To study for a graduate degree, a student must be matriculated by the Dean of the Graduate School before the first day of classes in their admitted term. To ensure academic success, newly admitted students must accept admission one month before the first day of classes for the term when their studies will begin. Students must arrive on campus on or before the first day of classes in their admitted term. Failure to meet these conditions may cause:
- A delay in stipend payments and a loss or reduction of tuition waiver benefits for students holding a graduate assistantship and
- A delay of enrollment in a degree program until the following semester.
No coursework taken before the date of admission to the Graduate School may be included on a plan of study for a graduate degree unless specific approval has been granted by the Dean of the Graduate School.
Admission will be cancelled if a student does not register for coursework in the semester or summer term to which they have been admitted. If this occurs, the student must apply for readmission with no certainty of being accepted. Students can request a deferral of admission for up to one year after their initial application term from the program to which they were admitted. These requests will be reviewed by the Graduate School.
Students may earn a graduate degree only in a program to which they have been admitted. Ordinarily, a student is granted admission to pursue graduate study 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. The list of dual degree programs offered by the Graduate School and the other participating schools and colleges within the University (e.g., the Schools of Law, Medicine, and Dental Medicine) can be found under “Dual Degree Programs.” In all cases separate applications must be filed for each of the two degree programs.
To be admitted to regular status and to begin studies, an applicant must hold a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited college or university or present evidence of the equivalent. The applicant must submit official transcripts covering all previous work, undergraduate and graduate, which must be of at least the following quality: a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for the entire undergraduate record, or 3.0 for the last two years of full-time coursework, or 3.5 GPA or higher in the entire final year to the Graduate School. The grade point average is computed on the basis of the following scale: “A” = 4.0, “B” = 3.0, “C” = 2.0, “D” = 1.0, “F” = 0. Applicants from international colleges and universities must meet equivalent standards of eligibility and are expected to submit official transcripts showing all work completed. All advanced post-baccalaureate coursework is considered, as well. Failure to send transcripts from all educational institutions, regardless of whether or not a degree was received, may be grounds for cancellation of admission.
Applicants to most programs are encouraged to submit test scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) directly to the Graduate School. Letters of recommendation, usually three, preferably from members of the academic profession, are required by most departments. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants must show promise of superior achievement and must have specific preparation for the course of study they wish to undertake. If their records indicate deficiencies, applicants may be refused admission or required either to take background courses without graduate credit or to demonstrate by examination that they have acquired the requisite knowledge or skills for graduate study. In addition, since each graduate program has a limited number of places, the successful applicant must have a record competitive with those of other applicants in the same field.
Regular and Provisional Status
Application procedures and required credentials for admission to regular status are specified above. Occasionally students who hold the baccalaureate but do not qualify fully for admission to regular status may give evidence of ability in their chosen field sufficiently convincing to warrant their provisional admission to a master’s degree program only. Students who require F-1 or J-1 visa sponsorship are not eligible for provisional admission. Students admitted provisionally must have a cumulative, bachelor’s grade point average of 2.60 or higher. (Applicants are not admitted provisionally to a doctoral program.) If a provisional student’s initial 12-credits of completed coursework (excluding 1000-level courses) meet the minimum scholastic requirement of the Graduate School, the student is accorded regular status. Otherwise, the student is subject to dismissal. In situations where special consideration is warranted, and only upon the specific request of the major advisor, the Dean of the Graduate School may approve changing a student to regular status if at least nine credits of advanced coursework have been completed with grades of “A+,” “A,” or “A-.” Regular, not provisional, status is required for degree conferral.
International graduate applicants whose English language proficiency does not meet the minimum standard to qualify for regular admission (an internet based score of 79 or greater, or a written test score of at least 550, on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), an overall band score of 6.5 or greater on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or an overall score of 53 or greater on the PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic test may be admitted as Language-Conditional Students. The applicant will have 12 months to meet the language requirement by receiving a Certificate of English Proficiency from UCAELI (University of Connecticut English Language Institute) and/or receiving a passing English proficiency score.
