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MHIT: Official GRE Scores or GMAT scores should be submitted to the Graduate Office (GRE or GMAT waiver may be available for applicants who meet requirements).

M.Ed. in Teaching: Miller's Analogies or GRE score are required.

MPH: Satisfactory GRE scores within last five years [the average GRE (combined verbal and quantitative, new version) for incoming students is approximately 300]. Applicants may request that significant prior professional experience be considered in lieu of the GRE.

M.Ed. in Educational Administration: Miller's Analogies or GRE score are required.

Graduate students are admitted through a cooperative effort between The Graduate School and the colleges or departments that offer degree programs. Departments enjoy a significant amount of autonomy to make admissions recommendations, while The Graduate School sets and ensures high academic standards. Graduate admission is a two-step process at USC:

  1. The department or college for which you are applying will review your Graduate School application and supporting documents. Taken together, the whole of your application should demonstrate adequate preparation for graduate study in the field for which you are seeking admittance.
  2. Upon recommendation of the department or college, The Graduate School will review your credentials and make a formal recommendation for your admittance. Official notice of your admission can only come from The Graduate School.

Along with an application for graduate admission, international students may be required to submit the following:

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT
An applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 80 Internet-based, or 570 paper-based, but some programs have set higher standards. The minimum acceptable overall band score on the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam is 6.5.

For testing information contact:
Test of English as a Foreign Language
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
www.toefl.org

IELTS International
100 East Corson Street, Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91103, USA
www.ielts.org

In addition, admitted applicants whose native language is not English are required to take a diagnostic test in English when they arrive at the University. Students with deficiencies are provided an opportunity for further study in reading, writing, and speaking English.

The Graduate School
901 Sumter Street, Suite 304
Columbia, SC 29208
Fax: 803-777-2972

To transfer your application or admission to another program please follow the steps below. There is a $15 fee associated with the change.

  1. Create an Account
    You must have an account with Collegenet to complete the Update Request Form. If you applied to the Graduate School using the Collegenet application, you should already have an account. Please use the links below, if you are a returning applicant and need assistance with your account information:
  2. Fill out the Update Request Form:
  3. In some cases, you may need to upload additional supporting documents to the Update Request form or request additional letters of recommendation be sent. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly by the recommender, using CollegeNet. All other official documents should be sent to:

    The Graduate School
    901 Sumter Street, Suite 304
    Columbia, SC 29208
    Fax: 803-777-2972

To be reconsidered, you must follow the steps below. If you reapply after one year from your original application, you must pay the $50 application fee and submit new supporting documents.

  1. Create an Account
    You must have an account with Collegenet to complete the Update Request Form. If you applied to the Graduate School using the Collegenet application, you should already have an account. Please use the links below, if you are a returning applicant and need assistance with your account information:
  2. Fill out the Update Request Form:
  3. In some cases, you may need to upload additional supporting documents to the Update Request form or request additional letters of recommendation be sent. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly by the recommender, using CollegeNet. All other official documents should be sent to:

    The Graduate School
    901 Sumter Street, Suite 304
    Columbia, SC 29208
    Fax: 803-777-2972

To change the term for which you are applying, or once admitted, the term for which you wish to enroll. This option requires an existing application or admission on file with the Graduate School. Please follow the steps below:

  1. Create an Account
    You must have an account with Collegenet to complete the Update Request Form. If you applied to the Graduate School using the Collegenet application, you should already have an account. Please use the links below, if you are a returning applicant and need assistance with your account information:
  2. Fill out the Update Request Form:
  3. In some cases, you may need to upload additional supporting documents to the Update Request form or request additional letters of recommendation be sent. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly by the recommender, using CollegeNet. All other official documents should be sent to:

    The Graduate School
    901 Sumter Street, Suite 304
    Columbia, SC 29208
    Fax: 803-777-2972

This is determined by the instructor. You should expect several types of models (determined by the course and the individual instructor).

At the present time, the curriculum does not have this requirement. (Faculty does have the ability to make changes at any time.)

Courses are taught by the same professors who teach on campus at the University of South Carolina.

Your Blackboard username and password will be provided by the University and/or the Program Office.

Scheduled maintenance windows for Blackboard occur every Monday morning from
2-6 a.m. Access to users is regularly closed during this time.

