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Application Process

All applications for graduate programs are first submitted to the Clemson Graduate School. From there, entries are forwarded to the department associated with the degree track to determine eligibility for the program. Typically, candidates admitted to the department will choose a research advisor in the first term of residence; however, students with a substantial interest in a particular study area are encouraged to indicate this on their application and contact individual faculty members to discuss potential research options.

Application Deadline

To be considered fully for financial assistance beginning in the fall semester completed applications for graduate study should be received by January 15, though applications may be submitted at any time. Applications received after January 15 may be considered for financial assistance depending upon the availability of funds.

Notice of acceptance to the program and offers of financial aid are typically given to new students in March-April for fall matriculation.

Admission Requirements

All students applying for graduate study in EEES must have a baccalaureate degree and provide evidence indicating an aptitude for continued studies at the graduate level. Scores for the GRE (General Test) are required for the application. Foreign applicants are also required to provide scores for the TOEFL Exam or IELTS. Additional instructions specific to a particular degree curriculum can be found under the description of that program.

We consider the entire application package when deciding on good candidates for graduate study.

  1. Education and performance
  2. Work experience
  3. Statement of purpose
  4. Recommendation letters
  5. Performance on the GRE and TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable)

We also encourage visits to the Department or phone calls or email with faculty who share your research interests. Please contact Barbara Smith ( if you are interested in visiting.

Statement of Purpose

Because the decision to admit applicants to the graduate program in the department of EEES at Clemson University is based on many diverse factors, we would like to get to know you as well as possible. Accordingly, we ask that you submit a one-page essay (Statement of Purpose) to tell us something about yourself and the experiences which helped shape you, as well as your life's goals and professional aspirations. Include an indication of your preferred area of specialization and research in the environmental engineering and science field, and state why you are interested in the area.

Recommendation Letters

We carefully consider letters of recommendation from professors from your undergraduate and master's education. The letters should be from evaluators who know you well and can write about your skills, talents, experiences, and abilities. Letters from supervisors from any work experience are also helpful but at least one letter should be included from an academic evaluator.

Financial Aid

The types of financial aid awarded selectively to qualified applicants include graduate research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships. It is common for students who are teaching assistants during their first year of graduate study to switch to a research assistantship for their second year. Graduate assistants pay a reduced academic fee (tuition) that is the same for both resident and non-resident students. Selection of financial assistance recipients and the amount awarded is made by the graduate faculty based on many factors, including undergraduate transcripts, GRE scores, recommendations, science and math background, and (for international students) English language proficiency. For more information on specific types of financial aid available in the department, see the links below:

More Information

If you have questions about our programs, financial aid, or any part of the application process we encourage you to contact us!

For general questions or help with the application process please contact our Student Services Coordinator:

Barbara Smith
☏ 864.656.3278
⇢ L. G. Rich Environmental Research Laboratory
342 Computer Court
Anderson, SC 29625

Program Coordinators

For specific questions regarding our programs contact the appropriate graduate program coordinator for the area you are interested in:

  • Biosystems Engineering, MS and Ph.D.
    Dr. Terry Walker
    ☏ 864.656.0351

  • Hydrogeology, MS
    Dr. Larry Murdoch
    ☏ 864.656.2597

  • Environmental Engineering & Science, MS
    Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, Ph.D.

    Dr. Mark Schlautman
    ☏ 864.656.4059

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Graduate Program Application

Students are typically informed of acceptance for the upcoming fall term by the end of April. NOTE: Students are only admitted to EEES graduate programs for the Fall Semester. No Spring or Summer applicants will be accepted.