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Preparing to Apply to the Clemson MBA Program

Admission to the Clemson University MBA program requires submission of our online application. Please have the following components prepared when you begin your application.

Application Fee

The Graduate School requires a nonrefundable application fee of $80 domestic or $90 international. For details on how to submit the fee, please see the online application.*

Personal Statement

The MBA admissions department considers each candidate's personal statement carefully. Please answer the following question(s) to submit with your online application:

MBA Corporate, MBA-Online, and Non-Degree Personal Statements:
Why do you want to pursue an MBA and how do you feel it will help you in your career path? (Length Requirement: 1 Page)

MBAe Personal Statement

    1. Briefly describe a business idea and tell us why you picked this idea to work on. Do you have domain experience in this area? How do you know people need what you are creating/offering?
    2. What do you understand about your business that other individuals or companies just don't get?
    3. Please tell us in one or two sentences about the most impressive thing other than this idea that you have built or achieved.

MBA in Business Analytics
What is your main motivation for seeking admission into the MBA in Business Analytics program? How will analytics influence your role in your career?


An unofficial transcript can be submitted with the online application. Official transcripts are required upon admission.


Applicants will upload a one-page resume to the online application.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants will list the name and email address of two references on the online application. The Graduate School will send recommendation forms to the references to complete.


GMAT scores may be self-reported on the online application. Official scores are required upon admission. To determine GMAT waiver eligibility, contact Admissions.


Interviews are conducted on a case-by-case basis following application review.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • Applicants must submit a course-by-course transcript review by a NACES-recognized evaluation source.
  • Either the Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or completion of ELS level 112 at an ELS Language School is required.
  • Financial Certification form and documentation may be required.

Additional Requirements for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program

  • Part-time MBAe applicants are required to have five years of work experience.
  • All MBAe applicants are required to answer additional questions on the online application.

Senior Citizen Tuition Policy

South Carolina law provides tuition exemption for residents 60 and older to take classes at state colleges (nominal fees may apply). Tuition exemption is available for the Traditional MBA program only and is not applicable for specialty concentrations such as the MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the MBA in Business Analytics. For more information, please contact admissions at

Application Deadlines

MBA Corporate Application Deadlines
Start Date Application Deadline
Fall Semester July 1
Spring Semester December 1
Summer Semester April 1
Fall Semester - International Applicants April 15
Spring Semester - International Applicants October 15
Summer Semester - International Applicants February 15

* Rolling admissions
* Admission will close early if we have filled all available seats.

MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Summer (June) 2019
Round Application Deadline
Round 1 - Priority Deadline December 1, 2018
Round 2 February 1, 2019
Round 3 March 1, 2019

* Rolling admissions after March 1, 2019. (space available basis)
* Admission will close early if we have filled all available seats.

MBA in Business Analytics
Start Date Application Deadline
Fall 2019 (August) December 1, 2018

For more information on the application process, please see resources provided by the Clemson University Graduate School. Please contact the MBA Office of Admissions if you have any questions.