U.S. Resident Degree-Seeking Applicants Admission Requirements
International and non-degree applicants click here.
1. Application: Each applicant must submit a completed application with the non-refundable application fee to the Graduate School. Applications for admission must be received by the specified deadline based on desired program and entry term. Click here for the online application. Paper applications are only available upon request in the Graduate School office.
2. South Carolina Residency Form: Applicants who claim South Carolina residency for tuition and fee purposes are required to complete a residency form. The residency form is included as part of the online application. If a paper-based application is requested in the Graduate School office, then a paper-based residency form will be provided at that time if necessary. Additional information may be requested if further clarification is needed upon review of the completed residency form. Only South Carolina residents are required to complete this form.
3. Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcript(s) (sent directly to the Graduate School from the issuing institution) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Degrees or coursework completed at an institution that does not hold accreditation from the commission on colleges of a regional accreditation agency will be evaluated on an individual basis.
4. Standardized Test Scores (if applicable): Many programs require an adequate score on an appropriate standardized test (GRE*, GMAT, MAT, etc.) for admission. To determine if your program of interest requires a standardized test, visit the Graduate Degree Programs page, click the desired program, then review the Admission Requirements. Official test scores must be sent directly to the Graduate School from the testing agency; our school code is 5910. Winthrop University houses a testing center that administers the MAT, subject-specific GRE, and other tests. For more information, please visit the testing program website.
5. Preparation: Applicants should have demonstrated adequate academic preparation in their proposed area of study. Those with deficiencies in academic preparation may be required to take additional work to strengthen their backgrounds.
6. Additional program-specific requirements: Individual programs may have other requirements, such as letters of recommendation, additional test scores, specific work experience, an audition or interview, educational background beyond the bachelor’s degree, etc. Please review the admission requirements for your specific program of interest by visiting the Degree Programs page and clicking the desired program. You can then review the Admission Requirements to see what is required.
7. Approval for Admission: Each applicant for admission to a degree program must have the approval of the college in which the student’s area of specialization is located. Although admission documents are submitted originally to the Graduate School, all credentials are reviewed by the individual college, where the admission decision is made.
*On August 1, 2011, the GRE exam and scoring scale changed. If you took the GRE before August 1, 2011, the score scale of 200-800 was used. If you take the GRE after August 1, 2011, a score of 130-170 will be reported. Please review the GRE concordance tables online (pdf) to see how the new scores compare to the old.
Applicants who are admitted to a program must submit an immunization form (pdf - 461.76 KB) prior to enrolling in classes. Proof of immunization or immunity is REQUIRED OF ALL STUDENTS in order to register for class. Any Immunization or TB requirement can be completed at Health Services.