Application Requirements

The Admissions Review Committee will evaluate all aspects of your application, including test scores, undergraduate academic record, professional experience, personal statement, and letters of recommendation.

  • Application fee (nonrefundable): $75; $100 for M.S. in Accounting and M.S. in Finance applicants
  • Personal statement (refer to additional program requirements for details)
  • Résumé 
  • Letters of recommendation (refer to additional program requirements for details)
  • Test scores (optional for many programs; refer to additional program requirements for details)
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores (required for International Applicants; Clark’s code is 5969)
  • Transcripts*

* Unofficial transcripts can be provided for the application review. Official final transcripts, including confirmation of earned degree, are required prior to enrollment and should be mailed directly from the institution to Clark University Graduate Admissions.

Additional program requirements

Peace Corps, AmeriCorps and City Year Volunteers

In addition to the core application requirements, all AmeriCorps, Peace Corps or City Year volunteers are required to submit a description of service as part of their application. If you are currently serving and have not yet received your description of service, you may submit a letter from your supervisor stating your current status and when your service is expected to end. All descriptions of service or supervisor letters should be uploaded through your application status page or emailed to gradadmissions@clarku.edu.

Graduate School of Management

In addition to the core application requirements, Graduate School of Management applicants must provide:

  • Personal statement: Please discuss your career goals, as well as your plans for achieving them. Include any relevant experience (educational, professional or otherwise) that will contribute to your success in the program, and in your career.
  • Two letters of recommendation from employers, supervisors, professors, instructors or others who are able to comment on your professional and educational goals and potential (letters from friends or relatives will not be considered).
  • Test scores:
    • GMAT/GRE scores are required for full-time applicants. For part-time applicants with three or more years of professional full-time work experience, submission of GMAT or GRE scores is optional.
      • GRE code: 3279
      • M.B.A., M.S.M., and Dual Degree GMAT code: Q4X-6X-30; M.S.A. GMAT code: Q4X-6X-85; M.S.B.A. and M.S.F. GMAT code: Q4X-6X-07
  • English language proficiency tests are required of all international applicants. Exemptions may be granted if your undergraduate study was in English or if you are from an English-speaking country; contact us if you believe you qualify.

International Development, Community, and Environment

In addition to the core application requirements, International Development, Community, and Environment applicants must provide:

  • Personal statement: Please discuss your academic interests and goals. Include your current professional and research interests, as well as your long-range professional aims. Be as specific as possible about how your goals can be met at Clark, and do not exceed 800 words.
  • Two letters of recommendation from people who are competent to judge your qualifications for graduate study (at least one should be from an academic source; letters from friends or relatives will not be considered).
  • Test scores (GMAT/GRE: Optional):
    • GRE code: 3279
    • GISDE GMAT code: Q4X-6X-85; MBA/CDP and MBA/ES&P GMAT code: Q4X-6X-30
  • English language proficiency tests are required of all international applicants. Exemptions may be granted if your undergraduate study was in English or if you are from an English-speaking country; contact us if you believe you qualify.

School of Professional Studies

In addition to the core application requirements, School of Professional Studies applicants must provide:

  • Personal statement: Please discuss your career goals and plans for achieving them. Discuss any relevant experience (educational, professional or otherwise) that will contribute to your success in the program and in your career.
  • An interview is suggested.
  • Two letters of recommendation from employers, supervisors, professors, instructors, or others who can comment on your professional and educational goals and potential (letters from friends or relatives will not be considered).
  • Test scores optional
  • English language proficiency tests are required of all international applicants. Exemptions may be granted if your undergraduate study was in English or if you are from an English-speaking country; contact us if you believe you qualify.

English Language Proficiency Requirement (International Applicants)

Students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of facility in English.

Regular admission to School of Professional Studies graduate programs: Exam scores of iBT85+, CBT 233+, IELTS 6.5+ on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam, or its equivalent, are required for admission. This requirement can be satisfied in a number of ways:

  • The International TOEFL Examination (either computer-based or written)
  • A Clark University Institutional TOEFL exam, administered every semester by the American Language and Culture Institute
  • The equivalent score from either of the two prominent European tests of English: Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • The TOEFL Equivalent examination developed for our branch campus in Israel, and administered in Israel, Poland and the U.S.
  • Students who take courses at branch campuses outside the U.S. will be able to take courses in their native language prior to meeting the English language requirement.
  • Examination scores are not required if your undergraduate study was in English or if you are from an English-speaking country.

Gateway Program: SPS offers a Gateway Program for students who have TOEFL scores between 79 and 84. In this innovative program, international students take selected coursework —combining language, culture and graduate study in their chosen majors — to develop the skills and competencies necessary for today's global marketplace. The program prepares students to succeed in the classroom as well as for professional success upon the completion of their degrees.  A key objective is to help students to integrate smoothly and successfully into, and to complete on time, a master's degree program at Clark University. The Gateway Program enables international students at Clark to quickly perform on par with domestic students and to be prepared for the U.S. or global job market by the time of graduation. The program mixes content courses with ongoing work to improve written and spoken English along with intercultural knowledge and skills in the areas of presentation and workplace interactions.

