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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 both Fall and Spring.  The deadlines for all applicants are January 1 for Fall admissions and September 1 for Spring admissions.  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.

Can I apply for spring semester admission?

We are allowing students to apply online to the PhD program for Spring admission.  These students should already have a strong background in industrial engineering.  Applications received before August 31 will receive full consideration. Applications received after that date will be considered on a rolling basis.

Can you look at my resume and GRE scores and tell me if I qualify for admission?

The admissions committee does not assess the chances of admission prior to reviewing an application.  A complete application must be submitted before an application can be evaluated.

What documents need to be sent to the IE Department?

No additional documents should be sent to the IE Department.  The GRE test is required for all applicants and the TOEFL or IELTS test for international applicants that have not received a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited English speaking institution.  Contact Educational Testing Services (ETS) to have your test scores sent to Clemson.  Clemson’s institution code is 5111.  We do not require a department code.

Where should I mail my supporting documents?

Any materials not submitted online should be mailed to:

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

My GRE verbal score is low. Should I apply?

There is no official minimum verbal score for admission.  However, the lower a student scores on the GRE verbal, the more we expect on all other aspects of the student's application.  The average GRE verbal score for admitted students is 150.

My GRE quantitative score is below 160. Should I apply?

Although there is no official minimum quantitative score for admission, students with a quantitative score less than 160 are admitted in exceptional cases only if a student’s record is outstanding in all other aspects.  The average GRE quantitative score for admitted students is 165.

My TOEFL score is below 80. Should I apply?

Although there is no official minimum quantitative score for admission, students with a quantitative score less than 80 are admitted in exceptional cases only if a student’s record is outstanding in all other aspects.  The student would almost certainly be required to participate in either the ELS program or take supplemental English classes to improve fundamental English skills that are necessary to succeed at the graduate level.  The average TOEFL score for admitted students is 100.

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.

Does the IE department offer financial aid to incoming students?

You do not need to apply for fellowships or assistantships separately.  All students applying to the Ph.D. program before the application deadline are considered for fellowships and graduate teaching assistantships.

Research assistantships may also be available to qualified incoming students if there are open positions.  Research assistantships are awarded by individual faculty based on the amount of funding they have available.  If you are interested in a research assistantship position with a particular faculty member, contact the faculty member after (not before) you are admitted.  However, this approach is not necessary to receive an assistantship.

The M.S. program is structured as a self-pay program.  Only in exceptional circumstances would a M.S. student be eligible to receive financial assistance during their first semester.  Our best M.S. students can sometimes receive opportunities for funding in their second or third semester, but there is certainly no guarantee of funding.

When can I expect to learn the admission decision?

The average processing time for graduate applications is 4-6 weeks.  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. B. Rae Cho.

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.

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

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

For help with questions not answered here, please contact Dr. B. Rae Cho.