Prospective Students


The application for entrance into the HESA program is available through the Graduate School. The UConn graduate school will begin accepting applications in September. Please visit our Application Materials page to access the prospective student check list for the HESA program. Please make sure your unofficial transcripts, resume, and essays have all been uploaded before you make your submission. Please also ensure that you are applying for the Education: Higher Education and Student Affairs MA rather than Education: Educational Administration MA. The administration program is unrelated and not currently in use.

Please note the application deadline of December 1, 2017. For additional updates, please return to the HESA website, like our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter @UConnHESA. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email at, or phone (860) 486-8760.

In order to receive full consideration, all letters of recommendation must be received by December 15, 2017.


Candidates who are invited to campus will participate in a two-day interview process in which they will interview for available graduate assistantships. Upon the conclusion of the interviews, candidates and graduate assistantship sites will submit their respective preferences and assistantships will subsequently be awarded on the basis of the best matches.

This coming year, interviews are scheduled for February 18-19, 2018; to be considered for admissions, you MUST attend the interviews.


Students will be admitted to HESA once they have been offered and have accepted a graduate assistantship. Graduate assistantship offers will be given in late March or early April. Letters of acceptance are mailed out from the Graduate School.

Campus tours and additional information

If you are interested in learning more about the HESA program or would like to set up a campus tour, please contact Rico Destinvil, HESA GA. Please understand the tours are only conducted Monday - Friday (no weekend).


Wondering what the HESA experience is like on a day-to-day basis? Watch this video featuring the HESA Class of 2018 and Class of 2019 to find out! Each student in the video was asked to share a bit more detail about one specific element of their HESA experience to give you, prospective students, a deeper glimpse into what life is like as a HESA student. Topics covered include day-to-day assistantship and practicum work, classes and homework, favorite spots on campus, living situations, extracurricular and co-curricular involvement, social opportunities, and more. This video was initially shown as part of Interview Days for the HESA Class of 2020.