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Applying for Admission to the Civil Engineering Graduate Program

The required information and application materials that you will need are available online at Graduate Admissions processes all applications and will only send an application to the CE Department for review after all materials have been submitted and the application fee received.

All documents should be submitted electronically to Graduate Admissions. There is no reason to mail any information to the Graduate School or to the CE Department unless requested.

Answers to many questions related to the application process can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions”. 


All applicants are required to submit GRE scores. International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. When submitting official scores to Clemson, you need an institutional code only (R5111). We do not use Department codes.Clemson University requires a minimum TOEFL score of 6.5 and IELTS score of 80. 
Civil Engineering looks at the application as a whole, therefore a minimum GRE score is not required.


Graduate applications are reviewed year-round. However, to ensure timely issuance of Certificates of Eligibility
(I-20's/DS-2019's), international applications should be submitted by April 15 for Fall semester enrollment and September 15 for Spring semester enrollment. I-20s will not be issued after July 1 for Fall admission and December 1 for Spring admission.

Application Checklist

  • Submit application electronically and pay application fee.
  • All applicants are required to submit transcripts for each college/university attended.  Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the purpose of application review, and can be uploaded to your application.  Applicants who are accepted and decide to attend can submit official transcripts at the time of enrolling.
  • Have ETS submit official GRE/TOEFL/IELTS scores to Clemson (see above).
  • MS applicants are required to submit two (2) references; PHD applicants are required to submit three (3) references.  Reference forms will be sent electronically at the time of applying.
  • Statement of Purpose (can be uploaded to the application) - We ask that you write an essay to tell us something about yourself and the experiences which have helped to shape you, as well as your life's goals and professional aspirations. Include an indication of your preferred area of specialization in the civil engineering field (Applied Fluid Mechanics, Construction Materials, Construction Engineering and Management, Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering or Transportation) and expand on your interest in this area.

Many answers to questions about the application process can be found on the Graduate Admissions FAQ page at the following link:

If you have additional questions, please email, or call 864.656.3001