International Development, Community and Environment Department (IDCE) at Clark University - MA

Why you should consider this program

International Development, Community and Environment Department (IDCE) is a community of doers who address global problems like climate change, hunger and forced migration. We do that by meaningfully linking theory to practice. We pride ourselves in translating our high-quality primary research into policy and projects in the world, both here in the U.S. and abroad.

We believe that the most effective practitioners integrate ideas across fields. While our curriculum provides unique opportunities to practice this integration and apply it to understanding and addressing global challenges, it is effective because of IDCE’s people. Our faculty produce highly-regarded publications, partner with key decision makers, and engage in activism.

Classes are taught by the IDCE faculty and are deliberately small. This structure fosters a tight-knit social and academic community by ensuring collaboration with classmates and the faculty. Graduates put their skills to work for private, nonprofit, government and research organizations. Our students include returned Peace Corps volunteers, former Americorps volunteers, and early mid-career professionals, and more than 40% of IDCE students come from outside the US.

Ultimately, our goal is to graduate students who are effective in their efforts to address major challenges in today’s world – the sort of people that employers are seeking. Come join IDCE and be a part of the global change makers making a difference in their communities and around the world.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 58,650 $ 29,280 $ 29,370
Out of state $ 58,650 $ 29,289 $ 29,361
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

50% of tuition waiver.

Please note that the financial information above is for the Community Development and Planning (MA), International Development and Social Change (MA), Community and Global Health (MHS), Environmental Science and Policy (MS). For the financial information for the other programs, please contact us at [email protected]

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 10,000

Application fee waived?



Fellows work with Clark’s Community Engagement and Volunteering Center to find a volunteer position with a local organization serving our community, and perform a minimum of six hours of community service per week during the fall and spring semesters.

Jobs for program alumni

Clark alumni find success at NGO’s, non-profits, in governmental bodies and other organizations all around the world. Their passion to create positive and lasting social and environmental change has led them to positions and companies such as:

Food Security Coordinator, Biologist, Program Manager, Raster Product Engineer, GIS Senior Program Officer, Program Analyst, Climate Science and Adaptation Specialist, Coordinator of Housing and Homelessness Programs, Relationship Grant Manager, Research Editor, GIS Analyst.

NASA, US Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Reserve Bank, ESRI, John Snow International, US Department of Labor, UN Environment Programme, City of Worcester, United Way of Central MA, National Geographic, American Red Cross.

Other details

Program length

Two years, 12-15 months for the Community Development and Planning (MA), International Development and Social Change (MA), Community and Global Health (MHS), Environmental Science and Policy (MS)

Application requirements

  • Completed online application
  • Official undergraduate transcripts Résumé Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Description of Service (DOS)
  • GMAT or GRE scores are OPTIONAL

Admissions process

While filling out the online application, select "Yes" from a drop-down menu when asked, "Will you be receiving any outside (non-Clark) sources of assistance, including financial assistance from your employer". Under the "Please Specify" box, select "Peace Corps". This will qualify you for the application fee waiver. A description of service from the Peace Corps is required to validate participation and be eligible for the Coverdell Fellowship.

Program begins

Late August, Early January

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Jeremiah Czub, Director of Graduate Enrollment Management

Graduate Admissions Office
950 Main Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01601