Administrative Requirements: Procedures and Forms
The Graduate School has many procedures to follow and forms to be filled out and filed in a timely fashion to ensure that an applicant is considered for admission and a student graduates on time. Some of the procedures and forms are discussed in this section. However, students are responsible for meeting administrative requirements and also keeping track of any subsequent changes. Students must consult the Graduate School Announcements and updates on the Graduate School’s website. Forms for enrolled students are available on the Graduate School’s website.
- Application and Admission to Program
To apply to the MS in Applied Economics and Statistics program follow the application instructions and complete the online application. Applications should be completed by February 1 to guarantee a decision and notification before April 15 for the fall. Applications submitted after Feb. 1 will be reviewed as time permits. Students with inadequate or exceptional backgrounds may apply for the spring semester but should notify the graduate coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) if they do. International students who apply for the spring semester should have completed their applications no later than September 15.
Successful applicants have normally passed undergraduate courses in univariate and multivariate calculus, introductory probability and statistics, and intermediate microeconomics. An undergraduate course in intermediate macroeconomics is highly recommended. Students who majored in economics or agricultural economics and took econometrics or who majored in statistics but took intermediate microeconomics typically have an adequate background. Exceptional students with inadequate backgrounds may be admitted but required to take extra, co-requisite courses during their first semester. Domestic students with inadequate backgrounds may also apply as non-degree seekers, take co-requisite courses, and then apply to the program.
The number of applicants who are accepted each year varies. The acceptance rate varies from 1/3 to 2/3 of all applications. Over the last six years the number of accepted students who enrolled in the program has averaged seven students per year.
- GRE and TOEFL Requirements
An applicant’s grades, GRE scores, statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, reputation of his or her alma mater, academic background, and relevant work or personal experience are the criteria for an admission decision. There is no minimum grade point average or minimum GRE score. However, admitted students usually have earned an A or B grades, or equivalent scores, for their courses economics, statistics, and other mathematics. The respective median scores of recently enrolled students on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing parts of the GRE are approximately 154, 152, and 4.0.
Admitted international students have a cumulative TOEFL iBT score in the range of 90 to 100 with a minimum of 20 for listening and 20 for speaking. Reading and writing scores of admitted appli-cants are usually higher than 20. Otherwise, the successful applicant has earned at least 7.0 on the IELTS, if she did not take the TOEFL. An applicant with a low TOEFL or IELTS score can be admitted conditional on completing Level 112 of an ELS course and, if necessary, retaking the GRE. International applicants who have studied abroad for at least two years in the U.S. or other English-speaking country and completed their undergraduate education there are not required to retake the TOEFL or IELTS. However, they should report their most recent scores in the online application.
- Tuition and Fees
All graduate students are required to have health insurance. Students who are already covered by policies that meet the University’s requirements are eligible for waivers. All others are covered by the Clemson University Student Insurance Plan. Fees for health insurance are included with tuition and fees for Fall and Spring semesters (summer premium is included in the Spring semester) and students are automatically enrolled. Fees for the Clemson University Student Insurance are subsidized by the Graduate School.
- Plan of Study, Major Advisor, and the Advisory Committee
The courses that a student chooses and whether to write a thesis are important choices because they can impact opportunities for employment or doctoral education. Core courses, elective courses, any undergraduate, co-requisite course that addresses a deficiency in background are listed in the Clemson GS2 form. The student is expected to file their GS2 (Plan of Study) before the start of their second semester. Refer to the Plan of Study webpage for information about how to fill out the form. The exact date by when the GS2 must be filed is specified by Enrolled Services and can be found on the Graduation Deadlines webpage.
Prior to submitting their GS2 form, the student is expected to have selected their major advisor, generally referred to as your gradate committee chair. A faculty member from the Department of Agricultural Sciences must be selected as either your Committee Chair or Co-Chair. However, a Co-Chair can also be selected from faculty in the John E. Walker Dept. of Economics, or a statistician from the Department of Mathematical Sciences. The major advisor assists the student in course selection, submission of the GS2 Plan of Study, and supervises thesis or technical paper research. Students are encouraged to select their major professors as soon as possible and the regularly meet with their major advisor to expedite their academic progress. The graduate program coordinator serves as the interim advisor until the student selects a major advisor.
The student and major advisor choose at least two other faculty members to complete the student’s advisory committee. Members of the advisory committee review and sign the GS2, review and approve the thesis or technical paper, and participate in a final oral examination.
- Final Examination: Thesis or Technical Paper and Oral Examination
The final examination of a student who earns a MS in Applied Economics and Statistics consists of two parts: 1) the thesis or technical paper and 2) an oral examination. The oral examination is primarily a student’s defense of her thesis or technical paper but might also include questions that any member of the advisory committee might ask to ascertain that the student can competently apply economics and statistics. The thesis or technical paper must be successfully defended at least three to four weeks prior to graduation. Written notification of the defense is due in Enrolled Services at least 10 days prior to the defense. The information must include the student’s name, program of study, title of thesis or technical paper, major advisor, date, time, and location. The student arranges the date, time, and place for the defense in consultation with the major advisor and other members of the advisory committee. Copies of the thesis or technical paper must be delivered to the student's advisory committee at least two weeks before the defense. The student’s major professor and advisory committee conduct the oral examination, but all faculty members are invited to attend. After the defense, revisions in the thesis or technical paper by the student must be approved by the major advisor and committee members. Students may have two attempts to pass the exam. A GS7 must be signed and submitted no later than the end of the penultimate week of the fall or spring semester to indicate passage of the final examination. The exact date by when the GS7 must be filed can be found on the Graduation Deadlines webpage. The defense must be scheduled early enough to allow time for committee-required revisions to the thesis or technical paper before the GS7 deadline. A two-week review period is normally expected before the final defense.