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Graduate School

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About Us

We work to enrich the graduate student experience and education by providing administrative services for graduate programs and protecting academic excellence and integrity.

Mission Statement

The Graduate School at the University of South Carolina is a service unit committed to enhancing the experience of graduate students and the faculty and staff with whom they work. We provide timely, consistent, and accurate information; adapt and enforce meaningful policies to ensure academic integrity; track student success; and build bridges across campus and community as we showcase our diverse and talented graduate student body.


Vision Statement

An innovative, flexible and dynamic organization, the Graduate School at the University of South Carolina seeks to become a collaborative guide celebrated for responsive and efficient service. We strive to provide accessible and trusted leadership to the campus and higher education communities.



  1. Better serve the needs of students, applicants, faculty, staff and other members of the university community.
  2. Provide meaningful professional development, academic enrichment and student services to enhance student experience
  3. Establish effective internal and external communication, including enhanced marketing and recruitment material, with prospective and current students, graduate faculty and other stakeholders.
  4. Advance the reputation of USC as a top ranked research institution by enhancing public and university awareness of the importance and value of graduate education at USC.



The University of South Carolina offers more than 230 different graduate and certificate programs, with students representing 49 states and 83 different countries.


The Graduate School is formally instituted. Prior to that, students wanting to pursue a graduate degree undertook an individually designed course of study, working alongside faculty members and taking additional courses.


The University of South Carolina awards its first Ph.D. USC was one of the first universities to confer the doctoral degree.


The University of South Carolina is founded. 

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