Graduate School

The University of Mississippi

Admissions during COVID

The Graduate School at the University of Mississippi recognizes that COVID-19 affects our prospective students and applicants just as it affects our current students. We know that many applicants planned to take a test required as part of admissions to one of our programs and are not going to be able to do so. We have allowed programs that are still accepting applications to waive the requirements for standardized tests should they wish to do so. This waiver only applies for admission for the 2021 spring and fall terms. Information about the University of Mississippi Graduate School’s support for students during COVID-19 can be found on our In This Together website.

If you are interested in any of these programs, we encourage you to contact us about your interest regardless of any published deadlines.

Please check back regularly as additional programs may elect to waive the standardized test requirement(s) for admission.

Below is a list of programs that are participating as well as the specific tests they are waiving (in some cases, programs may waive the requirement for one test and not another).

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Program Waived Test Requirement(s) for Spring 2021 Waived Test Requirement(s) for Summer 2021 Waived Test Requirement(s) for Fall 2021
Anthropology, MA N/A N/A GRE
Education, Early Childhood, MEd GRE/Praxis II Content Field/Praxis II PLT GRE/Praxis II Content Field/Praxis II PLT GRE/Praxis II Content Field/Praxis II PLT
Education, Ed Leadership, EdD & PhD GRE GRE GRE
Education, Elementary Ed, MEd, EdS & EdD GRE/Praxis II Content Field/Praxis II PLT GRE/Praxis II Content Field/Praxis II PLT GRE/Praxis II Content Field/Praxis II PLT
Education, Secondary Ed, MEd, EdS, & PhD GRE/Praxis II Content Field/Praxis II PLT GRE/Praxis II Content Field/Praxis II PLT GRE/Praxis II Content Field/Praxis II PLT
Education, Special Ed, MEd, EdS & PhD GRE/Praxis II Content Field/Praxis II PLT GRE/Praxis II Content Field/Praxis II PLT GRE/Praxis II Content Field/Praxis II PLT
Engineering, Civil, MS & PhD GRE GRE GRE
Engineering, Environmental, MS & PhD GRE GRE GRE
Engineering, Mechanical, MS & PhD GRE N/A N/A
English, MA, MFA & PhD N/A N/A GRE
Food & Nutrition Services, MS GRE N/A GRE
Integrating Marketing Communication, MS N/A N/A GRE
Journalism, MA N/A N/A GRE
Modern Languages, Linguistics, MA GRE N/A GRE
Music, MM & PhD GRE N/A GRE
Nutrition & Hospitality Management, PhD GRE N/A GRE
Pharmacy, Industrial Pharmacy, MS N/A N/A GRE
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutics, MS & PhD GRE N/A GRE
Philosophy, MA GRE N/A GRE
Physics, MA, MS & PhD GRE N/A GRE
Psychology – Experimental, PhD N/A N/A GRE
Sociology, MA GRE N/A GRE
Southern Studies, MA N/A N/A GRE
Southern Studies, Documentary Exp, MFA N/A N/A GRE

 

 

 

 

Language proficiency assessment for international scholars

To satisfy the English proficiency requirement, the Graduate School accepts a wide variety of English tests, including TOEFL and IELTS, and is currently also accepting the Duolingo English Test (DET) on a case-by-case basis for applicants who have been impacted by test center closures. Please see https://international.olemiss.edu/english-proficiency-requirements-11-2019/ for additional details about language proficiency requirements and exemptions.

 

Holistic Application Review

The University of Mississippi Graduate School encourages programs to review applications holistically and to take seriously the challenges that applicants have faced and are facing during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), with ~500 member colleges and universities—including The University of Mississippi—has issued a statement recommending “holistic review as a good admissions practice that benefits programs, institutions, and students under any circumstances”, particularly during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement can be found at the following webpage:

https://cgsnet.org/cgs-statement-graduate-admissions-during-covid-19-pandemic-0