Doctoral Program Admissions

We are seeking smart, motivated, quantitatively oriented applicants for our PhD program. Prospective students must submit a completed application to the Graduate School. Admission to the Graduate School at the University of Connecticut requires the completion of an application form, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a processing fee. The online application form is available here. After receipt by the Graduate School, the application is forwarded to program faculty for admission consideration.

GRE scores ARE NOT required for prospective students applying for admission to the Ph.D. program.  However, GRE scores may optionally be submitted as part of the supplemental materials for the PhD application.

Our program considers doctoral program applications each winter for fall admission. For fullest funding consideration, please submit applications by December 1st for the following fall semester. We will accept applications in December and January, but funding options are generally more limited for those who apply later than December 1 because several school and university fellowships have very early application deadlines.

Applications are reviewed starting in December, and all admissions decisions are made by early February. Admissions decisions are based on the quality of the student’s prior academic and professional career, the fit of his/her research interests with those of the faculty in our program, and the admissions committee’s assessment of the student’s ability to successfully complete doctoral level work at the University of Connecticut and to make substantial contributions to a field of expertise in a methodological and/or substantive area after graduation. Funding (generally in the form of graduate assistantships) may be available to students of exceptional promise. Generally, admissions decisions are made in January-February and funding decisions are made in February-March. All funding notifications are complete prior to April 1st (at the latest – we try to notify students about funding as early as possible, and usually those notifications are completed in February or March). Students offered admission must respond by April 15. For program descriptions and further details about the Research Methods, Measurement and Evaluation program or the Department of Educational Psychology, please visit our website at

Selection of Students

General prerequisites for Ph.D. study include undergraduate or graduate preparation in education, psychology, statistics, social science, or related disciplines. Admissions decisions are made on the basis of the students’ scholarly potential, academic achievement and promise, the fit of the students’ research interests with those of faculty in the program. To make admissions decisions, we consult all available sources of information, including undergraduate and (if applicable) previous graduate course performance, the personal statement, letters of recommendation, previous relevant work experience, and, when possible, an informal personal interview. The personal statement explicitly should include 1.) the reason for pursuing a PhD in the area of research methods, measurement, and evaluation, 2.) description of any prior experiences or coursework that are relevant to the PhD in research methods, measurement, and evaluation, 3.) post PhD career goals, 4.) areas of research interest within research methods, measurement, and evaluation.

The Research Methods, Measurement and Evaluation Faculty, the Department of Educational Psychology, and the Neag School of Education are committed to practices of equal educational opportunity in admissions decisions, and we pride ourselves on the diversity of our doctoral student population.

A note about English Proficiency:

If you are not a native speaker of English, you are required to submit evidence of your proficiency in the English language. If you have received a degree in an English speaking University from English speaking country, you may qualify for a waiver. Otherwise, you may use the results (no more than two years old) from one of the following standardized tests to satisfy this requirement:

1.)    Receiving a score of 79 (electronic test) or 550 (paper based)  or higher on the TOEFL test.

2.)    Receiving a score of 6.5 on the IELTS test.

3.)    Receiving a score of 53 or higher on the PTE test, or

Please see the graduate school for more information about this requirement.