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Requirements and Policies

Eligibility Requirements

If you are currently enrolled in the undergraduate program, you should direct any questions to the Academic Advising Center, Corner House, (508) 793-7468. If you are currently enrolled in an accelerated graduate degree program, contact Denise Robertson, Graduate School Coordinator (508) 793-7676).

Incoming First-Year Students

To qualify for a full (100%) tuition scholarship, Clark students must:

  • be a full-time undergraduate student for four years (eight semesters) at Clark;
  • meet the entry requirements of the chosen graduate program;
  • achieve a 3.40* GPA for the second and third years of study in aggregate;
  • apply to the program by May 1st of the junior year; (or November 1 if the second semester of the junior year is in the fall semester);
  • achieve a 3.40* GPA for the fourth year of study;
  • complete the B.A. degree within five years of initial entry to Clark University.

*Members of the Class of 2014 and before are required to maintain a GPA of 3.25 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% 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 3.40* for whatever portion of the sophomore and junior year coursework taken at Clark in aggregate;
  • maintain a GPA of at least 3.40* during the senior year;
  • apply to the graduate program of your choice by May 1 (or November 1 if the second semester of the junior year is in the fall semester);
  • meet the entry requirements of the chosen graduate program.

*Students who transferred to Clark before the fall 2011 semester must maintain a GPA of 3.25 to be eligible for a partial tuition scholarship (See Policies for details).

Policies

  1. Students must complete and submit the Application to the Accelerated B.A./Master's Degree Program by May 1 of their junior year or November 1 of the third semester prior to the final two semesters of their senior year.
  2. Students may not switch to another program after May 1.
  3. Students who are dismissed, suspended or expelled from the University lose their eligibility in the program.
  4. Sophomore/junior and senior year GPAs are calculated on the basis of courses taken at Clark during the fall and spring semesters only. Transfer, summer courses, and COPACE courses taken during the summer are not included.
  5. Students must complete 8 semesters of full-time study at Clark within 5 years of initial entry to be eligible for full tuition remission. The additional year is to enable students to take one or two semesters' leave of absence for any reason except required withdrawal or suspension (for academic or non-academic reasons). These need not be consecutive semesters. Transfer students do not have the same privilege of taking a leave of absence.
  6. Transfer students and any students who complete their undergraduate degree in 6 semesters or fewer pay 50% tuition. Students who transfer in credits but later decide not to use them for graduation requirements are eligible for full tuition remission if they have completed 8 full-time semesters at Clark.
  7. Students who complete their B.A. in 7 semesters for whatever reason (students who manage to accelerate by one semester or students who transfer in but complete 7 paid semesters at Clark) pay 25% tuition for the 8th and 9th semesters.
  8. Clark study-abroad programs count as regular Clark courses.
  9. Students are required to complete a minimum of 15 units with letter grades in their sophomore and junior years.
  10. Students who study abroad in a non-Clark program (NOTE-"Clark Affiliated" programs are considered "non-Clark programs") pay 25% tuition for the 8th and 9th semesters.
  11. The full or 50% remission policy applies to all required courses for a period of up to one year after receipt of the B.A. All non-required courses will be charged at normal tuition rates. There will be no extensions of the tuition free policy beyond 12 months after graduation for any reason, except as noted in 13 and 14 below.
  12. Students must begin graduate course work during the senior year. The 100% or 50% tuition remission applies to a maximum of ten courses taken during the fifth year. Additional courses taken during the fifth year will be charged at full tuition rates.
  13. Only coursework taken during the senior year and beyond can be counted toward the M.A. degree.
  14. Students who take longer than one year will pay regular tuition rates for any additional courses taken after the 12-month period. Students who have not completed the master's requirements will be charged non-resident fees of $200 per semester for up to one year if they have completed coursework.
  15. Education students who complete their degree requirements in December/January may defer their eligibility one semester if, and only if, the required courses are not available in the spring semester.
  16. Students who complete their degree requirements in December/January rather than in May may defer their eligibility one semester if, and only if, the program agrees that the required courses are not available in the spring semester (presumably because the course offering would be off-sequence).
  17. Students who graduate in May and begin their master's program in the following summer, will remain eligible for tuition remission for both that summer and the summer following if they require both summers to complete the degree requirements.
  18. The application fee is waived.
  19. The tuition fellowship applies to a maximum of ten courses taken during the fifth year. Additional courses are charged at full tuition rates.
  20. Students accelerate with graduate work in their senior year and must have earned their B.A. before the start of the fifth year in order to be eligible for the tuition remission.
  21. The senior year is defined as the last two semesters of full-time study at Clark.
  22. Students who are provisionally admitted to the program may take a maximum of two units of graduate level courses during the senior year. The exceptions are the MBA program which allows four units in the senior year and the MSF program which allows for three units in the senior year.