Genetics and Biochemistry

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the required GPA and GRE scores for the program?

A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a total GRE score above 290 is required for a competitive application.

2. What are my chances of being admitted to the program?

Admission to the Genetics and Biochemistry Program at Clemson is competitive. After a thorough review of the applications for a given term, the admissions committee will grant interviews to a select number of well qualified applicants. Students not selected for an interview will be placed on hold. Occasionally, students placed on hold may be granted an interview and later admitted to the program for the same term.

3. If I do not qualify for general admission via a teaching assistantship can I be admitted to the program through a research assistantship?

While the large majority of students matriculating into the program are admitted through the general admission procedure, students not selected for interviews and those interviewed but not admitted may still be admitted to the program. Occasionally, faculty within the department will make a research assistantship offer to one of these students (with approval of the graduate admissions committee). These research assistantships are made at the discretion of the faculty member funding the assistantship. Under no circumstances should you attempt to contact faculty directly concerning assistantships or admission to the program.

4. I have applied to the program and need to report scores that were unavailable at the time of my application or I have retaken the GRE and need to update my scores. Who should I contact?

You should contact the graduate coordinator at to update your file. You should also include the date of the test and individual scores from all sections. IMPORTANT: You must also have your official scores sent (or resent if you have retaken the GRE) from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Please note that your application cannot be processed until your official scores are received from ETS and matched to those submitted. Official updated GRE scores must be received by the application deadline for the term for which you are applying.

5. I would like to enquire as to my application status. Who do I contact?

Contact the graduate coordinator at to inquire as to your status.

6. I have been offered admission to the program for the FALL TERM. By what date must I either accept or decline the offer of admission?

You must either accept or decline the offer of admission by April 15th. This date applies to all graduate programs within the United States and is set by the Council of Graduate Schools.

7. What is the current stipend for assistantships?

The current stipend is a minimum of $23,000 for Ph.D. students. These are also the minimal stipends for students admitted to the program on research assistantships (though faculty members providing research assistantship support may provide additional support at their discretion. Also, with the extremely low cost of living in this area, this assistantship allows for a very comfortable lifestyle.

8. Do graduate students pay fees?

Graduate students on assistantships pay minimal fees of $1060 for each fall and spring term. Summer fees are approximately $350 per term for a total of two summer terms. In addition, the program is in the process of increasing assistantship support and decreasing fees in order to stay competitive with other national graduate programs. The graduate school has set a goal of eliminating all fees for graduate over the next 5 years.

9. I am an international applicant and need a visa form completed to enter the United States. Can I get this form before I am admitted to the program or if I am wait-listed?

No. It is the policy of the university and federal law that Clemson University can only release these forms to students granted full admission to the graduate program. There are no exceptions to this rule. Applicants are discouraged from contacting the department office concerning visa forms.