Conditional admission to the School of Professional Studies graduate programs: Students who score 530-547 on the TOEFL examination [iBT71-78; CBT 197-210; IELTS 6 (no band below 5.5)] or its equivalent will be admitted to the School of Professional Studies as a "conditional" student. "Conditional" status students may enroll only in American Language and Culture Institute courses until they achieve a TOEFL score of 563 or above. After obtaining the required TOEFL score or its equivalent, the status will be changed to "regular admission."

M.A. in Teaching

In addition to the core application requirements, M.A. in Teaching applicants must provide:

  • Personal statement: Please discuss your interest in and readiness for public school teaching and your interest in the Clark program, which is housed in a partnership supporting urban youth and schools. In particular, reflect on the seven main core competencies listed below. Refer to relevant academic, professional or personal experiences that will contribute to your success in the program and in teaching, especially any prior work with youth.
  • Three letters of recommendation: Two letters should be from academic professionals who have taught or supervised you and can attest to your academic capability. The third letter should be from a supervisor or adult mentor for a youth program who can attest to your effective interaction with and support for young people in youth programs.
  • MTEL exams:
    • Students interested in Elementary Education must take:
      • Communication and Literacy: Reading
      • Communication and Literacy: Writing
      • General Curriculum
      • Math
    • Students interested in Secondary Education must take:
      • Communication and Literacy: Reading
      • Communication and Literacy: Writing
      • Subject matter exam for the subject they intend to teach.

Please contact the Education Department if you have questions about the MTEL exams.

  • English language proficiency tests are required of all international applicants. Exemptions may be granted if your undergraduate study was in English or if you are from an English-speaking country; contact us if you believe you qualify.

Résumé is optional.

M.A. in English

In addition to the core application requirements, M.A. in English applicants must provide:

  • Personal statement: Please discuss your academic interests and goals. Include your current research interests as well as your long-range research, teaching or other professional objectives. Reference any relevant published articles, books, research, inventions or other creative work in your discussion.
  • Writing sample: Please submit a formal essay of at least 2,500 words on some aspect of American or English literature. This can be an existing essay.
  • Three letters of recommendation: Two should be from academic professionals who have taught or supervised you and can attest to your academic capability.
  • Test scores:
    • GRE required (Clark University code: 3279)
    • Foreign language proficiency tests are required of all international applicants. Please contact us if you believe you qualify for an exemption (TOEFL code: 5969).

Résumé is optional.

Ph.D. in Geography

In addition to the core application requirements, Ph.D. in Geography applicants must provide:

  • 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, both here and afterward.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to address your academic qualifications, including your creative thinking, perseverance and intellectual capabilities.
  • Test scores:
    • GRE required (Clark University code: 3279 Geography code: 2203)
    • English language proficiency tests are required of all international applicants. Exemptions may be provided if your undergraduate study was in English or if you are from an English-speaking country; contact us if you believe you qualify.
  • Writing Sample: Include a copy of one or more papers you have written that are good representations of both 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.

Résumé is optional.

Ph.D. in Psychology

In addition to the core application requirements, Ph.D. in Psychology applicants must provide:

  • Personal statement: In order to assure best fit between faculty and student body, we ask that you write a statement indicating why you think the psychology program at Clark is best suited for your academic and career goals. Your essay should deal with the following issues:
    • Areas of psychology and theoretical orientation of most interest to you
    • Faculty members you find most in accord with your interests
    • Research you have done, or would like to do
    • Autobiographical information relevant to your pursuit of graduate work at Clark
  • Résumé /CV: required. The CV listing should include your employment and educational history, published books or papers, conference presentations, inventions or other creative work.
  • Writing sample: Include a copy of one or more papers you have written that are good representations of both 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.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to judge your intellectual and analytical ability (i.e., ability to differentiate and synthesize), oral and written communication skills, independence, initiative, and drive necessary for success in graduate coursework and research.
  • Test scores:
    • GRE required; GRE subject: optional (GRE code: 3279)
    • English language proficiency tests are required of all international applicants. Exemptions may be provided if your undergraduate study was in English or you are from an English-speaking country; contact us if you believe you qualify.

Certificate Applicants

To apply for a graduate certificate, you will need:

  • Application fee: $75 (no fee for Youth Practice Certificate applicants)
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts (not required for Youth Practice Certificate applicants)
  • Two letters of recommendation

Dual Degree Programs

In addition to the core application requirements, applicants for the M.B.A./M.A. in Community Development and Planning, M.B.A./M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy, M.B.A./M.S. in Accounting, and M.B.A./M.S. in Finance programs must provide:

  • Personal statement: Please discuss your academic interests and goals. Include your current professional and research interests, as well as your long-range professional aims. Be as specific as possible about how your goals can be met at Clark and address why you would like to pursue both degrees. Do not exceed 800 words.
  • Two letters of recommendation from employers, supervisors, professors, instructors or others who are able to comment on your professional and educational goals and potential (letters from friends or relatives will not be considered).
  • Test scores:
    • GMAT/GRE: Optional
      • GRE code: 3279
      • GMAT code: Q4X-6X-30
    • English language proficiency tests are required of all international applicants. Exemptions may be granted if your undergraduate study was in English or if you are from an English-speaking country; contact us if you believe you qualify.