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.
Returning Students more
If you have been previously enrolled in the Graduate School at Clemson anytime in the past six years in the same area you wish to apply you DO NOT need to complete this application.
Faculty, Staff, & Employees more
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.
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 enrollment.
The fee can be paid by credit card, debit card, or electronic check (US Banks only) when the application is submitted.
- 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 more
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.
Technical Difficulties more
If you have technical difficulties while completing your application or letters of recommendation, you should send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 more
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 more
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 online.
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 email@example.com 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 more
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 more
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.
Data Validation more
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.
Application Processing more
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.