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Many application-related questions can also be answered by visiting the Graduate School’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage at

In addition, here are several questions specific to the Industrial Engineering graduate program:

What are the application deadlines for the MS and PhD programs?

  • MS applications are considered for Fall only The deadlines are:
    • International students applying from a non-US university: February 1
    • All other students: April 1
  • PhD applications are considered for Fall only.  The deadline for all applicants is January 8. Applications received after each deadline will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

Applications may be submitted after these dates, and will be considered on a rolling basis thereafter depending on available funds and space in the department.  However, all applications submitted before the deadlines are guaranteed a full review by the graduate committee.

Is the GRE required?

The GRE is not required for PhD and MS applications. Please note that you may include unofficial or official GRE scores in your application file if you believe it will strengthen your application. Please note that your chances for admissions or assistantships will not be impacted by not including GRE scores.

Do you have minimum GRE requirements?

We do not set minimum GRE scores. The average scores from 2020 were - Quantitative: 163, Verbal: 151, Analytical: 3.6. These averages are based on all accepted students into the (IE) MS and PhD programs.

Do you have minimum TOEFL requirements?

Although there is no official minimum quantitative score for admission, students with scores less than 80 are admitted in exceptional cases only if a student’s record is outstanding in all other aspects. The average TOEFL score for admitted students is 100.

What English Language Proficiency Tests do you accept?


Should I apply for the M.S. program or the Ph.D. program?

If you are interested in ending your studies with an M.S. degree, apply for that program.  If you are interested in working toward a Ph.D. and already have an M.S., you should apply for the Ph.D. program.  If you are interested in a Ph.D. and do not already have an M.S. degree, you may apply for the direct Ph.D. degree program, but only applicants with exceptional credentials are directly admitted into the Ph.D. program without an M.S. degree.

What do I need to complete/ submit with my application - MS?

Resume, personal statement, two letters of recommendation (optional), GRE (optional).

How long will it take to complete the MS program?

Requires 30 hours for graduation – most students take a full-time course load with 9-credits for Fall/ Spring semesters and 3-credits in the Summer. There are options for students to co-op during their time here as well.

What do I need to complete/ submit with my application - PhD?

Resume, personal statement, two letters of recommendation (third optional), GRE (optional).

How to apply?

What is the application fee?

There is no application fee for any Graduate Application.

When do I need to send my official transcripts?

Once you are admitted, you should indicate your decision to attend Clemson.  You can do this using your online application.  You can then mail your official transcripts to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
209 E-Martin Hall Clemson University Clemson, SC 29634

Am I eligible for financial assistance in the form of a graduate assistantship?

Financial aid is prioritized to PhD students. In particular, all accepted PhD students are provided assistantships that cover tuition and provide a living stipend. There is limited funding available to our MS students, but you are welcome to search for other jobs or assistantships on campus.

Where can I find information about the courses offered through Clemson IE and related departments?

Please see the courses of instruction in the graduate catalog.

When can I expect to learn the admission decision?

The average processing time for graduate applications is 4-6 weeks from the application due date. You can track the status of your application using information provided in your application confirmation email from the Graduate School at Clemson University. The admissions committee usually begins evaluating the applications for fall semester in January.  A thorough evaluation of all applications requires significant time.  If you have applied for fall semester and have not received an admissions decision by the end of April, please email Dr. Thomas Sharkey.

You will be notified by the Graduate School, not the IE department, as soon as a decision has been reached on your application.  Due to federal privacy regulations we cannot disclose admissions decisions over the phone.

If admitted, when is the deadline to confirm my decision to attend Clemson?

In order for the appropriate paperwork to be filed, you must indicate your decision to attend Clemson by April 15.

What else do I need to know after being admitted?

There are some questions that are often asked by new students.  Please review the following webpages to see if these questions address your concerns:

How do I apply for my visa?

If you are an international student, you will also need to complete the Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 visa (Form I-20) or Certificate of Eligibility for J-1 visa (Form DS-2019).  U.S. universities are required by law to verify that students entering the United States on F-1 and J-1 visas have adequate financial resources to meet expenses.  After you have indicated that you will attend Clemson University, you will receive information from the Clemson’s Office of International Affairs about completing this form.

A list of current forms can be found by clicking here.

Office of International Affairs
E-302 Martin Hall
Box 345714
Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina 29634