Frederick M.G. Evans, Ed.D.
Interim Dean, College of Graduate and Professional Studies
The South Carolina General Assembly authorized South Carolina State College to offer graduate work in 1946. Stemming from its strong 1890 land-grant tradition, a Graduate Division grew into a School of Graduate Studies, which produced its first degree graduate in 1948 with a Master of Science in Mathematics Education. In 1959, when the M.S. program was re-designated the Master of Education (M.Ed.) program, more than half of the sixteen subject-matter areas were directly related to agriculture and agronomy. Since that time, the School of Graduate Studies has expanded to offer 19 different subject matter emphases, which comprise 12 degree programs: an Ed.D. and an Ed.S. in Educational Administration, two M.A. programs, one M.A.T, four M.Ed., and three M.S. programs. In 1994, the School of Graduate Studies was reorganized into the Graduate Studies Program under the direction of the associate vice president for Research and Graduate Studies. In 1997, the unit was renamed School of Graduate Studies.
Until 1972, when the M.A. degree in Rehabilitation Counseling was approved, all programs and courses were designed for teacher preparation and subsequent certification by the South Carolina State Department of Education. Additional variety was added in 1974 with approval of the M.A. program in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Although professional in nature, these new programs brought a renewed emphasis on field inquiry methods in research.
The most rapid period of program growth in the School of Graduate Studies was from 1979 to 1983 when the Master of Science degree programs in Nutritional Sciences, Agribusiness, and Individual and Family Development were approved and the Ed.D. and Ed. S. advanced degree programs were added. The advent of these research-oriented programs significantly altered the goals and directions of graduate education at South Carolina State University, and they were measurable influences in its advancement to university status.
Graduate Degree Programs
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)
Individual & Family Development
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Speech Pathology & Audiology
Graduate Certificate Programs
Environmental Monitoring and Restoration
Orientation and Mobility
For more information, contact:
College of Graduate and Professional Studies
South Carolina State University
P.O. Box 7098
300 College Street, NE
Orangeburg, SC 29117
Graduate Admissions Application
Graduate Certification Renewal Application
The Department of Family & Consumer Sciences offers programs leading to degrees in Family & Consumer Sciences Business, Family & Consumer Sciences Education and Nutrition & Food Management.
The Department of Health Sciences offers programs leading to degrees in Health Education, Physical Education, Speech Pathology & Audiology, and Sports Communication.
The Department of Human Services consists of four programs:
The Department of Military Science is an academic subdivision of the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences and conducts all Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) activities.