University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, MS

https://www.usm.edu/english

We draw a unique demographic–brave souls who venture South to be part of our community, a particularly close-knit band of writers who believe that art is too important to be dead serious about, and who work very hard while keeping a sense of fun.

Degrees Offered

MA, PhD

Genres

Fiction, Poetry

Residency type

Full

Program length

30 credit hours (MA), 54 credit hours (PhD)

Financial Aid

A limited number of assistantships are available for entering graduate students. As well as a full tuition waiver for the fall and spring semesters, assistantships carry a $12,000 stipend for the academic year. Teaching assistant assignments are twenty hours per week, and may include teaching freshman composition, tutoring in the Writing Center, assisting professors with their research, grading for World Literature classes or providing administrative support in the department office. Duties are assigned by the department chair and are non-negotiable. Assistantships are awarded for one year, and are renewable (pending successful performance of duties both academic and assignment-related) for one additional year for masters candidates and two additional years for doctoral candidates.

Teaching opportunities

Yes

Editorial opportunities

Each year 2 T.A.'s are assigned Associate Editors of MISSISSIPPI REVIEW. Also, students in our Literary Publication Seminar serve as credited Assistant Editors of MR's yearly Prize Issue.

Graduates

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