Charleston Southern University has been recognized as one of America's Best Christian Colleges! What has made our university so successful? Our commitment to academic excellence. The Graduate School at Charleston Southern University offers online and on-campus program options. Our faculty and staff integrate faith into all programs and services offered. The professional staff at The Graduate School will help you through the entire enrollment process.
Explore our master's and doctoral degree options available through The Graduate School in the following industries. Courses are available in traditional, online and hybrid formats.
Social & Behavioral Science
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The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership is taught in the College of Business. The program is designed to develop effective leaders from all educational and professional backgrounds, emphasizing moral character, integrity and skill in leading others. Our courses are designed to help students mature as people of influence through theory, practice, introspection and challenging experiences. Whatever your life's work, leadership development will enhance your effectiveness. This program is essential for leaders in business, nonprofit, the military and ministry.
The Master of Business Administration is taught in the College of Business and accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). The program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to advance their business studies as they relate to the changing forces within the business community while the United States and other nations enter a world of global competition and international business relationships. This program has been developed to present challenges to students in all business activities in order to enhance students' capabilities as leaders in business, government and industry.
The Master of Science in Human Resource Management (HRM) program is taught in the College of Business. It provides current and aspiring HRM practitioners with the theoretical and practical tools necessary to practice effectively in the field and to prepare for HRM professional certification testing. The program was created with working professionals in mind offering courses online and in the evening.
The Master of Science in Organizational Management degree is designed to provide an advanced understanding of the process of organizing, planning, leading and controlling an organization's resources with the overall aim of effectively and efficiently achieving its objectives.
The Master of Education program prepares current professional educators and administrators who are competent, caring and committed to educating an increasingly diverse student body to higher academic standards in P-12 schools. The scope and sequence of courses are designed to enhance current teaching practices and preparation for instructional leaders who will design programs and practices that increase student learning. A mixture of evening and hybrid/weekend courses is designed to work with the educator's schedule.
The doctoral program is designed to advance the credentials of professionals in various fields, including education, healthcare, business and industry. The courses are designed with a focus on leadership within various professional settings, and include a leadership core, a cognate in specific organization structures, research, and concludes with the writing and defense of the dissertation. A combination of evening and hybrid/weekend courses is designed for the working professional and the program is cohort-based.
The Master of Athletic Training (M AT) degree program is a professional master’s degree for the profession of athletic training. The degree program will be 24 months in duration, totaling 52 academic credits. The curriculum will include 13 didactic courses, 7 clinical practice courses and one clinical residency course in athletic training. The program plans to admit a maximum cohort of 16 students annually. The curriculum will be mostly a face-to-face model (residential graduate program) with some online courses. During the last semester of the program, if eligible, a student will be to sit on the Board of Certification exam. Passing of this exam is needed to be able to be employed as a certified athletic trainer.
The Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MMSPAS) program will consist of didactic and clinical academic work over the course of 24 months or 6 continuous semesters. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for physician assistants through the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and will be able to apply for licensure through the Board of Medical Examiners in the state in which they wish to practice medicine.
The Master of Science in Nursing program is a faith-based graduate nursing program that prepares nurses to serve in advanced nursing roles within the healthcare community. The program operates on a cohort model in a web-based format where students take courses one at a time over a 5 week period. The program may be completed in 16 months taking three courses per semester. Part-time options are also available.
The Master of Science in Biology degree is designed to provide an advanced understanding of the knowledge of biological theory, lab techniques, and experimental design. The program’s design requires a minimum of 30 credit hours to complete, and can be accomplished in one year’s time. This non-thesis master’s degree program is intended to enhance professional development for those currently working in the life sciences discipline while providing advanced skills and knowledge to those seeking employment in the field. The foundation of this program is a commitment to the development of individuals with the highest ethical, intellectual and social values who will integrate Biblical principles and truths while serving as leaders in the life science field.
The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program* educates compassionate and highly motivated individuals to provide client-centered healthcare, practice as agents of change, serve as leaders in the community and advance the mental health profession. Coursework is consistent with Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensure requirements in South Carolina. *This program is currently under evaluation with SACSCOC for approval.
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree is designed to provide an advanced understanding of the nature of crime and society's reaction to it, while gaining a higher level of expertise in the various components of the criminal justice system. The program enhances professional development for those currently working in the field and provides advanced skills and knowledge to those seeking employment, law or doctoral degree. Reflected in the program of study is a commitment to the highest ethical, intellectual and social values.
The Master of Science in Computer Science degree is designed to provide an advanced understanding of the technical fundamentals of computer science architecture, database, networking and software engineering. The program of study is designed to enhance professional development for those currently working in the field while providing advanced skills and knowledge to those seeking employment in the field.