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Thank you for considering admission to the Ph.D. program in International Family and Community Studies.  

Applicants must hold a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited degree program. In addition to strong academic performance, experience in volunteer and/or professional public service is desirable. In most circumstances, students should submit the following:

  • Resume or CV
  • Unofficial transcripts (Official transcripts are required upon acceptance.)
  • GRE test scores
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the applicant's academic work and/or professional experience.
  • A 500-word personal statement about the applicant's career aspirations and goals and their relation to this graduate program.
  • A writing sample that demonstrates your writing proficiency (e.g., a course paper from the past or a recent substantial writing effort, such as a grant proposal).
  • Students for whom English is not their first language are also required to submit TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores. For more information, click here.

Both U.S. and international students are welcome, as are both new graduates and experienced professionals. We do not have set requirements for acceptance into our program. Each application is evaluated individually based on your entire application package, taking into account your undergraduate/graduate record, GRE scores, recommendation letters, personal statement, and writing sample. Research experience or employment in areas relevant to family and community studies also carries weight.

New Ph.D. students are accepted once a year and begin classes in the fall semester (mid-August). Applications must be submitted through Clemson University's web application system  (which opens in September) and must be received by March 1 for consideration for the following fall semester.