Admission to D.P.T. Program
The Department of Kinesiology offers a program of study leading to the degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy. In addition to the standard requirements of the Graduate School, applicants must have completed the following prerequisite courses: biology with a lab, anatomy and physiology (eight credits), general chemistry (eight credits), psychology (two courses: e.g., introductory psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, or physiological psychology), pre-calculus or calculus, statistics, and general physics (eight credits).
Dual Degree Programs
Below is listed the currently offered dual degree programs as of the 2016-2017 academic year.
- M.B.A./M.A. (International Studies)
- M.B.A./MIM (ESC Lyon, France)
- M.B.A./M.S. (Nursing)
- M.B.A./Ph.D. (Biomedical Science)
- M.P.H./M.S. (Nursing)
Admission to the D.M.A. Program
Applicants are expected to demonstrate outstanding musical ability and to have a superior record of previous performance and scholarship. A completed master’s degree is required for admission. Holding a master’s degree from this or from any other institution, however, does not render the applicant automatically admissible to the D.M.A. program. Areas of concentration offered are Conducting and Performance. A personal audition is required as part of the application process. Inquiries should be addressed to: Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Music, 1295 Storrs Road, Unit 1012, Storrs, CT 06269-1012, or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission to Ph.D. Programs
Applicants to Ph.D. programs are expected to demonstrate outstanding ability and to show on the record of previous scholarship and experience that they are likely to do superior creative work in their respective fields. Holding a master’s degree from this or any other institution does not render the applicant automatically admissible to a doctoral program. Certain master’s programs, on the other hand, are open only to applicants likely to qualify for doctoral study. In general, doctoral applicants must meet all admission requirements for the master’s degree as regular graduate students and must present evidence that they are capable of doing independent work of distinction.
Post-Baccalaureate and Certiﬁcate Programs
University of Connecticut certificate programs are designed to deliver valuable, real-world expertise to students in specialized academic niche areas. Our certificate programs are conceived and developed by outstanding full-time faculty, and we offer two types of certificate programs: graduate certificates and post-baccalaureate certificates. Graduate certificate programs consist entirely of graduate courses (those numbered 5000 or above). Post-baccalaureate certificate programs consist either entirely of undergraduate courses (those numbered 1000-4999) or of a mixture of undergraduate and graduate courses. To receive a certificate, students must first apply for admission to a certificate program through the Graduate School and must then satisfy the requirements of the certificate program to which they have been admitted.
To be admitted to either type of certificate program and to begin studies, an applicant must hold an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or present evidence of the equivalent. Some certificate programs may require applicants to hold an advanced degree prior to admission. The applicant must submit official transcripts covering all previous work, undergraduate, and graduate, which must be of at least the following quality: a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for the entire undergraduate record, or 3.0 GPA for the last two years of full-time coursework, or 3.5 GPA or higher in the entire final year to the Graduate School. Non-degree students may take up to six credits before being formally admitted to a University of Connecticut certificate program. Students may not use courses completed at other institutions to satisfy requirements of a University of Connecticut certificate program. Currently matriculated University of Connecticut students must apply for admission to a certificate program in a term before all of the required courses are complete. If a student earns a certificate and is subsequently admitted to a related graduate degree program, all credits from the certificate may be counted toward the graduate degree, subject to the approval of graduate program faculty in that area of concentration. The terminal date associated with the degree will be determined using the date of the first certificate class as the initial date of enrollment for the degree.
Occasionally students who hold a baccalaureate degree but do not qualify for admission to a certificate program may be granted provisional admission, based on a recommendation from the program. Students admitted provisionally must have a cumulative bachelor’s grade point average (GPA) of 2.60 or higher. If such a student does not meet the minimum academic standards of the Graduate School after completing 3-credits, the student is subject to dismissal and will be allowed to enroll only upon recommendation from the program.
