Application Materials

days until HESA Admission Application deadline
Ends on December 1, 2018

The application for entrance into the HESA program for the 2018-2019 academic year will be available through the UConn Graduate School website beginning September 10, 2017.  At that point, you can go online and begin working on your application.  Please select “Fall 2018” as the admit term. Please make sure your unofficial transcripts, resume, and two essays (that will serves as your personal statement) have all been uploaded before you make your submission.

Applicants will need to provide the program with the following items:

  • Application for Admission ($75 online application fee)
    • NOTE: Within the enrollment section of the graduate school application, it ask students to respond to the following statement:
      • “We are committed to creating and cultivating a graduate and post-doctoral community that values and respects individuals, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background religion or beliefs. We believe that the concept of diversity is not about tolerance alone, but about moving forward to embrace and celebrate our differences through understanding, acceptance, respect, and cultural competence as well. To truly create a rich academic, cultural, and intellectual environment for the graduate and post-doctoral community, we realize that our focus must extend beyond representation to genuine dedication. Please describe in 350 words or less how you will contribute to enhancing the academic, cultural, and intellectual environment for graduate students and postdocs at the University of Connecticut.”
      • This is an optional question for all graduate students and only required for those applying for the Giolas-Harriott Fellowship. This question is NOT the same as the prompt for essay #2 for the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) master’s program, and students applying for the HESA program are NOT REQUIRED to address this question.  Students applying for the HESA program should address the prompts for essay #1 and #2, as described above, in one document and upload this document in the personal statement section of the application.
    • Application fee waivers are available on a limited basis to candidates who demonstrate financial need.  The Graduate School at UConn waives the application fee for prospective students associated with various organizations; to find out if you are eligible for an application fee waiver through the Graduate School, please see the Fee Waiver Policy.  If you are not eligible for an application fee waiver through the Graduate School but would like to request that your application fee be waived due to financial need, please contact Dr. Kari Taylor, HESA Program Director, at

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  • Essays - You will write two essays, each of which addresses a core tenets of the HESA Program.  Specific prompts will be posted by September 15, 2018.  Below, you will find general information about the purpose of each essay.
    • Essay 1 - Reflective Practitioners (350-500 words)

      A key focus of the University of Connecticut (UConn)’s Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) Program is to develop reflective practitioners.  We focus on reflection because we believe it fosters self-awareness, exploration of multiple perspectives, and integration of theory with practice.  The purpose of this essay is for you to engage in reflection and show how your interests and goals align with the experiences UConn’s HESA program is designed to offer.  In this essay, you have the opportunity to discuss important life experiences and professional insights that help supplement your other application materials.  Please be sure to 1) briefly describe the experience noted in the prompt, and 2) devote most of your response to reflecting on the experience.

    • Essay 2 - Inclusive Practitioners (350-500 words)

      Another key focus of UConn’s HESA Program is to develop inclusive practitioners who value diversity and enact a commitment to equity; our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement explains how we as a program work to achieve this aim.  The purpose of this essay is for you to describe how you foresee yourself engaging within our HESA community to advance goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please be sure to 1) identify specific goals based on the prompt, and 2) devote most of your response to reflecting on how you can meet these goals and what these goals will mean for your practice.  

  • Three letters of recommendation
    • During the application process, an applicant is asked to provide contact information for three recommenders.  The recommenders submitting letters on your behalf should do so electronically through our application system. The recommenders will be sent an email with direction and log-in information on where they can upload letters of recommendation. Be sure to mark ‘Yes’ for the online submission question on the Provider Input Form.
    • Recommendations are due December 15th at 11:59 PM (EST)
  • Resident Affidavit
    • Each applicant will need to fill out the Resident Affidavit through the online application. If you are not a Connecticut resident, please just make that selection on the form and submit it with the rest of your materials.
    • Please use a PC to complete the PDF form, it is not compatible with Macs.
  • Unofficial transcript from each college or university attended (upload a PDF version within the online application)
  • Applicants do not have to submit a writing sample with their application. The Graduate School application is used for a variety of programs, where other submissions are necessary. Please only submit the aforementioned documents on this page, for writing samples and additional materials beyond what is requested on this page will not be reviewed.
  • Undocumented students: The University of Connecticut’s Higher Education and Student Affairs program encourages all students who meet the above requirements for admission and who are ready to take the next step in reaching their professional goals in higher education and student affairs to apply for admission, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.  Admission to the HESA Program is based on a holistic approach, which includes grade point average, required essays, curricular and co-curricular experiences, and letters of recommendation; this approach does not take into consideration an applicant’s citizenship or immigration status.  If you have questions about how your citizenship or immigration status will affect your experience in our program (e.g., ability to hold a graduate assistantship), please contact Dr. Kari Taylor, HESA Program Director.

If you are admitted to the incoming cohort you will be required to send official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. At that time please mail them to the graduate school at the following address:

Whetten Graduate Center
438 Whitney Road Extension, Unit 1152
Storrs, CT 06269

More detailed information about the application process can be found at the Graduate School website. You may also want to check our HESA Frequently Asked Questions page for admissions information. For additional updates, please return back to the HESA website, like our Facebook Page and follow us on twitter @UConnHESA. Please feel free to ask questions on the facebook page, twitter, by email at, or phone (860) 486-8760.