The Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Graduate Students' Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When is your application deadline? 
  2. What do I need to complete with my application?
  3. Do you have minimum GRE or TOEFL requirements?
  4. My undergraduate degree is not in Electrical or Computer Engineering. Can I still apply to your program?
  5. Can I apply to the Ph.D. program without having a M.S. degree?
  6. How can I check the status of my application?
  7. How do I get an advisor?
  8. Am I eligible for financial assistance in the form of an assistantship?
  9. I am a new student in the MS program. What courses should I take?

When is your application deadline?
Application deadline for full consideration for financial support
Each admitted student into the ECE graduate program is evaluated for a possible award of one of the forms of financial support that are available. Most of the opportunities for financial support of an admitted student are committed many months before the start of the semester in which the student will enter the program. Consequently, each applicant should provide a complete application no later than the date shown below to ensure his or her consideration for financial support. An application that is completed at a later date will have a significantly reduced opportunity for financial support. (Note that an application is considered "complete" only when all required application material has been received by Clemson University, as detailed in another FAQ below.)
Complete application for Spring Term admission: September 1
Complete application for Summer Term admission: December 1
Complete application for Fall Term admission: January 15

Application deadline for entry into the program (International applicants)
Due to the time required for visa-related paperwork for entering international students, each international applicant must submit a completed application (with all the required application material) no later than the date shown below to be considered for admission in the corresponding term. (Note that these dates are later than the deadlines for full consideration for financial support.) An applicant who fails to meet the relevant deadline may have his or her application automatically rejected or deferred to consideration for a later semester.
Complete application for Spring Term admission: September 15
Complete application for Summer Term admission: February 15
Complete application for Fall Term admission: April 15

Application deadline for entry into the program (US applicants)
Each US applicant must submit a completed application (with all the required application material) no later than the date shown below to be considered for admission in the corresponding term. (Note that these dates are later than the deadlines for full consideration for financial support.) An applicant who fails to meet the relevant deadline may have his or her application automatically rejected or deferred to consideration for a later semester.
Complete application for Spring Term admission: October 15
Complete application for Summer Term admission: April 1
Complete application for Fall Term admission: June 15 

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What do I need to complete with my application?
You must complete the following in their entirety before your application will be reviewed:
- Online application and $80.00 application fee for U.S. citizens and permanent residents; $90.00 application fee for International students; or $60.00 application fee for non-degree seeking students.
- Upload unofficial transcripts from each institution you have attended or are currently attending before submitting your online application. Official transcripts are only required if admission is awarded.
- A minimum of 2 letters of recommendation (online is recommended, but hard copy recommendations are accepted).
- Submit official GRE scores (and TOEFL scores for International students). Please note that photocopies of your score sheets are recommended to expedite the review process.
- Statement of purpose.

All required documents should be submitted electronically during the application review process. Any additional application materials or official transcripts should be mailed to: Graduate Admissions Office Clemson University E-209 Martin Hall, SC 29634 USA.
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Do you have minimum GRE or TOEFL requirements?
The short answer is no, we do not have minimum requirements. However, we do have high expectations for our applicants. Strong scores are recommended.
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My undergraduate degree is not in Electrical or Computer Engineering. Can I still apply to your program?
Yes, although keep in mind that you will be required to meet specific undergraduate prerequisite courses in order to earn a graduate degree in EE or CpE if you are admitted to the program. These undergraduate requirements may be found here.
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Can I apply to the Ph.D. program without having a M.S. degree?
Yes, although keep in mind that you will be required to meet specific undergraduate prerequisite courses in order to earn a graduate degree in EE or CpE if you are admitted to the program. These undergraduate requirements may be found here.
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How can I check the status of my application?
You may check the status of your graduate application at: http://www.grad.clemson.edu/admission/statusCheck.php.
If you plan to contact the ECE department or the office of Graduate Admissions, you must include your social security number (for domestic students) or your NR number (for International students). We will be unable to comment on your application status until that information is provided.
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How do I get an academic advisor?
You are assigned an initial academic advisor if a decision of acceptance is made on your application. After you arrive on campus and after you become more familiar with our faculty, you will have an opportunity to communicate with the faculty member who you would like to be your permanent academic advisor. If the faculty member agrees to be your advisor, you will work with this person to complete your advisory committee.
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Am I eligible for financial assistance in the form of a graduate assistantship?
All accepted applicants are considered for departmental assistantships in the form of teaching and grading assistantships. If you are interested in a research assistantship, then we recommend that you communicate with those faculty members whose research interests you. If a faculty member has funding available, and if you fit the needs of his/her research, then a research assistantship offer may be a possibility.
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I am a new student in the MS program. What courses should I take?
Here is an algorithm which may help:

  1. Decide on your total course load (credit hours) for the Fall. This will probably be between 9-15 hours total, including research credits. This number is a function of many factors, including your capabilities and any other obligations, such as assistantship duties.
  2. Determine your degree requirements from the Graduate Student Handbook: http://www.clemson.edu/ces/departments/ece/resources/grad_resources/grad_handbook.html  Especially important are your Focus Area requirements.
  3. Look at 600 and 800- level  course offerings in ECE: https://sisssb.clemson.edu/sisbnprd/bwckschd.p_disp_dyn_sched
  4. Based upon degree and Focus Area requirements, course prerequisites and your interests, identify potential courses.
  5. Consult with your initial advisor. There usually is some tuning or refinement of this strategy for specific cases.
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