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  • 1.How does the review process work (approximate dates)?

    The Committee reviews all completed applications in the first round on November 1. As admission decisions are made we will then review a second round on January 15. Applications are accepted after the first and second rounds and any applications submitted after January 15 will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis as seats are avaialble. 

  • 2. Do you prefer the GMAT or GRE?

    We accept either and neither of these are preferred. For Experienced Development Professionals with 5+ years experience, waivers will be considered--please contact Amy Matthews Herrick by email at

  • 3. Must I complete the GMAT or GRE prior to application review, i.e. before I send in my application?

    The GMAT or GRE test does not have to be complete in order to submit a formal application, but it does help the admissions committee in the decision making process. If you have not completed the GMAT or GRE upon application, please try and have your test session scheduled very soon after applying. Once you complete the test, you will have an email verification of the Verbal and Quantitative Score, even though it will take a couple of weeks for the score to be officially submitted to the University. If you send these unofficial scores into the program by email at, we will consider those adequate for us to process your application if all other materials have been submitted. The committee will verify official scores.

  • 4. How do you review the candidate for acceptance?

    We truly look at the whole individual's background and no one factor such as grades or GMAT/GRE scores are rated substantially higher. We are looking at academic credentials, letters of recommendation, your statement of purpose, leadership activities and capacity, student diversity, and experience (internships and/or full-time).

  • 5. How important is experience to be admitted?

    Given the increased numbers of applicants, we have many applicants with at least a couple of years experience or related internships. These are weighed positively but do not exclude those with limited experience and exposure. We look at the whole person.

  • 6. Is any degree preferred?

    Development is an interdisciplinary endeavor. Those disciplines most directly related would be considered positively, but we look at other aspects of the person beyond the degree showing their interest and background in real estate. Clemson MRED students come from a broad range of undergraduate disciplines such as architecture, business, finance, civil engineering, urban affairs/planning, landscape architecture, construction science and management, economics, geography, environmental science, social sciences, accounting and marketing. Approximately 28% have design/construction undergrad degrees, 48% from business/finance, and 24% from planning/government/social science.

  • 7. How important is a visit with the program prior to the decision being made?

    We would welcome your visit to the program as part of the admissions process! While it is not an absolute requirement, it is strongly advised in order for you and us to make a mutually beneficial decision for your academic commitment to your professional career in the MRED program. If it is impossible to visit, it is imperative that a video/phone interview be conducted in advance.

  • 8. What kinds of jobs are the graduates getting and at what salaries?

    This really varies based on your abilities to aggressively pursue a position (with our advice and counsel), your experience, the community where job is located, and nature of the firm. Review a list of alumni employers here and related map for a list of companies that have hired our 203 alumni in 27 states (45 MSAs) and Asia.

  • 9. Where are students coming from?

    Starting in 2004, the program has attracted 230 students from 28 states and 6 countries (Brazil, China, India, Iran, Saudi Arabia and S. Korea) from 93 collegiate institutions. Review a list and map of student undergraduate institutions from 2006-2017 here.

  • 10. What kind of financial assistance is provided?

    We have a differential tuition from the rest of Clemson University graduate education. Our tuition is the same for in-state and out-state students and varies based on 18-month or 12-month curriculum.

    Exceptionally credentialed students might receive a small fellowship. No graduate assistantships or related tuition reduction from our program or any other program at Clemson is allowed with the MRED program.

    We believe our program delivers an excellent return on your investment. In addition to an exceptional program and excellent networking opportunities, you receive benefits from your tuition such as the trip to the Fall ULI Conference, reduced cost of the Minimester A South Carolina Coastal tour class, several two-day regional trips, memberships to organizations, and other special activities financed by your tuition.

    Students in the MRED program are eligible to borrow from the Federal Stafford Loan and the Graduate PLUS Loan programs. Loans require special handling because MRED students pay differential tuition and are not eligible for a graduate assistant waiver of tuition. Therefore, your loan may not be processed for the final (higher) amount until all program decisions regarding fellowships are finalized.

    Since the program starts Summer II, please contact Clemson's Office of Student Financial Aid for all financial aid related questions. 

    The department will notify the Office of Student Financial Aid that you have been accepted into the MRED program and if you have been awarded a fellowship stipend. The financial aid office will post your fellowship stipend, adjust your cost of attendance to reflect your differential tuition, and increase your loan(s) if applicable. You should not have to notify the financial aid office of your special circumstances, as these adjustments are coordinated with our department. However, if you have financial aid questions, please identify yourself as an MRED student with a higher cost of attendance when contacting their office. As noted above, your fellowship and increased loan amount will not be finalized until August.

  • 11. What airports are nearby?

    Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) airport is about 25 minutes away from downtown Greenville. Atlanta (ATL) is 2.5 hours away and Charlotte (CLT) is 1.5 hours away.

  • 12. Where can I stay on my visit to the program in Greenville, SC?

    Plan your upcoming visit to Greenville, South Carolina. Downtown Greenville has a variety of lodging for guests to choose from that are close to Greenville ONE.

    We strongly encourage you to visit the program in Downtown Greenville. This is the best way to make a major personal commitment to your future. If impossible, we will require a Skype interview(s) as part the process. Please contact the MRED Program in order to set up a visit. We enjoy having the opportunity to meet you and discuss our potential futures together.

    Typically, we will start the session in the morning with the Director, have you visit with a couple of professors individually, possibly attend a class, go to lunch with students and get a tour of campus, and then closing out your day with the Director for any further questions. If you have severe travel limitations and can only come over a weekend, someone is usually available to meet with you. Mondays and Wednesdays are preferred, but any day of the week is fine for a visit.