Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School

General Information

The Campus

Clemson at DuskThe 1,400-acre Clemson University campus is sited on the former homestead of statesman John C. Calhoun. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and adjacent to Lake Hartwell, the campus commands an excellent view of the mountains to the north and west, some of which attain an altitude of over 5,000 feet above mean sea level.

The Norfolk and Southern Railway and U.S. highways 76 and 123 provide easy access to the city of Clemson and to the University. Oconee County Airport is four miles from the library. Both Atlanta and Charlotte are two hours driving time away.

Campus architecture is a pleasing blend of traditional and modern facilities enhanced by a beautiful landscape of towering trees, grassy expanses, and flowering plants. Academic, administrative, and student service buildings on campus represent an insured value of $627 million. Clemson University's real estate holdings include more than 32,000 acres of forestry and agricultural lands throughout the state, the majority of which are dedicated to Clemson's research and public-service missions.

Fort Hill, the former home of John C. Calhoun inherited by Thomas Clemson, and the Hanover House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are open to the public. The campus also has two recognized Historic Districts.

The Strom Thurmond Institute houses the institute offices, Senator Thurmond's papers and memorabilia, and the special collections of the Cooper Library, including papers of John C. Calhoun and James Byrnes, two of the most important South Carolinians since 1787. The institute is a part of an instructional and public-service district that includes the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts and the Madren Center for Continuing Education.

Clemson offers limited graduate and undergraduate coursework in Greenville, SC. Also located in Greenville is the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), a 250- acre advanced-technology research campus where university, industry and government organizations collaborate.

Mission Statement

The mission of Clemson University is to fulfill the covenant between its founder and the people of South Carolina to establish a “high seminary of learning” and “develop the material resources of the state” through its historical land-grant responsibilities of teaching, research and extended public service.

The University is committed to providing talent for the global economy by recruiting and graduating outstanding students: retaining faculty and staff nationally recognized in their discipline; offering exceptional educational experiences grounded in student engagement; driving innovation through research and service that solves problems, stimulates economic growth and creates jobs; and serving the public good by focusing on the great challenges of the 21st century.

The core of Clemson’s educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students is based on providing every student with a real-world, problem-based engagement experience or leadership opportunity within an environment that supports personal development and responsible citizenship. The University is committed to nurturing critical thinking, communication capabilities, and ethical judgment. The overarching goal is that graduates are creative and entrepreneurial but also are knowledgeable in a discipline and prepared for future opportunities in the global marketplace. This requires the adoption of new ways of teaching and creating a culture that values engagement. To facilitate this, Clemson also strives to support, develop, evaluate, and reward faculty and staff competitively for their performance.

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Clemson University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the bachelor's, master's, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Clemson University.

Curricula are accredited by AA CSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, American Council for Construction Education, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), American Society of Landscape Architects, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACRE P), Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, National Architectural Accrediting Board, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, NRPA/AALR Council on Accreditation, Planning Accreditation Board, and Society of American Foresters. Documentation of accreditation is available in the college deans' offices.

Enrollment Opportunities

On-Campus Enrollment

Total enrollment for the fall semester of 2009 was 19,111. Of this number, 3,765 were graduate students. Approximately 2,466 were classified as full-time graduate students and 1,299 as part-time students. The number of male graduate students was 2,024, and 1,741 were female students. Most degree programs offered by the University are available on campus.

Off-Campus Programs

The Office of Off-Campus, Distance and Continuing Education sponsors off-campus programs designed to serve the needs of students who are unable to live and attend school in Clemson. These programs are delivered through the internet, videotapes, digital satellite broadcasts, videoconference broadcasts and more traditional face-to-face off-campus classrooms in Greenville, SC. Clemson University faculty members teach these high quality courses to students who tend to be working professionals with other work, family and community responsibilities.

Off-campus students have the same rights and privileges as on-campus students. Off-campus degree courses can be easily identified by the 400-499 section numbers. Courses using electronic delivery methods also have a "T" in the course number and are coordinated through the Telecampus area. The location and delivery method is noted in the course message section. For more information, call 1-888-CLEMSON or visit Educational Technology Services & Distance Education.

Off-Campus Locations

Courses and programs taught in traditional face-to-face classrooms are available in Greenville, SC. The courses are taught at the University Center of Greenville at McAlister Square on South Pleasantburg Drive.

Distance Education

Distance Education courses and programs are available through satellite broadcast, videoconference broadcast, videotape and the Internet. Courses broadcast through the SC-ETV satellite system (one-way video and two-way audio) may be received at approximately 2,000 locations in South Carolina and more across the nation. These courses are routinely received at locations in Aiken, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, Greenwood, and Rock Hill. Remote site students interact with the teacher via phone with an 800 number.

Courses using the videoconferencing technology have the advantage of synchronous two-way video and two-way audio connections. Videoconference studio/classrooms are available in Clemson, Greenville, Greenwood, Columbia and Charleston.

Courses taught through the use of videotape and the Internet offer the most flexibility for students who travel or work different shifts. These classes do not meet, but students interact with teachers and other students through email, electronic discussion forums and/or telephone.

Most distance education programs utilize multiple methods of delivering course information. The courses offered through distance education have a "T" in the course number and are coordinated through the Telecampus area. For more information, call 1-888-CLEMSON or visit Educational Technology Services & Distance Education.

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Available Degree Programs

Master of Construction Science & Management

Master of Business Administration
University Center in Greenville

Lander University in Greenwood

Master of Public Administration (with MUSC)
University Center in Greenville
Face-to-face; Videoconference

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Satellite broadcast

Master of Science in Nursing
University Center in Greenville & Clemson University
Face-to-face; Satellite broadcast; Internet (Selected courses only)

Master of Human Resource Development

University Center in Greenville

Master of Education in Counseling
University Center in Greenville

Master of Education in Administration & Supervision
University Center in Greenville

Lander University in Greenwood

Education Specialist in Administration
University Center in Greenville

Ph.D. in Education Leadership-Higher Education (Selected courses only)

For further details, please refer to the Degree Programs page.

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Professional Development Programs

The Office of Off-Campus, Distance and Continuing Education also sponsors professional development programs for teachers and other working professionals. The courses for teachers are offered for academic credit and are coordinated through the school districts. These courses are designated by a 500-599 section number. Other professional development programs in engineering, textiles, management and leadership are available in a noncredit format through the Continuing Education and Professional Development area. For more information, call (864) 656-2200 or visit

International Enrollment

All Clemson University students are encouraged to participate in opportunities to enroll in courses designed to expand their knowledge and understanding of world affairs. The opportunity to study abroad, while essentially a component of the undergraduate curriculum, is encouraged in many graduate programs. Graduate students in architecture, for example, spend a semester in Genoa, Italy, at the Clemson University Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies. Students in the Master of Business Administration program can study full time or part time in Asolo, Italy, or may take courses in Ljubljana, Slovenia. For more information on international enrollment opportunities, please contact your department chair or program coordinator.

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Academic Common Market

The state of South Carolina, through its membership in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), authorizes its public universities to participate in the Academic Common Market (ACM). Under this program, students who are not residents of South Carolina can enroll in selected graduate programs at Clemson University and pay academic fees appropriate for South Carolina residents provided all of the conditions found here: are met.

Programs offered by Clemson University are subject to change without notice. However, students who are enrolled in a program under the ACM provisions prior to its removal by Clemson University are entitled to continue and receive benefits provided they are continuously enrolled (summers excepted) and remain in good academic standing. The Graduate School should be consulted about any and all matters related to the ACM. The state coordinator for the Academic Common Market in South Carolina is the Commission on Higher Education.

University Visitors Center

The Clemson University Visitors Center, located at 109 Daniel Drive, adjacent to the Alumni Center, offers tours to all prospective students and their families. The center also provides information about academic programs and all areas of student life. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. The Visitors Center is closed on all University holidays. If necessary, call (864) 656-4789 for specific information on operating hours.

See Also: History of Clemson University

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