The Clemson University Graduate School oversees the admissions process for all graduate programs at Clemson University. Criteria used in making decisions will vary according to the college and program being applied for, but all decisions include an evaluation of the applicant's potential for graduate work and the ability of a program to accommodate additional students.
Typically, each academic department accepting graduate students will form an admissions committee and review all requests, then forward its recommendations to the Graduate School for final approval and processing.
The Clemson University Graduate School accepts online applications only. We are happy to assist you with the online application and admissions process, and we are always happy to answer questions. You can also check the status of your pending application online.
Please be aware that different programs have different application deadlines, and there are some programs that accept applicants only once a year. In addition, international students often have earlier deadlines in order to allow enough time to secure a visa.
For more information:
- Check out the requirements that apply to your program,so you are aware of any special deadlines, funding opportunities, or other information you may need.
- Apply online using our convenient web-based application system.
- Check your application status 24/7.
- Review our FAQ for more information on many Graduate School topics, or ask us any specific questions not yet covered.
The Graduate School has two online application forms: Degree Seeking and Non-Degree Seeking.
Which Am I?
Students wishing to pursue a graduate degree at Clemson University should apply
using the Degree Seeking application for admission. This includes all
applicants seeking a Masters, Doctoral, or any professional degree.
All supporting materials required by the Graduate School should be attached to the online application for admission. These may include personal statements, unofficial copies of transcripts and resumes/CVs. Other supporting materials, such as portfolios, required specifically by individual programs should be submitted based upon the guidelines provided by the program. Please note: Official transcripts are only required of those applicants who are offered admission. Therefore, do not mail an official transcript unless you receive an offer of admission.
Please read all application instructions prior to beginning the application.
If you have been previously enrolled in the Graduate School at Clemson anytime in the past six years and did not receive a degree, you DO NOT need to complete the online application, if you want to return to the same area you were previously enrolled in. For re-entrance into the same program, please submit the form found here: http://www.registrar.clemson.edu/pdf/gradReEnroll.pdf
Faculty, Staff, & Employees
Admission for Faculty, Staff, & Employees of Clemson University are subject to the same requirements and
department approval and must follow all academic regulations.
No member of the faculty or staff who has a rank
higher than instructor or its equivalent may be considered as a candidate for an advanced degree in the
academic department where employed.
Enrollment into certain programs is limited to Clemson University employees who wish to use the tuition waiver benefit. Please consult with the program prior to applying, to be aware of possible restrictions.
Deadlines vary for Domestic and International Students and by department. Applicants are encouraged to
contact academic departments and programs for additional information. Click here
for a list of programs with contact information.
In general, degree seeking applications should be received no later than 5 weeks prior
to the first day of class. However, some programs have earlier deadlines. Degree
seeking applicants are encouraged to contact the program coordinator for specific
program application deadlines and further support materials.
Some programs have application deadlines or restrict admission to fall semester only. Please contact your proposed program of
study directly for complete details and any questions regarding specific support materials. Your
application is active for one year beyond the initial entrance date that you select on your application. However, departments and programs reserve the right to deny deferred admission because of limited
space and/or resources. Thus, students wishing to defer enrollment must request and receive approval for
such action from the respective department or program.
Admission for Faculty, Staff, & Employees of Clemson University are subject to the same requirements
and department approval and must follow all academic regulations. No member of the faculty or staff who
has a rank higher than instructor or its equivalent may be considered as a candidate for an advanced
degree in the academic department where employed.
To ensure timely issuance of Certificates of Eligibility (I-20's/DS-2019's), international applications
should be submitted by April 15 for fall semester enrollment and September 15 for spring semester
The fee can be paid by credit card, debit card, or electronic check (US Banks only) when the application
- Domestic Fees: $80 Non-Refundable Application Fee
- International Fees: $90 Non-Refundable Application Fee
- Non-Degree Fees: $60 Non-Refundable Application Fee
The application fee must be received before the application will be processed. All supporting
material (i.e: Official Transcript, Recommendations, Test Scores) must be received before your application
will be considered for admission. Please contact your proposed program
of study directly for complete details with any questions regarding specific support materials. Your
application is active for one year beyond the initial entrance date that you select on your application.
However, departments reserve the right to deny deferred admission because of limited space and/or
resources. Thus, students wishing to defer enrollment must request and receive approval for such action
from the respective department or program.
