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University of Mississippi

Current Graduate Students

Meet a few award-winning graduate students

Meghna Bhattacharya

Meghna Bhattacharya, PhD Physics 21

With her internationally recognized work on the Muon g-2 experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), “Meghna Bhattacharya has been a …



Zach Redding, PhD Psychology 21

For his master’s project, Redding studied pharmacological approaches for reducing attentional lapses in rats. This work was presented at the …



Jemar Tisby, PhD History 21

Author of the New York Times bestseller The Color of Compromise, president and cofounder of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, and cohost of the podcast …



Martha Grace Mize,
MA Anthropology & Southern Studies 21

“My research, focused on rural economic development efforts in the Alabama Black Belt, has only added to my plans to work with and for local communities in the …



Allison M. Serraes, PhD English 20

Serraes’ work with UM’s Prison-to-College Pipeline Program serving incarcerated students shaped her research and future plans. She received a …



Sayontani Sinha Roy,
PhD Chemistry & Biochemistry 21

“Finding cleaner alternative energy sources is the need of the hour. It is especially important for countries where the persistent energy crisis is the bottleneck of …


Donald L. Dyer

Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs
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From chemistry to second language studies to music to psychology, the College of Liberal Arts is proud to house graduate programs that span the fine & performing arts, humanities, natural sciences & mathematics, and social sciences.

The University of Mississippi is an R-1 (very high research) institution of higher learning, a place where graduate education is greatly valued and supported. Students in our graduate programs are taught by and work with the country’s leading experts in many disciplines, and prepare for a wide range of careers.

The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Mississippi is home to no fewer than 36 programs in graduate studies. These include 12 doctoral degree programs and 24 master’s degree programs, as listed below.

Currently, 370 students are pursuing doctoral degrees, and 200 are studying in our master’s degree programs. During the past decade, the College has seen significant increases in a number of areas, including total enrollment in its Ph.D. programs (nearly 40%), women in doctoral programs (36%) and number of minority students (81%).

Welcome to our community of scholars!

Graduate Programs

Department Graduate Programs of Study Master’s Doctoral Emphasis or Concentration Certificate Grad Minor Graduate Coordinator
Art & Art History Art MFA Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture Mr. Durant Thompson
Biology Biological Science MS PhD Dr. Jason Hoeksema
Center for the Study of Southern Culture Documentary Expression MFA Dr. Catarina Passidomo
Center for the Study of Southern Culture Southern Studies MA Dr. Catarina Passidomo
Chemistry & Biochemistry Chemistry MS DA, PhD Dr. Ryan Fortenberry
College of Liberal Arts Medieval Studies Dr. Mary Hayes
Economics Economics MA PhD Dr. Natalie Kolesnikova
English Creative Writing MFA Dr. Matthew Bondurant
English English MA PhD Dr. Jason Solinger
English English PhD Creative Writing Dr. Matthew Bondurant
Graduate School Applied Statistics
History History MA PhD Dr. Rebecca Marchiel
Mathematics Mathematics MA, MS PhD Dr. Bing Wei
Modern Languages Modern Languages MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL, Languages (French, German, Spanish), Linguistics TESOL and Linguistics programs coordinator: Dr. Maria Fionda; French, German, Spanish: Dr. Diane Marting
Modern Languages Second Language Studies PhD Applied Linguistics, Spanish Dr. Felice Coles
Modern Languages TESOL Dr. Maria Fionda
Music Music MM Choral Conducting, Collaborative Piano, Ethnomusicology, Music Education, Music Performace (Instrumental, Piano, Vocal), Music Theory, Musicology Dr. Rhonda Hackworth
Music Music PhD Music Education Dr. Rhonda Hackworth
Philosophy & Religion Philosophy MA Dr. Donovon Wishon
Physics & Astronomy Physics MA, MS PhD Dr. Cecille Labuda
Political Science Political Science MA PhD Dr. Benjamin Thomas Jones
Psychology Psychology MA PhD Clinical Psychology, Experimental Psychology Experimental: Dr. Stephanie Miller; Clinical: Dr. Todd Smitherman
Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies Interdisciplinary Studies MA, MS Gender Studies Dr. Jaime Harker
Sociology & Anthropology Anthropology MA Dr. Caroline Freiwald
Sociology & Anthropology Sociology MA Dr. Kirk Johnson


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