Introduction to Programs & Courses


All graduate degrees at the University of Connecticut except the M.D., D.M.D., Pharm.D., and J.D. are awarded through The Graduate School. Only those fields of study and areas of concentration identified in the preceding list are recognized by the University and The Graduate School. Here, descriptions of degree programs appear under the titles of the approved Fields of Study, if possible. In some cases, it has been necessary to group the approved fields of study under a departmental or other title in order to facilitate location in the text. For many of the programs, special requirements (over and above those of The Graduate School) that are generally applied to all students in that program are outlined. However, each student’s program is non-departmental in that the advisory committee alone, in supervising it, is directly responsible to the Dean of The Graduate School.

Course Offerings

The following lists include most of the graduate courses that the University has approved for offering. However, not all courses listed are offered every semester or every year. For actual current offerings, students should consult the appropriate schedule of classes which can be accessed from The Graduate School’s registration website. Descriptions of undergraduate courses are contained in the Undergraduate Catalog. The University reserves the right to change announced offerings.

Course Numbering System

Undergraduate courses are numbered 1000-4999. Courses numbered 1000-1999 are primarily for freshmen, courses numbered 2000-2999 are primarily for sophomores, courses numbered 3000- 3999 are primarily for juniors, and courses numbered 4000-4999 are primarily for seniors. A limited number of credits of coursework completed at the 4000-level (usually not more than six [6]) may be applied, with the approval of the student’s advisory committee, toward a graduate degree program provided certain conditions are met (See “Standards and Degree Requirements.”). Graduate courses are numbered 5000-6999. This Catalog contains listings of graduate-level courses only. Courses numbered 5000-5999 are primarily for master’s degree students, and courses numbered 6000-6999 are primarily for doctoral students.

Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory Grading

Throughout the text, courses approved by the Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty Council for Satisfactory (S) and Unsatisfactory (U) grading (See “Standards and Degree Requirements.”) are designated by the dagger symbol (†).

Course Semesters

Class schedules for each semester and session can be accessed from the University’s PeopleSoft website. Not all courses are offered every semester or every year. Information concerning the availability of particular courses may be obtained also from departmental and program offices. Courses carrying hyphenated numbers are full-year courses extending over two (2) semesters. The first (1st) semester of such courses is always prerequisite to the second (2nd), but the student may receive credit for the first (1st) semester without continuing with the second (2nd).

Course Meeting Times

Information about the specific time(s) that a course will meet may be obtained from the appropriate departmental office at the time of registration or from appropriate class schedules.

Course Prerequisites

All course prerequisites must be met before a student is permitted to register for the particular course. If, however, the instructor of a course is convinced that the student has the equivalent of such a prerequisite, the instructor may admit the student by providing the student with a unique PeopleSoft permission number (which is valid only for that student to use in registering for the course in question).

Course Instructor

Students should consult the schedule of classes contained in the PeopleSoft database or contact the departmental office at the time of registration to obtain information concerning course instructor(s).

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