M.B.A./M.A. in Community Development and Planning application requirements
May 5, 2017
The M.B.A./M.A. in Community Development and Planningprogram seeks to enroll current and future community development practitioners, activists and scholars who are interested in taking on the challenges and struggles facing urban areas in the United States. The Admissions Committee reviews applications for strong academic records and excellent recommendations from academic and professional sources. Strong candidates will often have overseas, fieldwork, research, professional and/or internship experience prior to applying, and should be well-rounded, with a commitment to contributing their opinions, experience and intellect to their program.
When we receive your completed application, the Graduate Admissions Office will forward your application to the appropriate admissions committee. The time it takes for you 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 portalwill be updated.
Create an account on our online 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 discuss your academic interests and goals. Include your current professional and research interests, as well as your long-range professional objectives. Please be as specific as possible about how your objectives can be met at Clark and address the reasons why you would like to pursue both degrees.
Resume or CV: Required
Letters of recommendation: Two recommendations are required. Please list the identities of at least two people who will be submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf. 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:
For Peace Corps, AmeriCorps and City Year volunteers
All AmeriCorps, Peace Corps or City Year volunteers are required submit a description of service as part of their application. If you are currently serving and have not yet received your description of service, a letter from your supervisor stating your current status and when your service is expected to end will be acceptable. All descriptions of service or supervisor letters should be uploaded through your application status page or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For International Applicants
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.
Merit-based awards range from 25 percent to 100 percent of tuition.
Special Program Fellowships
Clark partners with outside programs to offer these special fellowships:
Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program: The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (formerly Fellows/USA) provides returning Peace Corps volunteers with scholarships covering 50 to 100 percent tuition, as well as special internship opportunities. Fellows also will be considered for paid assistantships.
Teach for America Fellowships: IDCE provides partial tuition fellowships for all Teach for America alumni admitted to one of IDCE’s graduate programs. Awards cover at least 40 percent of tuition for up to two years in which the student is enrolled in the department.
World Teach Fellowships: IDCE provides partial tuition fellowships to all admitted World Teach alumni.
Prospanica/Clark University Graduate School of Management (GSOM) Scholarships: This scholarship ranges from 25 to 100 percent of tuition and is awarded annually to an incoming MBA student. Preference goes to students of Hispanic heritage or students with a demonstrated commitment to the Hispanic community.
Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) Alumni Fellowships: IDCE provides partial tuition fellowships worth at least 40 percent tuition remission to all FSD alumni who have six months or more of service abroad and who are admitted to one of IDCE’s graduate programs.
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 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 these positions
IDCE offers a limited number of salaried teaching and research assistantships (TAs and RAs) each semester. These are announced to current students via email during the first week of classes each semester. You may apply for positions by emailing the IDCE Office with a resume and cover letter detailing your relevant experience.
It is not possible to apply in advance for any TA or RA position. You must wait until you have arrived on campus. TAs and RAs must work a set number of hours.
External Fellowships and Grants for U.S. Students
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Program: This program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the USAID Foreign Service. The Payne Fellowship encourages the application of members of minority groups who have historically been underrepresented in international development careers as well as those with financial need. Upon completion of graduate school, fellows will join the USAID Foreign Service as long as they successfully complete the Payne Program and USAID entry requirements.
External Fellowships and Grants for International Students
Russell E. Train Fellowships: Support proven and potential leaders from select World Wildlife Federation priority places to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees in conservation-related fields. Applicants may be at any point in their academic program (applied, accepted or currently enrolled) and may study anywhere in the world. Fellowships cover up to $30,000 per year for a maximum of two years. After completing their degree, applicants must return to their home country to work in conservation. Eligible countries include Belize, Botswana, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Honduras, Myanmar, Namibia and Zambia.
Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) Fellowship Program: Funded by the U.S. government, this program brings Vietnamese nationals to the United States for graduate degree programs in the sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (including public health and health sciences).
Fellowships may be used for students pursuing master’s degrees offered by IDCE.
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
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 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.
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.