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Preparing to Apply

The Graduate School at Clemson University offers 130 graduate degree programs in 85 disciplines. Before you apply, you need to be sure that you’ve found the program that will meet your educational and future career goals, and you need to determine what type of student you intend to be. Please follow the Preparing to Apply steps 1–3 at right to assist you with this process.

All application-support materials required by the Graduate School should be uploaded as digital files to the online application for admission. These may include personal statements, unofficial copies of transcripts, and resumes/CVs. Based on the guidelines provided by your program(s) of interest, you may also submit other supporting materials such as your portfolio. Please note that official transcripts are only required of those applicants who are offered admission. Please do not mail in an official transcript unless you’ve received an offer of admission. All graduate students, whether degree-seeking or non-degree, must have completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree prior to beginning graduate courses.

Degree seeking students

Applicants who wish to pursue a graduate degree at Clemson University are considered “degree seeking students.” These students should select “Degree” on page 1 of the online application under “For which type of program are you applying?” This includes all applicants seeking a master’s, doctorate, or any professional degree.

Non-degree seeking students

Admission to the “non-degree” category is limited primarily to those who may benefit professionally from additional study at the graduate level; for example, if you’re seeking a teaching certificate or recertification, or an add-on certificate to augment your professional credentials. In all cases as a non-degree student, you must receive permission from the Program Coordinator or the Department Chair of your program of interest before you enroll in any graduate course. In general, the only supporting material you’ll need for non-degree admission is a transcript showing an appropriate background and confirming the awarding of a bachelor’s degree or higher. Be sure to check with the department you’re applying to, to ensure you have the appropriate materials. In most cases, international students are not eligible for non-degree status.

If you’re interested in taking undergraduate courses as a non-degree seeking student, please use the Non-Degree Checklist to make sure you submit the appropriate application.

Note: If you’ve been enrolled previously at Clemson any time in the past six years as a non-degree student and you wish to come back and continue in this status, then you DO NOT need to complete the online application. Rather, please complete the Graduate Request for Re-Entrance.