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Graduate Program

Student Experience

We attract students from all over the United States and abroad, women and men of all ages, ethnicities and national origins. Students come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, including anthropology, criminal justice, sociology, psychology, business, communications, and journalism.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of our program are highly marketable and have an excellent employment record. They have been hired by governmental, public and private organizations including the National Opinion Research Center, Nielsen Media, Arbitron, Research Triangle Institute, United Way, Society for Human Resource Management, American Institutes for Research, District of Columbia Public Schools and U.S. Bureau of the Census. Graduates are data analysts, evaluation researchers, policy analysts, statisticians and management consultants. Graduates also have successfully pursued doctoral and professional studies at public and private universities.

Clemson University Anthropology student working in the lab.


The department seeks applicants who have a desire to develop their social science research skills which are highly valued in both commercial and academic settings. Prior coursework in research methods and statistics is encouraged, but not required. Applicants should ideally apply for fall admission, but applications are accepted year-round. Ideally, all material for fall admission should be received by the University by February 1st (for those seeking assistantships) or April 1st (for those not seeking assistantships). For spring admission, all materials should be received by October 1st. Assistantships are competitive, so it is advisable to apply as early as possible. Apply online here.

Financial Aid

As funds are available, the department offers graduate assistantships. Graduate assistants work 10 to 20 hours per week in the department. Highly qualified graduate students can compete for university fellowships. Assistantships and fellowships are highly prized and very competitive.

Please see the tuition schedules as posted on the web pages of the Graduate School to receive the most current information about tuition and fees.