Joint B.S.-M.S. Application Process

There are several stages at which you may apply, depending on how many years of study towards your B.S. have been completed. While it is possible to complete the program after applying only at the fourth (“late-career”) stage, you are more likely to complete the program in the fifth year if you apply at an earlier stage. If you are unsure which route is most appropriate please contact the Program Coordinator.

Applying as a junior

Applies to: Students who are in or have just completed the first semester of their junior year (often in or just after the 5th semester; at least 36 credits short of completing B.S. requirements).

What to submit: A complete application, consisting of a personal statement of up to two pages covering your interest in the program and your career goals, a copy of your unofficial transcript, a CV or resume, and three letters of recommendation from individuals with whom you have worked in a scientific setting or related activity, including at least one faculty member.

When and where to submit: By January 10, directly to the Program Coordinator.

What are we looking for? We review applications for evidence of competence in and commitment to the discipline. Consistently good academic performance is required. Additional evidence (e.g. relevant extra- and co-curricular activities, research experience, and volunteer or paid positions) is helpful; however, we welcome applicants who have developed an interest in the field regardless of background.  You should be ready to explain why you want to pursue the Joint B.S.-M.S. degree.

What happens next? The program coordinator will evaluate the application to ensure that you are a junior, as defined above. They will then arrange for an interview with two faculty members, who will recommend whether to admit to the Program Steering Committee. If the Steering Committee decides to admit, the Program Coordinator will send an informal letter of admission. To continue in the program you will need to maintain good academic standing. You will apply in your senior year for graduate school admission next year (see “applying as a senior or post-graduation student”), at which time you may wish to update your personal statement and CV, get new letters, and will of course need to submit an updated transcript. You will not need to interview again.

Why apply now? Admission in the academic year prior to completion of the B.S. increases the likelihood of completing the M.S. in the fifth year of study, because some required courses may be taught in alternate years and could be taken by students in their senior year.

Applying as a Senior or post-graduation student

Applies to: Students who are in or have just completed the first semester of their Senior year (often in or just after the 7th semester, at least 12 credits short of completing B.S. requirements) OR who have already completed a B.S.

What to submit: Application at this stage is completed through the Graduate School’s online application system. In addition to the materials listed for a mid-career stage application, you will need to complete graduate school application pages and pay an application fee. GRE scores are not required if you are completing a UConn B.S.

When and where to submit: By January 10, online.

What are we looking for? We review applications for evidence of competence in and commitment to the discipline. Consistently good academic performance is required. Additional evidence (e.g. relevant extra- and co-curricular activities, research experience, and volunteer or paid positions) is helpful; however, we welcome applicants who have developed an interest in the field regardless of background.  You should be ready to explain why you want to pursue the Joint B.S.-M.S. degree.

What happens next? Unless one has already occurred, you will interview with two faculty members, who will recommend whether to admit to the Program Steering Committee. If the Steering Committee decides to admit, the Program Coordinator will notify the Graduate School, which will determine whether you have met its admission requirements. Upon the School’s positive determination, the Program Coordinator will send you a formal offer letter.

If you are unsure which application route applies to you, or have other questions, please email the program coordinator.