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Geography, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #531 (QS) , MA,
 Established in 1921, the Graduate School of Geography at Clark is internationally renowned for innovative scholarship and is an acknowledged leader in the field. 

About

Areas of Study

The objective is to produce scholars and other professionals whose research and pedagogy are path-breaking. We intend our students to contribute significantly to research and application in one of four main geography foci:

  • Nature-Society
  • Urban-Economic
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Earth System Science
The Gheography Ph.D. Program does not require applicants to earn an M.A. en route, nor do we accept students for the Master's degree alone. Incoming students range from those holding Master's degree in geography to those having little or no past experience in the field. The former might expect to complete the program in three or four years, whereas the latter should expect to take five years. Accepted students are expected to make up any deficiencies in their previous training. We accept students for fall admission only.

The Graduate School seeks talented students with diverse backgrounds who can contribute to the atmosphere of innovation and collaboration that defines Clark Geography. The intimate atmosphere of a small urban university fosters close faculty-student relationships that are a key component of graduate study at Clark. The program offers a strong emphasis in both qualitative and quantitative analysis and the option to combine both in a research project.

Accreditation

Clark University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Historical Foundations and Trends in Forest Ecology
  • Qualitative Research Methods, Skills and Applications
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  • Research Proposal Writing in Geography
  • Explanation in Geography
  • Ecologies of Resistance and Transformation: Alternatives to Development
  • Forest Ecology and Management Seminar
  • Economy and Environment
  • Critical Theory: Space, Society and Change
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems and Global Change
  • Wildlife Conservation GIS Research Seminar
  • Feminism, Nature and Culture
  • Human Dimensions of Global Change
  • Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Geography
  • Social Justice and the City
  • Advanced Topics in Spatial Analysis
  • Seminar in Critical Resource/Food Geographies

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    85

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Application Requirements

  • Application fee (nonrefundable): $75
  • Personal statement 
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • All academic transcripts
  • TOEFL  or IELTS scores are required for all international applicants

Tuition Fee

  • International

    46850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46850 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    46850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46850 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    46850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46850 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Worcester

  • 1100 - 1620 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Clark rewards strong applicants with generous merit-based scholarships, equal to 25% to 100% of tuition, and assistantships, where students work with faculty or professional staff on special projects while earning a stipend that helps fund their education.

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