Graduate Programs Overview

University of South Carolina-Columbia is a four-years, public school located in Columbia, South Carolina. It offers graduate degree programs as well as undergraduate degree programs. For academic year 2021-2022 the graduate school tuition & fees are $14,134 for South Carolina residents and $30,160 for other students in average.

It offers two hundreds -nine graduate programs: 110 Master's, 72 Doctorate, 30 Post-Bachelor's, 7 Post-Master's programs. Some of those programs are offered by distance learning. 1,604 students have been conferred Master's degree and 943 students have received Doctorate degree last year.
Graduate Programs Key Facts
School NameUniversity of South Carolina-Columbia
Typefour-years, public
AddressColumbia-Campus, Columbia, SC
Graduate School Students8,199 students
3,529 students enrolled online exclusively
Tuition & Fees (2021-2022)In-State$14,134
Student to Faculty18:1 (5.56%)
Number of Offered Graduate ProgramsTotal 219 Graduate Programs
110 Master's, 7 Doctorate, 37 Post graduate certificates

2022 Graduate Program Tuition & Fees

The following table and chart describe 2021-2022 graduate tuition & fees at University of South Carolina-Columbia with tuition changes over the last 5 years. Each cost is an average amount over the offered programs. For South Carolina residents, the tuition & fees are $14,134 and $30,160 for non-South Carolina residents. The tuition per credit hours for part-time students (or full-time students who taking extra credits) is $572 for South Carolina residents and $1,240 for out-of-state students.
Data source: 2021-2022 tuition - NCES(National Center for Education Statistics (Last update: March 14, 2022)
2022 COATuition Trends
2022 Graduate School Tuition, Fees, and Living Costs
Cost per Credit$572$1,240
Books & Supplies$1,085
Room & Board$10,990 (On-Campus) / $11,239 (Off-Campus)
Personal Expenses$4,386 (On-Campus) / $4,386 (Off-Campus)
On-Campus Total$30,595$46,621
Off-Campus Total$30,844$46,870
Graduate Program Tuition Changes (2018-2022)

Graduate Programs By Area of Study

University of South Carolina-Columbia offers Masters, Doctorate, Post-Bachelor's Certificate, Post-Master's Certificate graduate degree/certificate programs through 219 major areas - 109 Master's (2 online programs), 68 Doctorate , 29 Post-Bachelor'(1 online programs), 6 Post-Master'. The following table summarizes the total number of completers by degree and gender.
Total Number of Conferred Graduate Degree
Master'sDoctorate Post-Bachelor'sPost-Master's
Below, you can check major programs and concentration for each area of study with offered degrees and completers. ONLINE denotes the program offered by distance learning (online degree). You may want to see all graduate schools offering a major program by following the link on the title of the program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
Communication and Journalism
Computer And Information Sciences
Engineering Technology
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
Legal Studies
English Language And Literature
Library Science
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Mathematics And Statistics
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
Philosophy And Religious Studies
Physical Sciences
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, And Firefighting
Human Services
Social Sciences
Visual And Performing Arts
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences

Graduate Student Population

Total 35,470 students enrolled in University of South Carolina-Columbia including both undergraduate and graduate programs, with full-time and part-time status. In graduate schools, 8,199 students are enrolled to earn graduate degrees. By gender, it has 3,155 male and 5,044 female graduate students. By attending status, there are 5,630 full-time and 2,569 part-time students in graduate schools. It offers online degree programs and 3,529 students enrolled to earn their graduate degree through online exclusively and 2,515 students are taking some online graduate courses.
Graduate Students Gender Distribution
Men Students3,155
Women Students5,044
Graduate Students Attending Status Distribution
Full-time Students5,630
Part-time Students2,569
By race/ethnicity 5,294 White, 964 Black, and 263 Asian students are attending at University of South Carolina-Columbia. The detail graduate enrollment distribution by race is shown in the below chart.
Graduate Students Race Distribution
American Indian /
Native American
Native Hawaiian /
Other Pacific Islander
Two or more races242
180 students are younger than 22 and 1,214 students are older than 65. The school has 4,912 students aged between 22 and 30 and 1,893 students aged 30 to 40.
Graduate Students Age Distribution
21 & Under180
40 & Over1,214
Distance learning, also called online education, is very attractive to students, especially those who want to continue education and work in the field. At University of South Carolina-Columbia, 3,529 students are enrolled exclusively in online courses and 2,515 students are enrolled in some online courses.
Graduate Distance Learning Enrollment Distribution
Total Enrollment8,199
Enrolled Exclusively in Online Courses3,529
Enrolled in Some But Not All Online Courses2,515
Not Enrolled In Any Online Courses2,155
Graduate Distance Learning Enrollment By Student Location
Enrolled Exclusively in Online Courses3,529
South Carolina Resident2,656
Other State In U.S.873
Outside of U.S.0

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