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Attracted by some of the best graduate programs in the nation and inspired to achieve in the University of South Carolina’s energetic campus environment, more than 6,500 graduate students call Carolina their academic home.

Graduate School Frequently Asked Questions

Common concerns for applicants, new and continuing students and recent graduates

UofSC Education Alumna Wins SC Teacher of the Year

"“I realized that my true calling was to become a teacher. Teaching would allow me to help create opportunities for many children.” [Chandra] Jefferson earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences in 2009 from the College of Arts and Sciences and a master’s degree in teaching from the College of Education in 2011. That fall, she began her first year of teaching at C.A. Johnson High School in Columbia."

Story: May Graduate Leverages Ph.D. in Exercise Science to Educate Future Athletic Trainers

"Amy Fraley Hand attended her first USC football game when she was just two months old. Her father went to South Carolina for both his bachelor’s and law degrees, and she always knew she’d become a Gamecock herself."

Public Health Graduate Joins Master of Speech Pathology Program

"Briemma Wilson has always been interested in helping people. Ever since she was a kid growing up in Blythewood, South Carolina, she tried to put herself in others’ shoes. Her strong sense of empathy naturally made her curious about the health care field."

Physician Completes UofSC MPH Program

"Matthew Haldeman’s first trip to Africa took him a long way from the small town in Ohio where he grew up. That six-week international rotation as a fourth-year medical student was his first experience with tropical medicine. Working alongside a missionary at the only medical clinic on a remote island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania, Haldeman looked through the lens of a microscope to diagnose and treat patients’ malaria and other parasitic diseases."

Biomedical Science Student Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

"Second-year Ph.D. candidate Katy Pilarzyk developed a passion for studying the brain while taking Psychology 101 during her freshman year at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay."

UofSC Graduate Students Assist in Community Art Projects

"Stormwater Studios presents "Layers of Us," a free art exhibition that will be open from May 22 to June 2. The works in "Layers of Us" were created by participants of community art projects assisted by UofSC faculty and graduate students."


Fellowship Awarded to UofSC Poetry MFA Student

"The first notice came from the Ph.D. program in English at the University of Wisconsin. Then came an offer from the University of Houston. Then Florida State. After that, she got a call from one of the most prestigious creative writing fellowships in the country, the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford."

MSW Students Visit Immigrant Detention Center

"Last week, Master of Social Work students in Assistant Professor Benjamin Roth’s immigration policy class visited and spoke with individuals at an immigrant detention center in southwestern Georgia. They also toured at a nearby home to serve detained immigrants, families and friends."

Discover USC 2019 Recap

"The third annual Discover USC showcase, held Friday, April 26, was a huge success. The event welcomed more than 1,000 presentations, and more than 2,300 attendees, including hundreds of reviewers, mentors and visitors, and dozens of volunteers."

Graduate Student Association Message

A message from the President of the Graduate Student Association.

UofSC’s 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Winners and Honorable Mentions

"One UofSC undergraduate student, two graduate students, and seven alumni have been awarded 2019 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF)."

Top 10 Tips for Graduate Students

It’s a new semester. Here are 10 tips to help you with your graduate degree program.

UofSC's Online Nursing and Education Graduate Programs Ranked Nationally

The University of South Carolina's Nursing and Education online graduate programs excelled in a recent annual ranking released by the U.S. News and World Report.

UofSC Graduate Student Completes Master of Public Health Degree to Improve Health in Vietnam

Dr. Ly Tran is a Vietnamese physician who received her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the UofSC Arnold School of Public Health in December 2018. Dr. Tran chose to focus on public health after attending medical school and discovering that there was a need for research and data analysis focused on improving physical health, diet, mental health and chronic illness.

UofSC College of Education Graduate Student Studies Impact of Hip-Hop in African Communities

Noella “Binda” Niati, a UofSC College of Education doctoral candidate,  is exploring the transformative power of hip-hop in education through her research in the Educational Foundations and Inquiry program. 

Story: UofSC Graduate Student Artist Alumna

Graduate student alumna and theater department MFA recipient, Monica Wyche states "I think my time at USC really prepared me for a life as an artist".

UofSC Ranks High in U.S. News & World Report Graduate School Publication

U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate School publication, released Tuesday (March 12) shows several UofSC graduate programs ranked among the nation's best.


Graduate Student Mental Health

With graduate students potentially more than six times as likely as the general population to experience depression and anxiety, as one study showed, what can be done to best address the needs of the graduate student population?