Planning, Development and Preservation



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

The Committee reviews all full applications beginning on February 15. As admission decisions are made we will then review in rounds any other full applications that come in after February 15, plus those on the Waiting List. We will not accept more than 20 students into the program, so we do not know the number of rounds where we might review candidates to fill up the class. 

2.   Do you prefer the GMAT or GRE?

We accept either and neither of these are preferred.

3.   Must I complete the GMAT or GRE prior to application review, i.e. before February 15?

The GMAT or GRE test 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 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 with the Subject: GMAT or GRE Scores, we will consider those adequate for us to process your application if all other materials are at Clemson. Obviously, we will need to verify those scores officially later.

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 very 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.

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

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 phone interviews 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.

9.   Where are students coming from?

We are a national program and students from approximately twenty-nine states and two countries have attended the program.

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 is the same for each of your two years (i.e. whatever tuition you enter the program for year 1 is the same in year 2. So, if you enter at $27,500 in Fall of '14, you will pay the same tuition for your second year.)

We have around 2-5 Research Analyst positions at approximately $5,000 per year for primarily first year students working ten hours per week. This is based on our assessment of your skills and needs of the program, which vary by year. Exceptionally credentialed students might achieve 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 SC 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 August when all departmental decisions regarding research analyst positions and fellowships are finalized.

To apply, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to by June 1. If you desire to borrow more than the current federal maximum, you may also apply for a Graduate PLUS Loan by June 1. See the instructions in the LOANS section at

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 or research analyst stipend. The financial aid office will post your fellowship or research analyst stipend, adjust your cost of attendance to reflect your differential tuition, and increase your loan(s) if applicable. Occasionally graduate assistantship waivers are posted automatically if you receive a fellowship (not allowed in this program), and these will be removed at that time. 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/research analyst position (if applicable) and increased loan amount will not be finalized until August.

11. How does the Second Year Internship program work?

You may have an opportunity to work two days each week at a paid internship with a local real estate-related private, public or nonprofit business. Internships may include development feasibility, financial analysis, development packaging, market research and site location analysis, project management and brokerage, land planning and project design, district-level planning and programming, and industry studies. The MRED program provides information on possible positions, but you are responsible for securing your internship. The positions typically require interns to have transportation throughout the metro area (up to a 60-mile radius). Obviously, the availability is based on the real estate market and your abilities to promote yourself. However, it is our goal to assist you to find an internship during your second year.

12. How do I set up a visit to campus?

Please contact the program at in order to set up a visit schedule. 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 on 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.

13. What airports are nearby?

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

14. Where can I stay on my visit to the program in Greenville, South Carolina?

Downtown Greenville has a variety of lodging for guests to choose from. Click here to plan your upcoming visit to Greenville, South Carolina.