We appreciate your interest in the Institute’s PhD program in International Family and Community Studies. If you have questions or if any problems occur in the admission process, please contact our Graduate Studies Coordinator (IFNLgradinfo@clemson.edu). You can track your application on-line via the graduate admissions Web site.
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher education abroad. In general, applicants should have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a comparable record of academic achievement from an institution of higher education abroad in order to be considered.
Applicants who meet the GPA requirements may be enrolled in the final year of a bachelor’s degree program in an accredited college or university in the United States or a comparable degree program in a recognized institution of higher education abroad.
Individuals with disabilities who need the Graduate School’s on-line documents in an alternative format should contact Dr. Arlene Stewart, director of Disability Services by email at email@example.com or by phone at 864-656-6848 (V/TTY).
An application must be received by February 1 of the year in which admission is sought if the applicant wishes to be assured of consideration for an assistantship. For those not seeking assistantship support, applications should be submitted by the end of February to be assured of consideration for admittance in the Fall of that same year.
There are two parts to the application process. Part 1 is your application to the Graduate School at Clemson University and Part 2 are the materials you submit directly to the Ph.D. program in International Family & Community Studies.
Read all materials regarding graduate study at Clemson University (http://www.grad.clemson.edu) and all materials regarding admission to the PhD in International Family and Community Studies. The major code for the Institute’s PhD program is 117.
Fill out the application form.
To apply go to: http://www.grad.clemson.edu/admission.php
NOTE: For LEGAL NAME, use your full legal name, including first, middle, and last names. Applicants who have enrolled previously at Clemson University under a different name and who wish their current legal name to appear on their academic records must present a certified or notarized copy or a legal document verifying the name change (e.g., a marriage certificate). Name changes at a later date will be made only upon presentation of acceptable legal documentation instructions can be found at http://www.registrar.clemson.edu/pdf/namechg.pdf
Submit this application (Part 1 of the total application) to the Graduate School (on-line or by mail).
A non-refundable application fee is required as outlined in the applications process. You may use a credit or debit card to pay on-line, or you may send a money order or check payable to Clemson University and drawn on a U.S. bank. Cash is not accepted. If you apply to more than one program, additional application fees apply. The application fee must be received before the application will be processed. Applications will be discarded after 60 days if the application fee is not received.
Clemson University waives the application fee for current McNair Scholars applying for a graduate program. This waiver is specific to applicants who will enroll as graduate students immediately after completion of the undergraduate degree. Written verification by the campus McNair representative is required. Send the letter requesting a waiver of fee and the official verification of McNair status to the IFNL Graduate Studies Coordinator under separate cover from the other application material.
If you submitted an electronic application but chose not to pay the application fee on-line, send a check or money order payable to Clemson University to the Graduate School at the address below.
Graduate School Admissions
101 Sikes Hall
Clemson, SC 29634-5124
The GRE is required. If you have not already done so, please register for the GRE. The GRE is now offered in the United States in a computerized format only. Registration forms or previous score reports may be requested from the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000, telephone 1-800-537-3160 or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a GRE Web site at http://www.ets.org/gre.
We require the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections. We do not require a subject test. Scores must not be more than 5 years old, relative to the date of application.
The scores must be sent directly from ETS to Clemson University. If you have already taken the appropriate tests, please submit a request to have the Educational Testing Service forward official copies of your scores to Clemson University (institution code, 5111).
In addition, enclose a copy of your GRE scores with your Part 2 application materials. You will receive notification of your scores before ETS sends the information to the university. A copy of your score report expedites review of your application.
If you are a South Carolina resident, complete the GS 35 Request for Certification of South Carolina Residency Form found here. Send the completed form with the rest of your Part 2 application material.
Request two (2) official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities that you have attended. You may omit any colleges and/or universities where insignificant or irrelevant course work was taken. Please request that the registrar’s office at each institution provide official transcripts of your academic work in sealed envelope(s) with official signature over the seal. Refer to the Transcript Request Form (GSTR) found here.
Have the transcripts sent to you, but DO NOT open them. Enclose the transcripts with the rest of your Part 2 application materials.
Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate your academic and professional qualifications are required. The letters should be on letterhead (if possible).
You should solicit recommendations from individuals who are familiar with your academic work and who are able to comment on your potential for success in a rigorous academic program. If you have been out of school for a number of years and are unable to contact former faculty, letters from other individuals who can comment on your academic and related accomplishments and your potential will be accepted. We advise against using generic letters of recommendation, such as those provided by campus career planning and placement offices.
Submit a vita or résumé that includes information about your academic accomplishments (awards; published articles and abstracts; presentations at professional meetings; internships; research projects), volunteer experience (community and professional service), association memberships, languages (spoken, read, and written), and work experience. If you include volunteer and work experience, briefly describe relevant projects or programs that you have organized or in which you have participated.
A Statement of Purpose is required and is a critical component of your application. You should give this careful thought as it may be the determining factor in approval for admission. Your statement should reflect: (a) the nature and origin of your interests in international family and community studies; (b) your goals and ambitions in the field of international family and community studies; and (c) your beliefs about the ways that this PhD program could help you to achieve those goals.
Do not exceed two double-spaced pages. At the end of the statement, please indicate one or two Institute faculty whose work fits with your goals and interests. Faculty biographies may be found here.
Submit a writing sample that supports your application for admission to the program. Such appendixes may include reprints of publications, an on-line portfolio of your work, evidence of professional recognition, etc.
Before you submit your Part 2 application materials, make copies of your application and the appendixes for your files in case any questions arise or in case materials are lost. The address is:Graduate Studies Coordinator
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