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Dean's Welcome

Clemson University was founded with a singular vision: to be a “high seminary of learning” to benefit the public good. Since that time, Clemson University has evolved and matured into a leading, modern, land-grant university. However, we have never lost our focus on the reason we exist: to make the world, for all people, a better place through the power of education, creativity, curiosity, and scholarship. 

With over 4,900 students in over 130 graduate-level academic and professional degree and certificate programs, Clemson University faculty and students are reimagining the world we live in as you read this. Consider what someone from 1918 would think of our modern world of 2018. Think about how many fundamental aspects of life have changed radically during the course of a century: our food and how we get it, our health and the illnesses we experience, how we spend leisure time, the built environment we live in, the transportation we use, the communication and entertainment available to us, the ethical issues we wrestle with, and the educational system available to us — all are completely transformed, in large part due to people like you in graduate programs like ours. 

Dean Jason Osborne

Leaders in transformative companies such as Google, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft seek to create great teams, not teams of great people. They tell us that one key attribute of great teams is diversity. Different perspectives and backgrounds and interests and ways of thinking can imbue teams with greatness — the whole can be more than the sum of the parts — and this greatness can lead to breakthroughs not possible otherwise. At Clemson, we celebrate and value all types of diversity. We seek those who will join our teams and help our mission of serving the common good. Whatever your background, identity, or viewpoint, you can make us stronger and more successful while we help you meet your goals. My goal as Dean of the Graduate School is to ensure that we continue to strive toward tomorrow, one great student at a time, always working to fulfill our mission of making the world a better place for all. 

Within the Graduate School, we are on a journey of self-reflection and questioning that we hope will result in an exceptional graduate experience. Working with faculty and staff, campus leadership, graduate student organizations, alumni, and community partners, we are committed to doing our best to prepare you for success in the 21st Century. We are imagining new initiatives to better support you during your time at Clemson, and to optimally prepare you for life after graduate school. 

If you are not yet a member of the Clemson community, I invite you to explore the many opportunities available to you! Application is a simple online process, and the first step into this exciting and profoundly rewarding world. 

For those of you already members of the Clemson community of scholars, we invite your suggestions on how to improve graduate education at Clemson!

If you are a Clemson Graduate School alum, we would love to hear your story! Please drop us a note and tell us how your experience at Clemson helped prepare you for what came next.

Jason W. Osborne
Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Applied Statistics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences