Admission Requirements

To apply to The Graduate School please note the dates below:

Some programs may have earlier deadlines to submit an application and to reply to an offer of admission. Please refer to the program’s website for specific information.

Spring 2020:

  • First day to submit an application: Monday, February 4th, 2019
  • Last day to submit an application: Wednesday, December 18th, 2019
  • Deadline to reply to an offer of admission: Friday, December 20th, 2019

Summer 2020:

  • First day to submit an application: Monday, September 9th, 2019
  • Last day to submit an application: Wednesday, August 26th, 2020
  • Deadline to reply to an offer of admission: Friday, August 28th, 2020

Fall 2020:

  • First day to submit an application: Monday, September 9th, 2019
  • Last day to submit an application: Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
  • Deadline to reply to an offer of admission: Friday, July 31st, 2020

Education Requirements

Undergraduate Degree

You must hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university.

The Graduate School does not require a third-party credential evaluation, however we accept evaluations from the following services:

  • NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) or
  • AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluators)

If your degree is a 3 year bachelor’s degree from India, Canada, Australia, Sri Lanka or certain other countries, we will not consider the degree to be equivalent with a 4 year US bachelor’s degree. Even if the degree has been evaluated as a 4 year degree by an outside credential evaluator that is a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) or AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluators), we will not consider the degree to be equivalent with a 4 year US bachelor’s degree.

Transcripts

Your undergraduate transcripts must show that you have met the following criteria:

  • A cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 for your entire undergraduate career or
  • A grade-point average of at least 3.0 for your last two undergraduate years or
  • Exceptional work in your entire final undergraduate year (3.5 or better).

Even if your undergraduate grade-point average meets the above criteria, for any graduate courses completed, your transcripts must show:

  • A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 or better for all graduate coursework.
To complete your application you must:
  • Upload transcripts from the school where you received your bachelor’s degree and any courses taken beyond regardless of whether a degree was received.
  • Upload transcripts and degrees from international institutions in both English and the native language of the university. Your application will not be reviewed without these copies.

Failure to upload transcripts from all educational institutions, regardless of whether or not a degree was received, may be grounds for cancellation of admission.

Additional application requirements for international students:

The Graduate School does not require a third-party credential evaluation, however we accept evaluations from the following services:

    • NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) or
    • AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluators)

If your degree is a 3 year bachelor’s degree from India, Canada, Australia, Sri Lanka or certain other countries, we will not consider the degree to be equivalent with a 4 year US bachelor’s degree. This is our policy, even if the degree has been evaluated as a 4 year degree by an outside credential evaluator that is a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) or AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluators).

  • Upload individual/yearly mark sheets or transcripts (courses and grades, not hours) for students who complete their education in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka.
  • If you completed a degree and it is not indicated on your transcript, then we require a copy of your degree to be uploaded to your application. The most common reason for delayed consideration of applications is failure to upload all required transcripts (and degrees from international institutions).
  • After submitting your application, please request an official transcript and degree from each college/university you attended and have it mailed to:
    University of Connecticut Graduate School
    438 Whitney Road Extension, Unit 1152
    Storrs, CT 06269-1152
  • The Graduate School will accept transcripts and degrees from China that are verified by either CHESICC (China Higher Education Students Information and Career Center), or CDGDC (China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center).*
  • The Graduate School will accept transcripts and degrees from India that are verified by TrueCopy.*

* While CHESICC, CDGDC, and TrueCopy, are options for sending official transcripts and degrees, original transcripts and degrees are also accepted.

English Proficiency

If you are not a native speaker of English, you may be required to submit evidence of your proficiency in the English language. See Below.

Personal Statement of Purpose

To complete your application you may be required to submit a personal statement of purpose. Please refer to the program’s website for specific information.

Graduate Test Scores

GRE and GMAT

The department you are applying to may require the GRE, specific GRE Subject Tests, or the GMAT. Please contact your intended program to confirm which test scores are required.

