Agriculture: M.S. or Ph.D.

Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Agriculture

The Graduate Program (MS and PhD) in Agriculture administered through the Department of Agricultural Sciences offers two different concentrations: (1) Agricultural Systems Management and (2) Agricultural Education. The MS and PhD degrees require students to conduct research leading to writing a thesis (MS) or dissertation (PhD). There is a non-thesis MS option available to pursue.

The faculty in the Department of Agriculture Sciences are known for their commitment to teaching and research. Primary research areas cover various aspects of agriculture with emphasis on precision agriculture, agricultural robotics, power machinery, biomass handling and processing, irrigation and drainage, water management, soil and water conservation, natural resources economics, and sensors and emerging technologies.

Admission to graduate studies (MS or PhD in Agriculture) begins with submission of an official application to the Clemson University Graduate School via their website at Upon receipt of all admission materials, the Graduate School will forward the applications that meet all the admission requirements to the Department of Agricultural Sciences for review. Applicants must meet all the requirements for MS or PhD in Agriculture stipulated by the Department of Agricultural Sciences before official acceptance will be granted.

Please visit the Clemson Graduate School for further details on application and admission requirements and Graduate School’s Policy.

Details about the MS and PhD programs in Agriculture can be found in Department of Agricultural Sciences Graduate Student Handbook (.docx file).

For International Applicants

International applicants will follow the same admission requirements but will require to submit TOEFL or similar English proficiency assessment test scores. Unofficial transcripts from all academic institutions attended by the applicants must be submitted to the Graduate School and to the department for evaluation purposes. Upon acceptance, students should submit official records through their institution.

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Prospective graduate students can request information, apply to the Graduate School, check their application status, respond to admission offer, review FAQ’s, policies and procedures, and access forms.

Program Contact

Vonda Marcengill
Administrative Coordinator
Department of Agricultural Sciences
Office: 232 McAdams Hall
Phone: 864-656-3250

Program Coordinator

Dr. Michael Vassalos
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Agricultural Sciences
Office: 233 McAdams Hall
Phone: 864-656-2439

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