Application Deadlines Looming for Graduate Studies

As the new year opens abounding with resolutions, the Lowcountry Graduate Center (LGC) Director & Associate Dean Nancy Muller reminds prospective graduate school applicants to factor the deadlines of schools into their application planning process.  No two schools offering graduate programs of study at the Lowcountry Graduate Center in North Charleston have the same deadline.  She cautions, “Some programs also have exam requirements, such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), which have their own earlier deadlines, for an application to be considered complete for consideration.  Even within the same institution, one program’s requirements may differ from that of others, so those hoping to begin classes in Fall 2018 should not only consult university websites but also check with the targeted program’s director at the chosen university.”


GRE Prep Courses

Those individuals aspiring to enroll in graduate level studies should not feel thwarted by the requirement to take the GRE or other qualifying exams.  Do not let it serve as an obstacle or an excuse for procrastinating, Muller advises.  There is a variety of exam preparation “short” courses.  Ed2Go is recommended as the best value for GRE preparation – quality content plus flexibility for the money.  It is integral to the College of Charleston’s continuing education offerings, part of the School of Professional Studies housed on the same campus in North Charleston with the LGC.  There are three options, either prepping for Part 1 (Verbal and Analytical) or Part 2 (Quantitative) and costing $119 each or prepping for both Parts 1 and 2 and costing only $174, saving $64.


Published Deadlines

For those graduate programs currently being offered at the LGC, following are the final, published deadlines for receiving applications for Fall 2018 admissions:


Master of Criminal Justice (Anderson University) – March 29, 2018.  With an emphasis on organizational behavior as it applies to criminal justice, this program is designed to enable individuals working as leaders in law enforcement and related agencies in developing policy which is grounded in published research in the field.


Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management (South Carolina State University) – June 1, 2018.  This AACSB accredited program is designed to meet the needs of healthcare professionals who aspire to transition into management careers at a variety of healthcare-related organizations and businesses.


Master of Science in Project Management (The Citadel) – May 1, 2018 (Summer start) and August 19, 2018, for Fall admission.  The Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) provides students with a curriculum focusing on personal and organizational effectiveness, principled leadership, innovative analytical procedures and solutions to emerging technical resource issues.


Master of Arts and Graduate Certificates in Teaching (University of Charleston, South Carolina, at the College of Charleston) – July 1, 2018 (March 1, 2018, for “Priority Decision”).  There are five M.A.T. programs and several graduate certificates in teaching.  Currently offered at the Lowcountry Graduate Center is a Gifted and Talented Education Graduate Certificate.  With this graduate certificate, students will build an understanding of what is different about the learning needs of gifted and talented students. In the process, they explore how to teach students with high ability and identify new approaches to create a challenge for academically gifted and talented students at the elementary, middle or secondary levels.


Master of Engineering Management (University of South Carolina) – May 1, 2018 (Rolling enrollment is also offered – contact Annie Kawamoto for details.). This executive format master’s degree includes interdisciplinary coursework in business, law, communications, and engineering taught by top professors at USC.


Masters in Social Work (University of South Carolina) – March 1, 2018 (February 9, 2018, for “Priority Decision”).  This fully accredited, top-ranking program prepares graduates to be advanced practitioners serving diverse communities, with practice competency in Health & Mental Health as a specialization.


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