How to Apply

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Thank you for your interest in our LLEP Doctoral program, please review the LLEP Ph.D. in Adult Learning Application Process Check List and Guidelines.pdf.

Applications for the LLEP Doctoral program are due by February 1 of each year.

Please note that the Admissions Committee cannot make a decision about your application until the application is complete with all required information and materials.
To apply:

  1. Assemble your application materials for the Graduate School:
    • Personal Statement of Purpose1
    • Current resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Residence Affidavit.pdf
    • GRE Scores2 (not more than 5 years old)
    • TOEFL Scores (if a foreign student)
    • Unofficial transcripts of all collegiate work (including UConn)
    • Contact information for three references/recommenders3
    • Professional writing samples4
  2. Complete the Application to the Graduate School (online preferred: www.grad.uconn.edu)
  3. Interview
    The Adult Learning Admissions Committee and/or the Department of Educational Leadership Admissions Committee may request an interview if you are an applicant finalist. If the Committee would like to invite you for an interview, either a member of the Admissions Committee or the Department Administrative Assistant will contact you via email.

 


1 In your Personal Statement of Purpose address: (a) your experience working with adults and/or facilitating adult learning, (b) your reasons for pursuing the Learning, Leadership, and Educational Policy (LLEP) with Adult Learning concentration at the University of Connecticut, (c) your research intererests, and (d) your professional goals and how a degree from our program relates to those goals.

2 The schedule for GRE testing is independent of UConn application deadlines. Please plan accordingly. You may receive testing information and dates on-line at www.gre.org.

3 During the application process, an applicant asked to provide contact information for three recommenders. You must input the names and contact information for each provider, whether they will be submitting electronically or on paper. In the electronic application system, be sure to mark "Yes" for the online submission question on the Provider Input Form for individuals who will submit a letter on your behalf. For individuals who wish to submit their letter of recommendation on paper, please download and print a copy of our reference form and follow the directions for paper references.

4 Writing sample(s) may include academic paper, published article, technical manual, book chapter, etc. Please upload a .pfd file of your writing sample(s) into the online application system.

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  1. All applicants must meet the UConn Graduate School requirements for Admission. 
  2. Complete your application by the appropriate deadline:
    • December 1st is the application deadline for applicants who would like to be considered for available funding.
    • February 1st is the application deadline for applicants who are not interested in funding.

The UConn Graduate School offers a variety of fellowships and scholarships, to those who qualify.


  1. Apply online to the UConn Graduate School. In the application, select Learning, Leadership, & Education Policy (PhD) Field of Study, and one of the three program concentrations: Adult Learning, Leadership and Policy, or Sport Management on the application.
  2. Submit a 2-3 page (double-spaced, size 12 point font) personal statement. In your statement address your:
    1. Reasons for pursuing the degree
    2. Background, experiences, and/or qualifications for the program and concentration to which you are applying
    3. Research interests
    4. Professional goals, and how the LLEP Ph.D. degree relates to those goals
  3. Submit a professional or academic writing sample (no more than 10 pages). If applicable, include a brief explanation of how this work relates to your research interests. The writing sample should demonstrate your scholarly thinking, academic or research writing skills, and ability to synthesize information. Examples of appropriate writing samples include, but are not limited to, undergraduate or graduate thesis, a research paper, or literature review. If your original writing sample exceeds 10 pages, please select an excerpt.
  4. Submit a current resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  5. Complete a Residence Affidavit.pdf.
  6. Complete GRE exams and submit scores. The University of Connecticut GRE score reporting code is 3915.
       *Note that the LLEP program does not use a cut-off score for the GREs. Your application will be reviewed holistically, and GRE scores will be considered as one of many components of your application.
  7. TOEFL Scores (if an international student).  
  8. Arrange for three recommendations to be submitted on your behalf. Recommendations should explicitly address your readiness to perform in a doctoral level program. Recommenders may address such attributes as your analytical thinking skills, writing skills, research or inquiry skills, creativity, initiative, collegiality, time management skills, etc.  
       *Note that the individuals providing letters of recommendation on your behalf may electronically send their letters to our admissions office through the Graduate School online application system. When you are completing the online application, be sure to mark “Yes” for the question on the Provider Input Form, indicating which individuals will submit their letter electronically.
  9. Application finalists may be asked to participate in an interview with program faculty. The interview may be conducted in-person, phone, or videoconference.

 

 

 

 

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  1. All applicants must meet the UConn Graduate School requirements for Admission
  2. Complete your application by the appropriate deadline:
    • December 1st is the application deadline for applicants who would like to be considered for available funding
    • February 1st is the application deadline for applicants who are not interested in funding

The UConn Graduate School offers a variety of fellowships and scholarships, to those who qualify


  1. Apply online to the UConn Graduate School. In the application, select Learning, Leadership, & Education Policy (PhD) field of study and note the Sport Management Concentration on the application
  2. Submit a 2-3 page (double-spaced, size 12 point font) personal statement. In your statement address your:
    1. Reasons for pursuing the degree
    2. Background, experiences, and/or qualifications for the program and concentration to which you are applying
    3. Research interests
    4. Professional goals, and how the Sport Management Ph.D. degree relates to those goals
  3. Submit a professional or academic writing sample (no more than 10 pages). If applicable, include a brief explanation of how this work relates to your research interests. The writing sample should demonstrate your scholarly thinking, academic or research writing skills, and ability to synthesize information. Examples of appropriate writing samples include, but are not limited to, undergraduate or graduate thesis, a research paper, or literature review. If your original writing sample exceeds 10 pages, please select an excerpt
  4. Submit a current resume or Curriculum Vitae
  5. Complete a Residence Affidavit.pdf.pdf
  6. Complete GRE exams and submit scores. The University of Connecticut GRE score reporting code is 3915.
       *Note that the LLEP program does not use a cut-off score for the GREs. Your application will be reviewed holistically, and GRE scores will be considered as one of many components of your application
  7. TOEFL Scores (if an international student)
  8. Arrange for three recommendations to be submitted on your behalf. Recommendations should explicitly address your readiness to perform in a doctoral level program. Recommenders may address such attributes as your analytical thinking skills, writing skills, research or inquiry skills, creativity, initiative, collegiality, time management skills, etc.
       *Note that the individuals providing letters of recommendation on your behalf may electronically send their letters to our admissions office through the Graduate School online application system. When you are completing the online application, be sure to mark “Yes” for the question on the Provider Input Form, indicating which individuals will submit their letter electronically
  9. Application finalists may be asked to participate in an interview with program faculty. The interview may be conducted in-person, phone, or videoconference