Applications are due by February 1 with preference given to students with graduate assistantships or who are working full-time in higher education; for spring admissions (reserved for part-time students only), October 1 is the deadline. Application files that are complete by February 1 and October 1 will be reviewed for admission. Final decisions will be made typically by mid-February for fall admission and mid-October for spring admission.
- Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale)
- Completed online application to the Clemson Graduate School (Be sure to answer all essay questions on the application.)
- Competitive GRE scores
- Two references who can speak to the applicant's overall intellectual capacity, including academic and professional experience. The student affairs program does not accept transfer students per se. That is, individuals who have started working on a graduate degree in student affairs or a related degree at another institution must apply to this program in the same way as any applicant. Clemson can accept up to 12 graduate course credits from another institution. Transfer courses must meet the requirements of a Clemson graduate course, must be approved by your Clemson University academic advisor and have been taken within six years from the date you will complete your graduate degree.
The application process can be started by clicking the "Apply" link. Most materials can be submitted online, but any supporting materials must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions so that they can be officially processed and added to your file.
Mail all documents to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
E-209 Martin Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
The student affairs graduate program is designed for students who obtain a graduate assistantship in a student affairs or student services functional unit; these assistantships are competitive and are typically obtained through the CUGARS process. The program is also designed for professionals already working in higher education settings who intend to maintain their full-time student affairs/student services employment while they complete their coursework. Because the size of each cohort is determined by (a) available assistantships and (b) faculty capacity, applicants who do not receive an assistantship with Clemson University or who are not full-time employees in higher education settings should NOT expect to have a space in the cohort. The program faculty feel strongly that students’ academic coursework should be accompanied by hands-on, concurrent work experience, as students’ practitioner experience is constantly referenced through the program curriculum.
Student Affairs Assistantships: click here
Helpful Tips for Student Affairs Program Applicants
The student affairs program faculty seeks to admit a diverse cohort from the applicant pool, thus we review applicant files comprehensively. The admission process for this program is highly competitive. The stronger your application, the better chance you have of being offered admission. The applicant pool varies from year to year, however, so it is not possible for us to convey specifics regarding test scores or other factors.
We want to admit students who have the potential to succeed in graduate school. Strong applicants show evidence of academic success (e.g., undergraduate GPA of 3.00 and above), potential for success in graduate school (e.g., evidenced by GPA, GRE scores, and recommendation letters) and analytical thinking skills (e.g., analytical writing section of the GRE).
We also look for individuals who have an ability to work well with others, possess leadership skills, have a passion to work with college students and possess a desire to become culturally competent. Application essay questions provide an opportunity for applicants to address these areas.
Finally, we expect applicants to have some knowledge of student affairs and to be able to articulate their specific interest in the profession. Applicants are encouraged to chat with or briefly shadow people who are currently working as student affairs professionals on a campus.