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Admission Requirements & Application Process

Admission to the Clemson University MRED Program requires submission of an official online application to Clemson's Graduate School. Admission is allowed only in the Summer II semester of the application year. Applications for Summer 2018 admission are open now. 

Additional requirements in addition to the application are outlined below. You should begin the admission process in the academic year prior to enrollment.

Application Deadline: Completed applications are due by January 15 for first-round consideration for admissions and priority decisions. However, later applications are definitely accepted on a rolling admissions basis following the initial first round January 15 cut through May 30. No specific bachelor’s degree is required, although priority is given to those from related disciplines.

Please note:

  • Admission to the MRED Program is allowed only in the Second Summer II (SSII) semester on a full-time basis. 
  • Confirmation Payment: Admitted applicants who accept the MRED program admissions offer will be required to submit a $500 non-refundable confirmation payment expressing their intent to enroll and become eligible to complete the new graduate student onboarding process, including class registration.
  • Upon matriculation into the MRED program, $470 of the student’s $500 payment will be applied to tuition, minus a $30 processing fee. 

How To Apply
Review the Graduate School Prospective Student Information to help answer application, financial aid, and general university related questions.

Application Fees: The Graduate School requires a non-refundable application fee of $80 (domestic) / $90 (international). Please visit Graduate School Admissions for additional information.

Please attach the following materials with your formal online application to the Graduate School. There is no need to mail the following items in hard copy.

  • Unofficial transcript
    • Applicants should upload an unofficial transcript with the online application. An "unofficial" transcript is a transcript or degree progress report that is issued to the student by their university's registrar; it may also be a transcript or degree progress print-out accessed by the student through their university's online student information system. Applicants are required to attach/upload such a document to their online application as a PDF. An "official" transcript is one sent directly from the registrar of the applicant's prior institution(s) to Clemson University's Graduate School. If an applicant is offered admission and desires to matriculate, admission will be conditional until an official transcript is received. Official transcripts are required upon admission. A GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred.
  • Resume
  • Interview
    • All applicants are required to have personal on-site interviews or a Skype interview, prior to or during application review.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Applicants will list the name and email addresses of three references on the online application. Recommendation forms will be sent to recommenders from the Graduate School.
  • GRE/GMAT Scores (Clemson's Institution Code is 5111.)
    • The MRED Program accepts either GRE or GMAT scores. Test scores are self-reported on the online Graduate School application. Official scores will be verified before an admissions offer is made. To inquire about GRE or GMAT waiver eligibility, please contact the MRED Program Coordinator Amy Matthews Herrick.
    • NOTE: The GMAT or GRE exam does not have to be complete for you to formally apply, but it does help the admissions committee in their decision making. If you have not completed the GMAT or GRE upon application, please try and have your test session scheduled very soon before or after applying.
  • Portfolio (Experienced Development Professionals Only)
  • Personal statement of objectives containing:
    • Interest in the real estate profession and the MRED program 
    • Academic and professional preparation
    • Career goals
    • Vision for how your background and the MRED program meet your concept of real estate development and your future career

Additional Requirements for the Experienced Development Professional (12-month)

Additional International Applicant Requirements

    • Either the Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (IETLS, TOEFL) or completion of ELS level 112 at an ELS Language School is required.
    • Skype Interview

The MRED program seeks an interdisciplinary student body that has academic credentials and the capacity to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors. We have a strict selection process that requires students to demonstrate exceptional track records in undergraduate study, work experience and leadership endeavors. We evaluate the person’s whole record of performance and entrepreneurial ability. To maintain the personal scale of the program, entering classes are kept to fewer than 30 students per year.

Once you have submitted your application, you can access the status of your application here.

If you have any questions regarding the program or the application process, please contact MRED Program Coordinator Amy Matthews Herrick.

We invite you to learn more by visiting our new downtown Greenville ONE facilities for an interview and personal tour. Additional information can be found at or by emailing MRED Program Coordinator Amy Matthews Herrick.