Application Requirements

The Admissions Review Committee will evaluate all aspects of your application, including test scores, undergraduate academic record, professional experience, personal statement, and letters of recommendation.

The following is required for all masters, doctorates, and certificate applications. Some programs require additional information as part of the application process. Please refer to additional information for details. 

  • Application fee (non-refundable): $75; $100 for M.S. in accounting and M.S. in finance applicants
  • Personal statement (refer to additional information for further details)
  • Letters of recommendation (refer to additional information for further details)
  • Resume
  • All academic transcripts*
  • TOEFL (ETS code 5969) or IELTS scores are required for all international applicants, for English language requirements please see visit our International Applicants page (hyperlink
  • Other program specific requirements:
    • GMAT or GRE, required for:
      • All programs within the Graduate School of Management
      • All Ph.D. programs
    • MTEL exam, required for the MAT program 
    • M.A. in English requires a formal essay of at least 2,500 words on some aspect of American or English literature.

* Unofficial transcripts can be provided for the application review. Official final transcripts, including confirmation of earned degree, are required prior to enrollment and should be mailed directly from the institution to Clark University Graduate Admissions.

Additional Information

Personal Statement

Graduate School of Management, School of Professional Studies, and International Development, Community, and Environment Programs

Please provide a statement in which you discuss your professional goals, academic interests, and/or research interests, as well as your plans for achieving these goals. Please also discuss your specific educational, professional, or other experiences that will contribute to your success in the program and in your career. Our expectation is this statement should not exceed 800 words.

Ph.D. Programs

Please indicate your reasons for undertaking graduate study, research interests and the faculty member(s) whose research is of interest to you. Include your current research interests as well as your long-range research, teaching or other professional objectives. Reference any relevant published articles, books, research, inventions or other creative work in your discussion.

Ph.D. in Geography

  • What interests you about geography specifically? Please discuss, with some precision, your interests within the discipline of geography (i.e., do not simply list 'economic' or 'historical'). Explain why you think this area of the discipline is interesting and important. Tell us how you became interested in this area, and what your experience has been thus far.
  • Why specifically do you want to do graduate work at Clark University? Tell us what you hope to pursue with these interests, both here and afterward.

Ph.D. in Psychology

In order to assure best fit between faculty and student body, we ask that you write a statement indicating why you think the psychology program at Clark is best suited for your academic and career goals. Your essay should deal with the following issues:

  • Areas of psychology and theoretical orientation of most interest to you
  • Faculty members you find most in accord with your interests
  • Research you have done, or would like to do
  • Autobiographical information relevant to your pursuit of graduate work at Clark

Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and City Year Applicants

In addition to the core application requirements, all AmeriCorps, Peace Corps or City Year volunteers are required to submit a description of service as part of their application. If you are currently serving and have not yet received your description of service, you may submit a letter from your supervisor stating your current status and when your service is expected to end. All descriptions of service or supervisor letters should be uploaded through your application status page or emailed to

Letters of Recommendation

Graduate School of Management, School of Professional Studies, and International Development, Community, and Environment Programs

Clark University requires two letters 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). These references should be a competent to judge your qualifications such as intellectual and analytical ability, oral and written communication skills, independence, initiative, and drive necessary for success in graduate course work and/or research if applicable.

Ph.D. Programs, M.A. in Teaching, and M.A. in English

Three letters of recommendation are required from academic professionals who have taught or supervised you and can attest to your academic capability.


  • GRE code is 3279 for all programs
  • GMAT codes:
    • MBA, M.S. in Management, dual MBA programs is Q4X-6X-30
    • M.S. in Accounting is Q4X-6X-85
    • M.S. in Business Analytics and M.S. in Finance is Q4X-6X-07

Application and Deposit Refund Policies

Application Fee 

A fee of $75 ($100 for MS in Accounting or Finance) must accompany the application for admission to the University. This fee is not refundable.

On a case-by-case basis the application fee may be waived. Below are a list of application fee waivers granted:

  • Applicants from organizations partnered with Clark (i.e. AmeriCorps, PeaceCorps, City Year, Fulbright, Teach for America, McNair Scholars, National Association of Black Accountants, and more)
  • Applicants working with one of our international partners (email for detailed information)
  • Clark alumni or current Clark employees
  • Applicants that may face financial hardship may be considered

Tuition Deposit

A deposit of $500 ($200 for M.A. in Teaching) is required of all students to secure a place as a new student in one of Clark’s master’s program. This deposit is nonrefundable, unless there are extenuating circumstances (i.e. visa refusal, unforeseen family obligations, etc). Documented proof is required in these extenuating circumstances.

The deposit is payable by the deposit deadline specified in the admit letter. While the deposit deadline is fixed, there are cases where this may be extended. For an extension, please email