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The Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Graduate Students' Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When is your application deadline? 
  2. What do I need to complete with my application?
  3. Do you have minimum GRE or TOEFL requirements?
  4. My undergraduate degree is not in Electrical or Computer Engineering. Can I still apply to your program?
  5. Can I apply to the Ph.D. program without having a M.S. degree?
  6. How can I check the status of my application?
  7. How do I get an advisor?
  8. Am I eligible for financial assistance in the form of an assistantship?

When is your application deadline?
We do not have an application deadline. However, students interested in admission for the fall semester are encouraged to complete their application (including all supporting material) no later than the preceding February 1. Students interested in admission for the first summer semester are encouraged to complete their application (including all supporting material) no later than the preceding December 1. Students interested in admission for the spring semester are encouraged to complete their application (including all supporting material) no later than the preceding September 1. Failure to provide a completed application by the specified dates will significantly reduce an admitted applicant's opportunity for financial support, and it may delay the student's entrance until a later semester. Please note: International applicants must submit a completed application (with all the required application material) no later than the date shown below to be considered for admission in the corresponding term.
Spring Term: September 15
Summer Term: March 1
Fall Term: May 15
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What do I need to complete with my application?
You must complete the following in their entirety before your application will be reviewed:
- Online application and $80.00 application fee for U.S. citizens and permanent residents; $90.00 application fee for International students; or $60.00 application fee for non-degree seeking students.
- Upload unofficial transcripts from each institution you have attended or are currently attending before submitting your online application. Official transcripts are only required if admission is awarded.
- A minimum of 2 letters of recommendation (online is recommended, but hard copy recommendations are accepted).
- Submit official GRE scores (and TOEFL scores for International students). Please note that photocopies of your score sheets are recommended to expedite the review process.
- Statement of purpose.

All required documents should be submitted electronically during the application review process. Any additional application materials or official transcripts should be mailed to: Graduate Admissions Office Clemson University E-209 Martin Hall, SC 29634 USA.
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Do you have minimum GRE or TOEFL requirements?
The short answer is no, we do not have minimum requirements. However, we do have high expectations for our applicants. Strong scores are recommended.
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My undergraduate degree is not in Electrical or Computer Engineering. Can I still apply to your program?
Yes, although keep in mind that you will be required to meet specific undergraduate prerequisite courses in order to earn a graduate degree in EE or CpE if you are admitted to the program. These undergraduate requirements may be found here.
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Can I apply to the Ph.D. program without having a M.S. degree?
Yes, although keep in mind that you will be required to meet specific undergraduate prerequisite courses in order to earn a graduate degree in EE or CpE if you are admitted to the program. These undergraduate requirements may be found here.
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How can I check the status of my application?
You may check the status of your graduate application at: http://www.grad.clemson.edu/admission/statusCheck.php.
If you plan to contact the ECE department or the office of Graduate Admissions, you must include your social security number (for domestic students) or your NR number (for International students). We will be unable to comment on your application status until that information is provided.
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How do I get an academic advisor?
You are assigned an initial academic advisor if a decision of acceptance is made on your application. After you arrive on campus and after you become more familiar with our faculty, you will have an opportunity to communicate with the faculty member who you would like to be your permanent academic advisor. If the faculty member agrees to be your advisor, you will work with this person to complete your advisory committee.
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Am I eligible for financial assistance in the form of a graduate assistantship?
All accepted applicants are considered for departmental assistantships in the form of teaching and grading assistantships. If you are interested in a research assistantship, then we recommend that you communicate with those faculty members whose research interests you. If a faculty member has funding available, and if you fit the needs of his/her research, then a research assistantship offer may be a possibility.
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