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College of Graduate Studies

The College of Graduate Studies at the Medical University of South Carolina boasts a rich history and commitment to pursuing excellence in biomedical sciences. The journey began in March 1949 with graduate instruction in fundamental medical sciences such as anatomy, chemistry, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology, extending to microbiology by 1950. These initial steps paved the way for awarding the Master of Science (MS) degree in 1951 and, subsequently, the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree a year later. Overseeing these programs was the Committee on Graduate Studies, but as the focus on graduate studies intensified, a formal establishment called the School of Graduate Studies was created in 1965. By 1970, it evolved into what is now known as the College of Graduate Studies. Over the years, the College expanded its offerings, launching a Ph.D. program in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology in 1976 and another in Pharmaceutical Sciences by 1981.

Emphasizing its commitment to research and producing top-notch scientists, the College of Graduate Studies has awarded a remarkable 837 Ph.D. and 592 MS degrees since 1951. Additionally, from 1982 onward, 209 M.D./Ph.D. degrees have been conferred. The College's impressive roster of more than 580 graduate faculty members, representing diverse research interests and exemplary teaching skills, is a testament to its breadth of expertise. While most come from the foundational nine disciplines, a significant portion also hails from various clinical departments within the medical complex.

The College's mission transcends just education. As an integral part of the Medical University of South Carolina, its vision encompasses fostering discovery in an elite academic research environment. The College strives to maintain and enhance state-of-the-art facilities, technologies, and scholastic opportunities, ensuring a robust and fulfilling graduate studies experience. The goals are clear: offer advanced courses in biomedical sciences, enable students to develop and apply cutting-edge research techniques, nurture informed judgment, independent thought, and a spirit of research scholarship, and significantly contribute to the ever-evolving body of knowledge for society's betterment. With over 1,684 alumni holding prominent positions in academia, government, and research sectors and nearly 500 faculty members mentoring over 200 students across 30 research areas, the College of Graduate Studies remains a beacon of excellence and innovation in biomedical and behavioral sciences.