for the Study of War & Society, as well as the Center for the Study of the Gulf South, the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, and the Center for Digital Humanities offer assistantships, methodological training and professionalization opportunities, and funding for graduate student conference and research travel. The History Graduate Society and USM’s Graduate Student Senate offer opportunities for graduate students to have a voice in programmatic and university governance.  

To be considered for a graduate assistantship, applications are due February 1, 2023. For applicants not seeking an assistantship, the application deadline is June 30, 2023. For more information, please visit USM History's graduate website: or contact Dr. Heather Marie Stur, Director of Graduate Studies:

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Contact Info: 

Dr. Heather Marie Stur

Director of Graduate Studies, History

University of Southern Mississippi

Phone: 601-266-4779


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