The University of Vermont

Graduate College

Application Instructions

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To be eligible for admission to any program, applicants must hold a U.S. baccalaureate degree or an equivalent international degree earned prior to the date of first graduate enrollment at The University of Vermont. If the degree is from an unaccredited institution, students must submit both general and advanced subject GRE scores. Individual degree programs may have additional requirements as described in Programs and Degrees. A number of departments and programs provide opportunities for selected UVM undergraduates to participate in Accelerated Master's Programs (AMPs). For more information see Enrollment Policies and Procedures.

Applicants are expected to be fluent in English; instruction at The University of Vermont is conducted in English. There is no intensive English as a Second Language program at the University, although limited instruction is available to enhance speaking fluency in English.

For more information, see Accelerated Master's Programs.

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Admission Requirements

Submit IN ONE PACKAGE the following materials:

  1. All 3 Letters of Recommendation (unless you use the online Letters of Recommendation system)
  2. One official Transcript from each institution you have attended
  3. Writing Sample (where required)

The Application, Statement of Purpose, Resident Status Application and the Application Fee ($65.00) non-refundable, are submitted online at: After you have submitted these online, you need to send all 3 Letters of Recommendation (if not using the online Letters of Recommendation system), Transcripts, and Writing Sample (where required) in one package to:

330 Waterman Building, 85 So Prospect St.
The University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont 05405-0160

Application Fee: Applications are not processed until the application fee is received.

Policy Regarding Support Materials: Please note that all materials received in support of an application, except international documents considered irreplaceable, or writing samples required by some departments, become the property of the Graduate College and cannot be returned, copied, or transferred.

Questions concerning your application or our graduate programs may be directed to the above address, or contact us by telephone, 802-656-2699; email,; or fax, 802-656-0519.

Deadlines for Application and Financial Aid

Please be sure to check the deadlines for application and financial aid for your program.

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Application Receipt and Review

If you wish to be notified that your application was received by the Graduate Admissions Office, you may call the Graduate Admissions Office at 802-656-2699, or send an e-mail to, to inquire about its status.

When your application is received, the Graduate Admissions Office will open a file in your name. Your department will be given access to your application within two days of receipt. The application cannot be acted upon, however, until it has been completed with official copies of test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. Therefore, it is important that any required test scores be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office as soon as possible.

Evidence of Financial Support (International Students)

For purposes of obtaining a visa, the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service requires that all international students submit evidence of independent financial support in the form of a signed statement from a bank or scholarship source.

Upon admission, you will be required to provide evidence of independent financial support in the form of a statement from a bank or scholarship source. The appropriate form and instructions will be sent to you at the time you are admitted to the University.

Documents not issued in English must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.

For more information

For more information on topics such as program involvement in the Admissions process, acceptance and candidacy for advanced degrees, and applications for non-degree students, please see our Application Review Process.

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Additional Information

You will find below additional information on:

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Test Scores for GRE, GMAT and TOEFL Examinations
  • Transcript
  • Writing Sample

Letters of Recommendation

UVM's Graduate College requires three letters of recommendation. You now have the option to use our online letters of recommendation system or you may print our letters of recommendation form, have your recommenders fill it out, and then mail it to us. Below are the details of each method:

Submitting your letters of recommendation online is now part of the online application form. On the application form where you list your recommenders (name, address, email, etc.), you simply check "Yes, online recommendation." Then, when you submit your application, an email is generated automatically to each of your recommenders. This email explains to your recommenders that you are applying to the University of Vermont Graduate College and includes a link to the recommendation form your recommenders need to fill out.

Snail Mail
Please download and print our Letter of Recommendation form. References from college or university placement files are also acceptable provided they are forwarded in an unopened envelope. Photocopied references are acceptable with original signatures only.

Email or Fax
Faxed or emailed references must be followed by a hardcopy with original signature.

Statement of Purpose

In your Statement of Purpose, please outline your reasons for wishing to undertake graduate study, and comment on your plans for a professional career. Describe the strengths and weaknesses of your preparation for graduate study in your proposed field. If you are presently in a graduate program, please explain why you wish to apply to a new program. If there are gaps in your academic career, please address them.

Note: If you are applying for the Degree of Master of Education (M.Ed.), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), or Master of Science for Teachers (M.S.T.), please attach a separate page on which you provide a brief summary of your previous teaching experience, including where and at what level you taught, and your teaching plans, if any, for the next academic year.

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Test Scores for GRE, GMAT and TOEFL Examinations

The Institution Code for test scores for UVM is: 3920

If test scores are required by your program, you must request test score reports from the testing agency (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL or IELTS). GRE and GMAT scores must be within the last 5 years, TOEFL and IELTS scores within the last 2 years. Official score reports are sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office on your request only. Please check the "Requirements" column at Programs and Degrees to see if your department or program requires GRE subject scores in addition to the general scores.

Questions about the GRE examination may be directed to the Graduate Record Examination, Educational Testing Service, Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000; telephone, 609-771-7670; For the GMAT examination, Graduate Management Admissions Test, ETS, Box 6103, Princeton, NJ 08541-6103; telephone, 609-771-7330;

UVM attracts graduate and undergraduate students from throughout the world. As an international applicant, you are required to submit verbal and quantitative scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) In addition, if your native or first language is not English, you must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable scores for admission to the Graduate College at the University of Vermont are: Internet based = 80, Computer based = 213, and Paper based = 550. Minimum acceptable scores for a student receiving funding at the University of Vermont are: Internet based = 100, Computer based = 250 and Paper based = 600. Questions about the TOEFL examination may be directed to TOEFL/TSE Services, ETS, Box 6154, Princeton, NJ 08541-6154; telephone, 609-771-7100; . If submitting the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores, applicants must take the academic test and achieve required scores of 6.5 for admission and 7.0 for funding; .


Transcripts must be obtained from each of the post-secondary educational institutions you have attended and, if necessary, a notarized English translation of the transcripts.

Writing Sample

Writing samples (term papers or essays) are required in some programs - see Programs and Degrees. Your writing samples will be returned if accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

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Questions concerning your application or our graduate programs may be directed to this address, or contact us by telephone 802-656-2699; fax 802-656-0519; or e-mail

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