Program in International Development and Social Change Graduate School Clark University

Program in International Development and Social Change Graduate School Clark University

Worcester, MA
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost Not Reported
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
April 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Program Overview

For over thirty years, the International Development and Social Change (IDSC) program has prepared students to tackle the challenges of global poverty, inequity, and injustice. The IDSC program addresses these deep-seated problems through teaching, research, and practice. The IDSC program helps students develop the analytical skills necessary to understand the complex relationships among history, politics, development, and power, and the social relations in which they are embedded.

IDSC trains complex thinkers who go beyond charity and technical solutions to engage intellectually and practically with social change issues. Students move from 'knowing' to 'doing', a process that requires students to become partners in their own learning. The IDSC program's faculty of `scholar/practitioners' helps students develop the skills to communicate and collaborate towards social justice.

Program Emphases

Program emphases include:

- Global Social Movements and Civil Society

- Corporate Power

- Race and Nationalism

- Global Health and Social Justice

- Education

- Human Rights

- Displacement and Migration

Courses and Faculty

Some of the courses offered at Clark include:

- Economic Fundamentals for International Development

- Gender and Health

- Globalization and its Illicit Commodities

- Beyond Victims and Guardian Angels: Third World Women, Gender and Development

- Development and Displacement in the Contemporary World

- Environment & Justice in Latin America

- Ideologies of "Race" in Development

- Social Movements, Globalization and the State

- Principles of Conflict Negotiation

Faculty research areas include culture and power, political economy, gender studies, education, empowerment, social transformation and community development, transnationalism and citizenship, geographies of Islam, narratives of exile, economic development, environment, gender, and child labor, social movements, resettlement, anthropology of development, gender, medical anthropology, indigenous knowledge and cultural survival, states and state-effects, political violence, extractive industries, diasporic health, Social Networks Analysis (SNA), feminism, women, militarized culture, resource trends and resource management in Africa, community participation and sustainable development, local institutions, and women and public policy.

Graduate Student Experience

Over 40% of IDCE students come from outside the US, which leads to classes in which knowledge and collective experiences of the student body significantly influence overall student outcomes. A hallmark of the program is its emphasis on the intersection between development theory and practice, and the progression of the two-year program provides foundations in both, as well as opportunities for advancement in these areas.

The first year of the program requires such courses as: History and Theories of Development, Principles of Economic Development, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, and Project/Program Management. The second year consists of elective courses in the students' research interest areas; courses can be taken outside the department with permission. A final master's research project is required, and a majority of students elect to undertake a rigorous international internship during the summer between the first and second years. The faculty members and students interact frequently, and there is a significant amount of support for student research and academic inquiry.

Clark University is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, and its central location in the state makes it an easy base for exploring the nearby cities of Boston and Providence, or for going North and West into other parts of New England. The student community of IDCE and Clark is inclusive and supportive, with many students living very close to campus and creating peer and friend networks that help them thrive in the graduate school environment. Frequent social events are planned by fellow students, as well as excursions to interesting destinations outside of Worcester on weekends. Overall, living expenses tend to be less compared to places like Boston, and the nature of the IDCE community contributes to Worcester being a great place to live and study.

Tuition/Scholarships/Financial Aid

More than 80% of IDCE students do receive some form of merit based partial financial aid toward tuition. IDCE is able to offer some fellowships to outstanding applicants, ranging from 40% to 100% tuition remission.

IDCE Fellowship recipients have demonstrated leadership in their work experience and have excellent academic qualifications. Merit-based IDCE Fellowships are awarded students irrespective of nationality.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Alumni of AmeriCorps programs, Teach for America, City Year, and World Teach who are admitted to one of IDCE's programs are provided partial tuition fellowships worth at least 40% tuition remission (more than $20,000 at current tuition rates). Additionally, each year, IDCE awards at least one full tuition-free competitive fellowship for applicants of extraordinary merit who belong to those groups (at least one is awarded per category).

Other fellowships are available, and applicants are invited to go to Clark's admissions page to read more details about how IDCE can assist them in funding their graduate education.

Location & Contact

Program in International Development and Social Change

Graduate School
Clark University

950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610-1477
United States

Dr. David Bell

Phone: 508-793-7568
Fax: 508-793-8820

Sawsan Berjawi

Manager of Academic and Student Affairs

Phone: 508-421-3846

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • International Development Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 24
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Thesis Required
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


54% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 142
    • Accepted 78
    • Acceptance Rate 54
    • Enrolled 23
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline April 15th April 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degrees2 references, resume or curriculum vitae, personal statement
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 575 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableInstitutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students40
    • Female Percentage55%
    • Male Percentage45%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students40
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American20%
    • White / Caucasian50%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian2%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown or International Student22%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchCommunity action research, gender analysis, land-use planning, geographic information systems, HIV and AIDS, global health and social justice, environmental health, climate change and sustainability
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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