Graduate Admissions

Academic Programs


As a graduate student at Clark University, you’ll learn from a diverse, close-knit community of engaged scholars and practitioners, benefiting from the individual guidance of faculty committed to educating future leaders in their fields. Together, we form a passionate community characterized by creativity, intellectual daring, strong collaborations and the determination to contribute to transformational change, both locally and globally.

Clark University has a long and proud history of welcoming students from around the world, with more than 1,100 students enrolled in our 19 master’s degree and eight doctoral programs, including innovative dual M.B.A./master’s degree programs, as well as a growing number of graduate certificate programs.

Clark University offers small and vibrant doctoral programs in Biology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Chemistry; Economics; Geography; History; Holocaust and Genocide Studies (through History, Geography or Social Psychology); Physics; and Clinical, Developmental and Social Psychology where students are engaged from around the world in relevant, challenging and innovative research that transforms communities.
The Graduate School of Geography, Gustaf H. Carlson School of Chemistry, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Frances L. Hiatt School of Psychology, and the departments of Biology, Economics, and History maintain national and international reputations with distinguished faculty and historical significance. From the father of rocket science to the founder of the America Psychological Association, Clark’s doctoral programs have developed innovative and collaborative techniques that have resulted in substantive research, publications and public presentations.

The AACSB-accredited Graduate School of Management at Clark University is committed to the Principles for Responsible Management (PRME). Our commitment is not only evident in our curriculum and research, it is also revealed through personal interactions with our faculty, staff, students and alumni. With strong programs in accounting and finance, we value rigor and critical thinking, but we also encourage creative approaches to problem solving that consider multiple perspectives. 

The International Development, Community and Environment Department (IDCE) has built its degree programs on more than 35 years of collective field experience in North America, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This is a place of intellectual rigor and creative thinking, where students acquire the professional skills they need to advance in their careers.

At IDCE students learn how to address complex problems and build community while managing resources wisely. In the classroom and in the field, IDCE students develop critical analytical skills, explore linkages between local and global perspectives, and focus on the complex connections between human and natural systems.

Over the past 75 years, Clark University's School of Professional Studies (SPS) has enriched thousands of adult students' lives by helping them build an educational program that's right for them.

Whatever you choose to study, we can help you reach your goal—our primary goal is to help you succeed whether it is degree completion or advancing your career. Our classes are all in the evening and taught by professors who are professionals in their field. Our staff and faculty are attuned to the needs of adult students. As one adult student stated: "If you're a square peg, they don't try to jam you into a round hole."

We can provide you with a wide range of degree and non-degree courses.

The Graduate School of Management (GSOM) and the International Development Community and Environment Department offer two dual degrees that combine the MBA with either a masters in Community Development and Planning or a masters in Environmental Science and Policy. The dual degrees afford the students the rich resources of both faculties, and the opportunity to gain a unique set of combined skills, knowledge, and experiences. Graduates of the dual degree program are well positioned to affect significant change in organizations with a strong foundation in management skills and domain expertise.  
Within GSOM, there are two dual degrees — one that combines the MBA with the MS in Accounting and the other that combines the MBA with the MS in Finance. Both GSOM dual degrees provide the breadth of an MBA with the deep focus on an area of expertise, preparing graduates for leadership positions in accounting or finance.

Clark offers blended master’s programs combining face-to-face and online courses in several areas. In our online courses you will develop competencies for today’s competitive workforce while having the flexibility to learn on your own schedule. Like all Clark students, you will interact with people from different backgrounds to integrate theory and practice, affording you with opportunities to experience many perspectives and concepts throughout your studies. Connecting with fellow students and faculty will help you build valuable personal and professional networks. Clark leverages the best of teaching and learning technologies to facilitate these connections and your learning.

We currently offer online courses in the following degree programs:

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Ellen Foley, associate professor of international development and social change, is a medical anthropologist whose research addresses the social production of disease with a focus on how intertwined global, national and local social forces shape vulnerability to disease, health status and access to medical care, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.



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