Frequently Asked Questions and Answers About Applying
- What is the application deadline?
- When will I know if I am accepted?
- What are my chances of getting a Teaching or Research Assistantship?
- How many international students are in the department?
- What tests are required and what are the minimum scores?
- What is the test code for Clark University?
- Can International students apply for financial aid?
The deadline is February 1. Your complete application is due by this date. Please arrange to have all tests taken and the scores sent to Clark University before the deadline.
When will I know if I am accepted?
Late March/early April. The application deadline is February 1 and the committee reviews the applications from mid. February to mid. March. The committee will meet in late March to make their decisions and applicants are made aware of the decisions via e-mail, with the paper work following in the mail.
There are a limited number of TA/RA positions in the Economics Department therefore the competition is high. Preference in the award of Teaching Assistantships is given to students in their first three years of study. Teaching assistantships are awarded on the basis of merit and potential teaching ability. Research assistantship positions, if available are not usually awarded to first year students. Because the competition depends on the applicant pool each year, it's not possible for us to comment on your probability of being accepted or being awarded a TA.
For the 13/14 academic year 76% of our Economics PhD students are international.
The GRE and TOEFL exams are required. The TOEFL score should be at least 600 paper based (or 250 computer based, 100 internet based). We do also accept the IELTS exam with a preferred score of 7.0. The GRE does not have a minimum because it is only one of several things looked at for admission to the Economics PhD program. The average scores for accepted students is: GRE V 153, Q 158, A 4.0 and TOEFL 103.
The code for Clark University is 3279 and the department code for GRE is 1801. Department code for the TOEFL is 84.
Financial aid is available to ALL students—international and domestic. There isn't a separate form for financial assistance, simply fill out the questions on the bottom of the front page of the application. Three forms of financial aid that our department has available are full or partial tuition scholarship (which covers tuition only, not living expenses or other fees), and teaching assistantships. There are a limited number of Teaching/Research Assistant positions for our department, therefore the competition is high. Because the competition depends on the applicant pool each year, it's not possible for us to comment on your probability of being accepted or being awarded a TA.