Admission to Clark's graduate programs is open to holders of the bachelor's degree or its equivalent and is determined on a competitive basis. When your completed application is received, the Graduate Admissions Office will forward your application to the Admissions Committee. The time it takes to receive a decision will vary depending on the program to which you apply and when your application is submitted. Once a decision has been reached, you will be notified via email and your status in the application portal will be updated.
Foreign language proficiency
Required of all international applicants. Please contact us if you believe you qualify for an exemption. For the TOEFL, students must score a minimum of at least 78 on the iBT, a minimum of 620 on the paper-based test or minimum of 260 on the computer-based test. For the IELTS students must score a minimum of 6.5.
All transcripts that are submitted as part of your application must be translated into English prior to submission. Transcripts from international programs that do not include the original language and the English translation will not be considered for admission. If you submit an official final transcript, please make sure to include confirmation of earned degree.
We ask that all international applicants refrain from sending financial documents as part of their application for admission. Financial documents will be needed only after you have received an offer of admission and choose to enroll at Clark University.
After you accept the offer of admission and pay the non-refundable deposit, the following items are needed:
International Student Information Form
A copy of your passport
Bank statement that is no more than 6 months old*
Signed Affidavit of Support if the bank statement is not in your name and if you will not be using personal funds to finance your education*
Upload the documents listed above to your online application account.
*The bank statement and affidavit of support are needed for those who would like Clark University to issue an I-20 form (for students who want to obtain an F-1 student visa) or a DS-2019 (for students who want to obtain a J-1 visa)
Obtaining a student visa
After you upload the documents listed above, your information will be reviewed by Clark University's International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). In most cases, the ISSO will issue an I-20 or DS-2019 form so that you can apply for a student visa. The I-20 form or DS-2019 form will be sent to you along with detailed steps on the visa application process. Here is a brief overview of the visa acquisition process:
Read the I-20 or DS-2019 to make sure all of the information is accurate.
Health insurance is required for all international students. U.S. students may waive the charge with proof of comparable coverage. Learn more about health insurance.
Full-time graduate students are encouraged to live on campus if possible; thus, the chart above reflects the estimated cost of on-campus housing and living expenses (utilities, internet service, cable service and laundry). Learn more about on-campus housing options. If you are a full-time graduate student, and you choose to live off campus, your housing costs will depend on the apartment and utilities you choose, whether you have roommates and whether you incur additional living expenses. You can search for off-campus housing by visiting this listings page.
Tuition Scholarships, Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships
Financial assistance for Ph.D. students in Biology at Clark includes tuition scholarships, teaching assistantships and, in some cases, research assistantships. Teaching assistantships offer a 12-month stipend and tuition remission.
Your admission application serves as your application for financial assistance from Clark.
The Biology Department also provides financial support for travel to scientific conferences at which you make presentations.
You are encouraged to seek additional funds to support your research and travel expenses.
Your eligibility for Clark’s financial assistance normally lasts five years if you are in good academic standing.
You may request support beyond the fifth year, up to maximum of seven years. The department will consider extensions of support beyond seven years only under exceptional circumstances.
For more information about applying for student loans to cover all or part of your graduate education, visit the general Financial Assistance page.
How to Enroll
Please use the following information as a guide to enrolling in the Ph.D. in Biology program if you have been accepted. If you have any questions, contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
Step 1: Fill out the enrollment reply form
The first step to enrolling in any graduate program is to submit the enrollment form. To do so, you’ll need to log in using the credentials established when you first started your application.
Step 2: Decide where you will live
Clark offers several kinds of on-campus housing for graduate students, so you can take advantage of all that university life has to offer. The estimated costs on the tuition and financial expenses tab are based on graduate students who choose to live on campus, which is encouraged. If you’re interested in on-campus housing, you’ll need to read the Graduate Student Housing page, which informs about instructions, rates, and necessary forms. All Clark graduate housing options include most additional living expenses, such as utilities, Internet and cable service and laundry.
If you choose to live off campus, your housing costs will depend on which apartment you choose and whether you have roommates and other living expenses. Search our off-campus housing listings.
Massachusetts state law requires all full-time students who enroll in one of the state's public or private colleges or universities to be immunized against diphtheria; tetanus; measles, mumps and rubella; hepatitis B and meningitis. To comply with state health requirements, you’ll need to provide documentation of your immunization history. The necessary forms can be found on the Health Services website. The deadline to submit immunization forms if you are enrolling for the fall semester is July 1 and if you are enrolling for the spring semester, the deadline is December 15.
Step 4: Submit your final transcript
If you were still working on your undergraduate degree when you applied to Clark, you’ll need to send us your final official transcripts and certificate of graduation, if applicable, that show you’ve been awarded an undergraduate degree to:
Graduate Admissions Office
950 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01610-1477
The deadline to submit final transcripts is August 1. Keep in mind that your admission to any program is contingent upon receipt of that transcript.