Admissions

Apply to the Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C. where we're excited to offer a challenging, student-centered education through our master's degree programs and graduate certificates

Here's how to get started:

  • Check the admissions requirements for the program in which you are interested.
  • Set aside money for application fees, entrance exams, transcripts, etc.
  • Determine which entrance exam you will need to take. Study, and take a practice test so you know what areas you will need to focus on while studying. 
  • Register for and take the entrance exam.
  • If your primary language is not English, complete one of the approved English language proficiency exams.
  • Solicit letters of recommendation.
  • Begin investigating sources of funding and complete your FAFSA.
  • Write your statement of purpose or goals.
  • Request transcripts from all academic institutions you have attended. Please note that if you are submitting transcripts from an institution that is located outside the USA, you will be required to have them evaluated.
  • Submit your application.
  • If you are an applicant to an MAT program, complete and submit the required ADA statement form.

General admission requirements vary by program.  Check the individual program pages for required materials for your degree or certificate program.

Application Deadlines


 Application

 Priority Deadline*

 Final Deadline

 Application Closes

Fall Domestic

 January 15

 July 1

 July 2

Fall International

 January 15

 March 1

 July 2

 Summer Domestic

 January 15

 April 1

 April 2

Summer International

 January 15

 January 15

 April 2

 Spring Domestic

 November 1

 December 1

 December 2

Spring International

 July 15

 September 1

 December 2

Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships


Tuition and Funding Options
Current and comprehensive tuition and fees can be found on the Treasurer's website here.

Assistantships
Students are encouraged to apply for the assistantships available in their graduate programs. Students who are awarded an assistantship are eligible for additional funding. You can find more information about the available assistantships here.

Scholarships
The Graduate School also offers scholarship and fellowship opportunities to degree-seeking applications. Details about the scholarships and their criteria can be found here.

International Student Information


International students are welcome at the Graduate School.
  • Required Documentation

    • Copy of current US visa (H-type or J-type) or residency card. If you are seeking a student visa (F-1), the process will be handled by the Center for International Education. If you have any questions or need guidance about securing a student visa, please do not hesitate to contact them.
    • Copy of current, valid passport picture page.
    • Official copy of undergraduate transcripts. Non-US transcripts must be evaluated by a credentialing service. There are a variety of credentialing services available, and the Graduate School has partnerships with two online credentialing services to make it as easy as possible for you:
      • International Education Evaluations, Inc. - Applicants receive a discount for digital delivery and avoid mailing fees.
      • SpanTran
    • If you prefer to utilize a mail-in service, other approved credentialing services include:
      • World Education Services, Inc.
      • Educational Perspectives
      • Educational Credential Evaluators
    • Proof of English Language Proficiency via any of the following methods:
      • Official test scores from any of the following exams:
        • TOEFL - minimum required score of 80
        • IELTS - minimum required score of 6.5
        • Duolingo English Test - minimum required score of 105
    • Earned a degree from or attended a U.S. university for at least one year
    These documents are required by the Graduate School, but each program has additional admission requirements. Many programs also require that applicants submit a statement of goals, resume, standardized test scores, or participate in interviews. Please see the individual programs for their specific admissions requirements.

  • Financial Aid

    Sister State Agreements
    The College of Charleston has an International Sister-State agreement program in which citizens of the following five locations are eligible for in-state tuition:

    • Rheinland Pfalz, Germany
    • Thuringen, Germany
    • Brandenburg, Germany
    • Queensland, Australia
    • Taiwan
    Students must prove citizenship, and in-state tuition would be applicable through all years of study. For any questions about the Sister-State Agreement Program, please contact international@cofc.edu.

    Assistantships
    International students are encouraged to apply for the assistantships available in their graduate programs. Students who are awarded an assistantship are eligible for additional funding. You can find more information about the available assistantships here.

    Scholarships
    The Graduate School also offers scholarship and fellowship opportunities to degree-seeking applications. Details about the scholarships and their criteria can be found here.