University Technology Services
Phone: (803) 777-1800
Website: UTS Help Desk
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat. and Sun. closed

Holds for immunization purposes are placed automatically by the Registrar's Office when students are enrolling. The Thomson Health Center removes the hold when they receive a completed form.

Please follow the steps located here. To change the term for which you are applying, or once admitted, the term for which you wish to enroll. This option requires an existing application or admission on file with the Graduate School.

Please review the information in this RN to BSN Next Steps document.

Financial aid is available for students who already hold a bachelor's degree. The Federal School Code for University of South Carolina: 003448.

We recommend that you begin thinking about your financial aid needs and options during the initial admissions process to University of South Carolina. Please contact our financial aid staff for assistance.

Financial assistance may be available to you in the form of student loans. Students should allow up to 4-6 weeks for the financial aid process to be completed. If you have not received anticipated aid by the payment deadline, you are still responsible for paying for your course by the tuition deadline. Please plan accordingly.

To begin the financial aid process, you should:

  1. Go to the Federal Student Aid PIN site and apply for a PIN if you do not have one. You can also visit that link if you need your PIN sent to you again.
  2. Go to the Federal Student Aid FAFSA site. Choose "Fill out Your FAFSA" in column 2 on the web page. The USC Federal School Code is 003448.
  3. Complete the FAFSA and sign it electronically with your PIN.
  4. First-time USC borrowers: Complete an Entrance Counseling for your particular loan type (such as unsubsidized and Grad PLUS) at studentloans.gov.
  5. If you are a first-time Federal Direct Loan borrower, using your Federal FAFSA PIN, complete and submit the electronic Master Promissory Note for your particular loan type (such as unsubsidized and Grad PLUS) at studentloans.gov.

For additional information about financial aid, you also may wish to visit the university's financial aid website.

The financial assistance offered through the University requires U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency to qualify for any federal or state aid. Need-based federal and state assistance is not available to international or ineligible non-citizens.

Phone: 803-777-8134
Email: uscfaid@sc.edu

All courses applicable to the M.Ed. degree must be completed within six years (i.e. all courses on the program of study must have been completed within six years of the date of graduation). Older credits may be revalidated upon approval by the advisor, the Dean of the College, or the Dean's designate.

In order to receive the M.Ed. degree, the candidate must earn a grade point average of 3.00 in all courses at the 700 and 800 level and in all courses in his or her graduate program. Four grades of C or lower on graduate coursework attempted at the University of South Carolina will disqualify the candidate for the M.Ed. degree.

Beyond completing the normal application process through The Graduate School, applicants to the M.H.I.T. program should have a blend of experience and competitive academic record. An admissions scorecard will be used to evaluate applicants, weighing the applicant's undergraduate grade point average (GPA), GRE or GMAT* test scores, reference letters, previous professional experience, and career goal statement. This allows the balancing of test scores, GPA, experience in or motivation for a health IT career and letters of recommendation.

*Note: Tests may be waived based on the information provided below under application requirements.

Class sizes range from 10-35 students.

The majority of the courses are taught by core faculty who are also teaching these courses in the on-campus setting. The few exceptions have occurred when an adjunct faculty member, approved by the Graduate School, has been the instructor.

This occurs in multiple ways, including but not limited to, recorded lectures, focused and open chat rooms, discussion boards, group projects facilitated through Blackboard, and optional real-time video conferencing through Blackboard. Students may also make individual appointments to talk with an instructor via phone or Skype.

The courses for the online MPH are designed for students to be able work through their classes around their career schedules. These courses are not live web conferences. Instead, you connect with the instructor and classmates virtually through BlackBoard, making the course interactive, but not live. The instructor will open a progression of lessons for you to work on at your own pace within a specified time frame. The lessons will have assignments that could include pre-recorded videos, but that is determined course-by-course.

Yes, this is the same CEPH-accredited degree that is awarded in the on-campus program.

At the time of graduation, the student's graduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be at least 3.00 (B) on a 4.00 scale. Additionally, the student's average on all grades recorded on the program of study for courses numbered 700 or above must be at least 3.00 and all courses listed on the program of study must be at least 3.00.

Online learners are encouraged to complete all necessary paperwork and attend the graduation ceremony that is held on campus.

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