University of Connecticut

Admissions

Applications to any of our graduate programs should be submitted online at the Graduate School. The deadlines are:

  • February 1 to enter the program in the Fall.
  • November 1 to enter the program in the Spring. (We generally do not admit PhD and MS students in math to start in the spring. However, actuarial and financial math masters will be accepted.)

A sound undergraduate program in mathematics is required for entrance into any of our programs. All applicants are strongly urged to take the GRE General Test, and all Ph.D. applicants are strongly urged to take the GRE Subject Test. (The GRE code is available with the online application.) Failure to submit GRE scores will put the applicant at a disadvantage in the admissions process, and at a severe disadvantage in the decision process for a teaching assistantship.

Three recommendation letters are required.

All international students must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. Further information for international graduate students is available below.

If a student was awarded funding in one program and transfers to another program, the funding may be terminated.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding admissions.

International Graduate Students

The University of Connecticut admits a large and diverse contingent of international graduate students. There is an International Center on campus that serves to facilitate social and cultural contact among students from diverse backgrounds, and a special advisor serves the needs of students from foreign countries. The Department of Mathematics has traditionally supported international graduate students, and encourages their applications.

There are two English language requirements for prospective international graduate students.

1.) To be considered for admission by the Graduate School, an international student who has not graduated from an English speaking university must take the TOEFL iBT and achieve a score of at least 80 or take the IELTS  and achieve a score of at least 6.5.

2.) To be considered for a TA position as an instructor, an international student must take the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS and achieve a speaking band score of at least 28 on the TOEFL iBT or a speaking band score of 8.0 on the IELTS. An international student who achieves a speaking band score of 23-27 on the TOEFL iBT or a speaking band score of 7.0-7.5 on IELTS may be considered for a TA position as an instructor only after passing the microteaching test administered by ITAP at UConn. (See here for more details.) An international TA who fails the microteaching test will be assigned duties other than teaching and may be required to take English language courses. An international student who does not pass the micro teaching test by the end of their first year may lose financial support.

Each summer, the University has a mandatory one week orientation program organized by ITAP for newly arrived international students who will be supported as Teaching Assistants.