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College of Engineering and Computing

Distance Education

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions not answered here, contact Dr. Michael Matthews.

Who can be admitted?

APOGEE is designed primarily for engineers in industry with ABET-accredited baccalaureate engineering degrees. APOGEE students follow the same procedures as the on-campus graduate applicants. To apply, access the online application from the Graduate School website or call the Graduate School at 803-777-4243. Complete and submit the application indicating "APOGEE" on the application where it asks where you will attend classes. International students who will be studying in the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 student visa must be enrolled full-time and are not eligible for admission to the APOGEE program, as it is a part-time program.


How does video-streaming work?

Students will access University Instructional Service's server at From there students click on the section for the College of Engineering and Computing. Each course will be listed along with the list of lectures. At the start of each semester, a password for each course will be generated and distributed to the faculty. Faculty members will pass on the password to all assigned students.


How do I register?

Once accepted by the UofSC Graduate School, registration is a three-step process every semester in which a student wants to take a course.

  • First, contact the appropriate Graduate Director/Coordinator for advisement. Each student is required to be advised and placed in the appropriate course section.
  • Second, complete and print the APOGEE Registration Form and fax it to your department. This form is very important since it will provide the necessary information for shipment of materials. Please click here Departmental contact information.
  • Lastly, each student registers through the University's Self-Service Carolina Internet site This system requires your VIP ID Number and Network Password. This information can be found on the University's Visual Information Processing website: You can log in to this system using your Student Number, which is your social security number and a 4-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN). The first time you use VIP, your PIN will be the month and day of your birthday. For example, if you were born on May 12 your PIN would be "0512". To safeguard your security, you will be asked to immediately change this PIN to another 4-digit PIN that you will be able to easily remember. If you have forgotten your PIN, you can call the Registrar's Office at 803-777-5555.


How much is tuition?

This chart is intended to give you an idea of costs based on recent tuition. Tuition and fees are approved by the Board of Trustees. All rates and fees are subject to change at any time. The Bursar's Office maintains a list of all current tuition and fees.

Estimated Tuition and Fees
Legal Residency Tuition
(per credit hour)
(per credit hour)
Technology Fee
(per credit hour)
Total Fees
(per credit hour)
In-State $516 $200 $17 $718
Out-of-State $1,073.50 $200 $17 $1,290.50


When and how do I pay fees?

Registration is on-going until the first day of classes. Fee payments can be made online, by mail or in person through the Bursar's Office.


What is the refund policy?

Refunds of tuition follows the University's published calendar. APOGEE fees are refunded during the 100 percent refund period only.

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