The South Carolina Graduate Deans Association is an organization representing 14 institutions across the state of South Carolina.  Automatic membership is open to universities within the state subject to the regulatory authority of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. Any other educational institution which offers graduate study, is resident within the State of South Carolina, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, may apply for membership.

The primary purpose of this organization is to advance higher education in the state of South Carolina.  This purpose is realized through the sharing of information and cultivation of collaborative relationships.  The Association serves as a liaison with other national and regional educational bodies on behalf of institutional members.