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Applied Sociology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #701 (QS) , SC,
Clemson’s Applied Sociology program has been recognized by the American Sociological Association as a program with " exemplary practices" in the training of applied sociologists.


The program is uniquely focused on the concerns of businesses and public sector organizations. Our graduates are trained to analyze governmental and organizational policies. Successful graduates can facilitate the interaction between organizations and their surrounding environments, as well as to promote internal organizational efficiency. These same skills can be used in working with local Chambers of Commerce, private business, governmental planning agencies, health care systems and other organizations.

Our program offers a four-pronged approach to student development. First, our students receive a grounding in policy analysis, organizations, and theory. This knowledge develops an understanding of intra-organizational patterns such as decision making, communication, and resource allocation. Second, our students are trained in the methods of data gathering and analysis, including computer applications. Emphasis is upon constructing, managing, and analyzing data sets that provide information crucial to organizational success. Third, students select an area of specialization related to their preferred work settings. The range of possibilities include, but are not restricted to, criminal justice, environmental sociology and developmental policy, business administration and management, health care delivery, public service, and education. Students select their area of specialization with the guidance of the graduate advisor. Finally, our students have the opportunity to gain "hands on" experience working in a private business or public service agency.

Our Students

Graduates of our program are highly marketable and have an excellent employment record. They have been hired by government, public and private organizations, including the National Opinion Research Center, Nielsen Media, Arbitron, Research Triangle Institute, United Way, Society for Human Resource Management, National Restaurant Association and US Bureau of the Census. Graduates are data analysts, evaluation researchers, policy analysts, statisticians and management consultants. Graduates have also pursued doctoral studies at outstanding universities, including Brown, Duke, Emory, Iowa State, Ohio State, SUNY Albany, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Washington State universities.

Programme Structure

The M.S. degree program in applied sociology emphasizes practical and theoretical knowledge in the areas of policy analysis, evaluation research, and organizational sociology. It focuses on the acquisition of social research skill, theory application, and practical experience. Students are prepared for employment in industry, government agencies, and to pursue a doctorate.

Students also design a study area from classes offered in the department from other graduate programs. Study areas are designed to enhance the student’s professional skills. Study areas could potentially include marketing research, educational research, organizational counsulting, criminal justice, health science, or policy analysis. The program is designed to ensure close and informal associations with the faculty.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Verbal Reasoning score:


    Recommended Quantitative Reasoning score:


    Recommended Analytical Writing score:


    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Application Fee of $80 (domestic), $90 (international), $60 (non-degree).
  • Online Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • U.S. universities are required by law to verify that students entering the United States on F-1 and J-1 visas have adequate financial resources to meet expenses.
  • Applicants to graduate programs at Clemson University must hold a four-year bachelor's degree (or equivalent) or a master's degree from an institution whose scholastic rating is satisfactory to the University.
  • Transcripts – Firstly, a set of unofficial transcripts is required. The the official transcripts are set to be submitted by the applicants who are offered admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18458 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9229 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    18458 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9229 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    9368 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4684 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Clemson

  • 1104 - 1930 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



  • The Federal Pell Grant is the largest federal student aid gift assistance program available to undergraduates.
  • The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant  is available to full-time, first-time undergraduates who have exceptional financial need.
  • The South Carolina Need-Based Grant is a program awarded to South Carolina residents demonstrating financial need.


  • Federal Perkins Undergraduate Loan - Awards are made on the basis of financial need, with priority given to students demonstrating exceptional need.
  • Federal Graduate PLUS Loan - Students enrolled in graduate programs can apply. Students must enroll at least half-time (five hours) and maintain satisfactory academic progress. 

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