Application Process

Admissions Timeline

  • December 1st - Application Deadline
  • December 15th- Recommendation Deadline
  • Mid January- Invitation For Interview Days
  • Week of February 21st- Interview Days
  • Mid March- Offers


The application for entrance into the HESA program for the 2021-2022 academic year is available through the UConn Graduate School website.  Please select “Fall 2021” as the admit term. Please make sure your unofficial transcripts, resumé, and two essays have all been uploaded before you make your submission. All materials are final once submitted.

Applications are due December 1st at 11:59 PM (EST)

Application Materials

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, 2020, by 11:59 PM EST.  Requests submitted after this deadline will not be reviewed

  • Resumé
  • 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.
    • Please note: Additional letters of recommendation will not be considered.
    • Recommendations are due December 15th at 11:59 PM (EST)
    • Official TOEFL score (for international students)
    • Unofficial transcript from each college or university attended (upload a PDF version within the online application)
      • If you are admitted to the HESA Program 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
    • GRE scores and additional writing samples are not required
      • The Graduate School application is used for a variety of programs, some of which require additional documents. Please only submit the aforementioned documents on this page. Writing samples, GRE scores, and additional materials beyond what is listed on this page will not be reviewed or considered.

    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. Saran Stewart, HESA Program Director.

    More detailed information about the application process can be found at the Graduate School website.