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.

 

Spring 2023
First day to submit an application Monday, January 31st, 2022
Last day to submit an application & pay fee: Wednesday, December 14th, 2022
Deadline to reply to an offer of admission: Friday, December 16th, 2022

 

Summer 2023
First day to submit an application Monday, September 12th, 2022
Last day to submit an application & pay fee: Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023
Deadline to reply to an offer of admission: Friday, August 25th, 2023

 

Fall 2023
First day to submit an application Monday, September 12th, 2022
Last day to submit an application & pay fee: Wednesday, July 26th, 2023
Deadline to reply to an offer of admission: Friday, July 28th, 2023

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 or submitted 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 welcome 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.

GPA Requirements for The Graduate School

Except in exceptional circumstances, to be considered for admission to a graduate degree or certificate program, a student’s prior coursework must meet one of the following criteria:

  • A cumulative GPA for their most recent degree of 3.0 or higher for the entire degree, or
  • If the most recent degree is an undergraduate degree or the student has not yet completed their undergraduate degree:
    • A GPA of 3.0 or higher for the entire two most recent years of full-time undergraduate coursework, or
    • A GPA of 3.5 or higher for the entire most recent year of full-time undergraduate coursework, or
  • If a student has taken at least one semester of full-time study following the completion of the most recent undergraduate or graduate degree, a GPA of 3.0 or higher for all of their post-degree 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 welcome 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 CSSD  (Center for Student Services and Development, Ministry of Education, P.R. China), or CDGDC (China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center).*
  • Transcripts and degrees from India that are verified by TrueCopy.*
  • Transcripts and degrees from Nigeria that are verified by ETX-NG (Electronic Transcript Exchange and Certificate Verification System for Nigeria).*

* While CSSD, CDGDC, TrueCopy, ETX-NG 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 for Admission

Regardless of visa status, students whose primary** language is not English, must also show evidence of proficiency in the English Language by one of the following methods:

  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. Note that even if English proficiency is waived for purposes of admission, Teaching Assistants (TAs) must still provide proof of English proficiency in accordance with UConn’s English Proficiency Policy for TAs and Testing Procedures).
  6.  The UCAELI (University of Connecticut American English Language Institute) Proficiency Certificate as evidence of meeting academic proficiency in English.

TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo scores are only valid for two years (from original test date to submission of UConn application).

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.

  • 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:
English Proficiency for Teaching Assistants

Prospective Teaching Assistants for whom English is not a primary language** must pass an oral English proficiency test regardless of citizenship or visa status. Even if English proficiency was waived for purposes of admission, TAs must still provide proof of English proficiency in accordance with UConn’s English Proficiency Policy for TAs and Testing Procedures. For more information about this policy and testing procedures, please contact International Teaching Assistant Services.

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

Policy on Waiver of Language Proficiency Examinations

 U.S. citizens and applicants with permanent resident status are not required to provide test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo) showing English-language proficiency. In addition, the following categories of applicants are not required to provide test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo) showing English-language proficiency:

  1. International applicants whose primary language is English*.
  2. International applicants who have received a degree from a post-secondary institution outside of the United States whose language of instruction for the entire degree is English. Official documentation will be required from the institution’s Registrar’s office stating that the medium of instruction for the degree received was English.
  3. International applicants who have completed one year or more of full-time coursework at a post-secondary institution in the United States (30 credits undergraduate work or 18 credits graduate level work). The total amount of academic work completed must be officially graded by the registrar of that institution and have a cumulative GPA value of 3.0 or higher.

All other applicants are required to provide evidence of English-language proficiency.

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

Effective date: March 1, 2013

Revised date: November 22, 2022

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/matriculated.)

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 submitted and reviewed 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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