Applying to the UConn Geography Graduate Program

Admissions Requirements

The admission requirements for the University of Connecticut, including GRE requirements, are given at the following site: https://grad.uconn.edu/admissions/admission-requirements

Because our Geography Department faculty emphasize quantitative research, the quantitative portion of the GRE is an important metric in the application review process.

International students note: The university requires the TOEFL of all students for whom English is not the primary language. The TOEFL requirements are listed in the admission requirements link given above.

 

Application Deadlines

The deadline for applications is February 1, however we encourage prospective students  to submit their applications as early as possible between December 15  and February 1.  Note that applications received by January 3 are eligible to be considered for several fellowship opportunities at the university (see details below).

Applications received at other times during the year are held for the next annual review. Students seeking admission without need of departmental funding can request the application be reviewed for admission outside the normal cycle.

Link to the graduate school application page: https://grad.uconn.edu/admissions/apply-to-uconn

University-Wide Fellowship Awards

Outstanding applicants may elect to be considered for one of the fellowships detailed below.  Recipients of these fellowships will be the most academically promising members of the entering class of graduate students at the University of Connecticut. The applicant must select that they wish to be considered in the online SLATE application system.The criteria used to select recipients include the following:

  • Evidence of scholarly or creative achievement highlighted by the department or program in their nomination and evidence that the department or program provides the environment necessary for success in the areas of interest highlighted by the applicant.
  • Evidence of any prior scholarly or creative achievement by the nominee, e.g., publications, presentations, exhibits, performances.
  • Evidence that the nominee has been successful at previous academic institutions, e.g., letters of recommendation.
  • Quantitative evidence of academic accomplishment, e.g., undergraduate grade point average, GRE/GMAT (when available).

The Jorgensen Fellowship (JF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to doctoral programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for five years.

 

In addition, to be eligible for either the fellowships below, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education and/or a commitment to enhancing diversity in their field of study.

  • The Harriott Fellowship (HF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to doctoral programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for five years.
  • The Crandall Fellowship (CF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to master’s programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for two years (MFA is for three years).

 

For HF and CF fellowships students must submit a diversity statement through the SLATE application system. Students can demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education through participation in organizations or activities that (a) directly relate to increasing access to higher education and retention in higher education of individuals, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs or (b) that help to ensure that individuals are welcomed and included in higher education environments regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs. Such organization and activities might include participation/affiliation with TRIO programs, cultural/affinity organizations/centers, volunteer experiences, and college or university committees focused on these goals. Students provide evidence of this commitment through research and educational experience reflected on their CV/resume (articles, presentations, internship, and research experience), in their personal statement, or in letters of recommendations.

More details can be found on the Graduate School’s Internal Fellowships Awards page (https://grad.uconn.edu/gradfellows/uconn-grad-internal-fellowship-awards)

 

Admission & Funding Decisions

The Geography Department reviews applications in February for fall admissions and applicants are notified in early March.   Admission decisions are independent of funding decisions.

Funding decisions are made in April, and based on availability of funding through the University and other sources. Please note we provide funding (via teaching assistantships) primarily to students applying to the PhD program.

 

Graduate Program Description

The MA and PhD program descriptions are in the Graduate Catalog for which there are University level requirements http://gradcatalog.uconn.edu/guidelines-for-grad-study/standards-degree-requirements and Departmental requirements http://gradcatalog.uconn.edu/fields-of-study/geography.

 

GIS Graduate Certificate

Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree are welcome to complete the graduate coursework for the GIS Certificate. Coursework from the MA and  PhD programs can be used for the GIS Certificate, where applicable.