University of South Carolina-Columbia Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.94 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 134 respondents

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC, + 4 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ALA and CEPH
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 34,099 (25,556 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 31% part-time, 69% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $13,254 in-state; $28,368 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications (Speech Pathology)
Graduation Year: 2014

I am enrolled in the MCD program at South Carolina. I am completing the program part-time through distance education. The courses are set up to be just like an on campus class but lectures are delivered DVD/online streaming. It is NOT a self-paced program. There are deadlines that must be met during the semester just like an on-campus class. This is a great program that allows you to work while getting your degree and requires commitment and dedication to complete the degree.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2016

The education is top notch! The professors and mentors are helpful. This was a very good choice for me.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2014

The 5th Year Masters Degree program at USC is a great way for students to earn their degree and certification in a timely manner. This also boosts the average pay scale by nearly 6,000 dollars/year. The faculty is very supportive and the University is top-notch. The education along with a great atmosphere, diverse student body and wonderful athletic venues makes South Carolina the place to be for school in today's society.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2013

I really like that my graduate program offers smaller classes that allow for more discussion and to see different viewpoints on the subject matter. Professors are able to learn more about each student in a setting such as this. This helps to build a better professional relationship between the professor and the student.
1.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2013

There is a lack of focus on cultural competence and some of the professors seem like they're not ready to deal with issues that need addressing and they just avoid them. I know a lot of students feel that they were placed in internships that were a poor fit and have not taught them anything. Some of the professors are good and there are ones that are helpful and seem to really care about students.
1.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2013

There are som good professors, but there are also a lot of really bad professors. The school is working to improve their program but still has many issues. People have attacked each other in the classroom with the professors failing to take charge of the situation. When complaints were made about the need to address diversity as part of the curriculum, the professor responded that some of the professors are not ready to deal with those issues yet and that's why they don't teach them. I have been in classes where professors have presented therapy by the wrong name. Overall, I would not recommend. They are working on the program but as far as I can tell, it'll be a few years before it stands any chance of being very good.
2.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2014

Columbia is not the most exciting or interesting of places to live, but the program is not unbearably difficult and the faculty is accessible and interested in their students. The school offers a graduate package that is not sufficient to live on and pay tuition with -- if you have a graduate assistantship you will still need a fulltime job or a lot of student loans to be able to attend. (22k package to cover 12k in tuition and fees and, theoretically, living expenses. Columbia's cheap, but not that cheap.)
3.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2014

The pros of my graduate program are the ease of online learning and the flexibility to do your clinical rotations near your home. The cons include not forming a personal relationship with the professors or students.
4.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2014

I am working on a Master's Degree in Educational Administration, and the program is great. I've learned so much already. The faculty in this department are beyond experienced in this field. They are open to "hot" discussions about topics that we may encounter as educators. I highly recommend this program!
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2008

The master of teaching program is designed to support the student during his/her student teaching since you take classes while student teaching, which is different from other MT programs. I was so thankful for the support I got from my cohort while student teaching, and our instructor was an invaluable mentor.
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