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Contact Information

P: 864-656-3416
E: kwebb4@clemson.edu

Campus Location

118 Kinard Laboratory

Hours

Monday - Friday:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Applying to the Graduate Program

Applications for graduate study in the Department of Physics and Astronomy are submitted through the Clemson University Graduate School. Applications submitted electronically are most efficiently processed and are highly recommended. The department does have some requirements, however, as to what is included as part of your application.

Application Details

The following should be included with your graduate application:

  • General GRE (not required for consideration for the 2023–24 academic year).
  • Transcripts.
  • Personal statement.
  • At least two recommendation letters.
  • TOEFL (or alternative accepted English Proficiency Exam) 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 the department does 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 320; for the TOEFL, it is 97.

Application Deadlines for Fall Admission

Jan. 1: Applications receive full consideration for assistantship and fellowship opportunities. Applications completed after January 1st will be reviewed only at the discretion of the department and might not be reviewed at all. Application fees are nonrefundable.

Late February: Acceptance letters are mailed out.

April 15: Response deadline for accepted candidates.

Application Deadlines for Spring Admission

The Department of Physics and Astronomy currently anticipates no openings for new graduate students in the spring.

COVID-19 Admissions

Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Clemson University Department of Physics and Astronomy will not require the GRE for admission consideration for the 2022–23 academic year.

The Clemson University Graduate School is currently accepting the following English proficiency exams and minimum scores:

  • TOEFL iBT: 80
  • TOEFL Essentials: 8.5 (new online exam)
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Duolingo: 115
  • PTE: 54

Find out More

For more information about graduate programs in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, contact the department directly:

Amanda Ellenburg
118 Kinard Lab
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0978
Email: physgradinfo-L@clemson.edu
Phone: 864-656-0343

Contact Information

P: 864-656-3416
E: kwebb4@clemson.edu

Campus Location

118 Kinard Laboratory

Hours

Monday - Friday:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.