The University of South Carolina Upstate offers the following graduate degrees:
In the School of Education, Human Performance, and Health
Master of Education in:
• Applied Learning and Instruction
• Special Education: Visual Impairment
Master of Arts in Teaching in:
• Special Education: Visual Impairment
In the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Informatics offers:
Master of Science in Informatics with an emphasis on:
• Healthcare Information Management or
• Information Resources Management
The Mary Black School of Nursing offers:
Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis on:
• Clinical Nurse Leader
The following information is common to all graduate programs.
Please note any specific requirements associated with each degree.
Application packets may be obtained from the USC Upstate Admissions
Office. Applications for admission to graduate programs will be given
consideration after receipt of all credentials.
PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP
USC students must present proof of citizenship or lawful presence in the
U.S. before enrolling. This policy has been adopted by the University in order
to comply with section 59-101-430 of the South Carolina Code of Laws,
as amended, which requires that lawful presence in the United States is
verified before enrollment at any public institution of higher education.
Verification of immigration status for non-citizens will be conducted by
International student officials. For other students, a proof of citizenship
verification process has been adopted to deter and prevent false claims of
citizenship by unlawful aliens attempting to evade the eligibility requirements
of section 59-101-430. Students who are not verified as citizens
during the Federal financial aid application (FAFSA) process must present
proof of citizenship in the form of one of the following acceptable documents:
• Copy of the South Carolina driver's license if the student first became a
licensed driver in the state after Jan. 1, 2002;
• A Certified Birth Certificate indicating that you were born in the United
States or a territory of the United States. A photocopy of your birth certificate
is not acceptable.
• Current U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport that has not been expired more
than 10 years;
• Certificate of Naturalization - USCIS Form (N-550 or N-570);
• U.S. government issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad;
• Certificate of Citizenship (N-560 or N-561);
• Unexpired U.S. Active Duty/Retiree/Reservist Military ID Card (DOD DD-2)
The University can accept photocopies of birth certificates and other citizenship
documents so long as we reserve the right to demand production
of the certified original in the event we have any questions about whether
the copy is true and accurate, or in the event any of the information on
the copy is unreadable. For more information:http://registrar.sc.edu/html/
CHANGE OF ACADEMIC OBJECTIVES
Students are admitted to a specific graduate program at the time of acceptance.
Upon completion of that degree, further graduate study requires
readmission to graduate studies.
VALID PERIOD OF ADMISSION
Admission to graduate study at USC Upstate is valid for one year. If an applicant
fails to complete any graduate course or part of the prescribed program
within this period, the acceptance lapses, and the student becomes subject
to any new requirements that may have been adopted. Students who do
not enroll in classes within one calendar year of admission must reapply.
Students who have been admitted to graduate study at the University of
South Carolina under regulations other than those now in force, and who
have not completed any USC courses during a period of three or more years,
are required to fulfill current admission requirements prior to attending USC
Upstate for additional graduate work. Upon readmission, these students
become subject to the current graduate regulations.
APPLICANTS NOT SEEKING A DEGREE
Students wishing to enroll in either program courses or professional development
courses but who do not wish to pursue a graduate degree at USC
Upstate must submit the following admission materials:
• Application for Non-Degree Seeking Graduate Students (available at
• Residency form with all requested information and supporting documents
• $10 application fee1
• Proof of immunization for measles (rubeola) and German measles
(rubella) if born after Dec. 31, 1956.
Students admitted as non-degree students may take up to 18 hours of
graduate work. In order to enroll in more than 18 hours as a non-degree
student, the applicant must complete another non-degree application form
and a state residency status form.
Students with disabilities are assisted through the Office of Disability
Services. The staff works toward accessibility for all university programs,
services, and activities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Services offered include
priority registration, test proctoring, classroom adaptation, sign language
interpreter, reader, braille, and note taker. If you have a disability and need
assistance, contact the Office of Disability Services.
Academic fees at the University of South Carolina Upstate are established by
the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees and are subject to change.
Please see Fees & Expenses section for more information.
Students may obtain a degree following the requirements in force at the
time they are admitted to degree candidacy, or under subsequent regulations
published while they are degree candidates. However, students are
restricted in the choice of requirements to one specific catalog. Students
have a period of six years inclusive and continuous in which to claim the
rights of a specific catalog. Students may request permission to revalidate
USC Upstate program courses falling outside the six-year parameter. With
the approval of the appropriate graduate administrator, the student will
work under the direct supervision of a graduate faculty member to update
course content and to demonstrate competency on an examination.
Students are advised that unforeseen circumstances may interfere with the
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2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog