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Application Process

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Most students who apply to the Clemson graduate chemistry program have completed a BS or BA undergraduate degree in chemistry, or have acquired the equivalent background. In most cases the undergraduate program will include at least two formal courses each in general chemistry, analytical chemistry, and physical chemistry and at least one formal course in biochemistry and inorganic chemistry, along with the associated labs. Experience in research is also highly desirable.  A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Application procedure

The graduate school application may be completed on the Clemson University Graduate School website.

After completing the application you will need to supply the additional materials listed below before an admissions decision can be made. Your application will be processed most quickly if you send all materials directly to the Graduate School.


To apply to the Clemson graduate chemistry program, you must complete an application form and supply the following materials:

  • Transcripts from the undergraduate program and any prior graduate programs
  • Test scores from the GRE general exam (verbal, quantitative, and analytical)
  • At least two letters of recommendation from people familiar with your background
  • A personal statement
  • Resume/CV

International students must also supply a test score for the TOEFL or IELTS exam. When sending a TOEFL score, be sure to include the score on the spoken English portion of the test. A TOEFL score of 80 or above is required of international students whose native language is not English.  IELTS or PTE Academic can be taken in lieu of the TOEFL exam  A score of 6.5 or above is required for the IELTS exam or a score of 54 or above is required on the PTE Academic.  The Chemistry Department requires a minimum score of 20 on the speaking portion of the TOEFL exam (or the equivalent for the IELTS or PTE Academic).

Once you have all of the supporting documents, please send them to the following address:

Office of Graduate Admissions
E-209 Martin Hall
Clemson University
Clemson SC 29634

Application deadline

For full consideration, applications for the fall semester should be received by January 15. Exceptional candidates may be offered admissions on a rolling basis before January15. Strong applications may be reviewed beyond the deadline.

Application fee and reimbursement

The fee for completing an official application through the Clemson University Graduate School is currently $80 for domestic applicants and $90 for international applicants. We have a number of application fee reimbursements that are available on a competitive basis.  If you have completed the official graduate school application at, please contact us at to determine if you qualify for reimbursement of the application fee. 

English Language Proficiency for International Students

Graduate students at Clemson for whom English is not their native language are required to pass a locally-administered English language proficiency exam to become certified to teach laboratory sections and receive a teaching assistantship. The exam is called the SPEAK test, and it is normally a retired version of the Test of Spoken English (TSE) exam that is administered by the Educational Testing Service. (Click here for more information on the Test of Spoken English.) A score of 50 or above on the SPEAK test is required for international students to be certified to teach laboratory sections.

GRE Scores

There are no GRE cutoffs. For currently enrolled students, the average GRE score is approximately 150 for the quantitative portion of the exam and 155 for the verbal portion.  Further information on GRE scores of Clemson students across all disciplines is provided at this URL.

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