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Great Graduate Schools and Programs in the South

If you're looking for a sunny place to earn your advanced degree, check out this list of great graduate school and program options in the Southern 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 Southern 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 on a 132-acre campus in Columbus, Georgia—100 miles southwest of Atlanta. With an enrollment of nearly 8,300 and a 15:1 student-faculty ratio, CSU graduate students can choose from more than 35 academics areas for their advanced studies, including 30 that are available online for a flexible academic schedule. Columbus State assists students financially to graduate with minimal debt, including offering Graduate Assistant positions for skill development, waived tuition, and more.

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Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist UniversityDallas Baptist University is a comprehensive Christ-centered liberal arts university with a 368-acre suburban campus in south Dallas, Texas. The Graduate School at DBU offers advanced degrees in Business & Leadership, Education, Ministry & Counseling, and Science & Technology in addition to other master’s and doctoral programs. Most graduate programs can be completed entirely online, through face-to-face instruction, or in a hybrid format.

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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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Gardner-Webb University

Gardner-Webb UniversityGardner-Webb University is a Baptist-affiliated liberal and professional studies university in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. With approximately 1,500 graduate students, the University offers 35 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and post-doctoral certificate programs. GWU graduate students benefit from a focus on research and professional practice, programs designed to instill professional excellence, dedicated admission counselors, 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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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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Samford University

Samford UniversitySamford University is a private Baptist university on a 247-acre campus in suburban Birmingham, Alabama. The University offers its 2,152 graduate students nearly 50 graduate degrees to choose from through 10 academic colleges: The Schools of Arts, Arts & Sciences, Business, Divinity, Education, Health Professions, Law, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health.  The University is ranked first in Alabama and among the best private universities nationally for its return on investment.

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Schreiner University

Schreiner UniversitySchreiner University is a private Presbyterian liberal arts institution in Kerrville, Texas—60 miles northwest of San Antonio. The University offers three specialized and entirely online graduate program options: a Master's of Business Administration (MBA), Master's of Education (MEd), and Principal Certification. Their program offerings are flexible and provide students with the skills and training to take their careers to the next level while keeping tuition for all programs under $11,000.

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University of North Carolina Wilmington, Cameron School of Business

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 offersseven 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

UNGThe 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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University of Tampa

U of TampaThe University of Tampa is a private comprehensive university located on a scenic riverfront campus in downtown Tampa, Florida. UT offers a variety of graduate degree programs in Business, Health Sciences & Human Performance, Education, Communication, and Criminology & Criminal Justice. All alumni enjoy free lifetime access to programs and services provided by the University’s Office of Career Services, including job coaching, résumé reviews, skills workshops, and networking events.

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