Clemson

Business Administration

Information

Degrees Offered

Introduction

The full-time and part-time MBA degree programs are located in downtown Greenville, South Carolina, about 45 minutes away from the main University campus. Clemson’s facility at 1 North Main Street places students in the heart of this vibrant community surrounded by businesses, restaurants, and beautiful green spaces that provide a perfect work-life balance. Downtown Greenville offers the urban ambiance and amenities to support educational programs geared toward working professionals, executives and adult students.

At Clemson, we recognize and respect that every student is a unique individual. Your dreams and aspirations are as personal and distinct as your own fingerprints.  We also believe that life is bigger than any classroom—jobs, family obligations, and other responsibilities deserve ample time and attention. And it’s important for people to have time to simply enjoy life.

Please contact our admissions director if you have further questions about our program.

This program will consider applicants for conditional letters of admission (CLA’s) pending successful completion of ELS Language Center’s level 112 English as a Second Language (ESL) program. More information can be found on the ELS Conditional Admission page or by visiting the ELS Language Center website.

Handbook

More information can be found in this graduate handbook.

About

Program of Study

Clemson’s Master in Business Administration offers multiple ways for you to earn your degree. Our program doesn’t force you to conform to a rigid, arbitrary set of rules and requirements, nor does it oblige you to sacrifice every moment of your free time. We respect every student as a unique individual and our admissions counselors take your undergraduate background and work experience into account to recommend a schedule and course load that works with your busy life. With both full- and part-time options and a host of electives for specialized study you will gain the key business knowledge you need to reach your goals and advance your career.

Full Time
The full-time Clemson MBA is offered in a close-knit environment in which students develop a lifelong network of friends and contacts. Depending on your undergraduate degree and prior work experience, the full-time program can be completed in as little as 12 to 15 months or as long as 21 months. We will encourage you to pursue an internship or participate in a study abroad experience during the summer months.

Part Time
Part-time, working professional students must have a minimum of two years of work experience, but often have five to 10 years of experience. Students who choose to pursue the Clemson MBA part time can complete the MBA in two to three years by taking two courses per semester. Students may accelerate the program to earn their degree even faster by taking additional courses as their schedule permits.

Emphasis Areas
In addition to a core of business foundation courses, both full-time and part-time MBA students select courses in areas of emphasis to build deeper expertise in an area that matches their career goals. Students are not required to choose one area of emphasis and may take as many courses across the emphasis areas as they desire. Areas of emphasis include:

  • Supply Chain & Information Management
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation 
  • Marketing Analysis
  • Project Management Business Leadership
  • Global Business Management

Concentrations
The Clemson MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation (MBAe) is designed to bring your ideas to fruition, whether you want to start your own company, innovate at your current job or address societal needs via the not-for-profit sector. Students gain the essential business knowledge provided in the traditional program with added emphasis on topics specific to the needs of start-ups including venture finance, intellectual property, and entrepreneurial strategy. 

  • The Full-Time Clemson MBAe is a 1-year program designed for individuals who want to launch a startup, owners of existing small businesses seeking to expand their entrepreneurial knowledge and recent graduates who have decided not to pursue careers in corporate settings.
  • The Part-Time Clemson MBAe is designed for working professionals who would like to innovate in their current position or create their own startup. Courses are taught in a unique, blended delivery that combines online coursework with two weekends per semester in person in Greenville.

The Clemson MBA in Business Analytics is a unique part-time program designed for working professionals and consists of online classes coupled with a few weekends per semester in person in Greenville. Applied business analytics allows a manager to leverage data using statistical analysis, including explanatory and predictive modeling and fact-based management, to drive decision making.

 

Facilities

Our new location strategically places college faculty and students at the center of the region’s most dynamic business location. The vibrant Greenville business community is a living laboratory for Clemson MBA students. Full-time students can attend classes and simultaneously hold internships or part-time positions in local businesses ranging from start-up IT firms to global Fortune 500 companies. Our central downtown location is very convenient for working professionals in the Greenville community, who can complete their degree during the evening while working full-time to advance their careers. Both full-time and part-time students have opportunities to network with members of the business community in a variety of college-sponsored events, through the MBA Student Association and active participation in local professional organizations.

In addition to the MBA program, both Clemson’s Center for Corporate Learning and Greenville Regional Small Business Development Center are located in the ONE building. Both are exceptional resources to students, offering additional educational programs and specialized certificates at discounted rates.

Our Students

The Clemson MBA Program currently enrolls approximately 500 students. We have over 175 students pursuing their degree on a full-time basis during the day and more than 280 working professional students who work full-time during the day and complete their degree in the evening program. We offer a full slate of classes for working professionals in the evening. 12 countries are represented in our student body and approximately 35% of our student body is underrepresented minorities. MBA students’ ages range from 22 – 67 years and approximately 40% of the student body is female.

Our students are very accomplished. On average, MBA students have 11 years of work experience.  Many occupy or have occupied senior level positions within their companies, or are owners/CEO’s of firms they started.  Several have Ph.D.s or M.D.s.

MBA students are hired by a wide variety of businesses and organizations.  Recent employers have included Lockheed-Martin, Michelin, Resurgent Capital, General Electric, Plastic Omnium, and Fidelity.

Applying

Required Documents

Financial

The MBA Program offers a number of student worker positions each semester. Students must be registered and enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify and can work up to 20 hours per week. Fellowships are periodically offered, depending on availability.

Contact


Program Contact(s)

  • Kristin Allen
  • Office: 1 North Main St, Greenville, SC 29601
  • Phone: (864) 656-8173
  • Email: klallen@clemson.edu
  • Jamie Patterson
  • Office: 1 North Main St, Greenville, SC 29601
  • Phone: (864) 656-8183
  • Email: jpatte4@clemson.edu
  • Linda Parr
  • Office: 1 North Main St, Greenville, SC 29601
  • Phone: (864) 656-3975
  • Email: lparr@clemson.edu

Program Coordinator(s)

  • Jane Layton
  • Office: 1 North Main St, Greenville, SC 29601
  • Phone: (864) 656-8175
  • Email: ELAYTON@clemson.edu