Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Accelerated B.A./Master's Degree Program?
This program allows you to take advantage of integrating undergraduate and graduate level study. Students participating in the program begin taking graduate level courses during their senior year. Students then continue completing degree requirements in a fifth year of study. Students meeting strict eligibility requirements are eligible for a full-tuition scholarship during their fifth year.
What programs are available?
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BCMB)
Professional Communications (MSPC)
Community Development and Planning (CDP)
Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P)
Geographic Information Science (GIS)
International Development & Social Change (IDSC)
Public Administration (MPA)
When do I get started if I am interested?
First year: Discuss this with your undergraduate faculty adviser and read through the website.
Sophomore Year: Contact the adviser for the Accelerated B.A./Master's Degree Program in which you are interested.
Junior Year: Complete the online application process for the program you plan to pursue.
Do I need to major in that specific field as an undergraduate?
This varies by program. Some programs do not require that you major in that specific field as an undergrad. Some programs suggest that you do NOT major in that field as an undergraduate. Students should check early on with a program adviser in the program to which they plan to apply. Also note, not all majors on campus offer an Accelerated B.A./Master's Degree.
What are the eligibility requirements?
Incoming First-Year Students
To qualify for a full (100%) tuition scholarship, Clark students must:
- have been a full-time undergraduate student for four years (eight semesters) at Clark;
- meet the entry requirements of the graduate program you are interested in;
- achieve a 3.25* GPA for the second and third years of study in aggregate;
- apply to the program by April 1st of your junior year;
- achieve a 3.25* GPA for the fourth year of study;
- formally apply by the program deadline and be accepted by the graduate program indicated on the Application to the Accelerated B.A./Master's Degree Program: Part 1 submitted by April 1 of the junior year (or November 1 if the second semester of the junior year is in the fall semester);
- complete the B.A. degree within five years of initial entry to Clark University.
*Members of the Class of 2015 who enter Clark as first-year students in the fall of 2011 will be required to maintain a GPA of 3.40 in the second and third years of study in aggregate and in the fourth year of study to be eligible for the fifth-year free program.
Incoming Transfer Students
Incoming undergraduate transfer students to Clark will be eligible for a 50 percent tuition scholarship during their fifth year under the following conditions:
- be a full-time student for at least one full academic year prior to admission at the end of the junior year;
- obtain a GPA of at least 3.25* for whatever portion of the sophomore and junior year coursework taken at Clark in aggregate;
- maintain a GPA of at least 3.25* during the senior year
- formally apply by the program deadline and be accepted by the graduate program indicated on the Application to the Accelerated B.A./Master's Degree Program: Part 1 submitted by April 1 of the junior year (or November 1, 2005 if the second semester of the junior year is in the fall semester);
- meet the entry requirements of the graduate program you are interested in.
*Students who transfer to Clark in the fall 2011 semester must maintain a GPA of 3.40 to be eligible for a partial tuition scholarship (See Policies for details).
If I don't retain eligibility for the tuition scholarship can I still pursue an accelerated degree?
- Students who fail to meet the eligibility requirements for the fifth year tuition scholarship may apply to some graduate programs on a tuition-paying basis.
- Acceptance of such students into the graduate program is made on the recommendation of the graduate department involved.
- Check with the program of interest early on to see if they allow applications on a tuition-paying basis.