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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to questions applicants commonly ask about the M.S. Marketing program. If you have additional questions, please contact program director Scott Swain or complete our contact form.

  • What is the program's focus?

    After talking with numerous stakeholders, including potential employers and graduates of the program, we realized the importance of an applied, industry-focused program. That is, we will provide you with as much real-world, hands-on experience as possible. Of note, you'll take two practicum courses, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. You'll work with companies in these practicums to address real marketing and business problems. Other courses will provide you with the breadth of knowledge and skills you'll need to be successful in a marketing career.

  • Who benefits from this program?

    We've designed the program primarily for people who want to transition into a marketing career from another field and for students who have non-marketing degrees and want to gain marketing knowledge and experience before entering the workforce. We assume that students will enter the program with no marketing knowledge. If you have a Marketing undergraduate degree or currently work in marketing, you will benefit from the expertise you'll gain from the applied practicums and cutting-edge curriculum.

  • When does the program accept students?

    Students who apply before Dec.31 will hear about acceptance in February before beginning the program in late June.

  • What is the application deadline?

    For full consideration, your completed application should be submitted by Dec. 31.

  • Will applications be considered after this date?

    Yes, but those who apply by Dec. 31 will be given priority in acceptance decisions.

  • How do I apply?

    Please view our program admissions page or page 4 of the program handbook for more information.

  • How long does it take to complete the program?

    The program requires 30 credit hours and is designed to be completed in approximately 10 months.

  • Why does the program begin in the summer?

    After talking to employers, we learned that it's beneficial for graduate students to be interviewing for jobs during the typical hiring cycle. Because many companies interview in the Spring semester with the expectation that students begin working shortly after graduating in May, it is better to start the program in the summer than to end the program in the summer. This will allow students to search and interview for jobs in the spring when companies typically make hiring decisions.

  • How much does the program cost?

    Please see our program financials page for more information.

  • Can I enroll as a part-time student?

    The program is designed as a lock-step program for full-time students. We will consider admitting part-time students, but only if space is available in a class after full-time applicants have made enrollment decisions.

  • Is the program STEM designated?

    Not at this time. While we are exploring this possibility, you should assume that it is not.

  • Do you offer assistantships?

    Please see our program financials page for more information.

  • Do you offer career support?

    Yes. Over the course of the program, you will have the opportunity to participate in multiple career workshops (such as resume building, job searching and personal branding) through Clemson’s highly-ranked Center for Career and Professional Development.

  • Is the program offered online?

    Not at this time. While we are exploring the possibility of doing so, the program is currently offered in person on Clemson’s main campus. Classes will be held in Clemson’s new state-of-the-art business building in Wilbur O. and Ann Powers Hall. Take a virtual tour!

  • What other benefits can I expect from the program?

    In addition to the opportunity to work with companies on real-world business problems, career support and gaining a breadth of marketing knowledge through coursework, we'll offer networking opportunities and marketing-relevant skills training provided by departments around the University as available.

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