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About the Graduate School

Clemson graduate students come from 48 states and more than 70 countries.

The purpose of the Graduate School is to promote superior research and scholarship and provide the highest levels of education and training for students who may pursue careers in academia, 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 37 doctoral, 65 master's and one educational specialist degree(s) across 66 fields of study. The Graduate School oversees University fellowships and assistantships for Graduate Students.

  • the

  • 117

    graduate degree programs
    in 85 disciplines


    at master’s level

  • 1,472

    at the doctoral level


    non-degree seeking

  • 4,588

    graduate students


    *Student data retrieved from the Office of Institutional Research website, based on student count for fall term.


  • Jason Osborne, PhD, Dean of the Graduate School 
  • William Ferrell, PhD, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
  • David S. Fleming, PhD, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
  • Tia Dumas, PhD, Assistant Dean  of the Graduate School 

Mission Statement

The Graduate School at Clemson University fosters a premier educational environment in which highly motivated individuals share a journey of exploration, discovery and growth.

Administrative Mission

It is the administrative mission of the Graduate School to serve the unique needs of the students, faculty, staff and the general public. Through efficient systems, the Graduate School encourages success by providing accurate information in a friendly and supportive environment. The Graduate School upholds quality, academic and professional standards and provides guidance to facilitate the accomplishment of Clemson University's broader mission of teaching, research and public service.

The Graduate School unifies administrative procedures concerning all graduate work at Clemson University. This includes graduate admission policies, preparation and publication of theses and dissertations, graduate matriculation policies, fellowship and assistantship awards and the granting of degrees.

Academic Mission

The academic mission of the Graduate School is to foster excellence in scholarship and research and to ensure the highest quality and diversity of graduate education in keeping with the land-grant mission of teaching, research, and public service.