Prospective Students

Welcome to the Medical University of South Carolina College of Graduate Studies. As a graduate student at MUSC, you will be learning in an environment surrounded by research laboratories and state-of-the-art core facilities. We offer several different master’s degree programs, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program and several combined degree programs (M.D./Ph.D., D.M.D./Ph.D., and Pharm.D./Ph.D.).

Ph.D. Program
Ph.D. in the Biomedical Sciences

Dual Degree Programs
Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) dual M.D./Ph.D.
Dental Medicine Scientist Training Program (DMSTP) dual D.M.D./Ph.D.

Master's Programs
MS in the Biomedical Sciences
MS in Medical Sciences
MSCR (Master of Science in Clinical Research)

We invite you to visit our Programs Overview page to find out more about these programs.We invite you to use the links above to find out more about these programs and how to apply to them.

Why should you get a Ph.D.?

Matt Greseth, PhD 
Matthew Greseth, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Graduate Education

"You get to be an expert. People will look to you for opinions and insight into your area of focus. You get to be the first to learn a new piece of information. There is something satisfying about being the first to know something and then sharing it with the community. You get to act like a 5-year-old and ask questions all day (ie, the 5 Ws of journalism: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How). Rather than only acting like a 5-year-old and asking questions for other people to answer, you ask the why questions to yourself and set out to answer them, leading to breakthroughs in new fields."



Alexa Corker, Ph.D. Candidate in the DeLeon-Pennell Lab

"I chose to do a Ph.D. to have a direct impact on the health care system and patient health. Advancing research for patient health allows me to feel like I am contributing in a meaningful way to society while making a difference in my community!"