M.S. in Professional Communication application requirements
Admission to all School of Professional Studies degree programs is handled on a rolling basis. Students may start during the spring, summer or fall semesters.
The School of Professional Studies welcomes all students interested in joining a dynamic community of learners able to thrive in today's increasingly interrelated societies. Successful applicants may have a minimum of three to five years of increasingly responsible work experience, however this is not required and our students range from recent graduates to successful professionals with significant experience.
The Admissions Review Committee evaluates all aspects of your application, including test scores, undergraduate academic record, professional experience, personal statement, and letters of recommendation. Prior to acceptance into a graduate degree program, applicants must have an admissions interview with the Program Director or his designee. Applicants are accepted throughout the year. 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. Students may enroll in programs at the start of any semester.
All new students must consult an academic advisor at the time they matriculate or begin their first course. Graduate Programs staff are available to provide academic advising. Students should meet with an advisor at least once each year.
Registering for Courses Prior to Admission
Students are allowed to take two or three courses either before or while making formal application to the program. Before a student may register for courses, proof of college graduation must be provided. It can either be uploaded through the form or sent to the Graduate Admissions Office. Once an application is made, the student is required to have an admission interview with a staff person from Graduate Programs. A committee consisting of the appropriate Graduate Program Director, the Dean of the School of Professional Studies and the Dean of Graduate Studies will review each application. To start the process, please fill out the non-matriculated student form.
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 letters of recommendation 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 all applicants with less than three years of full-time work experience. For those applicants with more than three years of work experience GMAT/GRE test scores are not required.
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 577+ (iBT90+, 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.
Students whose first degree was from a U.S. university or any other English-speaking country need not submit an examination score.
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.
Conditional Admission to 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 enroll only in courses in the American Language and Culture Institute courses program until they achieve a TOEFL score of 550 or above. After obtaining the required TOEFL score or its equivalent, the status will be changed to either Provisional" or "Regular Admission" depending on the TOEFL or equivalent score.
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.
The following merit based scholarship opportunities are available for qualified applicants to Clark University School of Professional Studies master’s level programs:
Jonas G. Clark Scholarship: The School of Professional Studies (SPS) provides several (up to 9) Jonas G. Clark Scholarships each year to qualified applicants who are working professionals. These merit based tuition scholarships can range from 20-50 percent and are for non-traditional students working full-time in a field related to their degree. To be considered for a Jonas G. Clark Scholarship applicants must provide an additional essay with their application. The deadline is April 30.
Applicants should submit a letter of no more than 500 words to John Chetro-Szivos, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Professional Studies at email@example.com. The letter should state the candidate’s areas of professional and academic interest, identify their professional goals, and outline relevant experience. Applications received after this date will be considered on a case by case basis.
Special Program Scholarships
The School of Professional Studies partners with outside programs to offer these special fellowships:
City Year Partnership: Admitted and eligible City Year alumni with at least one year of service, and City Year staff members employed for at least two years receive a 40% guaranteed tuition scholarship.
Please note: The Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, City Year, Commonwealth Corps scholarships described above represent the minimum awards; applicants will be considered for additional merit-based scholarships on the academic strength of the application.
Tuition Discount Partnerships
City of Worcester: For city of Worcester employees the School of Professional Studies offers to qualified employees a 30% tuition discount.
College of Holy Cross: Current employees are eligible for a 30% tuition discount.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: statewide municipal employees are eligible for a 30% tuition discount.
Massachusetts Municipal Association: Current member are eligible for a 30% tuition discount.
Unum Employees: All Unum employees are eligible for a 30% match of their tuition benefit.
Worcester State University: Students of WSU are eligible for a 50% tuition discount for the first 4 courses, 30% for the remaining courses.
Human Service Certificate Program Graduates: are eligible for 30% tuition discount.
Graduate Assistantships (full-time students only)
Each academic year the School of Professional Studies hires one Graduate Assistant from the newly enrolled class to work with faculty and staff on special projects. This position provides a 100% tuition fellowship, plus a $7500 stipend that will help fund their education. Applications must be received by April 1 and applicants must show proficiency in oral and written communications. Interested applicants should email John Chetro-Szivos, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Professional Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about applying for student loans to cover all or part of your graduate education, visit the general Financial Assistance page.
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.S.P.C. 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.
Please note that deposits paid online are processed quickly; frequently, delays occur with mailed payments. If you plan to mail your payment, please send it with enough time to arrive at our office before the deadline.
To pay online by electronic check (ACH) or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express):
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 credit card.
Select the "make payment/deposit/cash card" link on the top menu bar.
Select "New Full-Time Graduate Deposit."
Follow the remaining on-screen instructions to submit your payment.
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, 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.
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.