New Graduate Students

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Welcome New Graduate Students

Welcome to the Graduate School at Clark University! We are pleased to welcome new students to our academic community, and to greet returning students, who already form an important part of the fabric of our university. We trust the coming year will be an exciting and productive one for you. We hope the information on this site will help prepare you for some of the aspects of graduate student life at Clark University.

We look forward to seeing all of you in August and trust you will get the academic year off to an excellent start. We will be doing everything possible to help this process along. Please know that we are interested in the success of each and every graduate student. Good luck to you as you begin the 2013-2014 academic year!

Before your arrival...

Health Insurance

Massachusetts' law requires that all full-time students enroll in a qualifying health insurance plan, or certify that they have comparable coverage under another plan. It is imperative that you complete the Health Insurance enrollment/waiver process by going to University Health Plans by July 25. You can read and/or print the health insurance brochure, as well as either enroll in or waive the insurance online (domestic student can waive the insurance only if they have comparable insurance, international students cannot waive the health insurance). For further questions please contact your student account counselor listed below.


If you last name begins with...

...your student account counselor is...



A - Ge Cindy Pendelton 508-793-7721
Gf - No Kate Chown 508-793-7483
Np - Z Cathy White 508-793-7491



All incoming graduate students are required to submit immunization forms. Please print out the forms below and bring to your doctor or other qualified health care provider for completion. You must return the forms to your home department by August 1. Students' immunization records must be reviewed and cleared by a nurse in the Health Services Department before registration for classes is permitted. You will be notified if you need further vaccines. We recommend that you obtain all vaccines prior to coming to Clark because the cost of vaccines in Massachusetts can range between $60-$300. If you have questions regarding immunizations, please email the Graduate School or call 508-793-7676 or contact your home department. For more information visit the Health Services website.

Graduate Immunization Record
Graduate Tuberculosis_Screening_Questionnaire
Graduate Meningitis info-waiver

All incoming graduate students must complete and return the Graduate Immunization Record, TB Risk Questionnaire and Meningococcal Form to the following:

GSOM Students in the following programs must return forms to Deanna Scaramangos, Graduate School of Management (GSOM)

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science in Finance (MSF)
  • Master of Accounting (MSA)
  • MBA/CDP Dual Degree Program
  • MBA/ES&P Dual Degree Program

IDCE Student in the following programs must return forms to Erika Paradis, International Development for Change & Environment (IDCE)

  • Community Development & Planning (CDP)
  • Environmental Science & Policy (ES&P)
  • Geographic Information Science for Development & Environment (GISDE)
  • International Development & Social Change (IDSC)

Students in all other programs must return forms to their departments or directly to Denise Robertson in the Graduate School.

Please address envelopes as follows:

Name (See above)
Clark University
950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610 USA

Orientation Week Activities...

Tuesday, August 20

Graduate Student Welcome
9-10:00 am
Tuesday, August 20 in Atwood Hall
President David Angel, Provost Davis Baird, Graduate Dean William Fisher, Rsearch Dean Nancy Budwig and other will be on hand to welcome new graduate students to Clark University.

Graduate Student Information Fair
10-11:00 am
Immediately following the Graduate Student Welcome, come down to the campus green outside of the Higgins University Center (Rain location will be the Academic Commons in Goddard Library). The fair will provide students the opportunity to meet with representatives from Clark and outside agencies and discuss services available to them. Lunch in the University Center will be provided following the fair.

Living Safely at Clark
2-3:00 pm
Atwood Hall
University Campus Police will provide safety tips and information about safety resources on and off campus and representatives from CAVE (Clark Anti-Violence Education) program will be on hand as well. This session is MANDATORY for all graduate students.

Graduate Student Financial Responsibilities
3-4:00 pm
Atwood Hall
University controller, Kathy Cannon, and her staff will discuss the billing process and the Payroll process for new students. This seession is MANDATORY for all students.

International Graduate Students

International student must attend the orientation session on Thursday, August 22 as well as an additional information session to discuss immigration regulations and other important topics particular to international students. Details will be available soon. Please return to this page in the coming months for updates.

Teaching Assistant (TA) Workshop

There will be a workshop for all new teaching assistants on Friday, August 23. Details will be announced soon. This workshop is mandatory for all new PhD students who have been granted a teaching assistantship and for any master's students who plan to apply for Ad Hoc TA positions.