Dec 08, 2019  
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economic Development, M.S.


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Chad Miller, Ph.D.
Program Director
118 College Drive, Box 5022
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
601.266.6666

The goal of the Economic Development program is to assist students in acquiring professional competency in the concepts, skills, working tools, and creative approaches essential to those involved in the field of economic development, whether at the community, state, regional, national, or international level.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Have a 3.0 (4.0 scale) grade point average over the last two years of the student's undergraduate studies.
  2. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Exam (GRE) - A candidate should strive to achieve a good balance of verbal and quantitative area scores. Official scores must be submitted to the Graduate School. Applicants who have previously earned a Master's degree or higher qualify for a test score waiver. Applicants who can demonstrate 5 years or more of progressively responsible, managerial work experience may request test waiver consideration; work experience test waivers are reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee in the College of Business and are approved on a case-by-case basis. Students whose native language is not English must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score.
  3. Provide three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study.
  4. In exceptional cases, students may be admitted conditionally. Such students must earn a 3.0 on the first nine (9) semester hours of coursework numbered 500 or above or on all coursework taken while completing this nine (9) hour requirement in order to qualify for regular admission.
  5. Students may be required to take some prerequisite courses in geography or business.
  6. Submit statement of purpose and goals, and resume.

Integrity Assurance Program (IAP)

All faculty holding Regular or Associate graduate faculty status must complete CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments. All graduate students must complete the CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The IAP policy and training information are found on the Graduate School web page – www.usm.edu/graduate-school. Contact the Dean of the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding the policy of training information.

Advanced Coursework (30 hours)


Advanced course requirements for the M.S. in Economic Development are as follows:

Graduation Requirements


Students must complete course requirements with at least a 3.0 GPA for all graduate courses taken. In addition, all general requirements of The Graduate School must be met. This includes successful completion of a written or oral comprehensive examination.

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