Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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

The Graduate School application deadlines are provided in the following tables. However, some programs 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.

 

Summer 2022
First day to submit an application Monday, September 13th, 2021
Last day to submit an application: Wednesday, August 24th, 2022
Deadline to reply to an offer of admission: Friday, August 26th, 2022

 

Spring 2022
First day to submit an application Monday, February 1st, 2021
Last day to submit an application: Wednesday, December 15th, 2021
Deadline to reply to an offer of admission: Friday, December 17th, 2021

 

Fall 2022
First day to submit an application Monday, September 13th, 2021
Last day to submit an application: Wednesday, July 27th, 2022
Deadline to reply to an offer of admission: Friday, July 29th, 2022

Application Fee

You will be asked to provide a valid credit card for a non-refundable payment of the application fee ($75.00). In some circumstances, your application fee may be waived.  Please refer to the UConn Graduate School Fee Waiver Policy.  Your application is not considered complete until your application fee payment is fulfilled.

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. 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), 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).

For any graduate courses completed, even if your undergraduate grade-point average meets the above criteria, 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 primary 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).
  • To try and minimize international mail delays after submitting your application, The Graduate School recommends sending official transcripts and degrees from each college/university you have attended.  (Please note official transcripts and degrees are not required to be sent to The Graduate School until after an offer of admission has been made.)  The documents should be mailed to:

University of Connecticut
The Graduate School
438 Whitney Road Ext. U-1152
Storrs, CT 06269-1152

Please note The Graduate School will accept:

  • International transcripts electronically from WES (World Education Services), IEE (International Education Evaluations), and ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators).*
  • 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).*
  • Transcripts and degrees from India that are verified by TrueCopy.*

* While CHESICC, CDGDC, TrueCopy, and electronic evaluations from WES, IEE, and ECE are options for sending official transcripts and degrees, original transcripts and degrees are also accepted.

English Proficiency

If English is not your primary language**, you may be required to submit evidence of your proficiency in the English language. See Below.

**A primary language is defined as a language used to communicate since childhood.

Personal Statement

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

Graduate Test Scores

Note: All test scores are only considered official by the Graduate School, when sent electronically directly from the testing agency. Uploaded scores will not be considered official in your application.

GRE and GMAT

The program 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 English is not your primary language**, you may be required to submit evidence of your proficiency in the English language. TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo 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/ iBT Home Edition), 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.  (TOEFL Essentials is not accepted.)
  2. Receiving a minimum overall score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS Academic test. (IELTS General Training and IELTS Indicator are not accepted.)
  3. Receiving a minimum overall score of 53 or higher on the PTE test.
  4. Receiving a minimum overall score of 100 or higher on the Duolingo test.
  5. Qualifying for a Score Waiver (please click on link to review policy).

Please note we do not accept TOEFL MyBest Scores, or TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (TOEFL ITP) results, unless the TOEFL ITP scores are from UConn.

If English is not your primary language**, and you plan to obtain a Teaching Assistantship (TA), you must satisfy UConn’s English Proficiency Policy for TAs and Testing Procedures 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.
    • PTE and Duolingo 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.
    • Your IELTS testing center may require your UConn Graduate Application ID to request your official IELTS to be sent to our university.  If this is the case, you can find this information on your Application Status Portal.
    • IELTS 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. When sending official IELTS scores please use the following information if you are prompted to provide it:

**A primary language is defined as a language used to communicate since childhood.

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. (An I-20/DS-2019 document will not be released by the ISSS office until your admission has been finalized.)

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 Office 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 state of legal residence. Qualified students receive a reduction of the out-of-state tuition cost.

The six New England states are:

  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

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 graduate students at the University of Connecticut. For general questions about the Fulbright 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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