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College of Graduate Studies | Admission Requirements

All applications to the College of Graduate Studies must be submitted online. If you are unable to apply online you must petition the office of the Dean for special accommodation explaining why you are unable to apply online. Applicants should apply online at Domestic applicants to the Ph.D. program in the College of Graduate Studies (except for the PhD in Nursing) are exempt from the online application fee. All masters level and international students MUST pay a $95 online application fee without exception, and this fee must accompany the application when filed. (For details concerning specific and required fees, please refer to the General Information section of this Bulletin.) Applications may be submitted within the dates specified at, but to ensure best consideration for fall admission, applications for the Ph.D. program should be completed as early as possible. Deadlines for applicants to the M.S. programs are listed on the information page for the M.S. programs. In general, applicants to the Ph.D. program are expected to have a Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) V + Q scores approaching the 70th percentile and a significant research experience for admission.

The applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution of higher learning or a doctorate from a professional school. For admission as a regular student, the transcript must show sufficient and satisfactory undergraduate preparation in the sciences and a satisfactory score on the GRE. Letters of appraisal from three references are required. Final and official transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate credits must be submitted. Completed applications are forwarded to the college’s admissions committee which examines the transcripts, personal statements and CV, GRE scores, research experiences, and letters of appraisal in determining whether the applicant meets admission requirements.

At the time of acceptance for admission to the College of Graduate Studies, the applicant must submit a matriculation fee.

All graduate students are required to subscribe to the Honor Code and the Code of Conduct at the time of initial registration. Students in the First Year Curriculum are required to have a computer for coursework. Though the library has computers suitable for most course assignments, having your own computer would be optimal. Students in the Department of Public Health Sciences should contact the department for special computer requirements.

Ph.D. students interested in Biomedical Sciences choose a department or program after completion of the first year interdisciplinary core curriculum, which includes exposure to all the programs and three laboratory rotations.

Any student currently enrolled in a degree program at the master or doctoral level may apply to other colleges at MUSC, but if accepted, is required to finish his/her degree program before matriculating.

International Students
Exceptional international applicants may be considered for a stipend. Because several months may be required for securing needed information and for processing an application from abroad, foreign nationals are urged to submit complete information as early as possible. In addition to other official entrance credentials, those applicants whose native language is not English must submit the official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or IELTS score) in addition to the official results of the GRE. The TOEFL or IELTS score must not be more than two years old. The GRE score must not be more than five years old. Final consideration cannot be granted to an international student’s application for admission until these official scores are received by the Office of Enrollment Management.

If an international applicant has graduated or will graduate from an institution that uses English as the language of instruction, the TOEFL may be waived upon request.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Each applicant for admission must submit scores on the General Test of the GRE. Scores more than five years old are not acceptable.

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Classification of Students
At the time of acceptance, each student is classified in one of the following categories and designated as full-time (if at least nine credit hours are carried in courses or research) or part-time (if fewer than nine credit hours are carried).

  1. Regular – Students who have met all requirements for admission and will be working toward a degree.
  2. Visiting – Students in good standing in another school who wish to enroll for a course and who plan to return thereafter to their former college. Visiting students will not be required to submit transcripts, etc., but must submit at least two weeks before registration a statement from their dean that they are in good standing in their school. An official transcript of their work at MUSC will be sent to their dean. This admission does not require approval of the Graduate Admissions Committee.
  3. Non-Degree – Students are allowed to take courses subject to approval by the Dean and course director.
Last Published with Edits:August 3, 2015 10:49 AM
Last Comprehensive Review: August 2015

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