How to Apply for Academic Admissions

The Graduate College Admissions application and Graduate Assistantship application are separate processes.  It is possible to attend the HESA program without an assistantship (see professional practice requirement). 

If you are applying for a graduate assistantship, see application and selection details on the Division of Student Affairs website.

FOR APPLICATION TO THE HESA PROGRAM: Deadline, December 1 (please note the change from previous years).

The Graduate College Admissions Academic Application can be found online.  Required materials include:

a.     Graduate College application form,
b.     Official transcripts from all institutions attended,
c.     Three letters of reference (at least one faculty or academic letter is recommended),
d.     Statement of purpose (application essay),
e.     Current resume, and

f.     Application fee.

Candidates whose applications are COMPLETE (including the resume) by December 1 will be given priority consideration.  Applications completed after the December 1 deadline cannot be guaranteed a completed review by the interview session invitation deadline.  As applications are completed and reviewed after the December 1 deadline, invitations to attend the on campus interview and program orientation occur on a rolling bases .  Only applicants who have passed the admissions application review are invited for an on campus interview. 

All materials must be submitted online through the Graduate College.  Materials that arrive external (e.g., in the mail, through email) to the online process cannot be considered for academic admissions.

Applicants are strongly advised to submit all materials (e.g., transcripts, recommendations, resume) by or before the December 1 deadline to receive a full and timely review.  Through the admissions account set up in the Graduate College, applicants can check whether their application is complete and all materials (e.g., recommendations, transcripts) have been submitted.   Applications will not be reviewed by the admissions committee until they are complete.

GREs are not required for academic admissions into the HESA program.  However, all applicants seeking an assistantship or university funding through financial aid must submit GRE scores to the Graduate College, as per federal guidelines.

The academic and assistantship applications each require a set of reference letters. You may use the same reference letters for both as long as they each have original signatures and follow each respective guidelines.

INFORMATION ABOUT AND APPLICATIONS FOR GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS (ADMINISTERED THROUGH THE DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS) ARE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING website.  The deadline for the assistantship application is December 1.

Interview and Program Orientation Sessions

A one and a half day Interview and Program Orientation Session is held for students who pass the initial academic application screening.  Attendance for invited candidates is required for admission consideration into the HESA program.  Invitations for the Interview and Program Orientation Sessions will be issued approximately three weeks prior to the first session. 


Interview and Program Orientation Sessions for invited candidates are February 8 - 9 and  22 - 23, 2015.


Activities during these sessions include
Unfortunately, phone or Skype interviews are not an adequate substitute for a visit and orientation to the HESA program, University, Burlington, and Vermont.

If you have any additional questions, contact the Higher Education and Student Affairs office at hesa.admissions@uvm.edu.