The biosystems engineering graduate program within the EEES department is designed to prepare graduates for leadership, creative accomplishment and continued professional learning, and to prepare graduates to effectively conduct independent scientific research related to sustainable biological systems design. Graduates from the BE program find employment in biofuels, biopharmaceutical and bioprocessing plants or biorefineries, engineering and environmental consulting firms, sustainable land and water resource management, state and federal government agencies, and academia.
Students from all engineering disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applicants from non-engineering disciplines are welcome, but may be required to take additional undergraduate courses. Each degree program is planned individually to augment the student's previous engineering and science background with adequate breadth in engineering and specialization in an area of biosystems engineering including sustainable bioprocessing and ecological engineering. In addition to biosystems engineering, course work includes mathematics, physics, chemistry, statistics, and biological and engineering sciences.
For admissions to the M.S. or Ph.D. program, an applicant should have a grade point ratio/average (GPR/GPA) of at least 3.0 out of 4.0. Ranges of scores for students admitted to the BE program on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are typically greater than 155 (700)Q, 150 (45) V, 3.5 A and 90 TOEFL. Students with a baccalaureate or masters degree in a related science or engineering field may apply directly to the PhD program. Students with exceptional records and experience in research will be considered for the PhD degree without a Masters degree, while most students admitted to the PhD program will have previously received a Masters degree
Required documents include:
Mail all documents to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
E-209 Martin Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
For admission to the PhD program, the applicant must have a faculty member who has agreed to be the research advisor before final admission. Pursuit of a PhD degree is a significant commitment of time and effort. Applicants should communicate with professors who are engaged in research of interest to the applicant. Finding a research advisor who will guide the PhD student effectively is important within the first semester of study. Visit the web page of each professor and send email to those who are involved in areas of interest. For questions about the process, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator. Students with a baccalaureate or masters degree in a related science or engineering field may apply directly to the PhD program. Students with expceptional records and experience in research will be considered for the PhD degree without a master's degree, while most students admitted to the PhD program will have previously received a Master's degree
Applicants may apply on the Web. Applications should be received no later that five weeks prior to registration. Every required item in support of the application must be on file by that date. Prospective students are encouraged to complete and submit their applications for admission and financial assistance as early as possible to be considered during the first round of assistantship awards, which are made begineering in Frebruary or March. Applicants whose credential files are not completed until after this first round of assistantship awards will be considered for awards in subsequent rounds after April 15.
Students enrolled in the undergraduate BE program at Clemson University can apply for acceptance to BS/MS programs in Biosystems Engineering. This allows students with junior or senior status to count 6 – 8 credits of undergraduate course credits as part of graduate coursework. Requires 155 (700) Q, 155 (500) V, 4.0 A GRE and 3.4 GPA.
Course work for the Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in biosystems engineering (BE) can be completed in three semesters (about sixteen months). An oral defense is required for the thesis. Full requirements include:
The Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering program at Clemson University can be completed in three to five years and is flexible, with each student’s specific program uniquely tailored by the student and the committee. Comprehensive examinations, written and oral, occur after completion of course work and after formulation of the dissertation research proposal, respectively. A dissertation defense is required prior to approval and acceptance of the completed work. If directly acceptance into the Ph.D. program without first obtaining an M.S. degree, then all M.S. requirements must be taken in addition to those listed for Ph.D. accounting for a total of 63 credit hours.
Students from a non-engineering background or who have not yet taken the following remedial courses must complete these requirements:
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The BE Program within the EEES Department offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School. Applications and accompanying materials must be received before February 15th to be considered automatically for an assistantship and before January 15th for some fellowships.
Financial aid is available on a competitive basis to both national and international students in the form of teaching and research assistantships, which require up to 20 hours of work per week. Full stipends range from about $17,700 to $19,200 annually, depending on degree program. Graduate assistants pay reduced tuition; an allowance for tuition and fees is included in the annual stipend. Faculty members are currently looking to fill assistantship positions for a variety of projects.