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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 49 doctoral, 82 master’s, and three educational specialist degree(s) across more than 80 fields of study. The Graduate School oversees University fellowships and assistantships for Graduate Students.

  • the

  • 158

    graduate degree and certificate programs in 85+ disciplines


    at master’s level

  • 1,583

    at the doctoral level


    certificate or non-degree seeking

  • 5,282

    graduate students

    *Student data retrieved from the Office of Institutional Research website, based on student count for the Fall 2018 term.


  • David Fleming, PhD, Interim Associate Provost and Interim Dean of the Graduate School
  • William Ferrell, PhD, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
  • Brian Dominy, PhD, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
  • Tia Dumas, PhD, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School for Professional Development and Inclusive Excellence

Mission Statement

The mission of the Clemson University Graduate School is to provide a transformative education that generates intellectual, economic and social capital for the benefit of all.


The Graduate School will fuel the implementation of the University's strategic plan, ClemsonForward, by

  • bolstering Clemson's reputation as an R-1 (highest research activity) Carnegie Classification institution;
  • investing in a diverse and inclusive environment that encourages intellectual curiosity, advances transformative thinking and instills individual and social responsibility;
  • facilitating recruitment, retention, matriculation and graduation of exception graduate students;
  • developing best-in-class support structures that enable students to develop person and professional competence that prepares them for life after graduation;
  • collaborating with faculty and academic units to effectively and affordably deliver high-quality graduate education; and
  • developing resources and relationships that prepare Clemson to provide for the future needs of graduate education.