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How to Apply

Admission is based on the applicant’s record of academic performance, standardized test scores, and letters of reference. (Applicants to the MEngr program are not required to submit standardized test scores.) Each applicant should highlight relevant work experience and detail academic goals and research interests in a written statement of purpose. Information on required undergraduate prerequisite courses can be found here

Interested students may apply on the Graduate Program site at:


Students who seek admission for the fall semester are encouraged to apply no later than the preceding January 15; students who seek admission for the spring semester are encouraged to apply no later than the preceding September 1; students who seek admission for the first summer session are encouraged to apply no later than the preceding December 1. The department will review applications after these recommended dates, but failure to meet these dates may significantly reduce applicants' opportunities for financial assistance.
Please note: International applicants must submit a completed application (with all the required application material) no later than the dates shown below to be considered for admission in the corresponding term.
Spring Term: September 15
Summer Term: February 15
Fall Term: April 15

Test Scores and Requirements:

You can view the median test scores of admitted students by program offered at Clemson University. While we do not have a minimum GRE, TOEFL or GPA, we typically seek out applicants with scores in this general range of test scores. Our application review committee looks at all parts of the application to determine if you have the educational background to be successful in our program.  Please note that our program has very high expectations of our applicants. 

The following supporting materials are required for our graduate application package:

  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts (unofficial at time of application, official transcript will be required if accepted)
  • GRE - Only official scores will be reviewed, Clemson Institution code = 5111
  • TOEFL - International Students only, Only official scores will be reviewed, Clemson Institution Code = 5111

For more information, please see our FAQ section and our Graduate Student Handbook or contact our department at

Important Information Regarding the Application

To help ensure your application gets the attention of the most relevant area of ECE specialization, applicants are strongly encouraged to:

  1. Indicate the specific research area of specialization desired for their graduate program. Please use the name of one of the major focus areas listed here at the major specialty area desired. 
    • Communication Systems and Networks (EE or CPE)
    • Computer Systems Architecture (CpE)
    • Digital Signal Processing(EE or CPE)
    • Intelligent Systems(EE or CPE)
    • Electronics (EE)
    • Applied Electromagnetics (EE)
    • Power & Energy Systems (EE)
  2. If an applicant has had prior and significant communications with current ECE faculty, please indicate this in the personal statement section of the application.