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.
Create an account on ouronline application portal to complete your Clark Graduate School Application and upload any additional credentials as required.
Application fee: $75 (non-refundable), submitted with your online application.
Personal statement: Please answer the following two questions:
What interests you about geography specifically? Please discuss with some precision your interests within the discipline of Geography (i.e. do not simply list “economic” or “historical”). Explain why you think this area of the discipline is interesting and important. Tell us how you became interested in this area, and what your experience has been thus far.
Why specifically do you want to do graduate work at Clark University? Tell us what you hope to pursue with these interests here and afterwards.
Letters of recommendation: Three letters of recommendations must be submitted through the online application. Letters from persons who are able to address your academic qualifications, including your creative thinking, perseverance, and intellectual capabilities.
Writing sample: Include a copy of one or more papers you have written that are good representations of your interests and the way in which you think and write about them. You should be sole author of at least one of these papers.
Test scores: Please have any required test scores sent to Clark University Graduate Admissions:
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.
If students do not have an outside fellowship or stipend award, they receive full tuition remission along with a teaching or research assistantship stipend for a minimum of three years (as long as they are making satisfactory progress toward their degree). If needed, students in good standing may receive a fourth year of funding (stipend and tuition remission).
Stipends for the academic year (September through May) include a teaching or research assistantship of 17.5 hours per week. (Note: Stipends are taxable.)
The Mary E. and Irene L. Piper Fellowship for students in urban geography; it carries the same award as noted above and involves research activity in conjunction with a faculty member in urban geography.
Funding from a graduate student endowment for advanced graduate students to partially support the costs of startup research.
The three-year Economic Geography Fellowship ‒ geared toward students who are interested in pursuing careers as economic geographers and who intend to write dissertations that engage with current debates in economic geography (preference is given to candidates who focus on one or more aspects of global economic change) ‒ offers:
Guaranteed tuition remission and a university stipend for a research assistantship during the first year.
A research or teaching assistantship stipend for the second and third years.
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 Geography 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, necessary forms and how to submit the $1,000 graduate housing deposit to reserve a space. 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. You can search for off-campus housing by visiting this listings page.
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. We’ll provide you with the necessary forms as part of your enrollment package and we’ll need them back by July 1 if you’re enrolling for the fall semester and December 15 if you’re enrolling for the spring semester.
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
Keep in mind that your admission to any program is contingent upon receipt of that transcript.