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Ph.D. in Planning, Design and the Built Environment

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Admission Requirements

A master’s degree is preferred for admissions. However, applicants with a bachelor’s degree and an exceptional record of academic achievement complemented by professional experience are also eligible to apply.

Deadline: January 15th

Application requirements:

  1. Graduate School application form available at
  2. Unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts will only be required if admitted.
  3. Statement of Interest and Research Statement (2 page maximum), including your reasons for pursuing a PhD at Clemson, short and long-term career goals, research experience, research topic or framework you are interested in, and potential PhD faculty members you wish to work with during your studies.
  4. Resume
  5. Writing samples including published papers, thesis manuscripts, or unpublished research articles.
  6. Design Portfolio if you want to be considered for a teaching assistantship for design studio.
  7. Three letters of recommendation (2 must be from academics)
  8. English Language Proficiency Test for International Students (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, PTE)
  9. GRE scores (Clemson's institution code is 5111).

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The Graduate School

Questions may be directed to the program co-directors. Although it is not a requirement, students are encouraged to visit campus and meet with faculty and students in the department.

Program Co-Directors: Dina Battisto, Ph.D., Vincent Blouin, Ph.D. and Ufuk Ersoy, Ph.D.
Program Administrative Assistant: Ms. Lillian Burns

Ph.D. in Planning, Design and the Built Environment
Ph.D. in Planning, Design and the Built Environment | Lee 3-130, Clemson, SC 29634