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The mission of the Clemson University Graduate School is to promote superior research and scholarship while providing the highest levels of education and training for scholars who intend to pursue or are already pursuing careers in academe, government, the nonprofit sector, business and industry. The mandate of the Graduate School is to assist departments in recruiting and supporting outstanding students who will be capable of continual inquiry into fundamental questions in their fields, and who can communicate clearly their findings through research, scholarship, teaching and service.

The Graduate School coordinates University-wide efforts in graduate education and is responsible for policies and standards governing graduate education. Clemson University's Graduate School administers all graduate programs of the University. Clemson University offers 50 doctoral-level and 85 master's- or specialist's-level degree(s) across more than 100 fields of study. The Graduate School also oversees University fellowships and assistantships for graduate students.