- Degree-Seeking Students - A student who is enrolled in a master's program and working towards earning a degree.
- Graduate Certificate Students - A certificate student is enrolled in one of the certificate programs. Graduate certificate students may have the option to apply courses taken in their certificate program to a future master's degree if they are admitted to a degree program and have the permission of the program director.
- Non-Degree Seeking Students - A non-degree seeking student is enrolled in graduate-level courses, but is not a degree candidate. Depending upon the program, between six and 12 credit hours taken as a non-degree student may be applied toward degree requirements if the student is later admitted as a degree-seeking student. Please note some graduate programs and/or courses may be closed to non-degree or part-time students, as well as students currently enrolled in other graduate programs.
- Cross-Registration Students - This student has been admitted into a graduate program at the Medical University of South Carolina or Charleston Southern University and may take graduate courses at the College of Charleston that will apply towards their degree at their home institution.