Biology

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Application and Policies

Information on this page pertains only to the Ph.D. program in Biology. Admission to the Biology Graduate Program is normally offered only to those students intending to complete the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Some Ph.D. candidates may choose to complete the Master of Arts degree en route to the doctoral degree.

Eligible Clark University undergraduates may apply to enter the program as master's degree candidates through Clark's Accelerated B.A./Master's Degree Program.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Ph.D. program:

  • Completed application form
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
  • Three completed confidential recommendation forms
  • Official GRE score reports
  • Official TOEFL score reports for applicants from countries where English is not the primary language
  • Application fee of $75


The normal deadline for applications to the Ph.D. Program is Jan. 15, for admission the following September. Occasionally, applicants may be considered at other times during the year, including applications for January admission. Prospective applicants should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies before submitting an application for consideration at a time other than the normal Jan. 15 deadline.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to qualified Ph.D. students. This may be in the form of tuition scholarships, teaching assistantships and some research assistantships. Teaching assistantships offer a twelve month stipend and tuition remission. Applicants are considered for assistantships in conjunction with admission. The Department also provides financial support for travel to scientific conferences at which students make presentations. Students are encouraged to seek other funds for support of research and travel expenses.

Eligibility normally lasts five years for students in good standing. Support beyond the fifth year may be requested, up to maximum of seven years total (extensions of support beyond seven years will only be considered under exceptional circumstances). Information on tuition and fees, housing, and scholarships, fellowships and assistantships, can be found in the Graduate Program section of the Academic Catalog.