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Free free to review the commonly asked questions below.  If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for, contact the Graduate Admissions Office.

Exclusively for Clark undergraduates, the Accelerated B.A./Master’s Degree Program (also known as “fifth-year free”) gives you the chance to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years with the fifth year tuition-free. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you’ll begin taking graduate-level courses during your senior year, then continue completing degree requirements in a fifth year of study. Depending on whether you started at Clark as a first-year or transfer student, you’ll be eligible for a full- or partial-tuition scholarship during your fifth year.

These are the 14 programs available within the Accelerated B.A./Master’s Degree Program. Not all majors on campus offer an accelerated degree, and each of the programs has different requirements, so be sure to review the program you’re interested in.

BIOLOGY (M.S.)
BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (M.S.)
CHEMISTRY (M.S.)
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING (M.A.)
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLICY (M.S.)
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCES (M.S.)
HISTORY (M.A.)
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE (M.A.)
MANAGEMENT (MBA)
FINANCE (M.S.)
PHYSICS (M.S.)
PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION (MSPC)
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (MPA)
TEACHING (MAT)

You can start preparing during your first year at Clark, but you don’t apply until your junior year. Here’s a rough timeline:

  • FIRST YEAR: Discuss this with your undergraduate faculty adviser and read through the program options above.
  • SOPHOMORE YEAR: Contact the adviser for the Accelerated B.A./Master’s Degree Program in which you are interested.
  • JUNIOR YEAR: Submit your online application for the program you plan to pursue.

This varies by program. Some programs don’t require you to major in that specific field as an undergrad; others even suggest that you do NOT major in that field as an undergraduate. You should check early on with a program adviser in the program to which you plan to apply. Also note, not all majors on campus offer an Accelerated B.A./Master’s Degree (see the list above).

Though tuition remission eligibility amounts can differ depending upon whether you are a transfer student or began at Clark as a first-year, all GPA and application requirements are the same, regardless of program. Learn about the requirements for transfer and regular students.

If you don’t meet the eligibility requirements for the fifth-year tuition scholarship, you can 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 the program of interest early on to see if it allows applications on a tuition-paying basis.

The deadline for applications is May 1 of your junior year (or Nov. 1 if the second semester of your junior year is in the fall semester). Learn how to apply.

If you’re a current Clark undergraduate student, create an account on our online portal to start your application. Choose the application period for the year you’ll be starting your fifth year. For more detailed information about the application process, click here. You should plan to begin your application in the spring of your junior year.

If you’re planning to study abroad during the spring of your junior year, you should make plans to have your adviser form completed before you leave, or ask the program adviser to complete the form via email. The application is done completely online and can be accessed anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

First, you’ll need to meet the eligibility requirements for either first-year or transfer students. Then, check the departmental requirements for the program you’re interested in (they’re different for each program) and have your accelerated degree adviser form signed by the specific program adviser. Finally, gather your information and sign in to the online portal to apply.

You’ll pay a one-time program fee of $1,000 in the first semester of graduate study. You’ll also pay a $15 activity fee in the fall and spring semesters, as well as a one-time enrollment fee of $100. Certain departments require additional fees; for more information, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office. You’re also responsible for paying for housing, food, books and other personal items.

You can check the status of your application via the online application portal to ensure all of your credentials were received and to review your decision notices.

You’ll receive an email and can check your status via the online application portal.

We aren’t able to release decisions via phone; applicants will receive an email letting them know to check the online application portal for a status update. If you have any other questions, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office.