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A student works in the Ken Marcus lab

 Clemson University is a public research institution located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the rapidly developing upstate region of South Carolina. We are a comprehensive research university with a traditional emphasis on science and engineering. The Department of Chemistry is a mid-size graduate program offering Ph.D. and M.S. degrees, with 23 research faculty and approximately 100 graduate students. The department has faculty members with research efforts in many interdisciplinary areas of chemistry, with strengths in advanced materials, chemical biology, computational chemistry, nanoscale materials, and solid-state chemistry. For more information about the research in our department, please visit our faculty research pages, and find more information about departmental instrumentation here. Please also see our departmental videos if you are interested in learning more about departmental programs, instrumentation facilities, or graduate student life at Clemson. 

We have an admission process that considers many aspects of an applicant's preparation, including research experience, letters of recommendation, research and other accomplishments, and personal goals.  We are always looking for motivated students to join our program.  If you are interested in coming to Clemson as a graduate student, please check the program descriptions for the Ph.D or M.S. degrees.  Women, minorities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you would like more information about our department and graduate programs, please complete an inquiry form, so you are aware of all communications.  Our application page has more information about the application process and requirements.

If you have any additional questions about our department or program that you would like answered, please don't hesitate to ask. You may contact us directly by phone at 888-539-8854 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) or +01 864-656-3095 (outside the U.S. and Canada), or by email at

A student works with a professor in a Clemson chemistry lab.