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Department of Automotive Engineering

Application Guidelines and Process

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All M.S. students who were accepted to the program should have received notification.

Ph.D. applicants should receive notice by mid-June.

Below you will find information regarding test score and GPA guidelines, application instructions and deadlines.

Our FAQ page covers many other questions, we encourage all prospective students to review that information.

Admissions Guidelines
We look at each student as a whole when making decisions about admissions. Test scores and GPA are considered along with post-graduate work and automotive interest/experience.

GRE SCORES – revised scoring system (previous scoring system in parenthesis)
Verbal  153 (500 - previous GRE scale)
Quantitative 155 (700 – previous GRE scale)
Written 3.0
TOEFL 80

Students with scores that are marginally below these levels are not automatically denied admission. The review committee will evaluate each application as a whole, weighing all of a student's qualifications including test scores, GPA, previous education, work experience, interests, and recommendations.

Additional requirements
M.S. - Bachelor’s degree in engineering, applied sciences, or math with a GPA of 3.0 or equivalent from an accredited program. While not required, two years of post-BS, industry experience is a plus.
Ph.D. - A master’s degree is typically desired. Students wishing to enter the PhD program directly after obtaining their BS degree must have a GPA of 3.5 or better. Degrees must be in engineering, applied sciences, or math.

Application Instructions
The admissions application is found online www.grad.Clemson.edu/admission/
Your materials are loaded into a system that will allow us to evaluate your application and act accordingly.

The following items are needed to complete your application. These documents can be submitted electronically. Test scores are submitted through the testing agency. Unofficial transcripts and letters of recommendation are submitted as part of the application process.
Official GRE scores (Clemson’s ETS code is 5111. There is no additional department code.)
Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for International Students (Clemson’s ETS code is 5111. There is no additional department code.)
Unofficial Transcripts
Letters of Recommendation Students should submit at least two letters of recommendation and can submit three. Any students applying for the GATE program, should submit three letters of recommendation.

The Graduate School also offers detailed information on supporting materials.

If you are accepted, you will need to submit an official transcript*. Clemson requires one official academic transcript from each previously attended institution. These transcripts be sent directly to the address below in a sealed university envelope. Graduate Admissions will not accept faxed or scanned copies. Do not send high school transcripts or any certificates other than degree certificates. To ensure proper handling, do not send official transcripts until you have received your letter of acceptance.

Office of Graduate Admissions
209 E-Martin Hall
Clemson University
SC 29634

*Clemson students do not need to submit a transcript.

Deadlines
Fall enrollment (open to both M.S. and Ph.D. students) - apply by January 15 for full consideration for admissions and funding/fellowships
The application window will remain open until April 30 but applications arriving after January 15 are subject to vacancies in the program.

Spring enrollment (Ph.D. only) September 15 is the final deadline for full consideration.

For more information, visit both our graduate admissions FAQs and those published by the Clemson University Graduate School. Either the graduate student services coordinator or the graduate coordinator can assist with questions that are not answered by this site or the graduate school’s site.

Tuition and fees
Please visit the Graduate School's site for the most current information about tuition and fees. "Automotive engineering" is the first program listed under the College of Engineering and Science.

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