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Admission

Steps to Admission

1. Apply to our college (College of Science) at the Graduate School as a degree (the program code is MS-BIOS-1-AAC) or non-degree seeking student. Please note that the tuition rate is higher for non-degree seeking students.

2. Depending on their decision, the Graduate School may send an email asking if you accept their offer. You must click and accept!

3. Once accepted, you will need to contact the Graduate School and CCIT to set up a Clemson University user ID and email, as all correspondence will go through your Clemson account. Make sure to check for Graduate School emails as they may have additional requirements and payment reminders.

4. You can then enroll in courses and begin progress. Our registration coordinator Jacqueline Van Strien will contact you to assist with registering for classes. Additional resources can be found here.

Other Notes

Advanced Student Status (Non-degree seeking)
 - This status is designed for applicants who are not immediately interested in seeking a degree, but who wish to enroll in graduate-level courses. No letters of recommendation are required of those seeking Advanced Student Status. If you are interested in applying for this status, you must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Students do not need an undergraduate degree in biology to be considered for admission. Apply under the ND-AFLN-1 code. There is a $60 nonrefundable application fee for non-degree seeking students.

Should you decide to pursue a degree, you will need to submit a new, degree-seeking application and be accepted into the program. There is a required $80 application fee for domestic applicants and a $90 fee for international applicants. Fees are nonrefundable.

Up to 12 credits from your non-degree studies may apply toward your degree, pending department approval.

Degree Seeking Students wishing to pursue a graduate degree at Clemson University should apply for admission using the Degree Seeking application for admission. This includes all applicants seeking a Masters, Doctoral, or any professional degree. In general, degree-seeking applications should be received no later than 5 weeks prior to the first day of class. 


Admission to the graduate program requires a suitable undergraduate education, two letters of recommendation, a resume, and suitable GRE scores (GRE scores are not required for teachers with 1 or more years of teaching experience). Students do not need an undergraduate degree in biology to be considered for admission. An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 is required. A satisfactory TOEFL score (550 from paper exam, or 213 from online exam, or 80 from internet exam, or 6.5 or higher on the IELTS test) is required for international students whose native language is not English. There is a required $80 nonrefundable application fee for domestic applicants and a $90 fee for international applicants. Apply for Non-Thesis for Science Educators – Bio Science, code MS-BIOS-1-AAC.

Transfer Courses - 
To transfer, the course content must be similar to a required course. Also, transfer credits must not have been used to satisfy the requirements for any other degree and must have been completed within the six-year period preceding the date the graduate degree will be awarded. Transfer courses cannot be revalidated for graduate credit. There are no exceptions to this requirement.