UPDATE (3/25/20): Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the application deadline for the MA program has been extended to May 15. We are also temporarily evaluating applications without GRE scores due to testing center closures and limited online testing options. Please contact us prior to applying if you intend to apply without reporting a GRE score.
For international applicants who are required to report their language proficiency test scores (e.g., TOEFL or IELTS) but are having difficulties in taking the tests or reporting scores, we are offering the following two alternative options:
- Applicants may speak with our admission committee through Zoom, Skype, or whatever interactive programs to demonstrate language skills.
- If this does not work, applicants can still apply without test scores and get admitted, but the admission will be “conditional” and require a demonstration of language competency once on campus by taking and passing the English proficiency test at UofSC. If the applicant does not pass the exam, he or she will need to take an English language course from the International Student Office and retake the exam.
In either case, our admission committee will carefully examine whether English proficiency can be demonstrated in other areas of application.
If you're applying to our master's program, start by gathering your materials and information. Applications are processed by the university's Graduate School.
To apply, you'll need:
- Your official score from the GRE.
- Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from an academic source.
- Your official academic transcript.
- Your résumé.
- Your Statement of Objectives, which explains why you are applying.
Applicants must be competent in statistical reasoning. If you haven't completed a course in descriptive or inferential statistics, we offer one in the summer as part of our summer Camp Carolina.
The Camp Carolina writing course will help those who have not taken any journalism or advertising/public relations writing courses during their undergraduate program. The course is also required for students with GRE Verbal scores below 153 OR with Analytic Writing scores below 4.0 OR if the TOEFL (IELTS) score is below 90 (6.5) for international students.
Once you've completed your application, submit your forms and documentation to the Graduate School, along with your application fee. Your application won't be reviewed until everything is received. It's best to arrange for document transfers and transcripts well in advance of the application deadline.
Your application will be reviewed by the school's Admissions Committee, which will then make a recommendation to the Graduate School. You will be notified by the Graduate School about the status of your application.
Students who are admitted usually have:
- At least a 3.0 grade point average
- A combined GRE score of 300 (153 verbal and 147 quantitative) and a 4.0 analytical writing score. These scores are the minimum of what we typically accept, but some other applicants may be admitted with additional qualifications.
- If you're an international student, you will need to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 90 or score a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Those with a degree from an English-speaking institution are eligible for an exemption from this requirement.
Typical students exceed these marks, but exceptions are made for those who are unusually promising in other ways, such as overcoming formidable odds or years of solid professional experience.