How to Apply

Instructions for Applying to the LLEP Ph.D. Program for Fall Admission and All Concentrations

 

  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.
  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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