Graduate FAQ



What programs do you offer?

Charleston Southern University offers 6 graduate degree programs:

  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Organizational Management


Where can I go to see more detailed information regarding the program I am interested in?

For more information you may refer to our graduate catalog or our website.

MA: More about the MA in Org. Leadership program
MBA: More about the MBA program
MEd:More about the MEd program
MSCJ:More about the MSCJ program
MSN:More about the MSN program
MSOM:More about the MSOM program


How do I get started?

First, you need to go to CSU's Online Application and apply for our graduate program of your interest. Then you will send the needed documents for your acceptance. PDF Application

Does CSU offer online, distance learning graduate degrees?

Yes! We offer many different delivery methods here at CSU. We understand most of our graduate students are working full time during the day and attending school in the evening. We offer our MBA degree entirely online. We also offer MBA classes that are mixed and entirely on campus. There is no need to choose one delivery method; you can take classes in any method or all methods. We also offer online classes for our MEd and MSCJ programs.  Our MSN program is completely online.  The student would be required to come to campus two times, once during orientation and once during the practicum. Our newest graduate degree, MSOM, is offered entirely online.   The MA can be completed online, traditionally, or in a combination of both formats.

Are your programs accredited?

Charleston Southern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Charleston Southern University.

Charleston Southern University has received specialized accreditation for its MBA  program offered by the School of Business through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.

The Master of Business Administration with emphases in Accounting, Finance, Leadership, Management Information Systems, and General Management is accredited by the IACBE. For a complete listing of programs accredited by the IACBE.

The MSN degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, INC. (ACEN). 

The MEd degree program is accredited by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

What are your tuition rates?

Please refer to our financial aid information for the most up-to-date rates.

When are classes offered, and when can I start?

Our graduate level classes for the MBA, MA, and MSCJ programs are offered in the evening beginning at 6 p.m. Courses meet one night a week during the fall and spring semesters.  

Our graduate level classes for the MED program are designed to accommodate the working educator's schedule. Our education graduate students begin classes in the evenings and online.  Some courses will require Saturday sessions.

Graduate students may begin the graduate programs during any semester. Our semesters include Fall, Spring, Maymester, Extended Maymester, Summer I and Summer II terms.

What is required to be a full-time or part-time graduate student at CSU?

In order to maintain full-time enrollment status, you will need to be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours (typically 2 courses). Part-time status is simply a student enrolled in less than 6 hours. Most of our graduate students are enrolled in 6 credit hours per major semester.

Do I need a graduate exam to be accepted?

MA applicants: GMAT (Only if requested) 

MBA applicants: GMAT (Only if requested)

MSN applicants:  If your ADN or BSN undergrad GPA is lower than a 3.50, you will be required to take the GRE or MAT.

MEd applicants: You are required to take the GRE or MAT. You must also be a certified teacher to be accepted in this program

MSCJ applicants: You are required to take the GRE or MAT for acceptance. Please allow ample time for the test scores to be mailed to us for acceptance. For acceptance we will factor your GPA in with your test score and then determine if it meets our criteria.


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For questions about the admissions process for the MBA program, please contact:
Janie Cogdill
Graduate Enrollment Counselor
Phone: 843-863-7534
Fax: 843-863-7070
For questions about the admissions process for the MSCJ, MSN, or MED programs, please contact:
Jordan Stauffer
Graduate Enrollment Counselor
Phone: 843-863-5501
Fax: 843-863-7070
For financial aid questions, please contact:
Financial Aid 
Phone: 843-863-4707
Fax: 843-863-7070
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