Study table: Graduating from Clark

Clark University at Worcester is a teaching and research institution founded in 1887. Clark is the oldest graduate institution in the United States, and one of only three New England universities, with Harvard and Yale, to be a founding member of the prestigious Association of American Universities.

Clark hallmarks

Clark’s vibrant intellectual environment is built upon three key ‘signatures’ of a Clark education. Clark students ‘learn through inquiry’, ‘make a difference’ and ‘experience diverse cultures’. These signatures permeate campus life in many ways: through courses, independent projects, internships and other learning opportunities; through research and social action, both locally and globally; through interactions with the eclectic members of the Clark community and study-abroad experiences. All of these signatures are supported and explored by Clark’s faculty and staff.

Clark mission

Clark’s academic community has long been distinguished by the pursuit of scientific inquiry and humanistic studies, enlivened by a concern for significant social issues. Among many other scholarly endeavours, Clark contributes to understanding human development, assessing relationships between people and the environment, and managing risk in a technological society.

Embracing education

As a small research university where liberal education is embraced Clark University affords its graduate students the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research in the context of an institution committed to quality teaching. Graduate students enrolling at Clark can expect a welcoming environment where personal attention and collegiality are strongly valued, small discussion based classes are the norm, and where there is a strong institutional commitment to educating the next generation of teacher-scholars, researchers, and professionals.

Aid for foreign students

Each year a large number of international students receive financial aid to attend Clark — a reflection of the University’s recognised diversity and strong global commitment. Competition for this assistance is intense, and the awards are based on both academic merit and financial need.


A student must provide proof of financial support in order to receive a visa for study in the US.