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Accelerated Pathways to MUSC Professional Health Degrees

  • Accelerated Pathways to MUSC Professional Schools with Clemson University, Clemson SC
  • Accelerated Pathways to MUSC Professional Schools with Clemson University, Clemson SC
  • Accelerated Pathways to MUSC Professional Schools with Clemson University, Clemson SC
  • Accelerated Pathways to MUSC Professional Schools with Clemson University, Clemson SC
  • Accelerated Pathways to MUSC Professional Schools with Clemson University, Clemson SC

Welcome to the Accelerated Pathways to MUSC Professional Health Degrees homepage.

Here you will find the most updated information on this strategic partnership designed to reduce total student tuition burden and to retain within South Carolina the most talented Clemson students.

This site includes the following Accelerated Pathway programs:

Clemson University and MUSC

3 years at Clemson + 3 years at MUSC program:

  • Programs without Provisional Admission

    The majority of the above programs do not provide provisional admission, guaranteed admission, or preference compared with all other applicants to the professional schools. These accelerated pathways do provide students an opportunity to potentially eliminate one year of study, and the associated tuition, in their total undergraduate-professional program. These include the 3+4 programs, the 3+3 program, and the MS-CVP program.

  • Programs with Provisional Admission

    The MHA and each of the MPH programs do grant provisional admission to students meeting eligibility requirements as early as their freshman year at Clemson. Students provisionally admitted to the program must maintain eligibility and achieve each progression guideline. Once a student achieves the progression guidelines, the student’s status changes from “provisionally accepted” to “accepted”. These accelerated pathways provide students an opportunity to potentially eliminate one year of study, and the associated tuition, in their total undergraduate-professional program

  • Program Details

    Please click on the link for the program of interest and download the associated “Student Letter of Intent to Participate” form. The form describes the program, eligibility criteria, application procedures, and student responsibilities. Students must read and follow the application process carefully; applications must include mandatory signatures.

  • College-Designated Advisors – source on information and required signatures

    The MUSC Accelerated Pathway programs differ in structure, eligibility, application process, and progression criteria (where applicable). Students must contact their College-Designated Advisor prior to submitting a Letter of Intent to Participate Form; the advisor signature is required.

    College-Designated Advisors

    College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences
    Paula Beecher
    pbeeche@clemson.edu
    864-656-6340

    College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities
    Arelis Moore de Peralta
    ared@clemson.edu
    864-656-0719

    College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences
    Kristin Goodenow
    kristig@clemson.edu
    864-656-5123

    College of Business
    Donna McCubbin
    mccubb2@clemson.edu
    864-656-1127

    College of Education
    Kristin Goodenow
    kristig@clemson.edu
    864-656-5123

    College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
    Brad Putman
    putman@clemson.edu
    864-656-2486

    College of Science
    Adam Hunter
    hunter3@clemson.edu
    864-656-3288

  • Frequently Asked Questions
    • What is the purpose of this program and why should I choose it?

      The purpose of the MUSC Accelerated Pathways to professional health degrees is to reduce the total student tuition debt while retaining the best and brightest students in South Carolina. This is accomplished by eliminating an academic year for competitive students, who are ready to transition early to MUSC.

    • When and how can I sign up for these programs?

      Each program is structured differently, so the timeline for expressing your interest varies with some occurring as early as the fall semester of your first year at Clemson. Please click on the hyperlink for the program you are interested in and download the pathway-specific "Student Intent to Participate Form". Please read the form carefully as it outlines very specifically the eligibility requirements and the application process. The process includes (among other things) the completion of the form, signatures on the form (yours and your designated College Advisor – see list on this website, and submitting the form to Enrolled Student Services in 104 Sikes Hall.

    • What major should I enroll in to pursue these programs?

      It is possible to pursue these programs through any degree-granting major at Clemson; however, some degree programs are more accommodating of the prerequisite coursework required by MUSC than others. Students are encouraged to review information provided in the pathway-specific "Student Intent to Participate" form and consult with departmental advisors regarding how prerequisite coursework may be accommodated within the curriculum.

    • What degree will I earn from Clemson?

      In most MUSC Accelerated Pathways, the students transition to MUSC before earning a Clemson undergraduate degree. The student then earns a Clemson baccalaureate degree after successful completion of one year of professional studies. This question is addressed on page 29 of the 2016-17 Undergraduate Announcements and addressed in the pathway-specific "Student Intent to Participate Form". Students MUST meet Registrar deadlines, fees and other requirements. Upon receipt of this information, the Registrar will contact the appropriate College for which the student had studied at Clemson. It is up to the discretion of the College faculty to determine if a student has earned a baccalaureate degree in a specific discipline (e.g. health sciences, biological sciences) or should be awarded a degree in Preprofessional studies.

    • Who do I contact for more information about the MUSC Accelerated Pathways?

      Students interested in learning more about the MUSC Accelerated Pathways should: (1) Download the pathway-specific "Student Intent to Participate Form;" (2) Attend one of the regularly conducted information sessions (announced on this website and other venues on campus); and/or (3) speak to the designated College Advisor (see list on this website). Should any students have a question that cannot be addressed from these sources, they may contact Dr. Ron Gimbel.

    • What happens if I am not accepted into an MUSC professional degree program through the MUSC Accelerated Pathway program?

      The MUSC Accelerated Pathway programs are very competitive. If you are not accepted into the MUSC professional degree program via this opportunity, you may be encouraged (by MUSC) to apply via the normal process. You will not have a disadvantage in the normal application process but will complete your baccalaureate at Clemson prior to transition to MUSC.

    • What happens if I am provisionally admitted but miss a progression guideline or an eligibility requirement?

      Four (Masters in Health Administration, Masters in Public Health-3 degrees) of the MUSC Accelerated Pathway programs grant students provisional admission to MUSC as early as the Clemson freshman year. Provisionally admitted students must maintain eligibility and meet progression guidelines to remain in that specific Accelerated Pathway. The process for monitoring student attainment of progression guidelines and eligibility requirements is outlined in pathway-specific "Student Intent to Participate Forms". Please read the respective form carefully. In some cases, students failing to meet progression criteria can be removed from the MUSC Accelerated Pathway program. If this happens, students may be encouraged (by MUSC) to apply via the normal application process but will complete their baccalaureate at Clemson prior to transition to MUSC.