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).
|Program||Waived Test Requirement(s) for Spring 2021||Waived Test Requirement(s) for Summer 2021||Waived Test Requirement(s) for Fall 2021|
|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|
|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|
|Physics, MA, MS & PhD||GRE||N/A||GRE|
|Psychology – Experimental, PhD||N/A||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: