How to Apply to Graduate Certificates

How to Apply to Graduate Certificates

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We welcome your application!

In keeping with our commitment to build a diverse and inclusive environment, we welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion or beliefs.

February 15 November 1 (after this date, individual courses may be taken on a Non-Degree basis)
March 15
May 15
July 15

*If you miss a deadline, you have the option to take a course as a non-degree student. The Graduate School will allow up to 6-credits of non-degree coursework to be transferred (B or higher) into a program later. Please follow the Non-Degree application instructions.

Below are instructions to aid you in your application process:

  1. Complete the Graduate School Online Application
  2. Official transcripts for all college-level studies, regardless of whether a degree was awarded. You may upload an unofficial transcript to the online application. Please send all official transcripts to:
    University of Connecticut
    Whetten Graduate School
    438 Whitney Road Extension, Unit 1152
    Storrs, CT 06269-1152
  3. International Students
    International applicants who are not native English speakers are also required to complete a test of English proficiency, such as the TOEFL, PTE or IELTS exams. View more details about our accepted tests and minimum scores.
How to Apply to DPP Graduate Certificates
  1. Your current résumé
  2. Letters of recommendation
    Two (2) letters are required. You may submit more. Your letter writers should send their letters electronically per the application instructions. If you are unable to submit your letters of recommendation electronically, you may submit them using the following methods:
    1. Email attachment (PDF) to
    2. Fax: (860) 246-0334
    3. Mail:
    University of Connecticut
    Department of Public Policy
    10 Prospect St., 4th Floor
    Hartford, CT 06103
  3. A personal letter addressing your goals and objectives for pursuing your certificate.
    The letter should discuss why you are interested in the specific certificate program, what has influenced you to pursue this program, and how the certificate with us will help you reach your career goals. It should be 2-3 pages, double-spaced.
  4. Exam Scores
    The GREs, LSAT or GMATs are not required. Applicants may choose to submit them as part of their application, but they are not required.
  5. A one-time application fee of $75.00.
    You will need to provide a credit card number or PayPal information to submit your application. Application fee waivers are available for Veterans, active service members as well as members and alumni of the AmeriCorps/Vista programs. Application fee waivers are also available for alumni of the Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA). Please contact us at