Application and Funding Information
All applicants for the M.S. and Ph.D. degree are considered for financial assistance. The most common forms are described below.
Teaching Assistantships (TA) provide a ($22,650 for AY '13) stipend plus full tuition. Duties involve an average of 12 hours of work per week and may include assisting in the laboratory or recitation sections and grading reports or homework.
Research Assistantships (RA) provide a stipend plus full tuition. Fellowships require no teaching duties, and provide a standard stipend ($22,650 for AY '13) plus full tuition.
Students who receive full one-year TA or RA appointments are also entitled to two weeks vacation and University-observed holidays.
Partial Tuition Assistantships
Because of the limited number of TAs and RAs available, partial tuition assistantships are also granted on a merit basis. These assistantships offer a 20-40% tuition waiver equivalent. In some departments, a few hours per week of work is required by the student in exchange for this waiver. There is no stipend associated with this form of assistantship. M.E. students are only eligible for this form of assistantship.
Applicants must have received a bachelor's degree and have achieved an academic record distinctly above average. Most departments also require that students take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We require that applicants whose native language is not English take the TOEFL or IELTS examination. Minimum accepted scores are:
paper - 550
internet - 80
computer - 213
IELTS - 6.5
All accepted foreign students for whom English is a second language are required to take an English placement exam when arriving at Clarkson to determine whether they should complete remedial requirements.
The application and admission information and process is available on-line or may be obtained by providing your name, address, area of interest, degree sought, and date of intended entry to the School of Engineering to the following address:
School of Engineering
Graduate Studies Office
PO Box 5625
Potsdam, NY 13699-5625
All other information including test scores, resume, letters of reference, and application fee should be submitted with your on-line application or to the above address. Applicants requesting financial aid should submit their complete applications by January 31 for the fall semester and August 30 for the spring semester. Applications should otherwise be submitted by May 1 for the fall semester and October 15 for the spring.
Information for Prospective Students:
Areas of Specialization in Engineering Graduate Studies (pdf)
Application instructions (pdf)