Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate School Application Information

Answers to common questions regarding applying to to our graduate school program

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in our Graduate Programs at the University of Connecticut. We have three areas of concentration in our program: Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology and Toxicology and Medicinal Chemistry. Typically, we admit 8-10 students per academic year from a competitive pool of applicants. Accepted students into our Ph.D. are usually offered some form of financial aid. Preference is given to those students who apply for the Ph.D. program. Generally, we do not admit students for the Spring semester.

The application deadline for the Fall 2020 semester is February 1, 2020. All application materials must be received by the Department by February 1st, in order to be considered for admission for the Fall 2020 semester. We would like to encourage you to submit an on-line application by following the procedures at:  https://grad.uconn.edu/admissions/apply-to-uconn/.
Information for the Domestic checklist:  https://grad.uconn.edu/admissions/domestic-checklist/
Information for the International checklist:  https://grad.uconn.edu/admissions/international-checklist/

1) Complete and submit your electronic application: https://connect.grad.uconn.edu/apply/
Complete and submit your electronic application. You will be asked to provide a valid credit card (Discover, Mastercard, or Visa) for payment of the electronic application fee when you submit your application.

• Intended Program:
Area-> Pharmaceutical Sciences
Field of Study -> Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology & Toxicology or Medicinal Chemistry
Campus -> Storrs

2) Compile the following documents:
* Upload an unofficial transcript/appropriate required documentation into the application system.
* AFTER submitting your application please request an official transcript from each college/university you attended and have it mailed to:

University of Connecticut
Graduate School, Unit 1152
438 Whitney Road Extension
Storrs, CT 06269-1152

* Individual/yearly mark sheets (courses and grades, not hours) are required for students who complete their education in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka. This should also be uploaded into the online application system. We do not consider 3 year bachelor’s degrees from India, Canada, or Australia to be equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree. However, additional graduate level course work after earning a 3 year bachelor’s degree may be considered for equivalency

* If you attended an international university, we require transcripts in both English and the native language of the university.

* If you completed a degree and that fact is not contained in your transcript, then we also need an official copy of your degree certificate or diploma. This should also be uploaded into the online application system.

* Failure to submit transcripts from all educational institutions, regardless of whether or not a degree was received, may be grounds for cancellation of admission.

* Transcripts become the property of the University.

* The most common reason for delayed consideration of applications is missing official transcripts. Be sure to include all of your transcripts with your application.

* If you attended an international university and have one set of original documents or diploma, you can mail them to the Graduate School and we will make a copy and return the original document(s) to you. Include a request to return the documents and provide a mailing address.

*If you submitted these documents when applying for admission to a university in the US, which you currently attend, we will accept copies from the registrar or graduate school if they certify that these documents from your prior university were made from the originals.

* Your admission will not be finalized until all official transcripts, mark sheets, degree certificates and Diplomas are received by the Graduate School.

* Individual/yearly mark sheets or transcripts (courses and grades, not hours) are required for students who complete their education in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka. These should also be uploaded into the online application system.

3) Request that your standardized test scores be submitted to UConn.

* The GRE code for UConn Storrs is 3915 (Department code is not required). We look for at least 50 percentile in each category.

Please note for international applicants applying in 2021 only, the GRE requirement will be waived if you are unable to take the test because of the pandemic. Although a good GRE can enhance an application, please apply even if you cannot take the test.

* International Students must complete a Test of English Proficiency. If you are not a native speaker of English, you must submit evidence of your proficiency in the English Language.
*The TOEFL code for UConn Storrs is 3915
* If you use the results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language <http://www.ets.org/toefl/> (TOEFL), you must have a minimum overall score of 550 for the paper-based test or 79 for the internet-based
test. * If you submit results from the International English Language Testing System <http://www.ielts.org/> (IELTS), you must have an average overall score of at least 6.5.
* If you submit results from the Pearson Test of English (PTE), we require an overall score of 53.
* In all cases your submitted test results must be no more than two years old.

4) Upload your Resume/Curriculum Vitae

5) Compose and upload your Personal Statement.
* The personal statement should be limited to two (2) pages and should describe your research interests, your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, and your desire to attend the pharmaceutical sciences program at the University of Connecticut. An additional writing sample/research essay is not required.

Details about your preparation, your strengths and weaknesses as a student, any academic honors, scholarships, or fellowships you have received, will all be helpful.

6) Request at least 3 letters of recommendation.
*There is no specific Graduate School form for letters of recommendation.
*Recommenders should upload their letters on–line through the Graduate Schools application.

7) U.S. Student Visa Sponsorship
*If you are an international student who requires U.S. Student visa sponsorship by UConn, please be prepared to submit an immigration document request to the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Office. Instructions will be sent to you after you have been admitted by the Graduate School.

A) Financial Declaration Form (http://global.uconn.edu/financial-declaration-forms/)
B) Proof of Support
C) Copy of Support
Once you have been admitted by the Graduate School, you will be sent a link to request an immigration document where you will be required to upload the materials mentioned above. Should you have any questions about the required materials, please contact the ISSS Office (international@uconn.edu)

Additional Information:

1) The Department awards financial support in the form of Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships and/or fellowships. In order to be considered for admission to our graduate program and be assigned financial aid in the form of a Teaching/Research Assistantship applicants whose native language is not English must show evidence of proficiency in the English language. Certification of English proficiency may be obtained by meeting one of the following requirements:

A. Speak English as a first language.
B. Submit a valid TOEFL iBT score with a speaking subscore of 27 or higher, or an IELTS speaking band score of 8.0 or higher, a Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) score of 74 or higher.
C. Pass the Microteaching Test. This test is administered when you arrive on campus only.

You may take the Microteaching test if:
• your TOEFL IBT speaking subscore is between 22 and 26
• Your ITELS score if 7.0 or 7.5 on the speaking band
• Your PTE score is between 62 and 73

If you do not meet any of the minimum requirements above, you could still be admitted with financial aid, but will be required to enroll in a recommended UCAELI English course before you will be allowed to take a Microteaching test.

Please reach out with any additional questions to Deirdre.mcavoy@uconn.edu

Thank you!