Most students who apply to the Clemson graduate chemistry program have completed a BS or BA undergraduate degree in chemistry, or have acquired the equivalent background. In most cases the undergraduate program will include at least two formal courses each in general chemistry, analytical chemistry, and physical chemistry and at least one formal course in biochemistry and inorganic chemistry, along with the associated labs. Experience in research is also highly desirable.
To apply to the Clemson graduate chemistry program, you must complete an application form and supply the following materials:
- Transcripts from the undergraduate program and any prior graduate programs
- Test scores from the GRE general exam (verbal, quantitative, and analytical)
- At least two letters of recommendation from people familiar with your background
- A personal statement
International students must also supply a test score for the TOEFL or IELTS exam. When sending a TOEFL score, be sure to include the score on the spoken English portion of the test.
Once you have all of the supporting documents, please send them to the following address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
E-209 Martin Hall
Clemson SC 29634
For full consideration, applications for the fall semester should be received by December 31. Exceptional applications may be reviewed beyond the deadline.
The graduate school application may be completed on the Clemson University Graduate School website.
After completing the application you will need to supply the additional materials listed above before an admissions decision can be made. Your application will be processed most quickly if you send all materials directly to the Graduate School.
The Chemistry Department does accept unofficial copies of application materials in order to determine eligibility for an application fee waiver.
Application fee and fee waiver
The fee for completing an official application through the Clemson University Graduate School is currently $80 for domestic applicants and $90 for international applicants. However, the application fee can be waived for qualified applicants. To determine if you are eligible to receive an application fee waiver, please complete the fee waiver request.
English Language Proficiency for International Students
Graduate students at Clemson for whom English is not their native language are required to pass a locally-administered English language proficiency exam to become certified to teach laboratory sections and receive a teaching assistantship. The exam is called the SPEAK test, and it is normally a retired version of the Test of Spoken English (TSE) exam that is administered by the Educational Testing Service. (Click here for more information on the Test of Spoken English.) A score of 50 or above on the SPEAK test is required for international students to be certified to teach laboratory sections.
There are no GRE cutoffs. For currently enrolled students, the average GRE score is approximately 700 for the quantitative portion of the exam and 500 for the verbal portion.
Students who wish to gather authentic information and practice material related to standardized test GRE may find the following links helpful: