University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
The University of South Carolina was founded in 1801, the first state college to be supported by annual public appropriations. Having expanded through the years around the original horseshoe-shaped campus, the University today is the state’s largest public institution of higher learning. Expansion in the last twenty years has been particularly rapid, and some of the most striking architecture of the region can be found on the campus. The University has launched the first phase of its research campus in downtown Columbia.
Graduate enrollment averages about 7,300. Approximately 32 percent of the graduate students were from out of state, representing every state and ninety other countries.
Doctoral and master’s program graduates are nationally competitive for academic, research, and leadership positions in national and multinational corporations, public and private institutions, and government agencies and are actively recruited on campus. Graduates seeking placement in the Southeast find positions in the rapidly expanding technology and manufacturing industries, major tourism and service industries, and educational and research institutions.
The Location and Community
Columbia, the capital of the state, has a population of approximately 500,000 residents within the metropolitan area. The University is located near the main downtown areas and the state government complex of buildings. Greater Columbia offers a wide range of cultural attractions and entertainment, including the Koger Center for the Arts, the Colonial Center, the South Carolina Orchestra Association, the Columbia City Ballet, the Columbia Art Museum, South Carolina State Museum, several excellent community and children’s theaters, and the nationally known Riverbanks Zoo. The city is located in the center of the state, and an excellent network of roads makes it easy to drive to the ocean and the mountains. Lake Murray, one of the largest lakes in the state and the setting for a range of aquatic activities, is only 15 miles from Columbia. Golf and tennis may be enjoyed the year round.
Programs of Study and Degree Requirements
The University of South Carolina offers the doctorate, with specializations in anthropology, biology, biomedical science, business administration, chemistry, comparative literature, computer science, economics, education, engineering, English, geography, geology, history, journalism, library and information science, linguistics, marine science, mathematics, music, nursing, pharmacy, philosophy, physical education, physical therapy, physics, political science, psychology, public health, social work, sociology, speech-language pathology, and statistics. Master’s degrees are offered in all the above fields. Students can also earn master’s degrees in accountancy; creative writing; criminology and criminal justice; earth resources management; fine arts; French; genetic counseling; German; hotel, restaurant, and tourism management; human resources; international business; library and information science; media arts; nurse anesthesia; the professional master’s program in the sciences; public administration; religious studies; retailing; Spanish; sports management; teaching; and theater.
Facilities & Resources
The University’s Thomas Cooper Library provides access to more than 7.5 million volumes, periodicals, microfilm entries, and manuscripts in the University system through the USCAN integrated information system. Outstanding research facilities are maintained in the sciences, humanities, and professional disciplines. Computer facilities include an Intel Paragon high-performance parallel computer system and an IBM 3090-400E mainframe computer. An extensive fiber-optic network connects local area networks to the Internet’s global resources. A number of areas of particular research excellence are supported by research centers and institutes, including the Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal Research, the Institute for Biological Research and Technology, the Center for Family in Society, the Southeast Manufacturing Technology Center, the Research Division of the Moore School of Business Administration, the Institute for International Studies, and the Institute for Southern Studies.
Expenses and Aid
Academic fees for full-time study are $4,569 per semester for South Carolina residents and $9,978 per semester for nonresidents. Part-time resident students’ academic fees are $484 per hour; part-time nonresident students’ academic fees are $916 per hour. Academic fees for students in the health professions differ from the above-stated charges. Health-services fees are included for students taking 12 or more hours. Optional activity, athletic, and health-services fees are based on the student’s full- or part-time status. The University reserves the right to alter its charges without notice.
Fellowships are available in many departments. Graduate assistantships are available in most departments and provide competitive stipends. Information about fellowships and assistantships should be obtained from the department of interest..
Graduate students normally live in off-campus housing. A room in a private home averaged $575 per month. An unfurnished apartment without utilities averaged $675 per month (one bedroom) to $775 per month (two bedrooms). The Off-Campus Student Services Office assists students in locating off-campus housing. Total costs per academic year for a single resident student were estimated at $18,500 for tuition, room, board, and general expenses.
How to Apply / Application
Application must be made on Graduate School forms, which must be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of $40. Applications should be submitted by July 1 for the fall semester, November 15 for the spring semester, May 1 for the first summer session, and June 1 for the second summer session. Some programs have earlier application deadlines; therefore, students should contact the academic unit to which they intend to apply. Earlier submission is necessary if financial aid is requested. An application cannot receive final consideration until all required credentials reach the Graduate School, including official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and test scores. Detailed admission requirements are given in the Graduate Studies Bulletin.
