How to Apply

  1. All applicants must meet the UConn Graduate School requirements for admission
  2. Apply online to the UConn Graduate School
    • In the application, select Learning, Leadership, and Education Policy (Ph.D.) Field of Study and one of the four program concentrations: Adult Learning; Leadership & Education Policy; Higher Education, Racial Justice and Decolonization; or Sport Management
  3. Complete your application by December 1st for Fall semester admission.*
    • Note, the Admissions Committee cannot make a decision about your application until all materials are submitted
    • *The application deadline for most of the Neag School’s Ph.D. Programs has been extended to January 7, 2024.
  4. Submit a 2-3 page (double-spaced, 12-point font) written personal statement. In your statement address your:
    • Reasons for pursuing the degree
    • Background, experiences, and/or qualifications for the program and concentration to which you are applying
    • Research interests
    • Professional goals, and how the LLEP Ph.D. degree relates to those goals
  5. 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, research paper, or literature review. If your original writing sample exceeds 10 pages, please submit an excerpt
  6. Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae
  7. Complete the Residence Affidavit
  8. GRE scores are not required for the Learning, Leadership, and Education Policy Ph.D. If they are submitted, they will not be reviewed as part of your application.
    • If you are an international student, please submit scores from one of the approved English Proficiency tests listed by the Graduate School (e.g., TOEFL, PTE, IELTS). For more information about applying as an international student, visit the International Students Checklist
  9. 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.
    • The individuals providing letters of recommendation must electronically send their letters to the admissions office through the UConn 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, and provide the names of individuals who will submit their letter electronically
  10.  Application finalists may be asked to participate in an interview with program faculty. The interview may be conducted in-person, phone, or video conference

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Days Until Application Deadline
Apply by December 1, 2024