COVID-19 and Graduate Education

COVID-19 and Graduate Education

UConn Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The worldwide pandemic involving COVID-19 (coronavirus) has produced unprecedented challenges in the UConn community and around the world. These unusual circumstances create significant uncertainty and unease in the professional and personal lives of our students, employees, alumni, and others throughout UConn Nation.

The latest official guidance and updates on UConn’s response to COVID-19 and itsm impact on the university community is being provided in real time at

Graduate Resources

Resources provided by The Graduate School specific to COVID-19 and graduate education at UConn

Frequently Asked Questions

Coping with the Suspension of Many Research Activities

If you have a question about COVID-19 and graduate education that isn't answered here, please contact The Graduate School at or 860-486-3617 and we will do our best to answer your question.

April 3, 2020

To our graduate students,

We know that shifting to online classes, teaching, and research has created new and unforeseen challenges for our graduate student community. On our FAQ page, we have addressed many of the concerns we have heard about; however, we want to be able to offer you the opportunity to ask questions directly to staff from The Graduate School and our partners at the Registrar’s Office and The Office of International Student & Scholar Services.

On Thursday 9th of April at 1:15pm, we will be hosting a live webinar. The link to join has been emailed to you.

During the webinar, you will be able to ask questions using the Q&A chat feature and will see video feeds from each of our panelists. Moderated by staff at The Graduate School, the panel will feature Dean Kent Holsinger, Assistant Dean Karen Bresciano, Megan Petsa, Meg Drakos, Jennifer King, and other colleagues. We encourage you to submit questions ahead of time using the link at the bottom our FAQ page.

We hope that you will join us for this Q&A session, but even if you are unable to, we will be updating the FAQ with answers to the questions posed.

If you require an accommodation for this event, please email

Stay safe and healthy,

The Graduate School

Previous Announcements

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April 1, 2020

To the UConn Community,

In an effort to keep you informed about events occurring in the Graduate Admissions Office, we’re sending you some information about updates to our processes.

To assist students who aren’t able to go to a testing center, The Graduate School has begun to accept the Duolingo English Test as evidence of English proficiency. Any applicant with access to a computer and a webcam can take the test.

In addition, ETS has recently updated their service to allow for online testing options for TOEFL and GRE. You can visit their website for more information ETS Testing Updates due to COVID-19.

Virtual events for prospective and admitted students can be held through The Graduate School's online application and CRM system. Please contact for more information. Virtual events can include virtual infosessions or virtual orientations.

We are continuing to process admission for students, and matriculations have resumed. Because we continue to work remotely, both of these processes are experiencing some delays. We appreciate your understanding and patience at this time. If you have any questions or concerns, contact

The Graduate School has developed a webpage with answers to Frequently Asked Questions for prospective, admitted, and current students as well as faculty and staff. If you have any additional questions, email, and we will work to answer you directly and shape our page to assist others.

We hope that you are all staying healthy and safe.

Kent Holsinger and Anne Lanzit

    March 23, 2020

    Dear Colleagues,

    The ongoing COVID-19 epidemic is accompanied by extraordinary measures attempting to contain it. First and foremost, The Graduate School is concerned for the safety, health, and well-being of students, faculty, and staff of the University of Connecticut and the communities in which they live. Please heed the advice of public health experts to protect yourself and those around you. 

    Governor Lamont signed an executive order on March 20 directing all non-essential functions in Connecticut to suspend operations beginning Monday, March 23 at 8:00pm. As a result, the President, Provost, and Vice President for Research have determined that all on-campus research at all campuses must stop and all labs close at the same time. The suspension of activity will last through at least April 22. The University will allow only critical research support functions to continue. Critical functions are those that are necessary to allow research to resume after this suspension (e.g., care of research animals or plants, maintenance of cell lines, maintenance of research equipment). Please refer to the Critical Research Infrastructure Inventory for more information. In addition, all University-sponsored travel out-of-state has been suspended, except in very limited circumstances. Please refer to the COVID-19 Travel Advisory and Guidelines for more information.  

    Graduate students and their advisory committees should immediately develop plans for thesis and dissertation research that take into account these restrictions. We know that Governor Lamont’s restrictions to non-essential functions are now in place through at least April 22, but it is prudent to plan for the possibility that they will last substantially longer. Graduate students and their advisory committees should plan for the possibility that research involving on-campus facilities or out-of-state travel will continue to be limited through the entire summer, possibly even longer. The appropriate modifications to research plans will differ dramatically from discipline to discipline. They are likely to differ from student to student within disciplines. The Graduate School has developed a set of guidelines and questions for graduate students and faculty to consider as they adapt to these challenges. Please consult them carefully, and contact The Graduate School at if you have any questions. Given the unchartered territory, we also welcome your ideas that might be useful to other graduate students and faculty. We will update the guidelines periodically as new information and advice becomes available. 

    Please take care of yourself and everyone around you. 

    Kent Holsinger 

      March 16, 2020

      To our UConn Community,

      Due to concern about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) contagion, The Graduate School office will be closed from March 16th until further notice.  Our staff will primarily be working remotely during this time and the best way to reach us will be through email.  We will respond as quickly as possible and may be able to schedule phone and/or video meetings as needed. As always, feel free to email with any concern, and we will get your e-mail to the right person and respond as quickly as possible.

      During these extraordinary times, please be assured that The Graduate School continues to consider how the pandemic is and could affect academic work.  The leadership of The Graduate School is well placed on the working groups that are meeting regularly to anticipate and ameliorate issues, while making plans to ensure that the business of the university moves forward.  We have been impressed by how thoughtful our administration has been, though it is true that we cannot think of everything.  It is our goal that you feel supported. If you have a question for which you do not know the answer or concern that does not seem to have been addressed, please let us know.  We will either direct you toward the solution or work with you to create one.   

      The COVID-19 situation continues to change very quickly. The health, safety and well-being of our community is our highest priority and continually guides our preparation, thinking, and actions. 

      To address specific questions for graduate education audiences, please refer to the “Frequently Asked Questions” links in the side navigation of this web page.

      More information about COVID-19 is available at this website:

      Thank you,

      The Graduate School

        Graduate School Operations

        The Graduate School office will be closed from March 16th until further notice.  Our staff will be working remotely during this time and the best way to reach us will be through email.  We will respond as quickly as possible and may be able to schedule phone and/or video meetings as needed. 

        Email | As always, feel free to email with any concern, and we will get your e-mail to the right person and respond as quickly as possible.

        Reception Desk | Our reception desk at the Whetten Graduate Center at the Storrs Campus is currently closed.