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Steps to Admission for the online M.S. in Biological Sciences

      1. Application to the graduate school is online at the Graduate School webpage. Apply to our college (College of Science) as a degree- (the program code is MS-BIOS-1-AAC) or non-degree-seeking student. Please note that the tuition rate is higher for non-degree seeking students.
      2. Depending on their decision, the Graduate School may send an email asking if you accept their offer. You must click and accept!
      3. Once accepted, you will need to contact Clemson Computing and Information Technology — CCIT — to set up a Clemson University user ID and email, as all correspondence will go through your Clemson account. Make sure to check for Graduate School emails as they may have additional requirements and payment reminders.
      4. You can then enroll in courses.

Other Notes

Advanced Student Status (non-degree-seeking) — This status is designed for applicants who are not immediately interested in seeking a degree, but who wish to enroll in graduate-level courses. No letters of recommendation are required of those seeking Advanced Student Status. If you are interested in applying for this status, you must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Students do not need an undergraduate degree in biology to be considered for admission. Apply under the ND-AFLN-1 code. There is a $60 nonrefundable application fee for non-degree seeking students.

Should you decide to pursue a degree, you will need to submit a new, degree-seeking application and be accepted into the program. There is a required $80 application fee for domestic applicants and a $90 fee for international applicants. Fees are nonrefundable.

Up to 12 credits from your non-degree studies may apply toward your degree, pending department approval.

Degree-seeking students wishing to pursue a graduate degree at Clemson University should apply for admission using the degree-seeking application for admission. This includes all applicants seeking a masters, doctoral or any professional degree. In general, degree-seeking applications should be received no later than five weeks prior to the first day of class.

Admission to the graduate program requires a suitable undergraduate education, two letters of recommendation, a resume and suitable GRE scores (GRE scores are not required for teachers with one or more years of teaching experience). Students do not need an undergraduate degree in biology to be considered for admission. An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 is recommended. A satisfactory TOEFL score (550 from paper exam, or 213 from online exam, or 80 from internet exam, or 6.5 or higher on the IELTS test) is required for international students whose native language is not English. There is a required $80 nonrefundable application fee for domestic applicants and a $90 fee for international applicants. Apply for Non-Thesis for Science Educators — Bio Science, code MS-BIOS-1-AAC.

Transfer Courses  Degree- and non-degree seeking students may transfer up to credits of graduate courses into the degree program. To transfer, the graduate course content must be similar to one of our required courses with a grade of B or above. Transfer credits must not have been used to satisfy the requirements for any other degree and must have been completed within the six-year period preceding the date the graduate degree will be awarded. The program coordinator must approve all transfer courses. There are no exceptions to this requirement. 

All credits transferred to Clemson’s graduate programs must have been completed at a regionally-accredited institution and must be verified by submission of an official transcript. You must then have an official transcript sent from the institution(s) where credit was earned to the Office of Enrolled Student Services, 104D Sikes Hall. Only when courses have been verified by Enrolled Services to meet all Graduate School requirements will they be approved for application toward the degree.

Grades earned for courses taken at institutions other than Clemson University will not be included in the student’s grade point ratio.