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Accelerated B.A./Master’s Programs

With Clark’s Accelerated B.A./Master’s Program, your advanced degree is within reach.

The accelerated program gives current Clark undergraduates who qualify a pathway to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. Depending on whether you started at Clark as a first-year or transfer student, you may be eligible to receive a full or partial tuition scholarship for the fifth year. Consider the cost of earning a master’s degree in two years elsewhere and you’ll see why Clark is considered a best value.

How It Works

If you qualify, you’ll take graduate-level courses during your senior year at Clark that give you academic credit toward your undergraduate degree, while at the same time fulfilling some of the course requirements of the graduate degree. You’ll be admitted into the graduate program when you receive your bachelor’s degree, and, typically, complete the course requirements for the master’s degree in a fifth year of study.

If you don’t meet the eligibility requirements for the fifth-year tuition scholarship, you can still apply to some graduate programs on a tuition-paying basis. Acceptance of such students into the graduate program is made on the recommendation of the graduate department involved. You can check with your program of interest early on to see if it allows applications on a tuition-paying basis.

Eligibility

As well as general eligibility requirements (including a minimum GPA), each program has its own specific requirements that must be met. Follow the links below to see individual program descriptions, as well as additional eligibility requirements and the faculty member to contact for more information. You must apply by May 1 of your junior year, or November 1 if the second semester of your junior year is in the fall semester. Learn about the application process.

Ted Randich standing on ledge

After hiking the Appalachian Trail, Ted Randich ’16, M.A. ’17, made an important decision.

He enrolled in Clark’s Accelerated B.A./Master’s Degree Program in Community Development and Planning, with the fifth year tuition-free. Randich’s experiences on the Trail had reaffirmed his interest in land conservation, and he knew Clark’s program would support his goal of making a career in that field. Now he’s working with the Little Forks Conservancy in Midland, Michigan.

The fact that I could get a master’s degree for free made the decision pretty easy. I’d be paying tens of thousands of dollars somewhere else for the same degree.