Application Materials

The application for entrance into the HESA program for the 2020-2021 academic year is available through the UConn Graduate School website.  Please select “Fall 2020” as the admit term. Please make sure your unofficial transcripts, resume, and two essays (that will serve as your personal statement) have all been uploaded before you make your submission. Note, all materials are final once submitted.

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

  • Application for Admission ($75 online application fee)
    • 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 fill out our fee waiver consideration form. To be considered for an application fee waiver, please submit the fee waiver submission form no later than November 1, 2019, by 11:59 PM EST.  Requests submitted after this deadline will not be reviewed.

    • Applications are due December 1st at 11:59 PM (EST)
  • Resume
  • Essays - You will write two essays, each of which addresses a core tenets of the HESA Program.
    • 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 specifically address each question in the prompt.

      Essay 1 Prompt: Discuss and reflect on a significant learning experience from your collegiate or professional experience that influenced your interest in the field of higher education and student affairs.

      • What was a significant learning experience that influenced your interest in the field of higher education and student affairs?
      • What did you learn from this experience?
      • Why was this experience significant to you?
      • How do you hope to apply the insights from this experience to your graduate school education in UConn’s HESA Program?

      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 specifically address each question in the prompt.

      Essay 2 Prompt: Discuss your professional goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

      • What are your professional goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion?
      • How do you envision the UConn HESA program helping you meet your goals?
      • How do you hope attainment of these goals will inform your practice in higher education and student affairs?
  • 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.
    • At least one letter of recommendation should speak to your academic abilities and readiness to engage in graduate level coursework.
    • Recommendations are due December 15th at 11:59 PM (EST)

Please note: Additional letters of recommendation will not be considered.

  • GRE scores are NOT a requirement

Please note: Because the GRE is not a requirement, submitted scores will not be considered.

  • Official TOEFL score (for international students)
  • 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 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. Gerardo Blanco, 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.