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The Clemson University Graduate School oversees the admissions process for all graduate programs at Clemson University. Criteria used in making decisions will vary according to the college and program you're applying for, but all decisions include an evaluation of your potential for graduate work and the ability of a program to accommodate additional students.

Typically, each academic department accepting graduate students will form an admissions committee and review all requests, then forward the committee's recommendations to the Graduate School for final approval and processing. 

The Clemson University Graduate School accepts online applications only. We'll be glad to assist you with the online application and admissions process, and we are always happy to answer questions. You can also check the status of your pending application online.

Please be aware that different programs have different application deadlines, and there are some programs that accept applicants only once a year. In addition, international students often have earlier deadlines in order to allow enough time to secure a visa.

For more information:

  • Check out the requirements that apply to your program, so you are aware of any special deadlines, funding opportunities, or other information you may need.
  • Apply online using our convenient web-based application system.
  • Check your application status 24/7.
  • Review our FAQ  for more information on many Graduate School topics, or ask us any specific questions not yet covered.
  • Call the Admissions Office at (864) 656-3195.

General Information

    • Clemson’s application is hosted by CollegeNet and you will be entering your information on their secure server. You do not need to complete the entire application at one sitting. Once you create a user ID and password, you may begin the application, save it, and return to it at a later time.
    • Deadlines vary for domestic and international students and by department. Applicants are encouraged to contact academic departments and programs for additional information. For a list of programs with contact information, click here.
    • To ensure timely issuance of Certificates of Eligibility (I-20s and DS-2019s), international applications for admissions to the graduate school should be submitted by April 15 for fall semester enrollment, by October 15 for spring semester enrollment and by February 1st for summer semester enrollment.
    • To ensure that your supporting materials (transcripts, recommendations, etc.) are properly matched with your application, we recommend that you upload documentation directly to the online application.
    • The Clemson University Graduate Admission Office uses an Online Imaging System for departmental review of all applications and support materials. Materials are viewable by the department as they are updated on our Student Database and scanned into our imaging system. 

Applying To More Than One Program

While Clemson allows you to apply to more than one program, all applications at Clemson are customized to meet the needs of each specific program and are not interchangeable between programs. After you have submitted the first application and paid the application fee, you must return to the online application using your same User ID and password and change your major. You must submit the second application and then you will be prompted to pay another application fee.

Important Info

Technical Difficulties
If you need technical assistance while completing your application or letters of recommendation, you should send an e-mail to and include your User ID in the e-mail. The technicians at CollegeNet will be able to look at your application or letters of recommendation and help correct the problem. 

International: Applicants to Clemson graduate programs who are non-residents of the US are assigned an NR number. If you already have an NR number, please have it available when you complete the online application, so that you can enter it in the appropriate place. If you do not already have an NR number, you will be provided one when you complete the online application. PLEASE SAVE THIS NUMBER.  YOU WILL NEED IT TO INQUIRE ABOUT YOUR APPLICATION.