Application Process & Requirements

Application Information

The application for entrance into the Counselor Education program for the 2022 academic year is available through the UConn Graduate School website.  Please select “Fall 2022” as the admit term. Please make sure your official transcripts, resumé, and essay have all been uploaded before you make your submission. All materials are final once submitted.

Applications are due December 1st at 11:59 PM (EST)

Application Materials

Applicants will need to provide the program with the following items:

  1. Application for Admission ($75 online application fee)
    1. Application fee waivers are available on a limited basis to candidates who demonstrate financial need.  The Graduate School at UConn waives the application fee for prospective students associated with various organizations; to find out if you are eligible for an application fee waiver through the Graduate School, please see the Fee Waiver Policy.  If you are not eligible for an application fee waiver through the Graduate School but would like to request that your application fee be waived due to financial need, please fill out our fee waiver consideration form. To be considered for an application fee waiver, please submit the fee waiver submission form no later than November 1, 2022, by 11:59 PM EST.  Requests submitted after this deadline will not be reviewed. 
  2. Resumé
  3. Application Essay
  4. Three letters of recommendation:
    1. During the application process, an applicant is asked to provide contact information for three recommenders.  The recommenders submitting letters on your behalf should do so electronically through our application system. The recommenders will be sent an email with direction and log-in information on where they can upload letters of recommendation. Be sure to mark ‘Yes’ for the online submission question on the Provider Input Form.
    2. At least one letter of recommendation should speak to your academic abilities and readiness to engage in graduate level coursework.
  5. Official TOEFL score (for international students)
    1. For further questions or information, please contact the Graduate School.
  6. Official transcript from each college or university attended (upload a PDF version within the online application)
    1. Official transcripts of collegiate work can be mailed to:
      University of Connecticut
      Graduate Admissions Office
      438 Whitney Rd Ext., Unit 115, Storrs, CT 06269-1006
  7. PRAXIS Scores:
    1. Use the following PRAXIS Flyer to determine if you need to take the exam, or if you are exempt.
  8. GRE Scores are not required,
    1. If you would like to submit GRE scores, they will be reviewed as part of your application.

    Minimal Requirements for Admission

    1. You must hold a Bachelors’ Degree from a regionally accredited college or university.  If your degree does not include at least 9 credit hours in the social sciences such as education, sociology, psychology, etc., you may be required to complete an additional nine credit hours of study. However, those 9 credits will not be counted toward your MA 60-Credit hours. More information can be found on the Graduate School website.
    2. You must have earned a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 from your undergraduate institution.  More information can be found on the graduate school website. 
    3. International Students will need to submit TOEFL scores.
      The graduate school provides the following guidance for admission requirements, and testing information:

      English Proficiency

      If English is not your primary language**, you may be required to submit evidence of your proficiency in the English language. TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo scores are only valid for two years (from original test date to submission of UConn application). You may use the results from one of the following standardized tests to satisfy this requirement:

      • Receiving minimum overall scores of 79 (Internet-based test – iBT), 550 (Old Paper-based test – PBT) or 22/30 on each of the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections (“New” Paper-based test- PBT) or higher on the TOEFL test.
      • Receiving a minimum overall score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS test.
      • Receiving a minimum overall score of 53 or higher on the PTE test, or
      • Receiving a minimum overall score of 100 or higher on the Duolingo test, or
      • Qualifying for a Score Waiver.pdf (please click on link to review policy).

      Please note we do not accept TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (TOEFL ITP) results, unless they are from UConn.
      If English is not your primary language**, and you plan to obtain a teaching assistantship, you must satisfy UConn’s English Proficiency Policy before being allowed to instruct a class. For more information, please contact International Teaching Assistant Services.

      • TOEFL scores will only be accepted when sent electronically through ETS. Use the codes listed below:
        • The TOEFL code for UConn Storrs is 3915.
        • The TOEFL code for the UConn Health Center is 3931.
        • PTE and Duolingo test scores are required to be sent to our University electronically directly by the testing company used in order for scores to be accepted as official.
        • Your IELTS testing center may require your UConn Graduate Application ID to request your official IELTS to be sent to our university.  If this is the case, you can find this information in your online application.
        • IELTS test scores are required to be sent to our University electronically directly by the testing company used in order for scores to be accepted as official. When sending official IELTS scores please use the following information:
          Name of Department Head: Kent Holsinger
          Email ID:
          Contact #: (860) 486-3617
    4. Applicants must submit PRAXIS scores if they do not qualify for a waiver.
      • Waiver Criteria:
        • SAT: Have a combined score of 1100 on the mathematics and critical reading sections, with neither subtest score below 450 Points.
        • ACT: Score no less than 22 on the English subtest and no less than 19 on the mathematics subtest.
        • GRE: Have a combined score of 297 on the quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning tests with no less than a score of 144 in quantitative reasoning and 150 in verbal reasoning, plus a minimum analytic writing score of 4.0.
      • Please read the PRAXIS Flyer to find out how to sign up, and where to have your scores sent. 

    Suggested Prerequisites for Applicants

    The Counselor Education Program values diversity of education and work experiences when looking at applicants.  There is not a specific undergraduate major, or course sequence that is required for admission to the program, however if a student has no coursework in behavioral sciences, they may be asked to take some background courses.  These prerequisite courses will not be included as part of the total credit hours needed for graduation.





    Undocumented Students

    The University of Connecticut’s Counselor Education program encourages all students who meet the requirements for admission to apply for admission, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.  Admission to the Counselor Education Program is based on a holistic approach, which includes grade point average, required essay, letters of recommendation and an interview; this approach does not take into consideration an applicant’s citizenship or immigration status.  If you have questions about how your citizenship or immigration status will affect your experience in our program (e.g., ability to hold a graduate assistantship), please contact Dr. Diandra Prescod, Coordinator of the Counselor Education program.





    Timeline of the Admission Process

    • December 1st :Application Deadline
    • Early January: Invitation For Interview Days
    • Late January: Applicant Interview Day
    • Mid-February: Applicants notified about their status
    • Mid-April: Applicants required to respond to the programs admission offer