Industrial Engineering

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) Admissions & Cost


Admission into the Master of Engineering program is highly competitive. Approximately 50 new students 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.  The 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
  • January - March – New cohort is finalized as candidates accept/decline offers into M.Eng. program. THE SUMMER 2014 COHORT HAS REACHED CAPACITY.  APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AGAIN UNTIL FALL OF 2014.
  • May – New students enroll and begin their first course

Program Cost

All courses cost $750 per credit hour plus an estimated $50 in fees, or approximately $2,300 per course. 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 employer sponsored tuition reimbursement programs, and it is the student’s responsibility to confirm eligibility with their employer before enrolling.  

Admissions Requirements

The minimum requirements for admissions to the program are:

  1. A bachelors degree from an accredited university

    If you have a degree from a non-US university, please contact the Program Coordinator (Bill Ferrell at so we can verify that it is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in the US before you begin the application process.

  2. Relevant industry experience

    Applicants must possess a minimum of three years of relevant industry experience.  Relevant industry experience, for application purposes for this program, means that experience is in a related discipline, after receiving 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. A letter of recommendation

    This should come from your supervisor or manager that indicates this program fits within your career objectives and that you have exhibited the skills, discipline, desire, and intelligence to succeed in the program.

  4. Sufficient mathematical background

    Applicants must meet the admission requirement prior to starting the program by: 1) having passed at least 1 semester of 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 do so prior to applying to the program.

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

How to Apply

Applying to the program is very straightforward.

    1. Applications to Clemson are submitted on-line. If you need more information about the program, click here.
    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. Caution - When you are instructed to "Choose a major," please be sure to indicate 446, MEng and not 445 (445 is the code for on-campus IE programs).
      2. Be careful to select the correct term when applying ... the correct term in Step 2 of the the Application Menu will be: "Summer 20XX and Fall 20XX Applicants"
    3. The final steps in the process are to pay the application fee, have your letter of recommendation as well as an official copy of your undergraduate transcripts sent to the university sent to Clemson as instructed in the application directions.


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