To earn a graduate degree or certificate in any program, a student must apply and be admitted. This requirement applies to both external applicants and currently matriculated students who wish to pursue a certificate or additional graduate degree. By accepting admission, the student assumes responsibility for knowing and complying with the regulations and procedures set forth by the University.
The Graduate School processes applications for all graduate programs, including all graduate degree, certificate, sixth-year diploma, and post-baccalaureate programs, with the exception of the the Doctor of Pharmacy and programs with degrees conferred by the School of Dental Medicine, School of Law, and School of Medicine. Students who meet requirements outlined below may apply to any of the programs listed on the Degree Programs or Certificates websites, by going to grad.uconn.edu/admissions. Students may earn a graduate degree or certificate only in a program to which they have been admitted.
In most cases, 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 to The Graduate School for each degree program.
Graduate Degree and Sixth-Year Diploma Programs
To be admitted to regular status and to begin studies in any graduate degree or Sixth-year Diploma program, 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.
Except in exceptional circumstances, to be considered for admission to a graduate program, prior coursework must be of at least the following quality: a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for the entire undergraduate or prior graduate degree, a 3.0 for the last two years of full-time undergraduate coursework, or a GPA of 3.5 for the entire final year of coursework prior to conferral of the undergraduate degree. The grade point average is computed on 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. All transcripts submitted, including test scores, become the property of The Graduate School and are not returnable. Failure to send transcripts from all educational institutions, regardless of whether or not a degree was received, may be grounds for cancellation of admission.
In addition to the above requirements, individual programs typically have additional requirements and specify what must be submitted at the time of application. 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. When required, GRE scores must be submitted electronically. Letters of recommendation, usually three, preferably from members of the academic profession, are required by most departments. Prospective students should check with the program to which they are applying for specific application requirements. However, 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 be 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 spaces, the successful applicant must have a record competitive with those of other applicants in the same field.
Regardless of visa status, students whose native language is not English, must also show evidence of proficiency in the English language by:
- Receiving an overall score of 79 or higher on the Internet-based TOEFL test (iBT) or receiving scores of 22/30 or higher on each of the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections of the (new) Paper-based TOEFL test (PBT).
- Receiving an overall score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS test.
- Receiving an overall score of 53 or higher on the PTE test.
- Qualifying for a waiver according to the Policy on Waiver of Language Proficiency Examinations on The Graduate School website.
Please note that TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE scores are only valid for two years (from original test date to submission of UConn application). The Graduate School does not accept TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (TOEFL ITP) results, unless they are from UConn.
Some departments also require the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or the Test of Written English (TWE). International students who are not native English speakers but expect to hold teaching assistantships must also satisfy the University’s English Proficiency Policy (available at ita.uconn.edu) before being allowed direct instructional contact.
Students can request a deferral of admission from a program to which they were admitted for up to one year after their initial application term. These requests will be reviewed by The Graduate School.
Occasionally, students who hold the baccalaureate but do not qualify fully for admission to regular status may give sufficient evidence of ability in their chosen field to warrant their provisional admission to a master’s degree program only. (Applicants are not admitted provisionally to a doctoral program). However, regular (not provisional) status is required for degree conferral. Students who require F-1 or J-1 visa sponsorship are not eligible for provisional admission. Students admitted provisionally must have a cumulative baccalaureate grade point average of 2.6 or higher. 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-.”
International graduate applicants whose English language proficiency does not meet the minimum standards necessary to qualify for regular admission may be admitted as Language-Conditional Students by the program to which they apply. Applicants will have 12 months to meet the language requirement by receiving a Certificate of English Proficiency from UCAELI (University of Connecticut American English Language Institute) and/or receiving a passing English proficiency score (through one of the methods described in the above list).
Post-Baccalaureate and Certificate Programs
The University of Connecticut offers 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. A certificate can be earned either as a “stand-alone” certificate (without simultaneous enrollment in a degree program) or while simultaneously pursuing a graduate degree. A certificate itself is not a degree.
To be admitted to a certificate program, 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. As for admission to degree programs, 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 or prior graduate degree, a GPA of 3.0 for the last two years of full-time undergraduate coursework, or GPA of 3.5 in the entire final year of coursework prior to conferral of the undergraduate degree.
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. 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 the student’s major advisor. 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 (GPA) of 2.6 or higher, or have completed three credits of the certificate coursework with a 3.0 GPA or higher. If such a student does not meet the minimum academic standards of The Graduate School after completing three 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. Non-degree credits accepted toward a graduate degree must be of “B-” quality or higher. (See details in the section on “Academic Regulations”). For further information regarding Registration for non-degree coursework, contact the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-486-3331.
Admission of University Faculty
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 the New England Regional Student Program, a regional program administered by the New England Board of Higher Education. The 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 New England Board of Higher Education, 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111, or at nebhe.org.
Application Processing Fee
A non-refundable application fee must accompany every submitted application, except when explicitly waived by The Graduate School. It may not be applied toward other charges. Effective for applicants applying for the Spring 2020 term and beyond, the application fee will be waived for students currently enrolled in a UConn graduate program (certificate, master’s, or Ph.D.) when they apply to another graduate program (certificate, master’s, or Ph.D.). Similarly, if a student completes a UConn graduate program (certificate, master’s, or Ph.D.) and is applying for admission in the semester that immediately follows, the application fee will be waived. (The waiver does not apply if there is a break in enrollment). The fee is also waived for current University Scholars applying to a master’s program.
Application deadlines vary across programs. Applicants should 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 submit the application for admission several months in advance of the first semester of coursework. In all cases, students must be admitted and accept admission one month prior to the first day of classes for that term. Some programs may have earlier acceptance deadlines.
To study in a graduate program, a student must be matriculated by the Dean of The Graduate School before the first day of classes in the student’s admitted term. Matriculation requires that all credentials, including official transcripts and diplomas or degree certificates (for international students), covering all undergraduate and graduate work taken up to the time of application, as well as the non-refundable application processing fee, must be received by The Graduate School by deadline dates.
In addition, except under unusual circumstances or when conducting off-campus research or holding an off-campus internship or fellowship, students enrolled in on-campus programs must arrive on campus on or before the first day of classes in each academic term in which they are enrolled or plan to enroll. Failure to meet these conditions may cause a delay of enrollment in a degree program until the following semester.
Admission will be cancelled if a student does not register for coursework in the term to which they have been admitted. If this occurs, the student must reapply for admission with no certainty of being accepted. As noted above, 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.
In some cases, all official transcripts showing final grades and degree conferrals may not be available at the time of matriculation. In this case, for all coursework other than coursework taken at the University of Connecticut, students must submit these transcripts prior to registering for their second term in their graduate program. The submitted transcripts must include final grades for any coursework taken as part of a baccalaureate or graduate degree, as well as any additional non-degree coursework that was in progress at the time of the student’s application. A student cannot register beyond the first term unless all official transcripts (other than for coursework taken at the University of Connecticut) showing final grades and degree conferrals have been received by The Graduate School.