Department of Physics & Astronomy

Application Process for Graduate Program

Applications for graduate study are submitted through the Clemson University Graduate School. Applications submitted electronically are most efficiently processed and are highly recommended. Briefly, we require the following as part of your application:
  • General GRE
  • transcripts
  • at least two recommendation letters
  • TOEFL for non-native speakers of English

The GRE Physics Subject Test is not required, but it is recommended for students whose undergraduate degree is not in physics.

While we do require the general GRE exam (and TOEFL for those who are not native English speakers), we consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account the letters of recommendation and the academic preparation as evidenced in the transcript. The average score on the general GRE exam for students accepted to our program is about 1260; TOEFL, 97.

Application Deadlines for Fall Admission:

Jan 15 Applications receive full consideration for assistantship and fellowship opportunities. Applications which are completed after Jan. 15 will be reviewed only at the discretion of the department and might not be reviewed at all. Application fees are non-refundable.

Late Feb Acceptance letters are mailed out.

Apr 15 Deadline for response for accepted candidates.

Application Deadlines for Spring Admission:

The Physics and Astronomy Department anticipates no openings for new graduate students in the Spring. (An exception might be possible under certain circumstances for a student who already has a Master's degree or equivalent in physics.) Interested students are encouraged to apply for the following Fall, when our department expects to have some openings.

Sep 15 Applications receive full consideration for assistantship and fellowship opportunities. Applications which are completed after Sep. 15 will be reviewed only at the discretion of the department and might not be reviewed at all. Application fees are non-refundable.

Oct 22 Acceptance letters are mailed out.

Nov 30 Deadline for response for accepted candidates.

For information about our graduate programs, please contact us:

Ms. Amanda Crumpton
118 Kinard Lab
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0978
email: Graduate Information
phone: 864-656-0343