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Accelerated B.A./Master’s Programs

With Clark’s Accelerated B.A./Master’s Program, your advanced degree is within reach.

The Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) or “Fifth Year” gives qualified current Clark undergraduates a pathway to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. Depending on whether you started at Clark as a first-year or transfer student, you may be eligible to receive a full or partial tuition scholarship for the fifth year.

Consider the cost of earning a master’s degree in two years elsewhere and you’ll see why Clark is considered a best value.

How ADP Works

Qualified undergraduates must apply and be accepted to the ADP program. Accepted students take graduate-level courses during their senior year at Clark, earning academic credit toward their undergraduate degree, while at the same time fulfilling some of the course requirements of a graduate degree.

Once accepted students receive their bachelor’s degree, they continue study at the graduate level, typically completing the course requirements for the master’s degree in a fifth year of study.

Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements for the ADP fifth-year tuition scholarship may apply to graduate programs on a tuition-paying basis, and may be eligible for the Clark Alumni Scholarship.

Eligibility and Application

The ADP program has general eligibility requirements (including a minimum GPA). Individual graduate degree programs may have additional specific requirements that must be met.

Candidates must apply by May 1 of their junior year, or November 1 if the second semester of their junior year is in the fall semester.


Follow the links below to see individual program descriptions, additional eligibility requirements, and the faculty member to contact for more information.

Note: Most programs offer full tuition ADP scholarships. Programs offering partial (50 percent) tuition scholarships include Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, and Marketing.

Ted Randich standing on ledge

After hiking the Appalachian Trail, Ted Randich made an important decision.

He enrolled in Clark’s Accelerated B.A./Master’s Degree Program in Community Development and Planning, receiving a fifth-year scholarship. Randich’s experiences on the trail reaffirmed his interest in land conservation. Now he’s working as a Planner with the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

ADP made the decision pretty easy. I’d be paying tens of thousands of dollars somewhere else for the same degree.