Current Students

From the moment you join one of our graduate programs, you are an important part of the Graduate School community. We value your time and want to help you succeed.

If you think there is a workshop that should be created to better help you, or if you want to start a new student organization, let us know at gradstud@cofc.edu.

Graduate Student Association


The Graduate Student Association (GSA) represents, serves, and advocates for all graduate students at the College of Charleston.

3MT® Competition


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland in Australia. Graduate students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis/internship/research project and its significance. The exercise fosters academic, presentation, and research communication skills, while developing students' abilities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The Three Minute Thesis is held annually by the Graduate School during the Fall semester.

Graduate Research Poster Session


The Graduate Student Poster Session provides an introduction to the impressive research activities currently taking place in our graduate programs. Students are encouraged to participate even if they are only in the beginning stages of their studies. Non-traditional research, such as work conducted at internships or creative portfolios, is also applicable for this competition. Held annually in the spring semester, the Poster Session recognizes the ongoing contributions of graduate students to the betterment of our local, state and global communities.

Student & Career Resources


Whether you're looking for help crafting the perfect thesis or landing that perfect job, the College of Charleston can help!
  • Addlestone Writing Lab

    Visit the Center for Student Learning for one-on-one assistance on the writing process and individualized critiques of current writing projects.

  • Thesis Resources

    Writing Your Thesis

    Before you begin writing your thesis, it is important to review the Graduate School's Thesis Manual. The manual covers the general timeline for developing your thesis, regulations governing theses in all programs, and formatting instructions.  While the manual provides general instructions, citation styles should adhere to the student's discipline and may vary program to program. Some programs may also have their own thesis requirements and students should consult their program director.

    Submitting Your Thesis

    The deadline to submit a thesis to the Graduate School is always the last day of classes of the term the student intends to graduate.  For summer graduates, the deadline is the last day of classes of the last summer term.

     

    ProQuest ETD

    The Graduate School requires graduate students submit their theses online through ProQuest ETD. As a result, a thesis does not need to be printed and bound unless the student wants a copy for their records. The thesis is added to an online database that is then searchable via the internet and the College of Charleston's Library database.

    Copyright Resources

  • National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

    We are member of the National Cetner for Faculty Development, which offers free access to professional development resources for graduate students.

    To create your free account: 

    1. Go to the NCFDD website
    2. Select our institution from the dropdown menu
    3. Click "Activate My Membership" 
    4. Complete the registration form using your College of Charleston student email. 
    5. Click "Activate Account" in your confirmation email. 

    As a member, you will receive: 

    • The Monthly Motivator delivered to your inbox weekly 
    • Monthly Core Curriculum webinars 
    • Guest Expert webinars 
    • Mult-week web courses 
    • NCFDD's library of all previous webinars 
    • 14-day writing challenges with WriteNow accountability tracking 
    • Peer-mentor ("buddy") matches, by request
  • Career Resources

    As a student at the College of Charleston, you'll have access to the Career Center. The Career Center uses Handshake to provide current job postings for students and recent graduates.