Applying to Multiple Programs
Clemson allows you to apply to more than one program, however each application must be submitted
individually with a separate application fee.
All applications at Clemson are customized to meet
the needs of each specific program and are not interchangeable between programs. After you have submitted
the first application and paid the application fee, you must return to the online application using your
same User ID and password and change your major. You must submit the second application and then you will
be prompted to pay another application fee.
If you have technical difficulties while completing your application or letters of recommendation, you
should send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Please include your User ID in the e-mail. The technicians at CollegeNet will be able to look at your
application or letters of recommendation and help correct the problem.
Select a Degree/Major and Term
Any application submitted for graduate study at Clemson must be for a specific degree (examples; PhD,
MS, MAT, etc.) and a specific program (major). The online application includes a list of degree programs from which
you will choose.
They are listed in alpha order under each of the 7 Colleges/Interdisciplinary areas. In
most cases, you will also be asked to select a specialization area within the major area.
You must also select a term for which you intend to begin graduate study. This can be the Fall,
Spring, Summer I/Maymester, Summer II. If you are uncertain as to which term to select, you should obtain
guidance from the program to which you intend to apply.
Clemson's application is hosted by CollegeNet. You will be asked to create a user ID and password.
You do not need to complete the entire application at one sitting. You may begin the application,
save it, and return to it at a later time using your user ID and password. Be
sure to retain this information since this is what you will use to login to access your
application. To create an account, click "Create An Account"
in the Application Process
Menu on the right.
Once you have created your user ID and password, CollegeNet allows you to complete
portions of the application, save the work and then return at a later time to complete
and submit the application.
Please note that until you actually submit the application
and pay the application fee, no portion of your application is transmitted to the Graduate School. To
manage your account, choose an option from the "Manage Account
" menu on the right.
Finishing the Application
After you are satisfied that ALL information in your application is correct, you may SUBMIT your
application. You will be asked to provide accurate credit card information in order to pay your
application fee of $80 for domestic, $90 for international, and $60 for non-degree applicants. This application fee
must be paid online and is non-refundable. Clemson will not receive your application until the fee is paid
Do not mail checks, money orders, or other forms of payment to Clemson. They will be returned
and we will not receive your application from CollegeNet. If you have technical difficulty with your
payment to CollegeNet, please send an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org giving them your User ID and describing your problem. They will be able to assist
you with your problem.
Persons with a U.S. bank account can also choose the e-check method of payment.
REMEMBER – once you SUBMIT, you cannot change or edit your application in any way. After you
successfully submit your application, a page will appear on your screen acknowledging that your
application has been successfully submitted. It will contain your CollegeNet Transaction ID. You should
print this page; it serves as your personal receipt.
Relevant Student Numbers
Domestic & Permanent Resident: If you are currently or have previously been a student
at Clemson then you will have a CUID number, which you will be asked to provide. If you are unsure of your
number, please leave it blank.
International: Applicants to Clemson graduate programs who are non-residents of the US are assigned
an NR number. If you already have an NR number, please have it available when you complete the online
application, so that you can enter it in the appropriate place. If you do not already have an NR number, you
will be provided one when you complete the online application. PLEASE SAVE THIS NUMBER. YOU WILL
NEED IT TO INQUIRE ABOUT YOUR APPLICATION.
McNair Scholar Participants
Clemson University provides fee waivers for McNair Scholar participants.
If you are a participant of the McNair Program at your current university, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. On the last page of the application there is a section where you can request the fee waiver. Once you submit the application, our office will not be able to process the application until we have received the required supplemental material.
You must submit in writing an official letter; it must come from the McNair Program that you are currently enrolled in, on the University letter head, from the Program Director. It should state that you are a McNair student, your course of study, dates attending the university, GPA, and expected date of graduation. Following submission of the letter, eligibility for the fee waiver will be determined by the admissions office. Qualified McNair Scholar's applications will be processed after review.
Do not click on “SAVE, PAY, SEND” until you have rechecked your data through the
Once you have completed the online application, you will be asked to validate the data you have entered. You should carefully review your answers and make certain ALL entries are correct. Once you
use the “Save, Pay, Send” option, you cannot make changes to your application.
After you have completed the online application, validated your data, and paid your application fee, your
application will be forwarded to Clemson.
Applications received from CollegeNet during normal business hours
are entered into the applicant database the next day. Applications submitted on Saturday or Sunday will be
received by Clemson the following Monday.