1) If you are interested, please follow the directions below to apply.

  • International applicants are strongly advised to apply by June 1 for Fall semester admission and by November 1 for Spring semester admission.
  • All applicants interested in assistantship funding should apply by January 15 to be assured full consideration for Fall semester and November 1 for Spring semester.

2) You must first apply to University of Connecticut’s graduate school. The application fee is $75 and the online application can be found on application management page.  Admission requirements include:

  • A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Official transcripts covering all of your previous academic work (both undergraduate and graduate). It must meet one of the following criteria:
    • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for your entire undergraduate career or
    • A grade point average of at least 3.0 for your last two undergraduate years or
    • Exceptional work in your entire final undergraduate year (3.5 or better)
    • Graduate work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or better (even if undergraduate grade-point average meets the above criteria)


  • If you are not a native speaker of English, you must submit evidence of your proficiency in the English language. You may use the results from either one of two standardized tests for this purpose, not more than two years old. If you submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), you need a minimum overall score of 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test, or 80 for the Internet-based test. If you submit results from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), you need an average overall band score of at least 6.5. Only the scores from the Academic Module, not the General Training Module, are applicable.


  • If you are not a native speaker of English and are going to hold a teaching assistantship, we will assess your oral English proficiency when you arrive on campus. See for details. If you have an IELTS score of 8.0 or higher on the Speaking band, you are qualified for classroom contact with no further English proficiency testing. Before you are asked to teach in the classroom, our International Teaching Assistant Program staff will work with you to increase your conversational English proficiency if their assessment shows that you need it.

The full admissions requirements of the University of Connecticut’s graduate school can be found here and

International applicants please see International Students Checklist

3) In addition, the Department has the following requirements:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement of purpose
  • Additional writing samples, if any, to support your application.

Note that applicants who seek Departmental assistantship funding are also required to submit scores from the GRE General Test. Please see the Student Handbook for further information.

For any admissions-related questions, please contact Farhed Shah at or at 860-486-4467.