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Application Process for Graduate Program

COVID-19 Admissions Update:  Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Physics and Astronomy will not require the GRE for admission consideration for the 2022-23 academic year. The Clemson University Graduate School is currently accepting the following English Proficiency Exams and minimum scores:
TOEFL iBT: 80
TOEFL Essentials: 8.5 (New online exam)
IELTS: 6.5
Duolingo: 115
PTE: 54

Applications for graduate study are submitted through the Clemson University Graduate School. Applications submitted electronically are most efficiently processed and are highly recommended. Briefly, we require the following as part of your application:

      • General GRE (not required for consideration for the 2022-23 academic year)
      • Transcripts
      • At least two recommendation letters
      • TOEFL for non-native speakers of English

The GRE Physics Subject Test is not required, but it is recommended for students whose undergraduate degree is not in physics.

While we do require the general GRE exam (and TOEFL for those who are not native English speakers), we consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account the letters of recommendation and the academic preparation as evidenced in the transcript. The average score on the general GRE exam for students accepted to our program is about 320; TOEFL, 97.

Application Deadlines for Fall Admission

Jan. 1: Applications receive full consideration for assistantship and fellowship opportunities. Applications completed after January 1st will be reviewed only at the discretion of the department and might not be reviewed at all. Application fees are non-refundable.

Late February: Acceptance letters are mailed out.

April 15: Response deadline for accepted candidates.

Application Deadlines for Spring Admission

The Physics and Astronomy Department anticipates no openings for new graduate students in the Spring. 

Interested students are encouraged to apply for the following Fall when our department expects to have some openings.

For information about our graduate programs, please contact

Ms. Amanda Ellenburg
118 Kinard Lab
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0978
Email: Graduate Information
Phone: 864-656-0343