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Step 2: Supporting Materials

For most graduate programs, the items described below are all that are required for your application to be considered complete. However, some programs request additional supplementary materials such as a specialized personal statement, resume, thesis, portfolio, etc., to help them evaluate your application. Please be sure to check with your program area to be sure you’ve supplied all the necessary support materials.

Personal statement

Unless your program specifies otherwise, on the personal statement section you will be asked to answer the following two questions:

  • Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree in your chosen field of study?
  • Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree at Clemson University?

You can upload a prepared statement of purpose directly into the application. As you get started, check out this Personal Statement handout from Clemson’s Center for Career and Professional Development.

Resume/CV

You can upload a digital-file resume/CV directly into the application.

Letters of recommendation

Letters of recommendation are handled via an online recommendation system which is part of our online application. The host for this process is CollegeNET, the vendor that hosts our online application. If you have technical difficulties while completing your letters of recommendation, send an email to help@applyweb.com and include your UserID in the email. The technicians at CollegeNET will be able to look at your letters of recommendation and help clear the problem.

On page 6 of the application, you will be asked for:

The names of recommenders
The email address of each recommender

Once you click “Submit Recommendation Request,” an email will be sent to your respondents. This email will inform your recommenders how to complete the online letter of recommendation. To ensure receipt of this email, please inform each recommender about this email prior to the submission of your application.

If you or your recommender have technical difficulty with the online letter of recommendation system, please contact CollegeNET directly via email at help@applyweb.com, or call CollegeNET at (503) 973-5213. You may be asked to provide CollegeNET with your UserID and/or the name of the applicant or recommender. If you discover a recommender has failed to complete your online recommendation, you'll be able to go into the application portal (“Manage Your Account”) and remind them. You can leave them a note and another email will be sent to the email address that you provided.

If your recommender prefers not to use the online form, they can download the form as a PDF and print it. Submission options are included on the form.

Transcripts for domestic and permanent resident applicants

A copy of your unofficial transcripts from each institution you attended and that awarded or will be awarding you a degree(s) should be attached to and submitted with the online application for admission. You may also include documentation of any additional coursework which may be relevant to the graduate degree you wish to pursue at Clemson University.

Final-official transcripts are only required of those applicants who are offered admission.

If you’re admitted, your final-official transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Clemson University Graduate Admissions office in a sealed envelope. Title of the degree earned and the date awarded must be noted for the transcript to be considered  final-official. Official certificates or diplomas in sealed envelopes from the issuing institution should accompany any transcripts that do not note the degree earned and date awarded directly on the transcripts. Final-official transcripts should be submitted before or during your first semester. For additional information, read the Graduate School's final official transcript policy.

Current Clemson students do not need to request official transcripts. However, Clemson students with access to iROAR should upload their iROAR transcripts to the application.

Graduate Admissions will not accept faxed copies of transcripts as official. An opened envelope disqualifies a transcript as official.

Transcripts and/or credentials from non-U.S. institutions

A copy of your unofficial transcripts from each institution you’ve attended should be attached to and submitted with the online application for admission.

Official transcripts are only required of those applicants who are offered admission. If you are admitted, your final-official transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Clemson University Graduate Admissions office in a sealed envelope. Title of the degree earned and the date awarded must be noted for the transcript to be considered final-official. Official certificates or diplomas in sealed envelopes from the issuing institution should accompany any transcripts that do not note the degree earned and date awarded directly on the transcripts. Graduate Admissions will not accept faxed copies of transcripts as official. A transcript in an envelope that has been opened is no longer considered official.

Do not send secondary (high school) transcripts or any type of certificate other than degree certificates.

Applicants to graduate programs at Clemson University must hold a four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent, or a master’s degree, from an institution whose scholastic rating is satisfactory to the University. If you are uncertain whether an institution that awarded your degree is a qualifying institution, we encourage you to consult the program to which you are applying. Contact information for the various programs can be found here. English translation of all international transcripts is required. Translations are accepted from the issuing institution, or may be provided by any NACES or AICE-recognized credential evaluation service. Some evaluation services do not provide translations. Three companies which do provide transcript translations are SpanTran (requests for translations/verifications should be sent to intake@spantran.com), Josef Silny & Associates, and Foreign Credits, Inc., but you are welcome to use any NACES or AICE-recognized company. Clemson does not endorse any particular company. For additional information, read the Graduate School’s final official transcript policy.

The online application offers CertiFile — a service for requesting official international credentials electronically. You are not required to use this service, but may choose to do so during the application process or after you have been admitted. Credentials received via the CertiFile service are considered official. Note: There is an additional charge for this service.

International student financial certification

U.S. universities are required by federal law to verify that students entering the United States on F-1 and J-1 visas have adequate financial resources to meet expenses. A minimum of one (1) year’s expenses must be available to the student upon arrival. The Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 visa (Form I-20) or Certificate of Eligibility for J-1 visa (Form DS-2019) will not be issued until Clemson University receives approved documentation verifying availability of adequate funds.

Once you are admitted, follow the steps found under “International Student visas” on the Newly Accepted Students page.

Required tests

GRE: Requirement varies by department. Official scores must be received directly from Educational Testing Service. Clemson’s institution code is 5111. GRE scores are valid for five years. If you’re a current Clemson University student, be sure to choose Clemson as a designated score recipient as well as your attending institution.
GMAT: Requirement varies by department. GMAT scores are valid for five years.
MAT: Can be taken in lieu of GRE for MAT in Secondary Education and MAT in Middle-Level Education only. Clemson’s institution code is 1707. MAT scores are valid for five years.
TOEFL (international students): A satisfactory score (80 or higher) is required of international students whose native language is not English. Clemson’s institution code is 5111. TOEFL scores are valid for two years.
IELTS (international students): Can be taken in lieu of TOEFL. A satisfactory score (6.5 or higher) is required of international students whose native language is not English. IELTS scores are valid for two years.
PTE Academic (international students): Can be taken in lieu of TOEFL. A satisfactory score (54 or higher) is required of international students whose native language is not English. PTE Academic scores are valid for two years.

If you’ve requested official test scores to be sent to Clemson University, please allow two weeks for your application status to be updated. If you sent scores before applying, please allow one week for your application status to be updated.

South Carolina residency

If you indicate South Carolina as your state of legal residence, you may need to provide a completed copy of Form GS35 — Request for Certification of South Carolina Residency. It should be returned by mail to the following address:

Office of Residency Classification
G-01 Sikes Hall
Box 345123
Clemson, SC 29634-5123
864.656.2280
FAX 864.656.1831

Community standards

Clemson University is committed to maintaining a safe environment for all members of our community. All applicants must answer six questions on the application related to criminal and disciplinary charges. Your application will not be processed without these responses. An affirmative answer to any of these questions does not automatically disqualify you for admission to the institution, but does require review. You are required to provide an explanation for each instance you answer “Yes.” The statement will be used in the review process. The academic program you are applying to will not see these responses. These questions are reviewed by an Applicant Conduct Review Committee and the review is separate from the academic review of your application. For general information about the University’s values of integrity, honor and respect, visit the Office of Community and Ethical Standards page.

If you’re denied admission due to Community Standards, you may appeal the decision through the Graduate admissions appeal policy found in the Graduate School Policies & Procedures handbook.

Faculty, staff, and employee applicants

Faculty, staff, and employees of Clemson University are subject to the same admissions requirements, approvals, and academic regulations as all other applicants.

No member of the faculty or staff who has a rank higher than instructor or its equivalent may be considered as a candidate for an advanced degree in the academic department where employed.

More information on the Employee Tuition Assistance Program can be found here


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