A graduate of an international university or college who has completed an academic program equivalent to an American bachelor's degree may apply for admission and financial assistance. Equivalent degrees at international universities and colleges are normally four years in length. International applicants are required to submit with their application an official, certified transcript indicating the nature and scope of their academic training. Only international students interested in seeking a degree and pursuing a full course of study are considered for admission.
You must send official transcripts for each post-secondary institution attended whether or not a degree or diploma was earned. If possible, transcripts should be sent in an unopened envelope under the Registrar's seal. Where applicable, certified copies may be recognized as official. Do NOT send original documents.
An applicant whose native tongue is not English is required to submit a satisfactory score (minimum 570, higher for some programs) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) Academic Course Type 2 exam (minimum score of 6.5, higher for some programs). International applicants who earned a degree (bachelor's or master's) from an accredited US institution are exempt from this requirement.
Who to Contact
The Graduate School
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina 29208
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Graduate Department Heads and Deans
Graduate School: Christine Ebert, Associate Provost and Dean.
• Anthony Edwards, Assistant Dean.
• Judith Giblin James, Associate Dean.
• Dale Moore, Director of Graduate Admissions.
Moore School of Business: Joel A. Smith, Dean.
College of Education: Les Sternberg, Dean.
• Department of Educational Leadership and Policies.
• Department of Educational Studies: James Carper, Chair.
• Department of Instruction and Teacher Education: Ed Dickey, Chair.
• Department of Physical Education: Murray Mitchell, Chair.
College of Engineering and Information Technology: Duncan Buell, Interim Dean
• Department of Chemical Engineering: Michael D. Amiridis, Chair.
• Department of Civil Engineering: M. Hanif Chaudhry, Chair.
• Department of Computer Science and Engineering: Manton M. Mattews, Interim Chair.
• Department of Electrical Engineering: M. Asif Kahn, Chair.
• Department of Mechanical Engineering: Abdel Bayoumi, Chair.
School of the Environment: Bruce C. Coull, Dean.
College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management: Patricia Moody, Dean.
• School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management: Carl Boger, Chair.
• Department of Retailing: Marianne Bickle, Chair.
• Department of Sport and Entertainment Management: Tom H. Regan, Chair.
College of Arts and Sciences: Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, Dean.
• Department of Anthropology: Thomas Leatherman, Chair.
• Department of Art: Phillip C. Dunn, Chair.
• Department of Biology: Sarah Woodin, Chair.
• Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry: Daniel L. Reger, Chair.
• Program in Comparative Literature: Allen Miller, Director.
• Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice: Geoffrey Alpert, Chair.
• Department of English: Steve Lynn, Chair.
• Department of Geography: David J. Cowen, Chair.
• Department of Geological Sciences: James N. Kellogg, Chair.
• Department of History: Patrick Maney, Chair.
• Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures: William Edmiston, Chair.
• Program in Linguistics: Stanley Dubinsky, Director.
• Program in Marine Science: Robert C. Thunell, Director.
• Department of Mathematics: Manfred Stoll, Chair.
• Department of Philosophy: Jerry Hackett, Chair.
• Department of Physics and Astronomy: Fred Myrer, Chair.
• Department of Political Science: Harvey Starr, Chair.
• Department of Psychology: Charles F. Mactutus, Chair.
• Department of Religious Studies: Carl D. Evans, Chair.
• Department of Sociology: Barry Markovsky, Chair.
• Department of Statistics: Don Edwards, Chair.
• Department of Theatre, Speech, and Dance: Jim O’Connor, Chair.
Law School: Burnele V. Powell, Dean.
College of Mass Communications and Information Studies: Charles Bierbauer, Dean.
• School of Journalism and Mass Communications: Shirley Staples Carter, Director.
• School of Library and Information Science: Dan Barron, Director.
School of Medicine: Larry R. Faulkner, Dean.
School of Music: Tayloe Harding, Dean
College of Nursing: Peggy Hewlett, Dean.
College of Pharmacy: Farid Sadik, Dean.
Arnold School of Public Health: Donna Richter, Dean.
• Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders: Elaine Frank, Chair.
• Department of Environmental Health Science: G. Thomas Chandler, Chair.
• Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics: John Vena, Chair.
• Department of Exercise Science: J. Larry Durstine, Chair.
• Department of Health Services Policy and Management: Carleen Stoskopf, Chair.
• Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior: Ken Watkins, Interim Chair.
College of Social Work: Dennis Poole, Dean.
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