If required by your program, request that your standardized test scores be submitted to UConn. GRE and GMAT scores are only valid for five years (from original test date to submission of UConn application).

  • GRE scores will only be accepted when sent electronically through ETS.
    • The GRE code for UConn Storrs is 3915.
    • The GRE code for the UConn Health Center is 3931.
  • GMAT scores will only be accepted when sent electronically through the Graduate Management Admission Council.
English Proficiency

If you are not a native speaker of English, you may be required to submit evidence of your proficiency in the English language. TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE scores are only valid for two years (from original test date to submission of UConn application). You may use the results from one of the following standardized tests to satisfy this requirement:

  1. Receiving minimum overall scores of 79 (Internet-based test – iBT), 550 (Old Paper-based test – PBT) or 22/30 on each of the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections (“New” Paper-based test- PBT) or higher on the TOEFL test.
  2. Receiving a minimum overall score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS test.
  3. Receiving a minimum overall score of 53 or higher on the PTE test, or
  4. Qualifying for a Score Waiver (please click on link to review policy).

Please note we do not accept TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (TOEFL ITP) results, unless they are from UConn.
If you are not a native speaker of English, and you plan to obtain a teaching assistantship, you must satisfy UConn’s English Proficiency Policy before being allowed to instruct a class. For more information, please contact International Teaching Assistant Services.

  • TOEFL scores will only be accepted when sent electronically through ETS. Use the codes listed below:
    • The TOEFL code for UConn Storrs is 3915.
    • The TOEFL code for the UConn Health Center is 3931.
    • IELTS and PTE test scores are required to be sent to our University electronically directly by the testing company used in order for scores to be accepted as official.

U.S. Student Visa Sponsorship

If you are an international student who requires U.S. student visa sponsorship by the University of Connecticut, please be prepared to submit an immigration document request to the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) Office after you have been admitted to The Graduate School. 

Submit your I-20/DS-2019 request to ISSS at least one month before the semester that you will begin your program.

Should you have any questions about the required materials, please contact the ISSS office: international@uconn.edu

You will require a NetID to apply for an I-20 or DS-2019. This will be emailed to you within 2-5 business days of receiving your admission notification.  For any assistance with your NetID or reissue of the information already emailed, please contact the ITS at (860) 486-4357 or email techsupport@uconn.edu.

Connecticut Residency

For the purpose of assessing the cost of tuition, each UConn applicant will be classified as a Connecticut resident (in-state tuition rate) or a non-resident (out-of-state tuition rate). The Office of Graduate Admissions uses the information provided by the Connecticut General Statutes to determine an applicant’s residency classification. Failure to complete residency information on your application for admission will result in a non-resident (out-of-state tuition rate) classification.

New England Regional Student Program

If you are a legal resident of a New England state, you may be eligible for a tuition reduction under the New England Regional Student Program. The New England Board of Higher Education provides New England residents with a tuition reduction when they pursue certain majors at New England public colleges and universities.

To be eligible for this tuition reduction, the student must be enrolled in an approved degree program that is not available at a public institution in their home state. Qualified students pay 175% of UConn’s in-state tuition cost.

Dual Degree Programs

Ordinarily, a student is granted admission to pursue a graduate degree in one field at a time. A student may be permitted to enroll concurrently in two different degree programs with approval of their advisors in both programs. There are several approved dual degree programs providing the opportunity for the student to pursue work toward two degrees simultaneously. These programs often involve the sharing of a limited and specified number of course credits between the two degrees. In all cases, separate applications must be filed for each of the two degree programs.

Incoming Fulbright Foreign Students

The Fulbright program for incoming foreign graduate students revolves around the participation of many of collaborating partners in support of Fulbright fellows at the University of Connecticut. For general questions about the Fulbright fellowship program and the procedures of admitting a Fulbright graduate student, please contact Meg Drakos.  For more details of the placement process please visit the Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships.

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