Candidates should initiate the admission process in the year prior to their enrollment. The University uses a rolling admission process that enables applications to be reviewed as they are received. Although the University uses a rolling admissions process, candidates are encouraged to apply by March 1st to receive priority consideration for a departmental assistantship. Typically, incoming graduate students in the City and Regional Planning program begin their studies during the fall semester. Admission for either Spring semester or part-time studies is possible, but is highly discouraged due to the sequential nature of the core curriculum.
Students interested in the Masters of City and Regional Planning program should contact the program director, Dr. Cliff Ellis to arrange a visit. Please give at least one week notice so you may be able to meet with faculty and visit relevant classes. Visits are typically held on Tuesdays through Thursdays to accommodate the program’s class schedules, but visits on other days are possible as well.
Students come from a range of disciplines such as architecture, political science, sociology, civil engineering, urban affairs, economics, geography, environmental science, psychology, landscape architecture, business, history, English, and communications. The Department of Planning, Development and Preservation has the same academic standards as the Graduate School.
The department prefers that students achieve at least a 3.0 in their undergraduate studies. While the department does not have a minimal standard for acceptance with the GRE, the department sets a goal of prospective students achieving median scores on each section (151 in the Verbal, 149 in the Quantitative, and 4.0 in the Writing). International students are expected to have at least a 600/250/100 TOEFL score, in order to complement the GRE standards. On occasion, students who do not meet the minimum expectation in a given requirement have been admitted when they have demonstrated professional experience or exceptional capacity for the planning profession.
To apply to the Master of City and Regional Planning program at Clemson, please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Instructions for the online application are available at:
Application deadline: March 1
All application components are to be completed and submitted online to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Required application materials are:
1- Graduate Admissions online application
2- Application fee
3- Unofficial Transcripts*
4- Three letters of recommendation - with at least one from a current or former professor
5- Resume - containing a brief description of academic background and any relevant work experience
6- Statement of purpose and personal narrative - Please include your interest in pursuing a graduate degree in City and Regional Planning, your preparation and aptitude for this field, your future career goals, and your interest in Clemson’s program. (no more than 1000 words)
7- Test Scores: GRE** and TOEFL*** ETS institutional code 5111.
*Official Transcripts will be required if admission into the program is granted
** Prefer 151 Verbal, 149 Quantitative, 4.0 writing.
***International applicants only (Prefer 100/250/600)
Please note that according to university policies, any and all application materials submitted to either the Graduate School or Department become property of Clemson University and are not returned.For additional information:
Department of Planning, Development and Preservation
3-112 Lee Hall, Box 340511
Clemson , SC 29634-0511