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  • A shady tree-lined path on campus in the late afternoon sun leading to multiple historical university buildings.

Why South Carolina

With top-ranked degree programs, a buzzing campus life in a vibrant city and beautiful weather year-round, the real question is: why not South Carolina?

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Degree Programs & Application Requirements 

We offer 230+ graduate degree programs, many of which rank among the top in the country.


#1 in South Carolina for Faculty Research Productivity

According to The National Research Council.

56 Programs Ranked Among the Best in the Country

#1 nationally in programs across Business, Public Health, Nursing, Hospitality and Sport Management. 

Tremendous Value

Considered a Best Value education by Kiplinger’s and Forbes.

A Leader in Research and Service

One of a select few universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation's top tier designation in both research activity and community engagement.


Scholarly Opportunities

Research with World Renowned Faculty 

Our faculty research topped a record $258.1 million for the last fiscal year and continues to expand.

Compete for National Fellowships

Our graduate students consistently win top national fellowships, netting millions of dollars in awards.

Integrated Learning Experiences

Most of our students are graduate assistants, giving them hands-on experiences complementing their coursework.


Graduate Life

Nestled in the heart of downtown Columbia, our students are afforded a wealth of cultural, intellectual, recreational and service opportunities.

Hard to Beat Value

Columbia boasts an extremely low cost of living, which – when combined with our top-flight programs at affordable rates – makes the value of the graduate experience at South Carolina tough to beat.


Our Historic, Sustainable Campus

The Horseshoe

Located in the heart of campus, the Horseshoe is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The shaded green space features the first free-standing college library in the country, a museum home to more than 140,000 objects and the Maxcy Monument. 

Green Awards & Recognition

Many of our buildings incorporate ecologically responsible design.

Commended for Sustainability by:
  • LEED
  • The National Wildlife Federation
  • Princeton Review
Bike-Friendly Campus

The League of American Cyclists has recognized our campus for its bike-friendly culture and sustainable transportation initiatives.


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Application requirements, supporting materials and deadlines for all graduate school programs. 

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