Master in Business Administration (M.B.A.) application requirements
The Graduate School of Management seeks to enroll talented and motivated students who will add to the diversity and intellectual rigor of our dynamic and collaborative learning environment. We encourage applications from candidates with a variety of educational backgrounds, including business, the liberal arts, sciences and social sciences.
The Admissions Committee evaluates all aspects of your application, including test scores, undergraduate academic record, professional experience, personal statement and letters of recommendation. We look for well-rounded applicants, with a commitment to contributing their opinions, experience and intellect to their program.
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.
Fall Enrollment Round 1: Dec. 1; Decision by Jan. 15 Round 2: Feb. 1; Decision by March 15 Round 3: April 1; Decision by May 15 Round 4: June 1; Decision by July 15
Applications will be accepted after June 1 on a space-available basis, decisions rolling.
International students: Nov. 1
Domestic students: Dec. 1
Applications will be accepted after the deadline on a space-available basis.
Fall enrollment: Aug. 1; Spring enrollment: Jan. 1
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 provide a statement in which you discuss your career goals, and plans for achieving these goals. Please also discuss any relevant educational, professional or other experiences that will contribute to your success in the program, and in your career.
Letters of recommendation: Two recommendations are required. Recommendations should be provided from employers, supervisors, professors, instructors or others who are able to comment on your professional and educational goals and potential (no friends or relatives please).
Test scores: Please have any required test scores sent to Clark University Graduate Admissions:
GMAT/GRE scores: 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.
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.
Criteria used in scholarship consideration include academic background, GMAT or GRE test scores, professional experience and potential for success in the field.
Merit scholarships include:
Global Leadership Scholarship: For highly qualified M.B.A. applicants; award ranges from 60 to 100 percent of tuition cost.
Dean's Scholarship: For qualified M.B.A. applicants; award ranges from 25 to 50 percent of tuition cost.
Additional benefits of merit scholarships include:
Funding support to attend one conference.
Participation in the M.B.A. Mentors program, where you will be mentored by a second-year M.B.A. student during the first semester, to help you acclimate to life at Clark. In your second year, you will serve as a mentor to first-year M.B.A. students.
Priority consideration for available assistantships, depending on position needs and your qualifications.
Personalized career guidance designed to ensure you spend your time in the program building necessary career skills. As part of this commitment, you will receive an hour-long individualized intake and review meeting with the Graduate School of Management’s finance career adviser.
Personalized academic guidance so you are able to maximize the effectiveness of your coursework. This includes one preliminary academic advising session before the beginning of the semester, in addition to two more advising sessions each semester and any additional individual appointments as needed.
Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program: The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (formerly Fellows/USA) provides returning Peace Corps volunteers with scholarships of 50 to 100 percent, as well as special internship opportunities. Fellows work with Clark’s Community Engagement and Volunteering Center to be placed in a volunteer position with a local organization serving our community. Fellows will serve a minimum of six hours of community service per week during the fall and spring semesters. Fellows also will be considered for paid assistantships.
Prospanica/Clark University GSOM Scholarships: This scholarship ranges from 25 to 100 percent of tuition and is awarded annually to an incoming M.B.A. student. Preference goes to students of Hispanic heritage or students with a demonstrated commitment to the Hispanic community.
National Association of Black Accountants/Clark University GSOM Scholarships: This scholarship ranges from 25 to 100 percent of tuition based on merit. There can be multiple recipients each year and both full- and part-time students are eligible. Recipients must be members of NABA.
Graduate assistantships (full-time students only)
Graduate assistants are offered the opportunity to work with faculty and staff on special projects, while earning a stipend that will help fund their education. Graduate assistantship positions are posted before the beginning of each semester; all GSOM students are invited to apply.
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 full- or the part-time M.B.A. Programif 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: Pay your deposit
Students admitted to the full-time M.B.A. programmust submit a $500 non-refundable deposit to secure their enrollment and reserve their space in the incoming class ($250 non-refundable deposit for part-time students). The deadline for this deposit will be included in your decision notification letter.
To pay online by electronic check (ACH) or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express), please follow the payment link in your online application portal.
A U.S. bank account is required to pay by ACH; there is no service fee to pay by ACH. Please note a 2.75% service fee is charged for payment made by domestic credit card and a 4.25% service fee is charged for payment made by international credit card.
Step 3: Decide where you will live (full-time students only)
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, ratesa 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. You can search for off-campus housing by visiting this listings page.
Step 4: Complete required health forms (full-time students only)
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 5: 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
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.