Scholarship Opportunities

Clarkson Scholarships help provide affordable education to students of modest means and academic excellence. These scholarships, many of which are funded by Clarkson Alumni, have made — and continue to make — a difference in the lives of our students.

School of Business

Merit Based MBA Scholarships
Scholarships are awarded starting in late April and are awarded as long as funds are available. All students applying for Business School programs will automatically be considered for merit based scholarships and need not fill out a separate scholarship form. As long as funds are available, scholarships are given based on academic achievement (GPA) and GMAT results. Tuition or course waivers may also be awards based on undergraduate work.

Available scholarships include:
Fellowship Scholarship (3.3 GPA, 550 GMAT) - $10,000
Dean's Scholarship (3.5 GPA, 600 GMAT) - $15,000
Presidential Scholarship (3.7 GPA, 650 GMAT) - $25,000
Trustees Scholarship (3.9 GPA, 700 GMAT) - $50,000

Clarkson students are expected to maintain excellence to maintain scholarship status. Accelerated BS/BA/MBA students who wish to qualify for merit scholarships should take the GMAT regardless of their grade point average. 

International Students
International graduate study students will be considered on an individual basis for merit-based scholarships.

Scholars Program
The Scholars Program at Clarkson University is designed to recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and professional excellence. Students who are accepted into the program receive up to $25,000 in tuition scholarship and the opportunity to replace two electives with a research project completed in conjunction with a faculty mentor.

Engineering & Computer Science

A limited number of one-year and/or partial year tuition scholarships are available for qualified full-time students. A limited number of stipends are also available. Most scholarships and/or stipends are associated with department assistantships or completion of a master’s thesis as part of the qualified applicant’s plan of study to complete his/her degree program.

Department of Education

Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first serve basis. You are encouraged to apply early. Starting the program in the Winter or Spring terms spreads the workload over 15-18 months, allowing for a reduced course load while interning.

The Dean’s Scholarship
The Dean’s Scholarships are the most prestigious merit award in the Department of Education at Clarkson University. Students’ applications are automatically reviewed for merit scholarship based on previous coursework and the rigor of their undergraduate portfolio.

Need-based Scholarships
Clarkson University provides need-based tuition assistance to a limited number of students. To qualify, students must complete the FAFSA, as well as a need-based scholarship application.

Special Scholarship Opportunities
Clarkson University is fortunate to receive unique scholarships from generous donors. These include scholarships designed to support students who grew up in Schenectady or the Capital Region. Applicants are encouraged to inquire about other current opportunities.

New York State Funded Scholarships
Clarkson actively solicits grants that provide student scholarships. For 2014-2015, funding is available to support full-time study (two courses per term) for math or science students in the MAT program.LEARN MORE.

Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) Grant
The New York State Education Department has awarded the Department of Education at Clarkson University a three year, Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) grant. This grant provides four $12,000 scholarships plus $3000 in Clarkson match for four minority students per year for each of the next three academic years. This award recognizes the quality of Clarkson University’s MAT program, as only 8 of the over 200 teacher education programs in New York State received this funding. Learn more about the scholarship and how to apply by contacting the School of Education Department.

Williams Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Harriet and Roscoe L. Williams, whose lives of dedication and service enriched schools and communities in Dutchess County, Adirondack, and Capital District regions of New York State. The Williams family provides scholarship assistance to highly qualified MAT graduate students who are preparing for careers in classroom teaching and educational administration in New York.

In addition to scholarship, students may be eligible to receive transfer credit or course waivers for previous study. Scholarship, course waivers and transfer credit reduce the cost of earning a degree at Clarkson University.

Applying for Financial Aid

Graduate students enrolled in Master’s and PhD level programs may finance their education through a combination of university awards and student loans. University awards are granted by each graduate school. Federal student loans are awarded and processed by the Financial Aid Office at each campus location.  US citizens and Permanent Residents who are enrolled on at least a half-time basis are eligible for federal student loans.

Financing Options & Resources

  • Clarkson University's Payment Plan
  • Federal student loans
  • Alternative student loans

Other Scholarship Sources

We encourage you to apply for additional scholarships. We will not reduce our scholarship/grant offer if you receive outside scholarships, unless the total amount of your scholarship money from all sources exceeds Clarkson's cost.

  • Veteran's benefits - the Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Employer tuition benefits
  • Online searches
  • Recommendations from your academic department based on your area of study
  • Potential for transfer credit or course waivers for previous study

Graduate Assistantships

The opportunity for graduate assistantships varies by program and should be discussed with the department staff and/or program coordinator directly.

2017-2018 Academic Year Tuition Rates & Fees

Most graduate programs offer tuition pricing by credit hour.  *Previous Union Graduate College students and those who take a first Clarkson University CRC class in Winter Term 2016 or before, will remain on the previous Union Graduate College’s tuition schedule through December 2017.  Refer to the previous UGC students legacy pages for more.

Arts & Sciences – $1,345 per credit hour

  • Basic Science
  • Bioscience & Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Politics and Governance
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Computer Science

Education – $931 per credit hour

  • MA in Teaching
  • MAT Technology Education K-12
  • MA in History and/or English

Institute for a Sustainable Environment – $1,345 per credit hour

  • Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Environmental Politics and Governance

Business

  • Residential MBA –†$1,345 per credit hour
  • Hybrid MBA – $1,138 per credit hour
  • On-line MBA –†$1,138 per credit hour
  • Healthcare MBA – $1,138 per credit hour
  • Healthcare Data Analytics MS – $1,138 per credit hour (PreRequisites – $650 per course)
  • Leadership in Medicine – Healthcare Management – Determined and Paid through Union College

Health Fields

  • Physical Therapy – $17,209º per term
  • Physician Assistant – $14,962 per term
  • Occupational Therapy – $14,962 per term

 º15% merit discount provided to all students in the program off the actual amount of $20,246 flat fee/semester.

Interdisciplinary – $1,556 per credit hour

  • Engineering Management
  • Data Analytics

Engineering – $1,345 per credit hour

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Energy Systems
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Bioethics – $967 per credit hour

* MS in Bioethics program

Graduate Study Fees

Residential Program Health, Wellness, and Recreation Facilities Fee – $450 per term

Assessed to all full-time graduate students in residential programs. Covers operations for access to recreational facilities, fitness center, health center services, computing lab resources and related software, webinars, etc (Note: This is not a health insurance premium).

Non-Residential Resource Fee* – $75.00 per term

Covers operations for access to computing lab and online resources and related software, webinars, etc.

*Resource fee: Includes guest speakers and lecturers, computer lab resources and related software, the learning management system, Echo 360 which allows asynchronous learning sessions, voice thread and other online related services, library and database access, and free transcripts for life.