Definitions and Explanations
Transcripts (Two Steps)
- Please upload an unofficial transcript for each college/university you have attended into the application system. You can upload your unofficial transcripts using the “Upload All Documents here” link on the online application.
- Request official transcripts from each college or university that you have attended. Official transcripts are issued by the college/university attended and bear the impressed or colored seal of that institution. Do not open the sealed transcripts you send to us. ONLY transcripts/degree certificates should be sent directly to the main campus at Storrs:
University of Connecticut Graduate School
438 Whitney Road Extension, Unit 1152
Storrs, CT 06269-1152
IMPORTANT: The most common reason for delayed consideration of graduate school applications is missing or unofficial transcripts. Your application will not be considered until all official transcripts are received. Transcripts become the property of the University. Unofficial, certified, or notarized copies are not acceptable.
You must include official degree certificates for all degrees received at foreign colleges/universities. If you attended an international university and have one set of original documents or diploma, you can mail them to the Graduate School main office in Storrs (address above) and we will make a copy and return the original document(s) to you. Include a request to return the documents and provide a mailing address. If you submitted these documents when applying for admission to a university in the U.S. which you currently attend, we will accept copies from the registrar or graduate school if they certify that these documents from your prior university were made from the originals.
Letters of Recommendation
A list of your recommenders should be provided through the “Recommendations” link in the online application. Once you have saved the recommender information in the system, it will automatically send an email to him/her with an access code and instructions on how to submit his/her online recommendation.Three letters of recommendation are required.
This document should explain your reasons for undertaking graduate work, your ultimate plans, and how you happened to select the field in which you hope to concentrate. Details about your preparation, your strengths and weaknesses as a student, any academic honors, scholarships, or fellowships you have received, will all be helpful. The committee wants to know those things about you that cannot be expressed quantitatively.You can upload your Personal Statement using the “Upload All Documents here” link on the online application.
If you are a Connecticut resident, download and complete the Residence Affidavit.You can upload your Residence Affidavit using the “Upload All Documents here” link on the online application.
TOEFL Scores (International Applicants ONLY)
Students whose native language is not English must submit English proficiency scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper), 213 (computer), 80 (internet), or 6.5 (IELTS) is required for admission. The TOEFL should be taken well in advance of the admission deadlines to assure consideration for the requested admit term. Copies of score reports sent to students are acceptable.
Official GRE Scores
Requirements for the General GRE exam (verbal, quantitative and analytical) for the M.S.D.S. program vary depending on your chosen area of specialization. Please contact this program directly to find out if the exam is required.