Individuals with appropriate preparation who have not been admitted to any of the admissions categories described above may take courses as non-degree students. All non-degree students are presumed to be taking courses for reasons other than earning a certificate, Sixth-Year diploma in professional education, or a graduate degree at the University. Should they later be admitted to a graduate degree, certificate, or Sixth-Year diploma in a professional education program at the University, limited credits will be acceptable toward the degree. Credits accepted toward graduate degree must be of “B” (not “B-“) quality or higher. For further information regarding Registration, contact the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com or 860-486-3331.
Admission of University Faculty and Staff
University of Connecticut faculty members who hold tenure or a rank higher than instructor leading to tenure ordinarily may not earn a graduate degree at this institution. Exceptions to this policy may be made by the Dean of the Graduate School, with the advice of the Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty Council.
New England Regional Student Program
The University of Connecticut participates in a regional program administered by the New England Board of Higher Education. This program, known as the New England Regional Student Program, permits qualified residents of the New England states to study with reduced out-of-state tuition privileges. The purpose of the program is to expand opportunities in higher education for New England residents by making available on a substantially equal basis to all students those programs not commonly offered at every institution. This practice tends to reduce duplication of courses and thus to utilize most efficiently the higher educational facilities in each state.
Detailed information about this program can be obtained from the Graduate School website or from the New England Board of Higher Education, 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111 or at nebhe.org.
Application Processing Fee
A non-refundable fee of $75 for electronic submission must accompany the application. It may not be applied toward other charges. This fee must accompany every application submitted except for a doctoral degree program to follow immediately a master’s degree program in the same field at this University or for current University graduate students applying to a certificate program. (Fees are subject to change without notice.)
Applicants are advised to check with appropriate academic departments concerning deadlines, and they are advised to submit their applications for admission as early as possible. At a minimum, applicants should file the application for admission several months in advance of the first semester of coursework. Students must be admitted and accept admission one month prior to the first day of classes for that term. All credentials, including official transcripts covering all undergraduate and graduate work taken up to the time of application, as well as the non-refundable processing fee, must be received by the Graduate School to be matriculated by deadline dates.
To ensure academic success, it is highly recommended that students studying on a visa sponsored by the University of Connecticut be present in the United States and attending classes by the first business day of their admitted term.
Students whose native language is not English, regardless of visa status, must show evidence of proficiency in the English language by having earned either an Internet-based (IBT) TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 79 or a Paper-based (PBT) TOEFL score of at least 550, an overall band score of 6.5 or greater on the IELTS Academic Module (International English Language Testing System), or an overall score of 53 or greater on the PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic test. Some departments require the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or the Test of Written English (TWE).
If you are not a native speaker of English and you expect to hold a teaching assistantship, you must satisfy the University’s English Proficiency Policy at: ita.uconn.edu before being allowed direct instructional contact. This policy applies to all prospective teaching assistants, regardless of citizenship or visa status.
Supplementary and Departmental Transcripts
If a student is admitted before completing a baccalaureate or graduate degree or additional non-degree coursework which is in progress at the time of application, the student will not be permitted to register in future semesters until the completion of the degree or coursework and the submission of the official transcripts to the Graduate School. Students must submit official transcripts by the end of the first semester of study. Until all transcripts have been received, the plan of study will not be approved. All transcripts submitted, including test scores, become the property of the Graduate School and are not returnable.
Inquiries regarding the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program should be addressed to the director of that program at mba.uconn.edu. Inquiries regarding graduate degree programs located at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, CT should be addressed to the Graduate Student Affairs Office at studentaffairs.uchc.edu. Inquiries regarding the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) should be directed to the School of Social Work in Hartford, CT at ssw.uconn.edu. Inquiries regarding study in Law in Hartford, CT should be directed to the School of Law at law.uconn.edu.