Industrial Engineering

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) 

Cost & Admissions

Admission into the Master of Engineering program is highly competitive. The first 50 qualified applicants are accepted into an annual cohort via rolling admissions, i.e. – applicants are screened and accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis as applications are received.  Only completed applications with all required documents are reviewed for admission. The online application process is not difficult, but it is recommended that applicants begin the process early on, since acquiring transcripts and the letter of recommendation frequently requires some lead time.  The typical timeline is:

  • September – Graduate School begins accepting applications
  • September – February – Applications are screened, reviewed & accepted/rejected as they are completed
  • March - April – New cohort is finalized as candidates accept/decline offers into M.Eng. program
  • April/May – New students register, pay tuition, and begin their first course
M.Eng. Video Clip View the M.Eng. informational video on the Cost/Return on Investment


The current cost for the M.Eng. online program is $794 per credit hour plus an estimated $50 in fees, or approximately $2,450 per course (Refer to: Online Programs Graduate Tuition per Credit Hours

 - Tier 2 Program). Textbooks are an additional cost, but instructors have selected books that will be used in more than one course, creating a "library" of references for the future.

Students in the M.Eng. program do not qualify for traditional financial aid, since students take only 3 credit hours per semester and are classified as part-time students. Financial assistance for course tuition and expenses is typically funded by individuals or employer sponsored tuition reimbursement programs. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm eligibility with their employer before enrolling.  

Admissions Requirements

M.Eng. Video Clip View the M.Eng. informational video on the Admissions and Applying


The minimum requirements for admissions to the program are:

  1. Bachelors Degree from an Accredited University

    If you have a degree from a non-US university, please contact the Program Coordinator (Bill Ferrell at before you begin the application process so your degree can be verified as equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in the US.

  2. Relevant Industry Experience

    Applicants must possess a minimum of three years of relevant industry experience, since earning your undergraduate degree.  The reason for this requirement is that our experience suggests that students receive maximum benefit from this program when they can relate and apply the content of the program and coursework to “real world” problems and situations they have actually encountered.

  3. Letter of Recommendation

    This letter should come from your supervisor or manager as an endorsement indicating that this program fits within your career objectives and that you have exhibited the skills, discipline, desire, and intelligence necessary to succeed in this online program.

  4. Sufficient Mathematical Background

    Applicants must meet the admission requirements prior to starting the program by having passed: 1) engineering calculus or 2) having passed at least 1 semester of business calculus plus 1 semester of statistics. If you do not meet this requirement, please arrange to fulfill the requirement prior to applying to the program.

Please contact the Program Coordinator (Bill Ferrell at if you have any questions.

NOTE: Only students residing in the states listed on the Clemson Online State Authorization webpage can be admitted into online degree programs at this time. The University is actively seeking authorization in all other states. Direct any questions or concerns about state authorization to Witt Salley, Director of Clemson Online, at 864-656-3978 or

How to Apply

Applying to the program is very straightforward.

    1. Applications for all graduate programs at Clemson University are completed online via the Graduate School Website.
    2. Fill out on-line application by creating an account at "Getting Started" and then proceed to complete the application for "Online Graduate Degree Seeking Application."
      1. During "Program Selection", please be sure to select Program Name: Industrial Engineering; Program Code: MENGR-INEN-4; Degree Code: MEngr; Degree Name: Masters.
      2. Be careful to select the correct term when applying ... the correct term in "Select Term" drop-down menu will be: "Summer 20XX".
      3. The final steps in the process are:
        1. for applicants to submit a resume
        2. draft a personal statement of why you would like to pursue this graduate degree and why at Clemson University
        3. provide reference information so that your reference can be contacted to submit a letter of reference
        4. provide payment information and answer additional background questions.  

Your official undergraduate transcripts are to be submitted to the university once you have been offered admission to the program.


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