How to Apply

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  • Applications and all supporting materials must be received by November 15 (early admission) or March 1 (regular admission) for enrollment during the next academic year.
  • From the pool of applicants, the admissions committee will select qualified candidates for screening.  Candidate screening will occur within 2-3 weeks of the November 15 and March 1 application submission deadlines.
  • Recommendations for admission to UCAPP will be made to the UConn Graduate School after all candidates have been screened.
  • The UConn Graduate School will notify candidates about their admission status in January (early admission) or April (regular admission).
  • Orientation will be held in May for the new cohorts.

Admissions Requirements

  • An earned master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • A minimum of three (Traditional) or four years of teaching experience.
  • GRE and other standardized test scores are not required for admission to UCAPP.

Application Process

Complete the online application to the Graduate School by November 15 (early admission) or March 1 (regular admission) of the application year.

  • When choosing field of study/degree on the application, please select:
    • “UConn Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP) 6th Year Diploma”.
  • When selecting an advisor, please designate Dr. Richard Gonzales.
  • For campus location, select Hartford if applying to the East or New Haven cohorts or select Stamford if applying to the Stamford cohort.
  • All application materials must be uploaded digitally via the Graduate School online application.

Within the application, please write on one of the following prompts and in the heading specify whether you are applying to the East, New Haven, or Stamford cohort:

  1. Based on your personal and professional experience, identify and describe 2-3 qualities that define the type of school leader you aim to be.
  2. OR Describe a personal or professional challenge you have overcome and how that experience can serve you well as a leader.

    Please obtain (4) letters of recommendation from the following people and upload the letters directly in the online application.  Provide the name and contact information for:

    • 1 central office administrator
    • 1 building principal or assistant principal
    • 2 professional colleagues