Great Graduate Schools and Programs in the Southeast

If you're looking for a sunny place to earn your advanced degree, check out this list of great graduate school options in the Southeastern US.

If you’d like to go to graduate school in sunny and 75° weather, do we have a list for you. The colleges and universities below are located in the Southeastern United States and all offer the advanced certificates, master’s degrees, PhDs, and other graduate-level programs you’re looking for. If you see a school that interests you, just click the “Connect me” button underneath the listing—then they'll reach out to you with more information. Let’s get your grad school search going!

Anderson University

Anderson UniversityAnderson University is a private liberal arts–based university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention in Anderson, South Carolina. The College of Business, College of Christian Studies, College of Education, College of Health Professions, School of Public Service & Administration, and South Carolina School of the Arts provide a high-quality, accredited online education and 100% online degree options, allowing students to balance work, life, and school. Accelerated courses and self-paced learning help grad students complete their degrees faster and at a lower cost.  

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Columbus State University

Columbus State UniversityColumbus State University is a public institution with a modern campus located in Columbus, Georgia—94 miles from Atlanta. The University offers a wide array of affordable, accredited, and convenient graduate programs in more than 35 academic areas, with more than 30 grad programs and tracks offered virtually through CSU Online. The online Business and Computer Science programs are ranked among the top 35 nationwide, while Science Education is ranked among the top 30 best online master's degrees in the US. 

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Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of TechnologyFlorida Institute of Technology is a private university in Melbourne, Florida—60 minutes from downtown Orlando. Students can choose from more than 100 campus-based graduate programs in Engineering, Computing, Science, Business, Aeronautics, Psychology, Communication, Human-Centered Design, and Education. Florida Tech’s many centers and institutes offer graduate students a wealth of research opportunities spanning several disciplines, including human spaceflight, Mars, the Indian River Lagoon, autism, cybersecurity, climate change, and more. 

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Lynn University

Lynn UniversityLynn University is a private liberal arts university in Boca Raton, Florida—23 miles from Fort Lauderdale and 50 miles from Miami. Graduate degrees range from Aviation Management to Visual Effects Animation, with programs offered through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Management, Communication and Design, and Education as well as the Conservatory of Music. Accelerated terms, convenient online classes or evening courses on campus, and an award-winning iPad-powered curriculum help students complete their master’s degrees in as little as one year. 

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Mississippi College

Mississippi CollegeMississippi College is a private, church-affiliated liberal arts institution in Clinton, Mississippi—just west of Jackson. The Mississippi College Graduate School offers over 50 graduate degree programs, including an MBA accredited by AACSB International and a Doctor of Professional Counseling, plus Education, Law, and Medical master’s programs. Students can take classes in the evening, online, or in a hybrid format for the flexibility they need to earn an advanced degree in the manner that best suits their schedule. 

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Nova Southeastern University, College of Psychology

Nova Southeastern University, College of PsychologyNova Southeastern University is a private, nonprofit liberal arts institution located in Fort Lauderdale/Davie, Florida—10 miles from downtown. The College of Psychology offers Master of Science degrees in Counseling, Experimental Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and General Psychology as well as a PhD and PsyD in Clinical Psychology and a PsyD and PsyS in School Psychology. Students have the opportunity to work in a hands-on environment with clinical practices at the Psychological Services Center and 15 on-campus working clinics that treat a diverse South Florida population and many international visitors. 

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PCOM Georgia

PCOM GeorgiaPCOM Georgia is a branch of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine located in Suwanee, Georgia—30 miles from Atlanta. The Georgia campus offers a variety of graduate programs designed to educate the next generation of health care practitioners. Students can also join more than 40 chapter and national organizations, academic-interest groups, and clubs offering many different social activities and leadership opportunities. 

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PCOM South Georgia

PCOM South GeorgiaPCOM South Georgia, established in 2019, is another branch of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine located in Moultrie, Georgia. PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia are the only Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) programs in the state. In fall 2020, PCOM South Georgia began offering a degree in Biomedical Sciences, a program that provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to pursue many different scientific careers and professional degrees.

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University of North Carolina Wilmington, Cameron School of Business

University of North Carolina Wilmington, Cameron School of BusinessThe University of North Carolina Wilmington is a public comprehensive university in Wilmington, North Carolina—located in the southeastern part of the state and about 10–15 miles from several Atlantic Coast beaches. The Cameron School of Business offers seven different Business master’s degrees and a Business Foundations Certificate. Each graduate program is designed to empower students with the technical, analytical, and interpersonal skills professionals need to be successful in the global business environment. 

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University of North Georgia

University of North GeorgiaThe University of North Georgia has five campuses located in Dahlonega, Blue Ridge, Cumming, Gainesville, and Oconee, Georgia. Each campus offers numerous graduate-level programs ranging from certificates to doctorates, with robust online options also available. Students can pursue advanced degrees in Accountancy, Business, Counseling, Criminal Justice, Education, History, International Affairs, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Public Administration, and more.

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