Frequently Asked Questions


  • How do I apply for the MTSA?

    All applications to the MTSA are made online, using the link www.applyweb.com/clemsong/index.ftl   

  • What credentials should I possess to be considered as a competitive applicant?

    An undergraduate degree from a nationally accredited university, and a strong interest in advancing your knowledge of highway safety administration. If you can demonstrate two years employment experience in a transportation safety role, the GRE requirement is waived.

  • How can I pay for the MTSA program?

    The MTSA is a Tier 1 program at Clemson University  https://www.clemson.edu/finance/student-financials/tuition-fees/.You should first check to see if your company or DOT has a 'tuition reimbursement program', as many companies and DOTs offer partial or even full tuition support to qualifying employees. The FAFSA form provides a variety of mechanisms to help you finance your graduate education https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa. All applicants are automatically considered for highly competitive and limited fellowship support.

    Graduate Fellowships

    Every applicant with a completed application is automatically considered for all awards. Students who are awarded fellowships must use their awards within a two-year period.

    • Dean’s MTSA Fellowship. A total award of $20,000 is provided by this highly competitive and prestigious fellowship, for use over the two year period. Candidates for this award are expected to have exceptional academic and professional credentials. 
    • Chairman’s MTSA Fellowship. A total award of $10,000 is provided for use over the two year period. Candidates for this award are expected to have superior academic and professional credentials. 
    • Director’s MTSA Fellowship. A total award of $2,000 is provided for use over the two year period. Candidates for this award are expected to have strong academic and professional credentials. 


    Fellowship awards will be announced prior to registration for the student's first semester. A completed application for admission to the MTSA program is required—no additional materials need to be provided for full consideration. Continuing award eligibility requires the recipient to have grades of A or B for all courses in the MTSA curriculum.

  • How long will it take me to complete the MTSA plan of study?

    If you follow the recommended schedule, you will complete your MTSA degree in two years (6 university terms; 4 semesters with 6 credit hours per semester, and 2 summer terms with 3 credit hours per summer term). It is possible to take 9 credits per semester and 6 credits per summer term, to shorten the duration to approximately 1.3 years.

  • What should I know about Clemson University and the Graduate School at Clemson?

    Clemson University is currently ranked Number 23 among national public universities. It is an original land grant university, founded in 1889, with a mission of teaching, research and service. The university is science and technology-oriented, with student-centered research. There are about 20,000 undergraduate students and over 5,000 graduate students.

    The campus is midway between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina on 1,400 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the shores of Lake Hartwell. The Clemson Experimental Forest covers 17,482 acres and has nearly 45 miles of maintained roads and more than 100 miles of designated trails. 

    Clemson is an R1 ranked public research university where the student experience is second to none. Clemson is both competitive and inclusive—a place where big ideas can and do, thrive. The University offers an overall 17-to-1 faculty/student ratio, and nearly half of Clemson’s classes have fewer than 20 students. The Palmetto Cluster ranks 8th on the list of university-owned supercomputers in the United States. Clemson offers study abroad programs on every continent except Antarctica. 

    The Graduate School at Clemson offers 120 different graduate programs. One out of every five (5) Clemson students is a graduate student. About 14% of the University’s resident graduate students belong to a racial or ethnic community historically underrepresented in higher education. The Graduate School offers traditional on-campus programs, blended learning, and online programs. 

    In South Carolina and beyond, Clemson University’s Graduate School actively focuses on the theme of transformation, helping its 5,300 students earn master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 120 credentialed programs. 

    Clemson is a leader in innovation, and we are pushing ourselves every day to improve and expand our in-demand, cutting-edge programs to serve the needs of our student population, our corporate and governmental partners, and local, regional, and even international economies. Even more important is the reality that with a Clemson graduate degree, our students are transforming their professional identities and future prospects, setting themselves up for success and satisfaction in their careers, and making a difference in their communities.