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Prospective Students

Admissions

Applications should be received by January 15. Every required item in support of the application must be on file by that date for full consideration. The department will communicate admissions decisions to students by March 15.

A personal, on-campus interview is strongly recommended, but if it is not practical, a telephone interview is also acceptable. Interviews will be arranged by the graduate programs committee and conducted by faculty members active in the respective area of interest.

In general, applicants for admission to the Ph.D. program are expected to have a master’s degree with at least a 3.2 grade point average and score at or above the 50th percentile in each section of the GMAT (quantitative and verbal) or GRE (analytical, quantitative, and verbal). However, recent admissions have been highly competitive with GMAT or GRE scores above the 75th percentile.

The following documents, all which can be uploaded directly to your application are needed in order to complete the application:

Personal statement:

Make sure to address the following two questions:

Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree in your chosen field of study?
Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree at Clemson University?

Resume/CV

Letters of recommendation:

On the application you will be asked  to provide the names and email of each recommender. Once you click “Submit Recommendation Request", an email will be sent to your respondents. This email will inform your recommenders how to complete the online letter of recommendation. To ensure receipt of this email, please inform each recommender about this email prior to the submission of your application. If after a reasonable amount of time, your recommenders have failed to do the online recommendation you are able to go back into the application and remind them. You can leave them a note and another email will be sent to the email address that was provided. If your recommender does not want to use the online form, they can download and print out the form here.

If you or your recommender has technical difficulty with the online letter of recommendation system, please contact CollegeNet directly at the following email address: help@applyweb.com or you may call CollegeNet at 503-973-5213. You will need to provide CollegeNet with your User ID and/or the name of the applicant or recommender.

Transcripts:

Official transcripts are only required of those applicants who are offered admission. A copy of your unofficial transcripts from each institution of attendance in which degrees have been awarded or will be awarded should be attached to and submitted with the online application for admission. You may also include any additional coursework which may be relevant to the graduate degree your wish to pursue at Clemson University.

After admission, Final-official transcripts must be received by Clemson University in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution. The title of the degree earned and the date awarded must be noted to be considered a final-official transcript. Official certificates or diplomas in sealed envelopes from the issuing institution should accompany any transcripts that do not note the degree earned and date awarded directly on the transcripts. Graduate Admissions will not accept faxed copies of transcripts as official.

An English translation of all transcripts is required. Translations are accepted from the issuing institution or translations provided by any NACES recognized credential evaluation service. For a list of NACES recognized evaluation companies, please visit: http://www.naces.org/members.html. Some do not provide translations. Two NACES-recognized companies which do provide transcript translations are Spantran (requests for translations/verifications should be sent to intake@spantran.com) and Josef Silny and Associates, but you are welcome to use any NACES-recognized company. Clemson does not endorse any particular company.

Required tests:

Please note that not all tests are needed. You only need to have one of GMAT or GRE and for international students without a previous degree from an English-speaking university one of TOEFL (minimum 94), IELTS (minimum 7), or PTE Academic.

Application Fee

The fee can be paid by credit card, debit card, or electronic check (US Banks only) when the application is submitted.

Domestic Fees: $80 Non-Refundable Application Fee
International Fees: $90 Non-Refundable Application Fee

Tuition and Fees

The Department offers financial assistance packages to all doctoral students in the form of graduate research or teaching assistantships. Research and teaching assistantships provide a generous stipend plus tuition waiver and a significant reduction of fees. PhD students may be offered assistantships for four or five years (depending on their background) subject to an annual evaluation of satisfactory progress.

About Clemson

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