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CE Graduate Admissions FAQ

Are you considering applying to the graduate program in the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering at Clemson University? We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions about applying to CE that will be a great resource to you as you go through the application process.

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General Applications Questions

Interested applicants should refer to the Graduate Admissions website. Here, you will find a link to the application, information on required supporting material, and admissions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Please carefully review this information before you apply – most all the information related to applying to a graduate program at Clemson University can be found here.

  • What is the application deadline? Is there an application fee?

    FALL ENROLLMENT – February 1* is the priority deadline.

    SPRING ENROLLMENT – October 1** is the priority deadline.

    SUMMER ENROLLMENT – Students are only admitted to a summer term under special circumstances (e.g., recruited students with assistantship offers when agreed upon by the student and their faculty advisor). Any other student who applies for a summer term will be evaluated for Fall enrollment.

    *Applications may be submitted after February 1 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until May 1. Any application received after May 1 will be evaluated for Spring enrollment.

    **Applications may be submitted after October 1 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until November 1. Any application received after November 1 will be evaluated for Fall enrollment.

    Application Fee

    As of January 2023, Clemson University no longer charges an application fee.

  • Can I apply to the Ph.D. program without an M.S. degree?

    Yes, Civil Engineering accepts “direct entry to Ph.D.” applicants. Applicants who apply directly to the Ph.D. program from their B.S. program should have strong credentials, including demonstrated research experience and the highest academic achievement. During the application review process, faculty have the discretion to admit a direct entry applicant to the M.S. program rather than the Ph.D. program if it is determined that the M.S. program would be a better fit for the student.

  • Where can I learn more about the specialty areas within Civil Engineering?

    Applicants will select a specialty area of study when they apply to the Civil Engineering graduate program.

    • Construction Materials
    • Construction Engineering and Management
    • Geotechnical Engineering
    • Structural Engineering
    • Transportation Systems
    • Water Resources

    Each specialty area has its own curricular/course requirements – more information can be found on the Civil Engineering Research website. Applicants should only apply to one specialty area. Students who submit applications to more than one specialty area will be asked to select one application to be reviewed. Students will follow the course requirements for the specialty area in which they were accepted, however, there are opportunities (pending advisor approval) to take courses from other specialty areas or from outside of the Department.

  • Are GRE scores required?

    GRE scores are optional but are not required.

  • What language proficiency exams are accepted, and what are the minimum score requirements?

    Information on language proficiency test options (including minimum score requirements) can be found on the Graduate Admissions website. Official scores must be submitted by the testing agency.

    Please refer to the Guidelines for English Language Proficiency Exemptions found on the Graduate Admissions website. Language proficiency scores are waived only for applicants from the listed exempt countries or exempt institutions.

    Institutional Code for Submission of Scores

    Clemson’s institutional code is 5111. A departmental code is not needed.

  • Does CE offer conditional language admission for participants in ESL programs?
    Civil Engineering does not offer conditional language admission for ESL students.
  • Is Civil Engineering at Clemson a STEM program?
    Yes, Civil Engineering is a designated STEM program.
  • I've applied. When will I receive my decision?

    Applications review begins when all the supporting material (references, personal statement, etc.) has been received by Graduate Admission and the application packet is complete. 

    Once an application is complete, an applicant can generally expect a decision within 2-3 weeks. Faculty begin reviewing Spring applications in September and Fall applications in January.

  • Do I need to submit a separate application to be considered for funding?

    No, a separate application is not needed. Faculty make decisions about funding at the time of application review. Applicants who are interested in research should indicate their research interests in their Personal Statement, specifically how their research interests align with the current research being conducted in their intended academic specialty area. See the Civil Engineering Research pages for information on current research.

Accepted Students Questions

If you decide to attend Clemson, please return to the application portal and “accept” the offer of admission.  This will ensure that you receive communications about creating your student account, registering, requesting an I-20 (international students), and much more!

Registration and Advising

Students will receive communication from the graduate school regarding specific dates for registration; however, the registration period for Fall typically begins in early April, and the registration period for Spring typically begins in early November.