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Clark University

United States


Clark University was founded in 1887 as the first all-graduate school in the nation, and continues to pave the way in research and innovation. Today, Clark University promotes a rigorous liberal arts curriculum within the context of a research experience which addresses social and scientific challenges on a global scale.

The university's curriculum approach breaks down barriers and offers an opportunity to examine subject matter from many perspectives. More than 3,000 students are enrolled in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in a wide range of academic disciplines. As a private non-profit research institution, Clark prides itself on being a small university with a large impact, built for future generations.

The university is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, New England's second largest city. Known as ‘the Heart of New England', the 50-acre campus is lined with trees and grand architecture. The city offers great entertainment, social activities and career opportunities. It takes only one hour to travel to Boston, and New York City can be reached in under four hours by car.

Clark University is a distinctly collaborative and inclusive environment, and the university's teaching staff are recognized as experts in their fields. Small class sizes allow students to connect one-on-one with accomplished practitioners. Graduates are also inspired to challenge convention and make lasting positive change in their careers beyond education.

Clark University is an AACSB internationally accredited business school, and has been awarded a 2021 Best Business School award by the U.S. News &World Report. The university continues to be well represented in a number of university rankings:

  • 103rd – Best National Universities, U.S. News & World Report
  • 27th – Best Value Schools, U.S. News & World Report
  • 7th – World's Best Small Universities, Times Higher Education
  • 18th – Happiest Students, The Princeton Review
  • 11th – Impact Schools, The Princeton Review

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What's new

What's new

Healthy Clark COVID-19 plan

Clark University has a strong plan in place to ensure the safest and most productive campus experience. Many preventative measures are in place, as well as advanced testing, protective equipment, and social distancing guidelines.

The university community has seen a low number of COVID-19 cases. Cases and tests on campus or in Worcester are tracked daily on the Healthy Clark Dashboard.

Clark is also running #ClarkTogether. This is a digital space for the university community to share stories, videos, advice, and more, and to maintain the active Clark community spirit.

New peer mentor program

The American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) has put together a volunteer mentorship program. It matches new international students with returning overseas students, who are able to share their wisdom and experience. The program helps new learners make connections, ask questions, and feel comfortable at the university.

Mentors know exactly what it's like to be a new international student at Clark. Through personal experience, they give new international students advice, support, and friendship. Many mentees learn remotely at home overseas, and mentors are good at checking in with them online.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality


Students enjoy a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio at Clark University, which far exceeds the national average. Faculty members include professors, practitioners, and thought-leaders, many of whom are at the forefront of their fields, in areas such as climate science, genocide studies, and urban education. They conduct research all over the globe, with funding from international bodies such as NASA, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Many programs are accredited by:

  • New England Commission of Higher Education
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • American Psychological Association

Clark University also has a dedicated center for enhancing the teaching quality for its students. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is designed to serve faculty, instructors and PhD students in order to improve the overall learning experience.

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Department structure

Department structure

Clark University is comprised of the following schools:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Geography
  • School of Management
  • International Development, Community, and Environment
  • School of Professional Studies

American Language and Culture Institute Programs (ALCI)

International students can follow a number of education pathways to achieving a degree from Clark University. The Undergraduate Degree Completion program enables students who have started a Bachelor of Science degree elsewhere to complete their four-year degree at Clark. The Graduate Pathway Program, either at the Worcester campus or in Shanghai, helps students develop the skills needed to succeed on a U.S. graduate program. ALCI also supports international students online, with degree entry programs that can be undertaken anywhere in the world.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Application Requirements

Typically, application to a graduate degree programme at Clark requires submission of a personal statement, and letters of recommendation, as well as an up-to-date resume and all previous academic transcripts. Full entry requirement details can be found on the university website.

English Language Requirements

International applicants must provide evidence of their English language proficiency. Accepted systems include TOEFL, IELTS and the PTE-Academic tests, and official score reports must be presented before entry to a course of study.

All master's programs have the same English language requirements:

  • TOEFL: 85 overall
  • TOEFL: ITP Plus Scores
  • IELTS: 6.5 overall
  • PTE: 53 overall
  • Duolingo: 110 overall
  • Completion of ELS 112
  • Completion of EC English B2+ Pre-Advanced Level

There are exemptions from the English language entry requirements for students from the following countries or for students who have graduated from an accredited degree program in these countries.

Applicants who do not meet these language criteria for entry may be offered admission into the ALCI English for Academic Success Program or the Graduate Pathway Program to ensure a proficient level of English before starting the graduate degree program.

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At Clark, students have access to some of the latest tools to enhance their learning. The university's science facilities are especially impressive. As well as modern lecture halls, offices, and teaching labs, the equipment available for students of STEM degree programs includes:

  • Multiple spectrometers
  • Scanning tunneling microscope
  • X-ray powder diffractometer
  • Fuji FLA4000 imager
  • 6 GHz oscilloscope
  • 50-tesla pulsed magnetic field

Most of Clark's graduate students choose to live off campus. There is a variety of affordable housing options located near the campus, in downtown Worcester and in the surrounding areas. For those who prefer to live closer, graduate housing on campus offers convenient, fully-furnished apartment-style living with private bedrooms, shared living spaces, and clean and secure facilities. All costs are included and rooms are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Clark's Health Services and Center for Counselling provides care, counselling, and mental health support. Students can also make use of the university's sports facilities which include a fully furnished sports center, tennis courts, swimming pool, playing fields and athletics center.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Clark University has a range of scholarship options for new and returning students. All incoming graduate students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, without the need for individual application. Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance and personal achievements prior to application, and successful students will be notified of their award when they receive their acceptance letter. Approximately 60 percent of Clark students receive merit-based awards, which vary by department but generally range from ten to 40 percent of tuition.

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